- 03/01/2017Attention all designers, creative types, and those who love creativity!19 Ingenious Design Books to Inspire You in 2017www.wired.com Put down your gadget, pick up a...
- Producer20/12/2016Money and artIt's obvious to buy art one must be rather wealthy. But to produce it, the creative person at least should have a source of money that is paying the rent and bills.How to achieve this? I have no idea. I have been blessed to be born in a family with...
Comments24/12/2016 #21 Bernard PoulinSimply a clarification : all of what we produce in our lifetimes as creatives is "artwork" not "art". Artwork is the "thing" that we work on and produce as a product which can be purchased. Whether "art" emerges from that product is another matter all together. Painters, sculptors, dancers, writers all want to produce, one day, that humungously important work that reaches out beyond our navels and touches and moves others to the point where they are transfixed by the power emanating from that creation we have made. That's all we can hope for - that some of what we have made becomes motre than it appears to be in the beginning. Basically, money is never associated with "art"since art is un-buyable. As it is an enigma, a wondrous non-thing which is spiritual rather than physical, it cannot be bought. It is free to whomever looks upon it and is moved. Yes, we can buy the thing that holds the art (for example : the painting of the Mona Lisa belongs to the Louvre museum in Paris, but Mona Lisa "herself" belongs to the world - free and gratis. This is what “may” one day make our artwork valuable - i.e. : when it lives and breathes within others and beyond its physical self. Only then is there art. Only then are we "artists".21/12/2016 #20 Phil FriedmanIt's necessary for would-be artists to face a couple of truths. Foremost, that not everyone who aspires to produce worthwhile art can do so. Yes, "beauty" (read artistic value) is in the eye of the beholder, but if it is only in your eye, consider taking up auto mechanics or some other trade, if for no other reason than to support yourself. Second, consider pricing your are so that it is affordable for ordinary people to own. My wife and I buy and display only original art in our home. We once bought a beautifully framed fairly large piece that we absolutely from the Miami artist Jeff Laibson for $800. We would not consider selling it, so have never had it valued, but I think it must be worth more than 10 times what we paid for it. Could not afford one now, but became big Laibson promoters because we could buy one then. IMO.21/12/2016 #19 Paul KemnerIt's tragic, but most university arts programs set their students up for failure. It's time the arts establishment got over the Salon de Paris, and put the narrative of the Starving Artist aside as a toxic product of 19th century Romanticism.
When making art for *any* audience is construed as selling out, it's time to reject that worldview. The barriers to finding an audience for your art/music/whatever have never been lower.
Educating the public that art or craft is worth paying for is a separate issue, and one that's particularly bad in the USA.21/12/2016 #17 Max🐝 J. Carter#10 It's cool that some paces are already doing something similar. I am thinking big I am talking a place big enough that if everyone chips in there is plenty of time to do everything else.
Many of the homeless artists I know would be glad to work the land to never have to do commercial art or worry about it being profitable.
The process you described is what has killed art in my opinion and is killing artists who are starving to death because they don't do it according to that system which is exclusionary by design.
We can see homeless street artists the world over. Their art every bit as moving and often more so and every bit as relevant to the world as a hole for having artists who still have the drive to create art for arts sake no matter what.
.21/12/2016 #12 Eeva Maria Karhunen#6 You have a very romantic idea of artists. Many, who are cold hearted and yet passionate, professional and strict about it, might not want to compare vital bodily functions to the importance of work. But nevertheless, a good reply and nice that you wish me so well. Thank you!21/12/2016 #11 Eeva Maria Karhunen#8 Sometimes it's all about matreial, and what the audience/buyers want. It's difficult to say is it against the principles of creating an authentic piece of art or moreso leaning towards commission based work. At least, like many artists, the guy you write about created an innovation - even if he didn't financially profit of it.21/12/2016 #10 Eeva Maria KarhunenMany of those "homeless artists" #9 might be only discovered after their passing. Sadly, so. But the professional art world demands are quite different: you need to promote, go get, market, exhibit, be there, be a somebody. Not a sack of clothes laying in their bones down the street. The art world works in the terms of capitalism give and take, alike all other markets.
You are making a good point on the 300 years of rich people. This trend has passed though, for the most part, since the rich people are nowdays making their own creative projects: music videos, tunes and other commercial whatnot.
Your dream is quite beautiful as an ideal thought. I wish you good luck with it and all that goes with. I hear in Barcelona, Spain there are lot of communities you describe in your reply. Also Berlin, Germany might have something similar going on. Especially the Friedrichschein district once a center of underground art. But yet again, this dream only serves certain kind of artists. It seems to be for people who, including their creative processes, are willing to lead towards ecological living and self-sustaintable lifestyle. Very much good idea for hippie artists looking to save the world, not only sell their art and work as a professional artist. Living in a community like that takes all your time. Carrots don't grow themselves. So, if you'd like a job title fine artist/gardener, the community would be the best grounds for that.20/12/2016 #9 Max🐝 J. CarterI see a lot of homeless artists on our streets who keep finding a way to create anyway because nothing else will do.
