People can relate to the musicality of shapes… Painting is ‘silent music’… Soft and hard edges are similar to loud and soft notes… Harmony, chords, pitch, rhythm, syncopation and timber can all be translated to the visual arts.

~ Clyde Aspevig

A Thousand Li of Mountains and Rivers, a 12th-century painting by Song Dynasty artist Wang Ximeng

Works of art can tell stories or simply express an aesthetic truth or feeling. Above is a panorama of a section of A Thousand Li of Mountains and Rivers, a 12th-century painting by Song Dynasty artist Wang Ximeng.

In these stressful times, art and music provide big relief to our tired hearts and souls. From times immemorial, mothers have sung to sooth and quieten their babies; people have indulged in art, paintings, crafts and music to lift their spirits. Art and Music naturally makes us happy and joyous. So, it’s highly important that we associate ourselves with some form of art or music, it could be as small as picking up a pen and paper to sketch something or creating some handicrafts from unused stuff at home, or plain bathroom singing or even making music by beating the top of your dining table. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe has very nicely summarized the impact of art and music in our lives with this – “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.