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  1. KC

    Art in the broadest sense is at the very essence of my life- as an appreciator, creator, experiencer of … This is a huge question. Not much else to say for now.

    2 years ago
  2. Lisa Alvarado

    Art is an antidote to hopelessness and despair.
    Bent
    My fingers
    at the joints
    swell with memories of hard work.
    They curve
    like a rake
    of time
    like a scythe of possibility.
    What I collect and shred
    and return
    to a place made over and over with the intention to beautify
    to preserve
    to rend into nothingness.
    The way this life
    collects me, sharpens the hard places,
    shines the lovely in me
    and quietly breaks me down.

    2 years ago
    1. KC

      Beautiful Lisa. Thank you!

      2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      Beautiful–thank you for sharing.

      2 years ago
  3. Don Jones

    When I am in the workshop, it is 70’s rock music as the background to working with my hands. I have an air-guitar collection you know – 10 of them.

    2 years ago
  4. Rabbit

    Art is definitely my rescuer from bad times and something to celebrate in good times. I love most kinds of art like nature, poetry, good books, paintings, and other art too. I love to create it but don’t take time very often and when I do I am pretty particular so I am a very slow creator. I have also done several art quilts, mostly wall hangings. My husband was a fine art minor in college so he is much better than me at drawing. He doesn’t have much interest these days but he will sometimes help me. I love that this community shares art in the gratitude lounge. Thank you all who post there. May you be blessed with beauty this day and every day.

    2 years ago
  5. Mica

    Yes and yes!

    2 years ago
  6. KC

    Barb, Thank you for this. Wow! What an exceptional poet and inspiration. I have signed up for her daily poem. Her tributes to Vincent – oh my … Have not even made it to the creative collaboration yet. I so appreciate your sharing this! … KC

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      Oh good! I love her work. I frequently record poems as messages to my two daughters who live far away and they’re often hers.

      2 years ago
      1. KC

        Barb, Wow. What a beautiful practice – sharing poems with your daughters. I am fairly new to exploring, embracing and appreciating the immense gift of poets and poetry in our lives and words. Such a gift you give to your daughters. Thank you for sharing the inspiration of Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer with us here. Warmly, KC

        2 years ago
  7. Hermann-Josef

    Well, I studied fine arts and I like to make music since my childhood. Since 20 years I sit with my tanpura singing what I learned from my Dhrupad teachers or play my lute . I still need to do that. it is like some kind of therapy for me after coming home from work in the hospital. I am happy to have this outlet

    2 years ago
  8. Carol

    As an appreciator, I am in awe of folks who paint. I’ve never had a lot of money to buy paintings but have been gifted with some pieces that bring me joy and, believe it or not, have found some affordable treasures at both second hand and consignment stores. As a creator, I started singing before I started going to school. The Hit Parade was my favorite radio program and I would listen intently and memorize the words and the melodies to all the big hits of the 1940’s and 50’s. I used to sit on the front porch in my little rocking chair and sing my heart out. In college, I majored in drama and minored in voice. I spent over 30 years acting in community theatre productions playing everyone from Maria in “The Sound of Music to Mrs. Kendall in “Elephant Man.” I also like to write poetry and have shared some of my poems on this website. It always brings me joy when I get a response from someone who found the poetry helpful. Until recently, I wrote biblical monologues and performed them at various civic and church related events. I also became a sponsor for my college Alma Mater’s Creative Arts Department. I love live theatre and music recitals. It’s a joy to see young students following their dreams of a career in the arts. Health issues my participation. I no longer mount the stage but sharing my journey with you this morning has me smiling. I give thanks for the memories!

