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Art that Evokes Emotions is Derived From Emotions

Do you ponder the sonder? Sometimes its difficult to understand what's going on in our own, and other peoples heads. This post attempts to explore how we can express and communicate our emotions through the discipline of Art.

Emotions and Aesthetics in Artwork

Transfer Your Emotions from Mind to Artwork, so how does an Artist do this? Art is an expression of one’s emotions; it depicts the innermost thoughts through an aesthetic experience. It creates an experience which helps others to achieve clarity or resonate with the artwork on a deeper level. Creating such an aesthetic experience is a prime example of expressing emotions through art, and is a result of the appreciation of different human artefacts. Much like the various form of artworks, such as: clay work, photography, poetry, music, visual arts, sculptures and more, alongside natural aesthetic objects such as mountains, nature, sunsets.

“...and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

Vincent Willem van Gogh

Visual arts derive their inspiration from such aesthetic experiences and turn them into art, a translation of one’s emotions onto the canvas. Expressing emotions through art is the way of painting for the modern artists, and stretch throughout multiple contexts. It merely lets the artist express their innermost throughs through contemporary artworks. Art as a communication of emotion follows the psychological perspective shared by many scholars, suggesting a connection b/w aesthetic experience and pleasure (Berlyne, 1974).

Keeping that in mind, an aesthetic experience can be associated with mindfulness, as it can enhance engagement with the object as well as the sensitivity of impressions (Harrison and Clark, 2016). Hence, we can say that art and emotions go hand in hand for the modern artist, commissioning paintings as an expression of emotions.

Art & Emotions

Artists are no stranger to the capacity of artworks to draw out emotions or rather use emotions to paint masterpieces. Art as a communication of emotion channels or evokes feelings that we all are experiencing in an almost poetic way. As the case when you read a sad tale, feeling pity or empathy for the fictional character. Or as you feel the rain pouring down from the heavens above on the green field below, a sight of calmness and tranquillity takes over. Much like that, photographs and poems of good days or happier times bring us joy. Art that evokes emotions is derived from emotions as well.

“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”

Jerzy Kosiński

Expressing Feelings through Art

The beauty of art in all its contemporary artwork forms is that it has a specific backstory, which some appreciate while others create. You can feel a strong emotion, and commission an artist to paint it and still be the mastermind behind it. Art gets its value from emotional engagement, and you can pick which emotions you want to be portrayed through artworks.

The modern artist can paint feelings and emotions depending on the need and requirement of the artwork. It creates an aesthetic experience which gives pleasure for the viewer. Similarly, art and emotions work together to bring meaning to various artefacts.

The emotional trigger behind the art does not have to be the same for the creator and the viewer, however, it can be. For an artwork commissioned to show grief, might also be seen as a symbol of hope. As to mourn the loss and then look for better days, or it might evoke that feeling without having the viewer even to experience the grief first hand. In other words, contemporary artworks can show joy, wrath, hope, happiness, sadness, and a lot more – and can even show related emotions. It is like listening to sad musical work to get in a different state of mind without actually being sad, or to listen to motivational melodies before exercising.

From Mind to Artefact

The real challenge is channelling the emotions within you to a blank canvas, irrespective of the medium. Art, as a communication of emotion considers the psychological point of view, art artifices to produce a positive experience in the recipient if understood effectively. A better understanding of art can promote the occurrence of aesthetic pleasure, depending on the cognitive understanding of the artefact (Leder et al., 2004).

This is why people associate meaning and emotions with art; you can use your emotions to create artworks of exceptional value or commission an artist to create contemporary art. All you need to do is associate visual art to your state of mind and emotion, and use the emotions to orchestrate the rest.

Happiness and Joy

It means different things to different people, but irrespective of preferences – art can depict it as a prevailing emotion. You can commission an artist to create an artwork that holds meaning to you, and bring you joy, or share it as a gift for your loved ones.

Grief and Sadness

Art does not have to be saddening for it to showcase that particular emotion; professional artists have a way to convey a message without compromising the structure of the artwork. All emotions are beautiful, and expressing emotions through art adds to their beauty.


Art as a communication of emotion can be very unique, and give you a realisation of everyone is different, lives different lives – and are entangled in their own complex endeavours. This can be showcased elegantly through commissioning paintings, or admired through other disciplines or performing arts. 


We all enjoy reminiscing over past events, but with art – you can turn those memories into artworks that you can treasure forever. Emotions and art go hand in hand, are a great way to keep a recollection of the event through a nostalgic painting. Commission an artist to bring your fondest memories and emotions to life with contemporary art. 


Expressing emotions through art usually takes on a more modern approach to expression than what most might think, sometimes the contemporary artist uses symbolism in their aesthetic expression. Along with numerous other emotions, transferring one’s emotions from mind to artwork, regardless of the medium, can take multiple approaches.

So how can I help you?

Bridging the gap between what emotions you feel, and your aesthetic expression – Ren Creative Works can help in creating a masterpiece that is fuelled by your emotions, and evoke them in your audience as well. We offer bespoke service to craft your most beautiful emotions into art, and provide tailored services that speak volumes by itself. If you wish to ponder to sonder further, tap into your emotional intelligence and contact me today for more details.t

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