Drawing human faces – an extraordinary art

Drawing by Coelien Coetser

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Is drawing an art?

There was a time in the history of mankind when drawing, painting and sculpturing were not regarded as ‘art’, but as ordinary manual labor. Painters and sculptors were held in low regard, somewhere between freemen and slaves. The entire concept of the word 'artist' was not the same as it is today. An 'artist' was merely a skilled worker, able to do a specific work better than others.

In Greek culture, before Christianity, the nine daughters of the god Zeus, called muses, were seen as the instigators of what was considered to be art.

Names of the Greek muses and what was considered as 'art' -

NAME OF MUSE
MEANING
ACTION
Calliope
"beauty of speech"
was the chief of the muses and inspired people to create epic poetry.
Clio
"glorious one"
inspired people to proclaim, glorify and celebrate history and especially the great deeds and accomplishments of leaders and heroes.
Erato
"amorous one"
inspired erotic poetry and lyrics, including love songs and marriage songs.
Euterpe
"well-pleasing"
inspired music and lyric poetry.
Melpomene
"chanting one"
inspired melodious singing, specifically about human suffering that invokes pleasure in audiences. (I presume that kind of pleasure one gets when he realizes that his own suffering is not as bad as that of some others).
Polyhymnia
"singer of many hymns"
inspired sacred song, oratory, lyric, singing, and rhetoric.
Terpsichore
"one who delights in dance"
inspired choral song and dance.
Thalia
"blossoming one"
inspired comedy and bucolic poetry.
Urania
"celestial one"
inspired the study of astronomy.

Not a word about drawing, painting and sculpturing!

It is hard to comprehend the fact that drawing, painting and sculpturing were not recognized as art! Today we appreciate all buildings and structures that reveal any form of artistic talent.

The present day concept of art and artists -

During the Renaissance (from the 14th to the 17th century) artists such as painters succeeded in raising their status.

Today an artist is -

  1. A person who creates art;
  2. A person who makes and creates art as an occupation;
  3. A person who is skilled at some activity;
  4. A person whose trade or profession requires knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.

Today we call someone an artist when they -

  • Engage in an activity deemed to be an art.
  • Express themselves in a creative way through a “medium" – the stage/television/films (singing, acting, dancing, story-telling), books (fiction writers, poets, illustrators), public platforms (sculpturing, painting, drawing);
  • Have the ability to shoot or draw pictures and scenes with technical equipment in such a way that it provokes astonishment;
  • Create or innovative, something with an aesthetic value;
  • Adept an artistic practice within a context of the fine arts or 'high culture'.

We can add a lot more to this list, contemplating the talents of home creators, chefs, tailors, dressmakers and designers of all sorts.

However, art historians define artists as those who produce art within a recognized or recognizable discipline.

Three types of art activities -

To make it less complicated, one can be an artist by -

  1. Creating art,
  2. Practicing art,
  3. Demonstrating art,
  4. And yes, there is a forth activity - selling art, which requires a special interest in art.

Being able to create art is surely the most desirable talent, and, sadly, we cannot borrow, buy or obtain it in any way. The ability is in our genes; we are born with it. We can only develop it, ignore it, or come to terms with the fact that we never had the opportunity to explore and use it.

A true artist, however, will never be able to ignore or hide their talent, as a talent is a powerful spirit with a will of its own. It may even harm the one who tries to hide it.

Drawing human faces – an extraordinary art

Who doesn’t want the talent to draw a human face, or for that matter anything that delights our senses. Not having this precious talent often frustrates me, as I would be able to tell a story of a thousand words with a single drawing. Like this one, when I try to explain the struggle being a Coetser and not a Coetzer.

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Updating a family's genealogical tree is not an art -

Or is it? Another look at the Greek muse Clio, the glorious one, whose job it was to inspire people to proclaim, glorify and celebrate history and especially the great deeds and accomplishments of leaders and heroes, makes me wonder.