    2 years ago
  9. Butterfly

    I appreciate the art in my garden; all the different forms of flowers, some flat and wide open, some like trumpets, big blousy ones, masses of tiny ones and, oh my, all the colours!! I also enjoy creating the spring and summer displays in the pots on the patios. I can’t do the actual planting but I design and then direct my gardener. I used to create greetings cards but illness has stopped being able to do this which has saddened me but I can still do small amounts of sewing. And cooking! I love making up recipes, usually something that I’ve found online or on TV that I adapt to my taste vegan lifestyle. These are then cooked up by my lovely carers while I supervise 😂

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Butterfly! Aren’t plants wonderful?! Your created spring and summer displays sound wonderful.

      2 years ago
  10. Barb C

    I live with art and usually make it part of vacations in some way. Our house has several original paintings. I brought some of these home from trips so they represent my interaction with the artist. I’ve been to New Orleans twice on business trips and both times got paintings I love. Our art expresses some themes for us: our love of corvids and birds in general, bicycles, and music. When I travel I try to find an art museum or local gallery to visit.
    In a very small-scale way, I create art by painting “kindness rocks” and leaving them for people to find at bus stops and in nearby parks. They may have simple designs, flowers, or a short saying. Looking at each rock’s shape and color and thinking about how I will work with that and respect it even as I transform it puts me in a state of flow that I appreciate.
    Taking this as “the arts” as others have done, I love live theater and one daughter majored in musical theater so I’ve been to many a performance. I played piano and flute as a young woman and have the piano I learned on; I occasionally sit and play and enjoy knowing this other language even if I’m not as fluent as I once was.
    I sometimes think about those who didn’t have my opportunities to learn both to create and to appreciate and it saddens me. Everyone deserves to have art in their lives, to be taken beyond and outside of the everyday.

    2 years ago
    1. Michele

      I found a painted rock on vacation with my daughter and it brought me so much joy. I have it in my front rock garden. I would buy one from you, lol.

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      Kindness rocks! What a wonderful idea! Maybe I’ll do that sometime.

      2 years ago
    3. Carol

      Barb, What a beautiful message. Thank you for sharing. I especially liked hearing about your trips to New Orleans. I lived there for 5 years in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I did a stint as a blues singer at the Court of the Two Sisters, Bourbon street side which was a bar at that time. I think it serves as a sandwich shop these days. I agree that everyone deserves to have art in their lives and am sadden that many of our public schools have cut them out of the curriculum.

      2 years ago
      1. Barb C

        Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful story, to be a blues singer in News Orleans!

        2 years ago
  11. Charlie T

    I do enjoy art in many forms and I like going to museums and listening to music. I also experience art in the natural world and in the daily observing of the world around me.
    As for making art, I enjoy taking photos and my job as a videographer and editor, while I wouldn’t call what I do Art, it does let me play with aesthetic and form, but it’s mostly problem solving. Occasionally, I can get lost in the process, and that feels good to me. And of course getting paid is very rewarding. 😁

    2 years ago
  12. dragonfly

    Art gladdens my heart. When I paint I get lost in my creation. When I hear music my feelings deepen. When I see ballet I get drawn into the story, the movement and the scenery. Art helps me to be free of my worries, my hard feelings, all my stresses, at least in that moment. Art is my liberator. Art is creation. Art can show me the essence of who I am.

    2 years ago
  13. devy

    Music has always been my way of art. I played the keyboards and sax for many years when younger but they Went on the sideline. When I retired I got back to recording keyboards again and 2 years ago I started to learn guitar. Music brings joy to me either by playing or listening

    2 years ago
  14. EJP

    My garden is the place of art in my life where nature helps me create amazing beauty, fragrance and nourishment for all to appreciate and enjoy.

