Monday, April 18, 2011

Love the Artist

Monet  Japanese Bridge
 Of the Art pieces here in this posting, I have a favorite.  An artistic style I just adore.  The others are "ok".

What is your style?

Do you even have one? (not an insult... just asking an introspective question)

Does your personal style define you?  Box you into a corner?  Label you?

Can you appreciate what is outside the realm of your "usual"?  Have you tried?

You've probably heard the saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure"...  I imagine it is usually said in reference to the value we place on objects.  But what if we spin the statement a bit and consider it in terms of style?   I have to admit, I am not a fan of all things "country"... music, decor, etc... but can I step back and appreciate it in terms of how it speaks into the lives of those who do enjoy the genre?  I need to be able to see its value... to not discount it as unworthy or devoid of anything aesthetic just because it is not in my personal "play list" or on my shelf.

Style and Art are subjective.
They can't please everyone.
You won't love every piece of art in a gallery or every song on the radio... you don't have to.
God has blessed us with His creative talents and asked us to love one another (not necessarily the art the "other one" creates).

So, even though the other three paintings aren't my personal favorite... I know that they have value and meaning, enriching the lives of others.

Edward Hopper- Route6, Eastham

Picasso - Tete d'une Femme Lisant

Frida Kahlo- Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress

Sunday, April 10, 2011

my current project...

Creating something with your own hands... sigh... gotta love it!

This is what I am working on right now- for a dear friend and her daughter...

Avery's Bee

Friday, April 8, 2011

why create art?

 Laura Wasilowski is a wonderful quilt artist....

We share more than just a first name.
I connect with and admire her creative, "off-the-beaten-path" aesthetic and sense of humor.
This is what she has to say about making "art".

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

my $0.02

So, with all of the amazingly creative and inspired bloggers out there, do I think that what I have to say is all that special or will rock your world?


But, God has placed in me an unquenchable desire to create.  He has led me in this direction against my (self-perceived) introverted nature... gently shoving me in ways that stretch and grow me (isn't that just like Him) even when I don't "feel" like being pushed beyond my comfort zone.

Consequently, I am setting out on this adventure anticipating growing pains, but grateful that my heavenly Father sees me as a valued child- worthy of His attention and loving "course corrections".

My intention with this blog is to share what inspires me, what I create, what God is teaching me through it all-  with the hopes that He will use it to His good purposes- inspiring you and bringing you closer to Him.

I will be praying for you.  And I humbly ask that you would be praying for me.

Monday, April 4, 2011

intro to ART101

art [ahrt]  –noun
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

ART doesn't have to be a stuffy experience in a hushed fine art museum (although that is definitely a pleasure not to be missed in one's lifetime).  ART is what you make of it... your first pair of knitted (and noticeably uneven) socks... the skillfully painted sunsets of our Lord and Creator… the Fruit Loop and yarn necklace that your preschooler made and insists that you wear – to work… your grandmother’s Tiffany brooch that makes you smile from ear to ear with memories of her.  To me ART is that “thing” that is crafted and made (whether skillfully or not) with your hands that expresses who you are, how you feel, what you are passionate about- “what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance” to YOU.  All this to say, you should experience “art” everyday- something that lifts you up, reminds you that you were made in the image of The Creator,  gives you joy.  Find what that is for you… whether made by your hands or someone else’s … enjoy art everyday.