Saturday, November 25, 2006

Beauty In Nature

Porlier Pass
Roy Henry Vickers

Anyone interested in Roy's' work should visit his site and peruse his fine work.

Natural beauty is everywhere on our planet, if we only choose to see it.

I remember a time when artistry was revered by most. Now with the advent of internet travel it has again a chance to come back into the lives of our young kids to once again approach the prominence it once had.

Seems today a lot revolves around action activities such as video games, DVD watching, and sports. Art gets third place billing on the walk of life today. Why do you suppose that is? Could the action value and the lack thereof be the cause? Or could it just be less and less people are interested in art. I do not know the answer exactly but it has something to do with the attention span of most folks. We are used to quick clicks of TV and games instead of peaceful serenity brought to us by artistic expression., our lives have become so busy to the point of all encompassing without room for simple admiration of a particular photograph, painting or sculpture.

A renaissance is needed to bring art and artists back into the mainstream of daily life.
So much catastrophic warfare and political strife has taken us away from what is really important in artistic expression. Reflection and the admiration of a particular piece of art causes an inner transformation, bringing about an inner calm to our soul that cannot be found otherwise. Certainly a welcome relief from our daily struggles.

Visit a gallery, surf the net. Art is in abundance with many artists begging for your attention.
If you have always wanted to try artistic expression, sign up for an adult education Art class, see if you can create something new that expresses what is inside you.

Use art for what is meant for, to see into your own soul, and discover what is really important.


Alan said...

DEN, actually I don't shoot pool very much anymore. I still love the game, and still know the shots, but unless you keep it up, you get rusty (plus my eyes aren't as good as they used to be). I practically grew up in a pool hall, with the real regulation-size tables... and indeed liked playing 9-ball. Most pool nowadays is played at bars with smaller tables and is 8-ball... an easier game that almost anybody can play.

º¿carol said...

Surprise, surprise, Mit Romney is a neanderthal. Just saw a headline on Google News where he apparently is making moves to get gay marriage on the ballot so all the other neanderthals can say, "yeah, fuck the gays." Is he still trying to play to the the so-called Christian base? At this point in time? He IS a neanderthal. He thinks he can become president if he plays that kind of card.

I'm still full of hope after the election. I'm thinking people have recovered their wits and will laugh him out of the room! Aren't you sick of that kind of crap? Boy, I sure am!

Jeanne said...

Liked the art Den. I really like Native American art when is had traditional elements in it.

Jeanne said...

Bought more paint today. Man, I'm a one woman economy saver. BTW, the hot item at Menards is a big can of popcorn. No thanks.

Micki said...

Hey! We're back from Ashland, Oregon (well, actually Talent, OR, but no one has heard of that burg!) Had a great Thanksgiving with family in a cozy log cabin with a beautiful, natural black rock fireplace, nestled in the woods. We got home last night, ahead of the snow! It's falling by the bucket, piling up, and drifting, creating the perfect winter wonderland! But, NOT meant for holiday traffic driving! Hope ya'll had a great holiday! (We bought Cool-Whip in Talent.)

Den, I'll bet there are lots of people who claim that art isn't important to them.  If it was pointed out that art is virtually everywhere in their daily lives, they'd be astounded -- the architecture of old buildings, well-designed landscaping, statuary in public parks, historical bridges, music, novels, community theatre, stand-up comedy clubs, lakeside walkways planned for serenity, pottery -- the list goes on. Our lives would not be as rich without the presence of art, so wouldn't it be nice if we took the time to appreciate it and make it a priority?

I like this blog -- because it is an art form, too. The art of communication, for one!

P.S. Carol...Mitt Romney is out of touch with reality.

Micki said...

Shopping? No thanks.

Micki said...

Here's another "art form"

steganography \steg-uh-NAH-gruh-fee\ noun
: the art or practice of concealing a message, image, or file within another message, image, or file

Example sentence:
No doubt, the Internet has enriched society, but it has a flip side; terrorists, for instance, can secretly network online using steganography.