The renaissance happened because for 300 years rich people threw money at artists to create art for arts sake.
My favorite daydream is rich people investing in self sustaining arts communities that includes the artists growing their food and bringing in in ever kind of artist. I detail it in one of my buzzes.
I call it the Independent Arts Community and the dream is to build a bunch of them and create an art network20/12/2016 #8 Dean OwenI told a brilliant but invisible artist from a wealthy family that he needs a story or a theme. It could be doing Warholesque silk screens of Kim Jong Un, doing time as a political activist, suicide art, painting a sunset from the same location 365 days in a row, or whatever. He was too clean. Nothing interesting about his background. He started painting Buddhas and using gold leaf. Great stuff, but a dime a dozen these days in Asia. He still struggles.20/12/2016 #5 Mohammed A. JawadAh, with ease you’ve put down what it means to be artistic, and how ranks a journey that’s creative and challenging. Sometimes life creates different scenes, and one has to go through it…after all, life is like an ordeal. Wow, to be someone and have nothing, and yet take up newer roles is a great spirit. Keep up your aspirations, be courageous…and one day life becomes a lot easier, with unwavering commitments and honest strife. Start simple, grow big, with patience!
- Producer18/12/2016My work on DegreeArt and The Hornshaw Gallery / Mi trabajo en DegreeArt y The Hornshaw GalleryI am happy to announce that I was approached by www.degreeart.com and www.thehornshawgallery.com and I accepted their offer to represent me!! My work for sale can now be seen on their websites and I sold four pieces through DegreeArt earlier this...
- 01/12/2016For all my Spanish friends and creative types everywhere:Fear + Loneliness in Beautiful Spanish Web Comicseyeondesign.aiga.org In 2013, illustrator and former art director Ana Galvañ launched a web-comic platform called Tik Tok to promote the work of young Spanish and Spanish-speaking authors. It was also a kind of backlash to the fetishization of the printed fanzine. “I...
- Producer01/11/2016Creativity Draws on the Deep Well of the PastOctagonal Well in the Cloister of Giuliano da Sangallo, Faculty of Engineering, Via Eudossiana, Rome___________________In the tetralogy “Joseph and His Brothers“, Thomas Mann states, “Deep is the well of the past...”. Sometimes this well is...
- ProducerThe Move - by River (My dog)Where the F*ck are the rabbits? What happened? Why are we here? I don’t understand? The other day I got picked up for doggy daycare and then the craziest, messed up thing happened. The doggy daycare lady took me somewhere I had never been. She had...
Comments09/10/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichClosets are a moving dog's best friends. My girls learn about packing really young. I hope the lobby situation gets sorted out, as being picked up for each exit and entry will eventually get to a be a big pain. I had to carry Zanzi around for two months last summer.... Happy House Warming!
- ProducerDoes this marathon make me look fat?It was 2001. Exactly one year and 3 days after quitting smoking, a pack a day of true Cowboy Killers, Marlboro Reds no less. Most of you don’t know this about me. I smoked for years. I loved smoking. In high school we actually had a...
- ProducerMiddle AgeI am either having a mid-life crisis or just one of my usual nervous breakdowns or maybe both. It’s been really ugly. I’ve been really ugly. I know the usual nervous breakdown part started with the holidays but the middle-aged crisis started...
Comments15/10/2016 #15 Shelley Brown@Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks so much for your lovely sentiments. It's funny, I remind myself the same thing. I bought myself a dozen roses the other day. Miss connecting regularly but sucked up by the corporate vortex. Hope you are well. I have never met you and I know you are beautiful because of your spirit.13/10/2016 #14 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Shelley Brown, you are lovely both on the inside and out. I think women really tend to be hard on themselves. I'm sort of going through something similar right now, so I can relate. I keep trying to remind myself that I do not choose friends etc... based on their looks. I'm attracted to others based on how they treat others. I'm attracted to others who accept me for who I am. I think it's good to remind ourselves to accept who we are and where we are in life. Even give ourselves a big high five once in a while!!11/10/2016 #11 Laura Mikolaitis@Shelley Brown, you are beautiful both on the inside and out. It radiated when we first spoke so many months ago and it shines in your writing. Embracing our naked self is challenging, as we've discussed in posts before and we can often get sidelined and side tracked. I struggle with it myself - letting my outside guide my inside. But we are more than what meets the eye - underneath we are strong, intelligent, vulnerable, and caring human beings. We are flawed, but who isn't? I so, so love this post and I love that you've let your vulnerability shine through. You are an amazing person, Shelley and I am glad that we crossed paths. Here's to embracing all that we are!10/10/2016 #8 Praveen Raj GullepalliA beautiful confession! I think the word ACCEPTANCE too belonged in that list at the end ;) Most of us, if not all, would eventually have to look in the mirror and perceive not just one's imagined reflection, but reality - pleasant or not. I think it is the hardest to accepts oneself as we are...as we have been made...and it might take years or even lifetimes! For the real life begins then. When