Discovering Yourself Through the Art You’re Drawn Toward.

The type of art you’re drawn toward will reveal a lot about yourself.

There are many art pieces that are recognized by the majority of the population in the States, Stary Night by Vincent Van Gogh, being one of them.

When I talk about art in this case, I am talking about paintings in particular. Music is also art, and like music, you won’t always like everything you hear.

After Van Gogh, Michelangelo was the next artist I discovered. It was his work on the Sistine Chapel (it’s more than just this single piece) that amazed me.

These vibrant paintings left me in awe because of the thought that some guy had created something so brilliant.

I had a positive attitude and a sense of the world being fair and all good.

Goya’s Black Paintings Artwork:

These paintings are a polar opposite to the vibrant colors used in the art paintings mentioned above. It began as being drawn to them and analyzing them for a minute too long than I normally did.

The darker colors he used around the center of his pieces made the painting that much more intense. It was Saturn Devouring His Sons painting in particular that captured my attention.

Following my attraction to this and other black paintings from Goya, my attitude toward the world was changed. I didn’t know it at the time, but I know my outlook shifted to life being unfair and all bad.

Negative life events ended up confirming these feelings and were followed was a long string of losses.


The point I am trying to make is that you can use paintings that you’re drawn to to understand yourself.

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement. – Baltasar Gracián

When I had no money all I could afford was looking at books of art pieces (I couldn’t even make it to the museum).

Some of the first pieces made me question if I would amount to anything close to what these men have accomplished. I wondered what the difference was between them and myself.

I knew they weren’t spending their time getting into trouble the same way I was. They were obsessed with their craft and becoming the absolute best at it.

I knew I had to look at the world for how it was (my awful life choices) and not what I wanted it to be (making the same mistakes but expecting a better outcome).

I used a mix of different mental models (ways of thinking), to get myself out of a victim mentality and toward a proactive approach to life.

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