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Ever since birth, folks have called me “inventive,” “imaginative” — “annoying.” (Your stereotypical hyper-active bouncing-off-the-walls-brain-asploding-with-too-many-ideas type.) I can’t help it. I come from an artsy-crafty sort of family. My depression-era parents placed a high value on creativity as a life skill — not just for the inherent sake of beauty, but as a survival technique during tough times. A beloved treasure got broke? Bling it up to cover the flaw! Want some spendy gee-gaw you can’t afford? Make it yourself! In fact, I don’t remember any time in my life when I wasn’t being taught how to use my hands. We made Christmas presents and Valentine cards, school projects and 4-H competition entries, things to keep and things to sell. My mother’s greatest piles of clutter were always art supplies, and I inherited most of them when she died — it’s the one time I didn’t mind her insane hoarding tendencies!
For me, art swings on a pendulum between the head and heart — in the words of Paul Klee, one eye sees, the other feels. art is distilled from experience A certain portion of art-making comes from the unconscious the innocence of eye, to always see as if for the first time, fresh; otherwise, it is just mass producing art. To keep the innocence of the child, in wonder at the universe unknown to us, helps an artist be real, genuine. the innocence of eye, to always see as if for the first time, fresh; otherwise, it is just mass producing art. To keep the innocence of the child, in wonder at the universe unknown to us, helps an artist be real, genuine. To create today is to create dangerously. camus Imagine a life without art. A colorless, soundless, shapeless, tasteless abyss of what we would call “living”. But that, in fact, is not living. It is suffering. A life without art is in reality not a life at all. We all need art in our lives, and we’d be lying by denying it.
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso
Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art. Ernst Fischer
The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche
Art is the daughter of freedom. Friedrich Schiller
A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. Eugene Ionesco
The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history. Robert Rauschenberg
Yes, I know dramatical isn’t a real word – go watch Waiting For Guffman, take a pill, and cut me some slack. When I landed in Los Angeles, I was (almost immediately) bullied into joining a theater troupe by several well-meaning-yet-stealthily-manipulative friends — including my beloved. (He wasn’t the ring-leader, but he sure as hell... Read More
I discovered the joy of lying to readers and calling it art rather late in life. Up until my 40s, I had only ever dealt with non-fiction — cranking out a dichotomous mix of instructional/motivational articles (designed to help folks improve their lives) and snark-laden diatribes (bemoaning the lamentable state of the world in modern... Read More
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