When I’m Not Looking, Art Bombards Me!

David Silva

Are you a fan of the “Arts”? What sort of art calls to you?

Encyclopedia Britannia says: Traditional categories within the arts include literature (including poetry, drama, story, and so on), the visual arts (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.), the graphic arts (painting, drawing, design, and other forms expressed on flat surfaces), the plastic arts (sculpture, modeling), the decorative arts (enamel work, furniture design, mosaic, etc.), the performing arts (theater, dance, music), music (as composition), and architecture (often including interior design).

I can dig all those categories.

Some of us are very invested in the Arts. We are musicians, painters, sculptors, novelists. We show and sell our interpretations of life and the world to others who want to feel what we feel.

Others of us are merely voyeurs. Nothing wrong with that — our lives are so busy  that there’s not often a free moment to just sit and stare at a watercolor or pen and ink drawing. We look, we say, “hey! That’s cool!’, and go on our merry way.

At least we stop.

I think if you love creativity it’s hard to follow only one path. I have a couple of friends in here that do everything from quilting to watercolor painting, from drip art to portraits. It’s such a wide and encompassing world it’s hard to resist playing in it, either by being a voyeur or a participant.

Last night I spent a couple of hours downloading images from an amazing jewelry shop in Japan. Why would I do that? What was I doing there?

As often the case, I don’t know how one thing led to another to another and another and there I was, appreciating the craftsmanship and style of a culture way on the other side of the world from me.

Is it art, though?

I realize my Sunday Galleries are always art from my point of view. You may love Andy Warhol or Claude Monet. You may prefer jewelry artists to barn artists. Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism.

That’s the beauty of Art. It’s something different to everyone.

We all have our tendencies, even if we think we are totally objective. I can see I like structure, texture, and designs that make sense (to me). I like landscapes, jewelry, and sparkly things.

But I try and balance that with truly unique art I’ve never seen before. Discovering artists such as Bisa Butler (quilting) or Ron Ben-Israel (cakes) or Tina Lane (glasswork) or Chris Maynard (feather art) has been the most rewarding and fun times of my life. I mean — who knew they were even out there?

Sometimes an idea pops into my head (scary thought!); other times I see a sample on Facebook or a reference online someplace or even while reading. Some pan out, others are just one special thing among a hundred blah things.  And, OMG, just now, while Googling “What is Art?” in images I just found about six or seven new, wonderful, creative artists! See? You can do it, too!

Stick with me. This ride will open your eyes to the creative world around you.

So tell me. What kind of art do you like?

6 thoughts on “When I’m Not Looking, Art Bombards Me!

  1. Haha! The art my daughters do! 🙂 One is an artist (drawing, painting, etc.), another is graphic arts, and a third is a tie dye artist. But seriously, though probably not my all time favorite, I do really enjoy primitive artists like Grandma Moses. But I also love branching out and find new things here. Privitera was stunning. Thanks for taking the time.

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    1. I am super impressed all your daughters are into the arts! My sons aren’t really interested, nor is most of my family. The closest I have to knowing artists is one good friend scrapbooks and the other crochets. And one who is a painter. But to watch their talent evolve is very satisfying.

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  2. I enjoy all sorts of art but that doesn’t mean I like everything I see. I like the old and the new but I don’t go for famous names. I mean, I like Van Gogh but I don’t like all his paintings because they are made by Van Gogh, do you know what I mean ?

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    1. Ha! I do! I suppose there is a difference between loving a painting, loving a painter’s paintings, and appreciating their work, even though you wouldn’t hang them in your living room. Also there’s a difference in what each one of us think are unique. Talented unique. I’ve come across “unique” artists that paint with blood or with various body parts. That’s not where I’m going. Ick.

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