The Amateur Aesthete


Welcome to the newest segment of my blog!

When Lydia Smiles is all about the things that make me happy, the things that I love—the things that make me Lydia— which I want to share with you! I’ve been getting the hang of blogging over the last few months and while I love writing about my spiritual journey, positivity and the Law of Attraction, those aren’t the only things that make me smile. Art forms a big part of who I am as a creative. I’m pedantic about my Instagram layout (which is pretty much themed and features a few collages which I spent a good portion of my day putting together for uploading), I love a good aesthetic on pretty much anything, I’m a sucker for detail and a good story and I love me some artwork (especially Renaissance artworks) and that what this is about.

I studied art when I was in high school and while my drawing skills aren’t (and probably might never be) as great as Van Gogh’s, I always excelled at the theory aspect of this subject (even though I swear, I hated doing art theory). I learned about artists like Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali and, of course, Picasso, among others, so I’m pretty clued up about my artists and my Pinterest is proof of that. This part of my blog, however, isn’t going to be your typical academic breakdown of my favourite artworks. I’m not going to bring you an in-depth look into who the artist was by means of a timeline, or tell you about the brush strokes and whether or not those tell me if the artist was left or right handed. I’m simply here to share with you why I love a particular work of art—how it made me feel, why I love it and what I’ve drawn from it as someone who simply thinks that artists are pretty cool and talented people.

When I thought of creating this segment, I was sceptical because I’d never heard of art bloggers who aren’t academically analytical. For some reason, I was fearful that I’d fail and nobody would like reading a simple take on some of the world’s greatest art pieces. I’m a 90s baby who’s version of ‘art gallery’ is getting lost in Art Twitter, and ‘art appreciation’ is using fangirl language to express how I rate the beauty of the artworks. With the help and encouragement of some of my Twitter friends, I figured I should channel this admiration in a more productive and articulate manner and draw more art lovers my way because, these days, a lot of us are losing touch with the outside world and the beauty that surrounds us every day. Photoshop and social media filters are slowly taking over and replacing traditional art so, as a lover of the fine arts, my one intention for this part of my blog is to remind everyone of a time when a muse had no choice but to pose for hours in front of the artist, and the artist would take his time making real his recreation of what his eyes were taking in before him.

I hope you fall in love with my take on art as much as I love art itself.

Love, Lydia (now also), the amateur aesthete.


11 thoughts on “The Amateur Aesthete

  1. I just graduated with a BFA and this speaks to me so deeply! I took a class and got into a debate over what art really is and your pov is really adaptive to how the world is adapting socially and that’s so important in the art world. 💕💕💕

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    1. I think I disliked art in my high school days because we were TOLD how to analyse it. It always had to be in line with what the textbook said (even when we got to creating art, we had to prove our inspiration as if that’s anything that you could prove even if you wanted to). I want to talk about art in a way that it speaks to me and to have you, a graduate, feel this way about my idea is truly inspiring and encouraging to me so, thank you


      1. Keep doing what inspires you, girl! No one can tell us what does and what doesn’t but us, and it’s not anyone’s job to know what inspires us but ours! 💕

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  2. I hated art in high school, however, photography and Picasso helped me go back into that world. I think that art is within ourselves, within what we believe is good and inspires. Also, what’s your opinion on Picasso’s Guernica?

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    1. That’s a very powerful thought to have, and I agree! I didn’t get to study Guernica in high school as one of Picasso’s works but I do understand that it’s a political piece about the tragedies suffered during the Spanish Civil War. Personally, even without having to look into what inspired Picasso, I felt the weight of the piece just by looking at the faces of the people in it and of course, the colour scheme he chose is also telling of the pain and suffering the people of Guernica experienced during that point in time- you can feel it from the painting and I think he achieved his motive of telling this story really well

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      1. I was lucky enough to see it in person in Madrid and it was just a breath taking experience… It is a huge paining that takes part of the wall, and everybody who observes it just stands there quietly and takes in the message. Nobody talks, nobody screams, as if they were trying to respect the lost lives, the victims of that tragedy.


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