For the past couple of months I am burdening myself with a task that seems to be a symptom of plain madness: The compilation of the Coetzer/Coetser family-tree in South Africa. Until now only some of the branches have been researched and published. My intention is to get the entire register of about 3500 names online where it can be a valuable resource for all Coetzers/Coetsers and related families who need to know where they had come from and how many adversaries their ancestors had survived along the way. Although I have given myself and our official genealogist, Letty Coetzer Riding, a tall order, I regard the history of our forefathers as a blade of grass to hold on to during our current troubled political milieu. Just knowing that our family is still around, keeps me positive.

My best reward, however, is the discovering of a talented relative.

Recently I met Coelien Coetser, who happens to be quite close to me in our family tree - my grandfather and her great-grandfather were brothers.

Coelien's talent to draw human faces took my breath away -

Drawing by Coelien Coetser

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Coelien Coetser

Coelien Coetser is at present a 17-year old member of the Coetzer/Coetser family in South Africa - The very same family of South Africa's former President F.W. de Klerk's mother, Hendrina Cornelia Coetzer, and of the renown painter, Willem Hermanus (W.H.) Coetzer, and of several other great achievers in the world of artists, writers, actors, sport, politics, etc.

Her ability to follow in the footsteps of W.H. Coetzer encouraged me to interview her.

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Interviewing Coelien Coetser

Coelien, after seeing your drawings of human faces, animals, sunsets, and all kinds of everything – the one more fascinating than the other - many questions came to my mind. Thank you for providing all the answers!

Question. How old were you when you realized that you have an above-average talent to draw human faces?

Answer. I was 14. People's faces always fascinated me, especially the unique way they express their emotions.

Q. Tell us more about the beginning. When, where, and why did you draw the first, second and third face, and what was the result?

A. One day I was so bored, I took a pencil and paper and draw what I saw in my mind. The first drawing was a face of a man wearing a hat and sunglasses. The result was amazing. I felt relaxed, happy, and quite impressed with myself. Also my second drawing was a face, also of a man - a Chinese man. Then I realized that I want to improve myself in order to draw more than only faces.

Q. What do you enjoy drawing the most?

A. Human faces, and especially the expression of emotions.

Q. We all know that a talent has to be developed under the guidance of a teacher, or at least of a mentor who has already achieved what we are still striving to achieve. Who are your teacher/mentor and role models, and how do you experience their guidance and influence?

A. My role model is most certainly Mrs M van Rensburg of High School Gerrit Maritz. Her drawings are always perfect. Her opinions and advice encourage me to finish even the most challenging drawings. Her mere willingness to teach me inspires me to do my best.

Q. Coelien, how do you feel about competitive artists? Do they encourage you, or do they dampen your eagerness to draw?

A. It is wonderful and exiting to compete with other artists. Competition encourages me to improve my talent. I am, however, my biggest competitor. It is quite a challenge to meet my own expectations and goals.

Q. I don’t know a single rule in the Law Book for Artists. A drawing simply amazes me or not. But I know there are rules to be followed in each and every art. How do you feel about the rules you have to follow while drawing, and what mark would you give yourself between 1 and 10 for 'obedience'?

A. Rules give sense and meaning to a drawing, and to all art. Everything we see around us can be turned into art by simply following specific rules. If it wasn't for rules, most drawings would be out of proportion. Following the rules is a challenge I love to meet. I give myself an 8 for obedience.

Q. How will you react on a ridiculous law that forbids you to draw?

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Coelien Coetser

A. Forbidding an artist to draw will be a shame. Nobody has the right to forbid people to develop and practice the talents God has given them. Nobody and nothing will stop me from living out my talent.

Q. What are you plans for the future? If it has nothing to do with drawing, how do you plan to practice drawing as a hobby?

A. I want to be an Astronomer at NASA in America. I plan to study in London. I will practice drawing as a hobby. Matthew 19:26 is my motto: "With God everything is possible"


Thanks again, Coelien, for answering all my questions, and a special thank-you for making your family proud.