you learn to work within the limitations and strive to overcome them and use the situation to the best advantage. LOL yeah, Madonna sure gave some a boner...but it was a goner for me when i read somewhere (mind you, no way for me to validate!) that when she got started she had noticeable B.O. and B.B. ...underarm hair suspect in the former issue. Still love her heartshaped face...and some of those old numbers...all this reminds me of another contemporary of hers - Cyndi Lauper with her squeaky cuteness fun overload...Time after time...Thanks Shelley Brown, for reminding me of the dark moments in my life that I outgrew only after accepting that though it is inspiring to dream, it is healthy to accept reality.10/10/2016 #7 Chas ✌️ Wyatt@Shelley Brown, it is all relative. I remember when "Like a Virgin" came on the radio waves, because someone I worked with was enthralled with Madonna, and at the time it made me wince. But, my co-worker thought Marilyn Monroe was still alive and couldn't understand why she dressed like she was living in the 50's- go figure. I couldn't help it; I had to pop her bubble. I eclipsed "middle-age" a long time ago, although I may look a good ten to 15 years younger than most of the people I meet around my age; I still have long dark hair, well, there's some smoke on top of the chimney, but, I certainly don't expect to live to 120 and my body is starting to tell me that I'm not as young as I think I am. Madonna may be one thing, but, how's this?- Gwen Stefani just turned 47. "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." ~Samuel Ullman.09/10/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichPerhaps gratitude comes in smelling for rabbits.....inhabiting primal urges can put aside all the layers of accumulated thought. Unfortunately, the honest truth is you will forget to revel in a sunset, but our big brains are there to help us remember to turn them off of societal-based thinking as often as we can remember.
I just saw a video of two vocal geniuses, wearing every bit of the ravages of age they had experienced, throwdown simply for the joy of still being alive.... the year he died - Rick James and Teena Marie. I am moved precisely because of how unpolished the whole proceeding is. Nothing to judge here, just something to experience.
- Producer06/10/2016IHS Markit Fall Festival 2016- Benefitting the Denver Dumb Friends League 🐶🐱What a perfect #Fall day for our very FIRST #IHSMarkit "Fall Festival" in #Englewood/#Denver! Check out what some of our colleagues crafted! Happy Fall Ya'll! :-)-Melissa...
- Producer29/08/2016I will be back and the search is on to gather the best of I will be back with nectar to contribute my share along with awesome co-beBee's. Yeah! that's an uniqueness of the best Bees.. Welcome to buzz and share the nectar of contributing aspects related to specific group. Whether it's Creativity and...
- Producer29/08/2016Can we see the buzzes and hives globally as beBee Worldwide(Please keep hovering on nearby the points of pollen and aroma. The nectar you and me to share and carry the potential positivity with hovering over worldwide over the gardens all across the global locales)Can we see the buzzes and hives across...
- Producer28/08/2016Holy Hellacious Home InvasionI thought I was going to die. No seriously. I felt like I was imprisoned. It was as if someone suddenly hit me over the head and then when I came to, I had the most searing sharp headache along with that sick nauseous feeling that only accompanies...
Comments29/08/2016 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#6 #5 Because cats know that doggie daycare is it own best reward (and circle of hell) for acknowledging you know how to play nicely with others...my girls have always sworn by the fox amendment....we are not pack animals, we will be much better off hanging around our own den.29/08/2016 #7 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#3 In many ways, it was the outcome of that 5 month period and the story of what happens when college friends become actual adults and the ways responsibility means different things in different lives. If my friend didn't have a PhD, I might wonder if she was your doggy daycare provider....28/08/2016 #3 Shelley Brown#2 Thank you Deb @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for many things including reading this story, relating to it and for teaching me a new word: Denouement. In fact, I will use it in a sentence right here, The friend let your dog run away? I hope this is not the denouement of your friend borrowing the car story.28/08/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGeez, the way you can take an assault and turn it inside out. I truly wish I could transmute it so quickly. Given that River's sense of smell is 40+ times greater, we can only imagine the trauma - cancer? - we are inducing by all the smelly rubber and scented products that we apply to cover up the lovely scent of these marvelous canines we get to have by our side.
Once, in my 3 week old car, a friend borrowed it because she let her car run out of gas. She spilled gas on the floor of my backseat because she just used a random tupperware from the convenience store as they didn't have any approved containers. I said, this is not OK. And when the febreeze was applied, I reversed my opinion and said the gas was OK. This is effing lethal. It took weeks and a constantly rotating supply of baking soda to not resent driving in my new car. And then that friend let my dog run away....
What a complex set of circumstances intertwine in this thing called life. I will read this the next time I want to transmute an ongoing experience, @Shelley Brown.... maybe I can write a different denouement.