Allow me to address first the practical application of art. Yes, I am aware that in any society, no large portion of its members are artists. We may not always be aware of it, as some of the finest works that man has ever produced are often only a drive to the nearest metropolitan museum or even a click away but, high art in particular was traditionally reserved only for the extremely wealthy. An accomplished artist often spent his entire life in study and practice, barely affording the essentials of life and the sometimes extravagantly expensive materials for his work through commissions from wealthy patrons. (Compare to Patreon and what passes for "commissions" these days for an idea of how far we have fallen.) These artists would usually only achieve fame and glory after their deaths. So why then, if we ourselves are not aspiring to this ascetic lifestyle, should you or I care about art, especially the idea of creating it?
Drawing, at least, is the first step in design. From laying out a garden plot, to showing someone how the roof joists will fit together on the shed you are working on, being able to put your ideas down on paper is critical. A sketch can help you arrange the elements of your web site, place major component groups and connectors on a PCB, or show your wife that your lawn would, in fact, look better with a pond in it. Not only for your own use, an organized and well-done drawing is vital when commissioning a job from someone, whether it's a hardware prototype, a masonry chimney, or a dress for your daughter.
Art also improves your hand-eye coordination, as well as attention to detail and powers of observation. Women too, can be especially creative if nurtured properly. Of course, we can't spend all of our time working and studying, we need to put in time and attention to our partners in life as well. Making pottery, cast-resin jewelry, homemade Christmas tree ornaments, or any other artistic pursuit together can be a memorable bonding experience, fostering creativity and a do-it-yourself spirit. Compare this to another evening together, playing with your phones with some trash streaming from the television.
Edited last time by nviridescens on 02/11/2020 (Tue) 09:55:59.