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July 25, 2013 / anthonykzullo

What is Art

TImagehere are so many different pieces of art out there: novels, paintings, movies and more.  All of which are products that are produced with different mediums, like writing, music, and film.  So a thought crossed my mind today.  What connects these different pieces and mediums?  What exactly do they all have that defines them as art?  When does a doodle become a painting and a string of words become a short story?

What is art?

To me, at the heart of all these pieces, is a story.  For novels and movies, it’s clear that the artist wants to take you on a journey, and they do so with words, pictures, or sounds.  For a sculpture or a painting, it’s different.  The artist has created a piece of a story, like a character or some setting, and it’s the job of the viewer to interpret what the story is supposed to be.  Music and poetry can do differing amounts of both.

So what is art?  I would argue that most, if not all, pieces of art are byproducts of a story, and the story is at the heart of every piece.

But then comes the question.  How do you improve a piece of art?  How do you become a better storyteller?  Well, the answer to that question is the topic of my next post:  3 Tips on How to Become a Better Storyteller.

Anthony Zullo is a novel writer who aims to self-publish his book in late 2013 or early 2014 The Guardian’s Charge:  Book I of the Bloodborn Series, which is a paranormal/dark urban fantasy about what happens when the six alien Gods of Niburu return to Earth to decide the fate of all Life.  To follow his pondering thoughts and to communicate with him, check out his twitter @anthonykzullo.

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