Thoughts, in no order, I need to get out of my head.
I've been asked along the way to define "art", which is such a fascinating question.
Art is a singular piece, a term to define all created work in the world's history, and also an act of expression with no tactile means. It is emotion and it is business–methodically defined and rule-breaking at the same time. Among the most difficult points to reconcile is that art is simultaneously a money-loaded industry and a simple expression of the heart, and also neither of these.
Art is an educational construct in royal academies and the social rationale of salons. It is the undefined, and also defined, nature to street art. Art is unruly and multi-faceted and for that reason, exciting and intimidating. In most cases art is misunderstood. I am writing to re-introduce you to art, should you have missed at some point along the way the freedom and beautiful expression of human beings that is art.
Art is essentially not about opinions. It's remarkable that most people approach a work and immediately have a personal response (thought or aloud) that is "I like it" or "I don't like it." This is natural and in no way wrong. Art is humble like that: it's invitation to enjoy also doesn't reject the invitation to critique. However, too bad, the basis of it's measure has nothing to do with your preference, except for the little sphere in which you convince people what they should think is "good" or "bad".
It's true–there are principles and values that do exist regarding a "successful" composition that I do love to talk about mostly with folks who think art is only subjective. This is a subset of defining art and design that can create a visually appealing tactile work.
A favorite book of mine (and also famous book) that defines this most accurately that I highly recommend if you're interested in this subject: The Story of Art by E. H Gombrich. I have a fabulous vintage copy of the 1972 version and finding in a thrift store was a good, good day.