Artists and Interest 3/2/2014
What is Interest?
Interest is attention.
People put attention on things they consider worthy.
Aesthetics and beauty draws attention. Children respond very well to pretty
Art of every type gets interest. Art is aesthetics.
Children are generally high toned emotionally. They are enthusiastic or very
cheerful. They like art.
Danger gets attention. Sane people are interested in things that could harm
People that are low toned emotionally are interested in low toned things. Items
of destruction, suffering and death, attract low toned people.
Angry and antagonistic people are interested in forceful things things.
Artists can create harmony or discord. Either will potentially create interest. It
depends on who you are addressing the aesthetics towards, high toned or low
In my opinion, art is a power flow into an area. Art directs interest and attention.
My point is do you want to paint an aesthetic picture of a killing machine? Do
you want to create music that leaves people upset with life?
You can pull people down with your creations.
As an artists, do you want to direct peoples interest and attention to survival
You can pull people up with your art!
Related article Emotional Tone Scale.
A Different Angle
What communicates to people? What communicates is what interest them.
As a corollary if you can communicate to people about something, their interest
will grow. Does that make sense to you?
If you want people to be interested in mathematics, show them how math can
aid their future survival. By the way, counting change is not a good example as
only the very young can't do that!
If you want people to be interested in art, you will find it is very simple. Show
Give them a brush, a pen, a guitar or anything they can create with and they
very likely will.
Whatever the subject, it has to have some reality with the people you're trying
You can't discuss biology with a child, they will have no interest nor would an
adult, unless they have some knowledge of the subject.
By the way, the first barrier to discussing biology is the definition of biology.
My sister-in-law was taking college classes and all was well except for one
class. I asked her which one was that. She told me Ichthyology (study of fish
:-). I asked her what that meant? She had no clue.
Supposed You want Someone Pursue Science?
How would you interest them?
I would suggest some light communication about science. You would need to
observe very closely that you don't put them to sleep with terminology that is
over their vocabulary. Just one word that is not understood correctly and they
will not understand your communication!
If you can communicate and keep them understanding you, observe that you
are not trying to make a test tube cleaner out of a world class piano player or
In my humble opinion, the artist is far more valuable than the scientist. Artist
rarely contribute to the development or use of weapons of mass destruction.
Science creates weapons and passes them out with no responsibility for their
Your interest for the child are no where near as important as what the child
Let me rephrase that for you, try to get your spouse to do something that they
totally do not want to do! Get ready to duck!
As an artist, you create interest with every word you write, every stroke of the
brush. Play the musical instrument well, attention always is drawn. An actor
attracts attention, interest, by acting.
The artist creating interest is merely done by being yourself and doing your art.
The more you “art” the more interest and attention you will gather.
Merely show a child art as you create it, there will almost always be immediate
interest. You have a blank canvas to create on, the child's mind!
By the way, I've heard that famous people become wealthy people so draw a
lot of attention by creating!
Feel free to ask questions. I have many, many articles written to help people
get along with each other.
Life is grand and you should be enjoying it. The game of life is in progress.
Lets all be winners!
Create a better world!
Tip for handling Children:
You have an angry child (probably would work on your spouse but slower). It's
bed time and you're putting an angry child down to sleep.
It would be nice to handle the upset now rather that perhaps neglect it and add
it to all the others that may have been neglected? Perhaps?
Just sit or lay down near the child. Do not talk or try to engage the child.
Be patient, children are not stupid (nor is your spouse).
Soon, the child or your spouse will wonder what you're up to, just being there
and not communicating. (You've probably never been silent before, eh?)
The fact you are quiet and not being upset yourself will go a long ways to
Normally, a child will originate a communication to you, wanting to know what
your doing. You can answer at the point you can be civil with the child or your
Your spouse may choose to make you wrong for a long time. If you continue
the silence, sooner or later they will start talking. I bet you!
Do you have suggestions for a “How To” article? Let me know :-)
Listen and Guide, Someone to.
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