ART is important.
Producing art, experiencing art and enjoying helps shape our cultural identity and sustains our social well being. Artists can inspire, challenge, provoke new thoughts and ideas. Art can give us a fresh perspective on life, the world and our place within it.
It’s been proven that early exposure to visual art, music, or drama promotes activity in the brain, that art nurtures inventiveness, aids development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation and self-motivation, art gives us the tools necessary to understand human experience, to adapt to and respect others’ ways of working and thinking, to develop creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways.
There are many articles to be found on the provens about art, not the least that the arts is a major contributor to the mainstream economy, yet artists face particular income and employment challenges.
Original works of art enliven your space, contribute to your sense of place, creativity and well being; show support for the artist and their work, –
* buy work direct from the artist ensuring those slim margins remain with the artist;
* its not about the artist being famous; its about loving the work – and if you look at enough works from different artists you soon gain a sense of what is ‘good’ art and your particular type; and look at works of art, from a range of artists, for long enough and you will find your tastes and knowledge will grow and contribute to your ways of seeing and being;
* the internet is a wonderful place to find these artists – make sure you leave a note to let them know what you thought of their work, ideas or just a hi;
* encourage art workshops, for adults and children of all ages, in your local area;
* be thoughtful and aware when buying, selling, collecting art or even, doing your own art http://www.iwouldntsteal.net/support.htm
Support artists and buy their works – if the originals are too expensive look at some of the other great products the artist can sell to you such as cards, matted prints, canvas prints and books.
my favourites that i visit and am inspired by are …
Martha Marshall – an artist I ‘listen’ to online, everyday – she is an inspiration and I enjoy her wide-ranging, interesting postings very much. She acknoweldges the works and posts of others, she gives us an insight into the daily meanderings and doings of an artist and I just like her and love her works. Do go see her original works of art for sale at Martha’s Etsy shop.
Bill Kenny … a wonderful haiku poet (a mentor in my mind) whose work I wait to read whenever he posts. Do go see his work and discover a wonderful form of poetry by a well-respected poet.
A new young artist I have only recently found whose current vision, speaks to me and whose blog is on my ‘list of watchables’. Another young lady that supports the blogs and art of others. I look with excitement to see where she takes her gallery.
and not least, from a photographic perspective (of which there are many) one of my favourite ‘thinking’ ones.
happy creating !
(c) 10 October 2008
Gina’s art is available from redbubble
Gina’s published poetry here