The Softer Side of Art is an artist movement that includes delicate lines, movement, form, and design. Some, but not all, gentler art designs may have natural content and may be described as feminine–softer in line and form. The art may take the form of a massive mural that tells a story or be small in size and contain elements of beauty and appear very delicate. The message may tell about a community, plight of a people, a message of hope, or simply inspiration and beauty. Often female artists bring a delicate element and a nurturing emotion to their art. This type of art can replicate the gentler side of nature–the process of nature. It does not include the violent side of nature. At the same time, a gentler art is not weak but rather conveys a strong message often provoking emotion including inspiration and a sense of beauty. The gentler side of art moves the viewer to a sense of “awe”.

This gentle side of art is not religious in content. It embraces beauty and exquisite design that creates an environment of inspiration.

Art doesn’t have to shock, frighten, emit egotism, or overwhelm the viewer in order to provide inspiration. The gentler side of art has beauty, design, flowing form, and movement. It can take the viewer to a peaceful place, or move the viewer to action. Art can be beautiful just for beauty’s sake. There can be a nurturing aspect to it, or, it can be pure inspiration.

It is not to say that there are no male artists that do not inspire, create beauty in their work, and leave the viewer awe-inspired. One of the author’s favorite artists is Andy Goldsworthy. Even though, Goldsworthy’s work is astounding, some works of art demonstrate the delicate touch only female artists bring to their work.

For centuries, man has dictated what type of art is created–what style, design, and form. Statistics tell us that more women are attending universities today than ever before. Therefore, it would be logical to say that more women artists are creating art today than ever before. Is this statement true? Is it too difficult for women to blaze the trail and become recognized artists by creating art in their own style–without conforming to the style of art which is popular today? In this way, the female artist faces the decision; create art within the guidelines set up by the constraints of male artists or branch out to establish her own style–which may not lead her to success. The author believes regardless the outcome she must hold true to her own style.

Female artists are blazing this trail. Lead artists in this movement include Meg Saligman, mural artist, of Philadelphia, PA, and Anne Nye, glass and mixed media, of Omaha, NE.

In writing this article on the Softer Side of Art, it is not the intent of the author to insight controversy and pit male artists against female artists. In this article the author is merely expressing her viewpoint of the emerging artist’s movement that, for a change, a breath of fresh and new air that’s blowing on the art scene. It’s the Softer Side of Art movement that is making a statement and will not go away. The Softer Side of Art has arrived.