    2 years ago
  15. Antoinette

    Today is the filth day of migraine attacks, so the quote of the days is about waiting and the art of waiting.
    Stuffing and the art of suffering- I didn’t want to give in and get help to stop the pain of the migraine. I thought it would go away . It’s getting better when I wait for the iv to work . I’m sorry to complain. I’m trying to see that life is not always the way we want it to be . I’m fighting back the tears of feeling lonely.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Yes, Antoinette – I strongly echo Kevin – Don’t be sorry about ‘complaining’ about that painful situation! Warm wishes to you – 🙂

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thank you Mica. 💕

        2 years ago
    2. Kevin

      Oh my goodness, Antoinnette, you are dealing with so, so very much here. No wonder you are feeling sadness and of course you are close to tears as well. I have a few friends who also struggle with intense, prolonged migraines and even from my angle of view it seems like a horrendous condition to live and cope with. So don’t think for a moment that anyone here thinks that you are complaining. Instead, you are giving us a chance to hold you in thought, prayer, and love and also in conversation when and however it is a source of comfort for you.

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thank you so much Kevin. I appreciate so much your kindness and prayers. I’m very grateful.🙏

        2 years ago
    3. Butterfly

      Antoinette, so sorry to hear how you are struggling right now. I too get migraines that go on for 5 days or more. Like Barb I take sumatriptan and also find that taking 3 x 100grams of Vitamin B2 every day helps to ease the severity. It has been found to be as effective as any of the drug preventatives in research by the Migraine Society in UK. I do think you are right in seeing waiting and suffering as an art form. When we can become spacious the pain and suffering has room to be as it needs to be and isn’t so intense.
      Sending you love and healing ❤️🙏

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thank you . I appreciate it Butterfly. I will try the B2.

        2 years ago
    4. Carol

      Antoinette, It’s my thought that giving-in is not giving-up. I pray you are experiencing some relief.

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thanks Carol. The people here at the hospital are very kind and one night here will be helpful .

        2 years ago
        1. Carol

          Antoinette, Loving energy coming your way. Glad to know someone is there for you.

          2 years ago
    5. Barb C

      I’m so sorry to hear this! That you can still pivot the question into “the art of waiting” is a real accomplishment under such painful circumstances.

      I too get migraines that can wipe me out, although I’m generally able to treat them with sumatriptan succinate (my BFF!). It is terrible. Offering my experience in case it provides a bit of hope or optimism–I had many as a younger woman, then they were rare for a number of years, then they reared up again, and now the frequency appears to be subsiding. I hope that trend continues.

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thanks Barb. I use the same meds. I hope you don’t get any more migraines!

        2 years ago
    6. Charlie T

      Antoinette, I am so sorry you are suffering with migraines. Throughout my life, I have also suffered from headaches and the occasional migraine. Some meds gave me relief, but they had to be taken at the slightest hint of a migraine. The upside, is that they tend get less severe or to go away completely as we get older. Sending cool relieving thoughts your way.

      2 years ago
      1. Antoinette

        Thank you 🙏

        2 years ago
  16. Kevin

    As an average consumer of art, and as an on-and-off creator of photography, what comes to mind first is to say how much I have missed seeing, “feeling,” hearing, and pondering art during the worst of the pandemic. I longed to just be among people who came to enjoy and consume art, be it within theaters, museums, music halls, parks or on street corners.

    As the US was still making its way out of the pandemic almost a year ago now, my wife and I took a chance and bought advance tickets to see the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Boston late this past winter. We went, gleefully, and nervously, fully masked and with Covid vaccination cards in hand and made our way through the nearly two hour presentation of light, color and movement. As much I loved Van Gogh’s work for its own sake, what thrilled me equally as much was how happy we all were, scores of us, to be back, social distancing suspended, because we were filling our badly depleted reserves of art and our need for being among one another as people, enjoying the same thing.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Van Gogh paintings came to Pittsburgh when I was in hi school. My art teacher said how wonderful it was to touch the surfaces of the paintings!!! 🙁
      I remember the show but not touching the paintings.
      I have a painted reproduction of a Van Gogh harvest painting that I bought at Upscale Resale – I knew it was a Van Gogh because I’d had a jigsaw puzzle of the same painting. 🙂