Drawing by Coelien Coetser

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Paintings of the renown artist, W.H. Coetzer

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A very short video about W.H. Coetzer

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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

What a positively wonderful & intriguing "work of art" you have shared with your readers, Martie, my friend! How exciting to delve into your family history & ancestry & learn so much about them. Finding connections to us is such a fascinating journey that opens our world to things we may have never known!

This young woman, Coelien is a hugely talented as well as beautiful person. Yes, she will be famous & recognized far & wide. It is most difficult to draw "faces," but she has mastered this art to perfection.

All of the information you have added is a bonus education that I thank you for Martie. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every word. It is very clear to see that your family, current & past has been blessed with numerous gifted individuals. What a source of pride & joy. Wishing you good health & happiness always, Martie! Love & Hugs, Paula


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

What a fantastic hub, Martie! I can draw faces when I apply myself to the task of doing so. However, I am generally more drawn toward the abstract. Probably because it requires less direct concentration on detail and can just flow out of me. Whenever I draw something in greater detail, I must focus on details. And. . .well. . ..I just don't have the patience for it, I guess! I see something in my mind and want it to come easily. It just doesn't work that way. LOL. . .Now. . .my poetry. . .it often does. . .but my other writing requires that very patience and I'm working on finding and keeping it in order finish a novel. But even my art teachers in high school would tell me to slow down. I know I'm capable, I just don't do it often. LOL...Now I sound lazy.

Anyway, good for Coelien! I think it's absolutely marvelous that she has both the ability and the ambition to improve her craft. There's no reason why she can't be both an astronomer and an artist.

Lastly, bravo to you for enlightening us with some of the history of art often neglected in those very art classes we speak of.


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

Martie,

What a phenomenal hub here with extraordinary talent shown in these drawings of human faces! Wow, thank you for sharing all about Coelien's gift and providing insight into the person she is through your interview.

My mother had a gift for sketching people. I love to draw only faces because I can't seem to get the body , arms and such to the appropriate size. However, I just consider my drawings really just doodling. My daughter has a degree in fine arts, but rarely, if not at all, now paints. My son loves to paint and sketch too. When he was still a small child, he sketched sea captains, and I thought he had traced them, but he did not. They just blew me away. I went out and bought him charcoal pencils. He loved using them to sketch.

I learned so much from reading your most interesting hub on the history of artists. I can't imagine a world without art.

I hope you are enjoying a peaceful day there.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear fpherj48 - Thank you so much for your most encouraging comment. We should be grateful for the talents we are born with, but honestly, I would have loved and used the talent to draw pictures. Now all I can draw is a gun, and I don't even possess one.

Coelien can easily become just as famous as our W.H. Coetzer. Although he managed to earn a living selling his art, the majority of artists, including writers, seldom earn enough to make ends meet. Perhaps Coelien will one day draw pictures of people living on other planets. Now that will make her famous, indeed. Love and hugs to you, dear fellow-Aries :)


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Shanmarie – practicing one’s talents demands discipline, patience and most of all persistence. As I’ve said, I don’t have the talent to draw, but would have loved to have it. Or maybe, just maybe, I only need some tuition. But then, I hardly have the time to practice the talents I do have. So, let’s just blame Time for all our neglects. The history of art is absolutely intriguing!


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear Faith Reaper – I can’t even doodle, so, I honestly envy all who can draw anything that looks like art. I am so glad you found the piece of history I provided ‘most interesting’. Somehow we don’t really realize that old civilizations like that of the Greeks and Romans had regarded painting and sculpturing as ordinary labor. Does it mean that the majority of ‘ancient’ people were able to paint and sculpture? Oh, certainly not! But remember how bad was the treatment of musicians like Bach and Beethoven, who were compelled to use the back door when they arrive to give tuition to the children of the aristocrats. And still today, the majority of artists in all genres don’t receive the recognition they deserve. To the contrary, people – the masses – will rather go lyrical about achievers in their favorite sport, as if they have no comprehension of art and what it takes to be an artist.


