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Q: What Is Art?

August is American Artist Appreciation Month… what is ART for you?

Art touches the soul… art is communication… it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing.

~ Nina Baldwin

What Is Art? A Few Famous Definitions, From Antiquity to Today

What is Art? and/or What is Beauty?

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August 17, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Fly, Flight, Fugit

by Squeak Carnwath

“When I’m in a plane,” said Squeak Carnwath, “I often think about things that fly naturally. This work is about those things—bees, flags, snow, bugs, mercury, rain, and flights of fancy.” Much of Carnwath’s work is about her own thoughts, reactions, and memories.

What other things that fly naturally come to your mind?
What does ‘fugit’ mean?

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August 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Cats in Art


15 Cats in Art History Every Cat Lover Would Love
How Our Feline Friends Have Inspired Artists for Centuries
Top 10 Cats Pictured In Famous Art

August 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Katie Meets the Impressionists

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July 11, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Not Only Pie :-)


What can you do with milk and egg… cartons?
Here are some beautiful ideas for a happy “π day!

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March 14, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Dreams

March 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Arts and Kindness

A poem written by Dan Simpson

“It takes guts to be gentle and kind”
and at first the term kindness
can seem rather lightweight
elliptical:
because it’s concise but ambiguous
a peculiar practice
like joy, happiness or wonder.

A leap of faith for
practitioners
arts professionals
policy makers
researchers
funders:
it’s the chicken that creates the egg from which it was born.

And then we hatched some of our own:
an act of imagining
exploring how the arts
can create the conditions for kindness.

Since ancient times human beings
have been driven by a curiosity
for how it is said
how it sounds and how it looks
for exploring key current issues through comedy
for who’s in charge? Who gets to speak?
for going on someone else’s journey
then having to figure out how to get back home
because of object and place
where we belong feels complicated:
a school
a high street
an estate or a neighbourhood
a town
a city
online and off.

The courage in doing something
growing something
crafting something
is rooted in a strong theoretical framework
and academic research
also glitter
a source of fun, beauty, colour and relaxation.

A catapult loaded with all sorts of values
Self-help
Self-responsibility
Equality
Democracy
Equity
Solidarity
usefulness
and delight
(that’s not technically a value
– it should be.)

These values underpin
a deep observation
of human interaction and relations
from scientists
to campaigners
communities
and fellow artists.

What joins these values together?
Prosocial behaviour
cooperation in flux
a community of empathy
these norms become highly internalised
from a very young age.

Plays, films, songs, stories:
the foundation stones
for which people make sense of the world
systemic and diverse
a grinning elbow match
creating a satisfying state of flow.

I didn’t want things to be too polished
but my blades are razor sharp
they trace a figure of eight
making the invisible visible
taking a moment of your time.

Seven o’clock in the morning
Their voices in the dark
As they spoke to each other across the ice
Coloured lights on their skates
Moving together and apart
Tracing their routes
from entry to exit points
becoming like one traveller
connecting ideas with people
science with art
research with practice
the unknown
the unpolished

I didn’t want to interrupt their flow
and some days I didn’t want to talk to people
just stare at the sea
but “love has conditions that need to be met”
it’s a blind process
so focus on the commonalities
rather than differences.

Love and kindness is contagious
it dissipates out
out in the ether
Twitter without the technology
a lot gets said in what is unsaid
it speaks so clearly
it’s the difference between singing together
and singing alone
it’s a passion for building kinder
more caring communities
enabling us to be truly human.

March 1, 2019 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

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