The Pleasure and Purpose of Art at Home In my friend’s manicured back garden, the tiles of the circular patio are evenly spaced. The rich green grass is neatly edged and a cushioned mat under bare foot. Spilling over the wrought iron seating and table is a glorious Japanese Maple in radiant red. Charming bright coloured bird houses hang from its branches and have already been occupied in […]
Budgeting for Art My two most cherished paintings cost nothing. They are a tempera butterfly and an ‘abstract’; the first by my youngest son and the second by my oldest. They were in nursery school or kindergarten when these came home. Each is framed and I revere them because they are guileless – expressions of budding personalities that have continued to expand into young adulthood. Their creation is now in music, but their natures are still expressed by the butterfly and the abstract. In his later years, Picasso was asked to do a commission for a friend. When he offered the finished painting it was a simplistic line drawing. Like Matisse, very little saying very much. The story goes that the friend was offended that the great artist gave him something so minimal. When queried, Picasso said that it took him ninety years to learn to paint like a child. His famous quote is, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Like music, and the touch of one who loves you, expressive art and simple beauty complete our daily existence and make life worthwhile. As we age we get into our head. We live in a society that reveres intellectualism. But what of the soul? The nature of us beyond the intellectual? […]
A piece of art holds meaning for both artist and viewer creating a dynamic exchange and rapport. It is the expression of emotion or memory or catharsis or transcendency. An artist gathers up an experience and no matter what medium, no matter what subject, no matter what style, if they are an artist – and not a mere chronicler of our times – they will infuse their painting, collage, pottery, photography, dance or poem with every fibre of their being at that moment of creation.