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Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago

Marti, this is just beautiful, I truly love art and artists.

Thank you for the table of the Greek Muses, that is really interesting, I also love the drawings.

Blessings my friend.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Shyron, for agreeing with me :)


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always exploring 7 months ago from Southern Illinois

I have always had a desire to draw and paint pictures, but I can't draw a straight line. I think it is especially difficult to draw faces. My sister Eva had a natural talent for drawing and painting beautiful pictures. Her talent was first noticed when she started school in the first grade. She could draw a face that was exactly like the person sitting before her. Your friend, Coelien is gifted and I admire her determination, nothing will stop her from reaching her goal. I liked all the muses names. If I were to choose one it would be Melpomene. It is great to see you writing again. Your hubs are always interesting, and you do great interviews. You've come a long way baby!! Hugs and love across the miles...


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

Hi Martie,

That is just hard to comprehend, but you are right even today artists do not receive the recognition they deserve. Oh, I know, they will pay a football player millions of dollars to just play a game! Amazing ...


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shanmarie 7 months ago from Texas

Sure, I like that excuse much better! ;) Time it is. It's Times fault.


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PAINTDRIPS 7 months ago from Fresno CA

Awesome work here. It's all about practice and patience. Keep it up and keep the faith. I think artists work more for the passion of drawing than any recognition or even monetary encouragement. However monetary encouragement it very nice. We artists do have bills like everyone else.


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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

This girl you have introduced us to really does have a talent! I was surprised I can be quite good at this but it has been years since I really worked at it. I sketched from a photo of my mom and then another of my first two grand children. I kept them hid away until they finally turned yellow and almost fell apart. I wish there was time in life to get some training or lessons in this because it really is so much fun. Both my children are talented in drawings and they are so different from each other and from mine.

Life is so strange isn't it and unbelievable how talent just seems to be born to certain ones like the child who can play Mozart at 5 years old and is blind!

Great article, thanks for sharing with us.


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

the talent is explosive.. wow wish I can draw faces .. just the expression.. and the realism is fascinating... awesome hub my friend :) Frank


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Nadine May 7 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I always enjoy reading your articles and this was no exception. I loved it. For me drawing has a lot to do with how we see the reality around us. From as young as your Coelien I drew peoples faces and profiles ( seaman's mostly ) while they were doing a shift on the bridge of my dad's ship. I was not encouraged to study art, since my parents did not feel that being an artist would give me my financial independence. I was enrolled into a nursing collage instead. Years later wen I was married and has children did I joined art classes and became a teacher at an art college and started my own drawing classes from my home.

The need to express yourself in any art form will always be there no matter what. It's up to every individual to nurture this need by learning from the masters in their chosen art form and then to find their own art 'signature' so to speak.


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DDE 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Drawing faces is so beautiful.! I like this hub. I am going home end of this year and don't know much of what is going on there. After seven years it feels great to go back but to cope with insecure thoughts is another issue.


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marcoujor 7 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Martie,

You'll look back on this important research one day and never regret one moment of the dedicated research you are doing - you are keeping a family legacy alive and well.

What a bonus that you've met this talented young artist - now sharing her exquisite talents with all of us.

Like you, I lack the ability to even doodle. However, I have an awe and appreciation of those, like Coelien, who can say 1000 words in one picture.

Your interview is great. I loved learning about this old soul - very wise perspectives shared.

Happy Monday and a peaceful week to come. Love, mar


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Always exploring - we both came a long way, and we're still moving forward. Where will we end, I wonder.

Not even one of my siblings were born with a talent to draw. All the artists I know - those using pencils and paint - came into the family by marriage. I should have asked Coelien whether she inherited her talent from her father or mother. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Ruby :)


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Faith Reaper - A wise man once said to a young sportsman, 'By the time you are forty, you will no longer be able to play your sport, while I'm 80, and I still play my clarinet.'

