How Artistic Types Express Themselves

I believe that artistic types of people show their true selves, deepest thoughts, strongest emotions and even pieces of their subconscious through their form of art. Writers share imaginative and wonderful stories, or release demons that torment them by putting words to a page. Painters project the beautiful scenes in their mind or around them, or the dark images that disturb them in their dreams, onto canvas using brushes covered in oils, pastels or watercolors.

As much as I hate to admit it, this realization came to me one evening this past April while watching an episode of the Bachelor. In that episode, there was this girl, a songwriter, fighting for the affections of this guy while competing with several other girls. When the bachelor asked her directly about her feelings for him, she came off almost kind of ditzy while trying to explain, which ultimately led her to not receiving a rose. What she was able to do, prior to leaving the show, was write a song that was much more expressive of how she felt.

I could relate to her in the sense that I have found myself in many situations where I just cannot get the right words out to explain how I feel. Especially if the feeling is extremely strong. But what I can do is express myself in my writing, particularly through my poetry. I have notebooks and scraps of paper galore with examples of these kind of emotional poetic expressions covering a range of subjects. For this post, I will go back to poems I have shared previously.

The happiest one was written shortly before my fiancé told me he loved me. My first reaction when he did was to giggle. Of course, I said I love you too once the initial jubilation had calmed down. But I could not directly say how much I had wanted to hear those words from him. Instead, I shared with him a poem I had written about how I felt, Candlelight. That, along with a song that was perfect for the situation, expressed everything I could not find the words to say.

The second example was a piece I wrote about my grandmother. She is currently residing in a nursing home. When people ask me how she is, or how I feel in regards to her condition, I usually cannot express the depth of it. The sorrow of watching someone you love suffer, and know there is nothing you can do to help. Finally, I was able to write this, Slow Mourning. It helped unburden the sadness that had been building up inside me over the past year while watching her health slowly and painfully decline.

So here are my suggestions to you. If you know someone who writes songs or poetry, or paints, take the time to let them share their art with you. Chances are, you will learn so much more about them than they will every be able to say. If you are the artist, it does not matter how perfect your artwork is. When you find yourself in a place that you cannot say what you feel, try expressing it artistically, and then share it with the person you want to tell. This may open the door to much deeper, understanding relationships.


  1. says

    Thank you for sharing your heart in this post. I have a niece who is very artistic and at times seems to have difficulty sharing in words. She often comes off as being very quiet and uninterested but I know she really is. This helps give me insight and more understanding for her. Thank you.

  2. says

    I agree with you about being an artist. Everyone has they’re own way of expressing themselves and when you finally find that outlet to show the world who you are it is a beautiful thing :) Great blog!

  3. says

    I’m still waiting to find a way to express myself artistically. Perhaps in my photographs as I am none to happy with my writing or my paintings. I must sit and ponder this, something that I have been doing for close onto 50 years. I reckon I must be getting close to a breakthrough sometime soon.

  4. says

    I think allowing someone to express themselves through what makes them happiest is key. I use this in the business world all the time. For example, when I interview someone, I have a typical list of boring, mundane questions; but then I ask about their hobbies or what do they do to blow off steam, and they light up.

    Because finding someone’s passion is as simple as asking what it is, then sit back and enjoy the conversation. Deep down, even the shyest people like to talk about themselves, you just have to have the right key to unlock that force.

    Good post!

  5. says

    @Debbie: You’re welcome. I’m glad it was insightful.

    @Marie: Thanks! Finding that expression does open a lot of doors.

    @Sire: It’s never too late for a breakthrough. I think that it happens when people are really ready for it. Overall it is a wonderful thing, but sometimes artistic expression opens you up to a subconscious you weren’t expecting.

    @Robert: Thanks! That is true, if you can get someone to start talking about something they are passionate about, you can really see their true personality shine through, vs. the one they put on, especially during interviews. Good technique!

  6. says

    Their energy into art.Because art is a way of communication.
    I have made studies in the reformatories where guilty children are kept. I noticed that children found guilty due to various it.A child having familial problems in reformatory because of committing a public crime was coincidentally the theme of my study.The sixteen-year old child be ing under psychological pressure was confused.
    The energetic child was rather introverted due to the feeling of guilt. Being friends, we cherished the hope of hte goad days we visited workshops. He was so much impressed that he’d also like to do these sort of things.Getting permisson from the reformatory, I look him to my workshop. When he realized that he wasted his energy, he proved to be more creative. He made over 10 works from mud in 3 monthe.Two years later. I met him in one of the colleges in California white attending sculpture lessons. Being in Turkey, I would to like to make studies as an artist and a pedagogue.

  7. says

    What a great post. I am not artistic in any way but, can understand what you are saying.

    My daughter Cait is one that has always drawn even when she was little. Everything piece of paper she could reach had a doodle on it.

    Since she has been blogging (her link is under my name here) she has gotten better at writing, although she is very blunt and sarcastic.

    She is not an ‘excitable’ teenager like many but, if you give her something to draw with you won’t see her jumping & squealing but, she gets a relaxed freedom about her (sorry I just can’t put it in words). She has music playing & is just in her own world. That is her way of being excited.

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  8. says

    @Ahmet & Canvas Art: I’m glad you enjoy the post, and you’re welcome.

    @Sheryl: I’ll take a look at her site as well. I think it is great if someone finds something that brings them satisfaction and peace, and it sounds like drawing is that something for her. :)

    @Michael: So do I. I don’t think people even have to excel and be great at it, so long as they enjoy it and find a way to truly express themselves through it.