Did you know?
"Steganography" is a word that was resurrected after being in disuse for almost 150 years! It was put to rest in the early 1800s, labeled an archaic synonym of "cryptography" by dictionary makers, but was brought back to life in the 1980s as a word for a type of digital cryptography. There is nothing cryptic about the word's origin; it is based on the Greek word "steganos," meaning "covered" or "reticent."

Micki said...

Rent-a-priest: CALL 1-800-PRIEST-9

These married priests honor ordination as an irreversible sacrament, though the church no longer recognizes them as priests. They are solemnizing marriages — including second marriages and same-sex unions. They baptize babies. They officiate at funerals. They say Masses at healthcare facilities and private homes....

More and more rank-and-file Catholics, whose respect for church hierarchy was shattered by the clerical sex-abuse scandal, are accepting married priests and seeking their services.

About 2,500 married priests have joined an organization called Rent A Priest, which maintains a website that lists the priests' services in a directory called God's Yellow Pages. Rent A Priest is run by a Massachusetts ministry known as CITI: Celibacy Is The Issue.

Hey, Den, on another matter -- imitation is the highest form of flattery! I noticed someone used your choice of rummy pic on his blog!

º¿carol said...

Jeanne, I bought paint, too, but I bought it several weeks ago. Finally cracked a can Monday and got one coat on the hallway. GOD, I HATE PAINTING!!! Wish I was Carol Gates and could hire painters!

Micki, nice to have you back.

Micki said...

Carol, but doesn't it feel good when you're finished?

º¿carol said...

BUT I'M NOT FINISHED YET!!! I'll let you know how good it feels if that day ever gets here.

Micki said...

Over the holiday weekend, our family did a lot of reminiscing about our days in Texas, so I hope ya'll don't mind if I share this....when I lived in Texas, I had the good fortune to meet a number of great Texans, who traveled in and around politics -- three of my favorites: Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower. (I never actually met George W. Bush, but I've been in the same room with him and that was too much for my taste! He gave me the willies even before he became governor. Besides GWB is NOT a great Texan, au contraire.)

To people who know him, Jim Hightower is considered a progressive populist, probably because of his working class, humble beginnings. That's probably another reason why, when he ran for elective office he did so as a Democrat. That's also probably the reason he's considered a Chief Spokesman for Progressive Democrats. Texas has some goofy things that other states don't have -- for instance, the Railroad Commissioner regulates the OIL industry. Hightower ran for Railroad Commissioner as a Dem because he really and truly wanted to regulate Big Oil. But he lost. Then he ran for Agriculture Commissioner as a Democrat, which he won 2X. Then he was beaten by GOPher Rick Perry, who later became governor.

Hightower cast his superdelegate vote for Clinton in 1992, then he became a well-known, very vocal, from-the-left critic once Clinton won.

Later he was the co-chair of Ralph Nader's presidential campaign and he became a kook to a lot of people who thought he'd gone off the deep end in supporting Nader. Then Hightower endorsed John Kerry in 2004 after he got the nomination. He encouraged progressives to vote for Kerry.

All in all, Hightower knows how to effectively bitch because he can do it with intelligence and with humor. He believes that if Americans have had enough, they should get off their butts and take back their country -- he doesn't see the political spectrum as left to right, or right to left -- he sees it as from the bottom up. If the grassroots don't take back their country, they'd better find some thing (and some one) else to bitch about. Hightower can write intelligently about major flaws in our system, but he knows ya gotta participate if ya want to fix anything.

Jeanne said...

THE KITCHEN IS DONE! The hallway is done too. The living room is just three walls away from fini...

When I think about art in everyday lives I think about the movie Pleasantville.

Jeanne said...

My husband called George W a buffoon today. I told him that it was amazing. Everyday I think he can't be any more of a buffoon than he was but he out does himself.

I compare it to Iraq. I keep thinking Iraq is hell and then it gets worse. That country runs red with the blood of mankind.

Micki said...

Ohmigod, Jeanne! I think you've got it! Yes, thinking of Pleasantville in the context of art in everyday lives is spot on! Perfecto!

I think we'll have to rent that movie and see it again. (I love Don Knotts.)

Micki said...

14-15 inches of snow...and more in the forecast.

...reporting from the Great White North, just below the Canadian border.

DEN said...

Micki, time to sharpen up the snow shovel?

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