@ Shanmarie - There is no other scoundrel but Time in my life.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

PAINT DRIPS - your comment is greatly appreciated, as you are an artist yourself. I agree wholeheartedly with you. A true artist can be productive without any recognition, though recognition, and especially in the form of money, does encourage them to become even more productive.


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

I tip my hat to you. I am one of those who can't draw a stick figure, so the work on this page is mind-blowing to me. :)


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Jackie Lynnley - All talents need training to break down the barriers of ignorance. I've seen the frustration in the music world, of people who never had the opportunity to develop their aptitude for music. Is it really too late to get some training? Maybe there are tutors on YouTube. Yes, one can only wonder exactly why are certain people born with a specific talent and others without it.


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

A very interesting and well-written hub, Martie. I love art and especially sketching portraits. I also wrote an instructional hub "Drawing With the Right Side of Your Brain". Colleen certainly has a lot of talent for her age.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Frank Atanacio – I can clearly see the emotion of those faces. I really hope that Coelien will get the opportunity in her adult life to entertain not only herself, but many people others with her talent.

@ Nadine May – Thank you so much for your profound advice. As I’ve said, I covet the ability to draw but don’t have the needed talent. Maybe some training may ignite a latent talent? Who knows? I love the way you use your talents, Nadine :)

@ DDE – I hope with all my heart that nothing down here will disappoint you. Things have changed a lot, yet some hopes have been put to shame. “Fake it ‘til you make it,” is my advice for insecure thoughts. Free feel to send me an email.

@ Dear marcoujor – that’s why I love about drawings and paintings – one can see an entire story in one picture, while ten people can see ten different stories. I also wish you a peaceful and productive week :)

@ billybuc – I bet many artists say the same about your writings – Your work, too, is mind-blowing :)


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Jodah - Thank you so much for your comment. I’m going to find your hub and link it to this hub.


coelien coetser 7 months ago

Good afternoon everyone ... Than you for all of your comment's ... I really appreciate it ... Have a wonderful evening ... Greetings Coelien ...


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DDE 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hi Martie I don't have your email please send it to me dprimic@gmail.com


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

Thanks for linking to my hub, Martie.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Coelien - Thanks for reading the comments, sweetheart :) May they encourage you to develop your awesome talent to the highest level.

@ DDE - Thanks!

@ Jodah - I found your hub about using the right hemisphere of the brain for drawing very informative and interesting :)


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Nell Rose 7 months ago from England

What an interesting hub Martie! and Coelien is so talented! I love the way you linked your family history with art, wonderful!


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

What talent young Colein has. I encourage her in all her endeavors, from drawing to astronomy. NASA needs brilliant and creative young minds like her and so does the art world. The future is hers.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Nell - thanks for reading and commenting. If Art is a mother, and artists are her children, their home is a wonderful place to live in. Go figure!

@ Flourish - I hope all Coelien's dreams come true :) May all our dreams come true :)


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AliciaC 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your family tree is very interesting, Martie. I enjoyed reading about the Greek muses as well as looking at the art in this hub. I draw as a hobby and find drawing plants and animals much easier than drawing human faces. Faces are a challenge for me! Good luck to Coelien. I hope she achieves all her ambitions.


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suzettenaples 7 months ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful drawings and paintings . I can't draw a face to save my life and I have always envied those who can. I have very basic artistic ability as long as I draw without faces. lol! I enjoyed this hub, especially the muses!


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Alicia! I envy you for being able to draw animals and plants. When I was a teenager, I used to ask an arty classmate to decorate my diary with drawings of plants and flowers. I told her not to read what I've written, and she promised she wouldn't. Only years later I realized how naive I've been.