      2 years ago
    2. Barb C

      Yes, this. My family and I went to the same Van Gogh event in Seattle on Christmas Eve 2021. Besides enjoying the presentation format, I loved seeing so many people there giving themselves to art.
      I appreciate the poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, who has been creating a series of poems in tribute to Van Gogh and working in creative collaboration with pianist Kayleen Asbo to create “Love Letters to Vincent” (online event July 29, if anyone is interested). Art in dialogue with art–what a wonderful enrichment. One example of Rosemerry’s writing: https://ahundredfallingveils.com/2022/07/25/love-letter-to-vincent/

      2 years ago
      1. KC

        Barb, Thank you for this. Wow! What an exceptional poet and inspiration. I have signed up for her daily poem. Her tributes to Vincent – oh my … Have not even made it to the creative collaboration yet. I so appreciate your sharing this! … KC

        2 years ago
      2. pkr

        I love Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer’s poetry. I have been reading her daily poems for many years. She is a gem, a creator of art & words. Love her…..amazing poet.

        2 years ago
    3. Barb C

      Yes, this! My family also went to the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Seattle on Christmas Eve 2021. In addition to enjoying this presentation format for that amazing talent, I also felt so, so happy that so many people were spending their day the same way, just soaking in art.

      For lovers of Van Gogh, poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and composer Kayleen Asbo have collaborated on an appreciation of his work. Rosemerry is a wonderful poet; I read her work every morning at https://ahundredfallingveils.com/; here’s one example of a Van Gogh-inspired poem https://ahundredfallingveils.com/2022/07/25/love-letter-to-vincent/. They presented on their collaborative process–different art forms responding to art–and recorded the talk: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/gMU46_F_j4rQSuzCfGxlM-KCfW5mLBIvB9aQZizlj7qk3jkvNkWatemkFMPCODF0hCxC4m80yDI-BlBL.yLeKqh3_HRUlOQqH?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=Glbb0byRSiWRAZ6HvPdqQw.1659017562389.aca643592a91fe7821d692124cca85e7&_x_zm_rhtaid=113. They’re presenting the actual collaborative work, “Love Letters for Vincent,” July 29, the day of Van Gogh’s death, at 11am Mountain https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ej8dm76j7c30686c&oseq=&c=&ch=.

      2 years ago
  17. Michele

    I appreciate art! I love dance as a form – I learned Irish Ceili dancing as an adult and remember the first time I watched Riverdance and was totally blown away. I’ve been to the Dali museum here in St. Pete, FL. This is a good question as a reminder to visit more museums. I personally am NOT an artist, so as far as a creator would be, I enjoy decorating seasonally.

    2 years ago
  18. sunnypatti48317

    Both! I appreciate the beauty of the natural art that surrounds me every day (sunrise/set, the marshy area where I live, the flowers in my garden, etc) as well as the art that people create. And while I am not an artist, per se, I create my own bit of art every morning when I set up my department, when I am surfing, when I am sequencing a yoga practice, when I am cooking. We don’t have to go to a museum to find art… it’s all around us every day 🙂

    2 years ago
  19. Iamme

    Both. I think art is a very broad term, so although I occasionally draw and paint, to me food and gardening and music are also art as is how I present myself and my home. I love and appreciate people who dress a little differently and the homes of friends that are quirky and different. I met up with a group of old friends last night in one of their homes, one of my favourites. Furnished entirely by thrift finds, it’s beautiful and comfortable and welcoming. Nothing matches, every chair around the table is different, every plate, bowl and glass. Everything old and everything well loved and beautiful. It takes an artistic eye to be able to put that all together into a well loved home to a family of five. There’s nothing contrived and it is one of my favourite places to spend time. The crazy thing is my friend doesn’t think she’s creative or has a good eye, she only thinks people who make art – physical paintings, sculpture etc are artists, to me she is an exceptional artist to have created her home and for the way it and her are so welcoming and warm. I also see nature as art, and I am a daily appreciator of it. The absolute perfect form and beauty of flowers, how can that not be art? The shifting colours of the sky from dawn to dusk, the changing landscape, it’s all art to me whether created by a human hand or by mother nature.

    2 years ago

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