Oh my, I found another artist to adore. Paul Delvaux. Something about the French for me maybe. I mourn the loss of culture in the Middle East and I think of France in the heyday. History moves us along and then we can look back and see what we lost. But the future is not completely bleak. Art, Music, Writing, Medicine, Law, ....all that smart stuff goes on.

It is just the terror of a Trump Presidency that I feel and that stems from its lack of creativity and intellectual accomplishment. It seems crass and scary. So my fear makes me judge. I choose the creative left but I know many feel safer going to the right. Safe...that word gets more important to me the older I get. Yet I still take chances and go outside the box as often as I can.

Then there is the AVC Fine Arts Auction....a television sale program that is under lots of scrutiny and should be. How can anyone send them so much money for art with a capital A. Art as a business turns my stomach. But Im sure it is not all bad. Selling art can be fun...at least that is what my daughter says. I think it corrupts Art. ok ok ok


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Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 31, 2016 at 7:37am

Buying and collecting art as an investment pretty much runs counter to the purpose of expression.  R&L

Comment by Julie Johnson on October 31, 2016 at 8:41am

That's me and my copper trees.  I told someone the other day, I'd give them away before I'd sell them for any price.  It took me all summer to make those trees, and he's thinking he's giving me a compliment by offering me money?  I'm not making them for money, I keep telling him.  You don't pay for time, like that.  sheesh.  Besides, this is sort of funny, I'm supposed to a mechanic's assistant, but the cousins showed back up earlier this year.  I got told ''twisting wire isn't work! "  So off I go to 'my' side of the yard.  Maybe I should start selling something made out of copper, like arthritis bracelets or something.  But, it wouldn't be 'art' ! 

Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2016 at 9:15am

Some would insist that if you're not earning your bread and butter with your work,  you're not an artist. 

However,  these same people disparage much of the work that sells as "crap" and the individuals who earn their keep by selling it as "hacks" and "frauds".

The implication of such critical evaluation and denunciation is that the people who like or appreciate or, heaven forbid, buy the  "junk" are  incapable of understanding and appreciating "real" or "true" art.

They just don't know any better than to like, and even buy,  what is deemed to be little more than "garbage" by the arbiters of artistic creativity and expression.

Theirs is always to be considered and acknowledged as the last and final word.

Talk about having it both ways....

With yourself at the center of the art universe, as the only one with sufficient "expertise" to render such criticisms and judgments, condescension is the norm that others must live with or be dismissed out of hand.

This paradigm makes it impossible for anyone other than yourself to have a valid or acceptable opinion on any aspect of the subject.

Zanelle, be mindful of the fact that there are people who live in a world where it's both impossible for you to be right and impossible for them to be wrong.

Heads, they win.  Tails, you lose.

The neurotic individual builds a castle in the sky. The psychotic individual goes and lives in it.

The trick here  is to avoid  allowing the "reality" of another to become the reality you "transcend".



Comment by Zanelle on October 31, 2016 at 9:40am

Stay true to your visions....and that i why the money thing warps it.  It doesnt have to.  I do respect Norman Rockwell for staying true but really his Heidi series of the beautiful girl next door seem so much more solid than the popular art he did.

My daughter faces this all the time.  Her gallery is in Kona with a stream of international tourists.  great.  But how many art lovers are there in that throng?  She makes little canvas refrigerator magnets that sell reall well and her art is so pretty and colorful it sells too but she has some surreal and she call them...compassion paintings that dont sell at all.  She needs to get them exposed where people would appreciate them.   The money thing drags it all down in my humble opinion.   I have to be quiet tho.  I got a real job.  sigh.  

Your trees are beautiful and if you let the work lead you they will always be a fun part of your life whether you sell them or not Julie.  I sold fish Art while my husband went out to catch fish and I thought that was a nice balance.  He made more money tho.  

Business.  I know people want Trump because of business...but he has no skills.  I dont get it.  Another Casino is closing this week.  Has the world gone mad?!!

Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2016 at 12:13pm

The Trump Taj Mahalia in Atlantic City closed on the 10th of this month.

Comment by Zanelle on October 31, 2016 at 1:09pm

Ron is a musician. He is trying to figure it all out too. Law is an art too. Even garbage collecting can be Art...It is about your life. Im touchy about it all too but there is no need to get defensive.

Not much on the news about the Taj closing. There is an example of Art gone wrong. It was definitely a creation of the Trump brand gone belly up. Success. Bob Dylan said...aint no success like failure and failure aint no success at all.

A brand...it is a funny thing...like style. Someone said to me once "If you've got it flaunt it." I really hated that.

But Quality is something we can talk about endlessly and I love to try to figure it out as it has eluded ma all my life. My mom gave me the message that I was never good enough. I dont want to pass that on and yet I do in the name of honesty. Brutal damn world.

Comment by Zanelle on October 31, 2016 at 1:10pm

Then there is the sayin....those who can do do and those who cant do teach. I never liked that one either.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 31, 2016 at 3:57pm



Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 

about sophistry being sort of the worship of quality

Comment by nerd cred on October 31, 2016 at 8:50pm

I knew I should have read that book in the sixties.

And I don't know if Ron is being wise or hilarious. I do know that I like surrealism, though.

Comment by Zanelle on November 1, 2016 at 12:03am


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