Coelien Coetser 7 months ago

Hi everyone ... I just want to thank you for all of your comments ... I really appreciate it ... Especially to Martie Coetser ... and ... Everyone els ... Everyone has a talent ... Its not always the same ... We must just spend time to realise what our talent's are ... Most of all ... Thanx for everything and the beautiful word you all said ... Thank you very much ... Greetings Coelien ...


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mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

"Being able to create art is surely the most desirable talent, and, sadly, we cannot borrow, buy or obtain it in any way. The ability is in our genes; we are born with it. We can only develop it, ignore it, or come to terms with the fact that we never had the opportunity to explore and use it." This fact was so difficult to appreciate.

Coelien Coetser is very talented. I hope she reaps the rewards she deserves from her heart.

Martie this is an amazing hub.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean

Hats off to the beautiful, talented Coelien Coetser, and to you Martie for undertaking the noble task of compiling the family tree. Coelien is a natural and I'm sure you will discover other phenomenal family members. Thanks for sharing what is such a good lesson about the true meaning of art.


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Coelien - Best wishes to you. Always.

@ mckbirdbks - You, too, are blessed with this desirable talent. Your work as illustrator boggles my mind. How do you manage to draw the same little girl over and over in different positions without 'losing' her unique features?

I remember when my stories were published in magazines, how thrilled I was time and again with the work of the illustrator. Perhaps Coelien would be interested in a part-time job as an illustrator at our magazines.

@ MsDora - Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I plan to do more interviews with drawers and painters in my family, but will publish them in our website's blog, referring to this hub and its relevant introduction :)


Coelien Coetser 7 months ago

Lol ... Yes I will be interested in a part time job as an illustrator for your magazines ...


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BlossomSB 7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Thank you for such an interesting article. Our art group is having a competition at the moment for portraits or people using only one colour. I'm not so good at faces, so mine will be people who are walking away - just a back view only!


Coelien Coetser 7 months ago

I painted a face using one colour ... The face is red ... It is in the beggining of the article ...


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kallini2010 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Martie, congratulations on having written such an interesting article on art and on discovering a talented relative. I'm not sure what is more exciting, finding a relative or finding a relative with a talent.

As usual, it made me think... (maybe you would wish that it didn't) -

Thinking of art and artists as skilled labourers - maybe it does make sense - the amount of hours that went in the art back in those days and even now. It was artistic slavery if you wish. Sculptors? Dirty, labour-intensive work, time-consuming, not necessarily "good" result...

Architecture? Just imagine all the work that went into it, starting with quarries... hauling the stones is not even the first steps, first it had to be cut out... with the tools of whatever times...

What a nightmare.

Art, regardless of its definition, is artificial. Art is what is created by humans. I would not deny that some humans have talents and predilection and aptitude and what not, but I do believe (frankly, it's a fact) that all people are creative.

I can assure you that you and I and everyone can draw a human face (there was a bit of information that struck me a while ago, again it's a fact that anyone can learn how to draw a face in five days applying the right tools/principles).

And the resources for teaching we have these days!

But what I see as a difference between an artist and anyone "who could if he would" is the amount of labour that goes into any art. Real, true arts begins where real, true labour/slavery begins. It takes hours and days and years... and as a rule, it does not pay very well, so true artists, whose who cannot resist their Call to Arts are both blessed and cursed.

You can think of any art (as Greeks did) as a form of self-imposed slavery. Writing? What a nightmare! Sure, when you are carried on the wings of inspiration, it feels like Heaven... but before you know you're a slave of a novel or two... Just as you mention - a Family Tree - fun, isn't it? But soon, it becomes labour-intensive...

Hopefully, you know where I am going with this, because I don't.

Art is what lies as the foundation of our civilization. Literally. First came Art, then came agriculture, amazingly enough.

Teaching is an Art Form, too, which is hard to preserve. Luckily, writing is better in that respect - no matter how many hours you put into it - writing stays. But to go through the writing and extract tiny jewels/gold from the tons of ore... (that's what I wrote right now - some messy something with unclear meaning which should pass for "a comment"). I think, the whole thing should be scrapped mercilessly except for the 1st paragraph.

