Noel Sales Barcelona
A sketch of the Reluctant Kritik by Rex Borromeo Beo (2016)

Appreciating art is one of my passions.

Although I don’t have the luxury of time to visit galleries and museums, because of either two things: I don’t have the money to go, or I just completely forgotten the date when to go. But whenever I can, I will visit one, stay there for couple of hours, just to savor the works of different artists, whose brushstrokes are the extension of their unique and artistic souls.

I love to see beautiful artworks and imagine how painstakingly the artist had struggled to give birth to an artwork.

I have to something to confess – While I love the work itself, I fell in love even more on the art-making process–the conception, the labor, and the giving of birth to the work. I believe that by appreciating the creative process, you will be able to understand about the value of the work. I know this because as a wordsmith, I know how difficult it is to create a work that will satisfy your own senses and your own soul. Unfortunately, the audience fails to recognize this, and they begin to question whether the artwork should be priced at a certain amount.

While beauty should be freely appreciated, it was the pains and the struggles of the artist, the writer, the musician, the photographer, or the dancer, which made the piece more beautiful and more valuable.

This is what the blog is all about: appreciation.

I am not saying that my opinion about art, culture, and aesthetics is important. Nevertheless, I want to tell the world that I can appreciate–and that I love–beauty and all the ironies of it.

I am Noel Sales Barcelona. I AM THE RELUCTANT KRITIK.

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. (Teresa Amabile)


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