I apologize for being carried in 99 different directions. I just want to say, that maybe people who become artists are people that "keep at it", people who cultivate their creativity and skill. And, yes, they may not be held in the highest regard in society, whatever the stage of that society is - but wouldn't it be the highest form of creativity/invention/art - coming with the idea to cultivate wheat?

there is the link, if anyone is interested:

From Art to Wheat

From Wheat to Art

Art=Humanity

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JdAJpo6Lxk

Someone, who feels and sounds like a single senseless reed


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

@ Coelien - I would love to see more of your work!

@ BlossonSB - And I would LOVE to see your work. I hope to see something when I visit your hubs :)


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MartieCoetser 7 months ago from South Africa Author

kallini2010 – Oh, sorry you had to wait 5 days for my reply. Time flies, and I just don’t have enough of it to keep all my balls in the air.

What’s more exciting, finding a relative or finding a relative with a talent? Well, in my case I even love finding relatives with a bad reputation. When I look at our family tree, I can’t help but believe that all Afrikaners down here are relatives. Somehow we all have one or more mutual ancestors. I’m going to publish a list of surnames in our family. As a matter of fact, I have recently discovered that I'm sharing an ancestor with all people I feel attracted to.

Doing art - Artistic slavery, self-imposed slavery – Perfect descriptions! But oh, all those beautiful buildings, and especially those cathedrals, how could they have regarded that beautiful work as ordinary labor? At least, writers, or rather poets and writers of dramas, were regarded as artists. But remember, all art, actually all work, was done to the benefit of God or the king. And the aristocrats, too, could use and abuse those ‘ordinary laborers’. Today, everything is done to the benefit of capitalists. What could be worst? Working and creating to the benefit of a communist government?

Art, artificial, created by humans? I would not call art artificial. It is rather an instinctive action, spontaneously performed, as humans turn whatever available material into something that can be used for whatever purpose. But yes, capitalists turn it into ‘artificial decorations’ - ‘pomp and splendour’, competing with the Jones’….

I was wondering if I would be able to draw faces, or actually anything, after I have followed a course. Knowing the techniques, practicing them, may bring latent talent to life. On the other hand, having experienced the performances of untalented musicians versus talented musicians, I believe I will know within a week or two if I have any latent talent in the field of drawing.

“Writing? What a nightmare! Sure, when you are carried on the wings of inspiration, it feels like Heaven... but before you know you're a slave of a novel or two...”

Oh, dear, you hit the nail on its head… my sensitive head. You know, I’m sitting with a novel like an albatross around my neck! I have to finish it, but oh, oh, just thinking of the work still to be done, threatens to trigger an anxiety attack.

We are so alike, we could be relatives? And this makes me wonder, what exactly is the difference between a relative and any other fellow-human? Why do we take any notice of the fact that we share a surname, name, and a gene or seven?

I agree wholeheartedly with your entire comment, Svetlana, and I wish I had the time to expatiate on every paragraph.

Anyway, LIVING is an art. Some do it better than others. Practicing art, or should I say performing, or accomplishing - creating something with whatever raw material - leaves every normal person with a feeling of sheer satisfaction.

I'm sending you lots of arty elephants and giraffes :)


Sherry 7 months ago

SUPERFINE HUB!


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MartieCoetser 6 months ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Sherry!


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kallini2010 6 months ago from Toronto, Canada

My dearest Martie:

it's been almost two weeks since your reply and I did not get back to you. Of course, I meant to and I would have loved to expatiate on every word of your comment.

Yes, you and I are related by friendship, we are kindred spirits... and, yes, we are related by blood as ALL beings on Earth are related, only you have to go down that "family" tree all the way down to a single cell. That's one long trip!

However,

all of what I was going to tell you (and maybe I will five years from now) pales in comparison with what I am about to share with you tomorrow.

Ta-ta-ta!!! (suspenseful music of your choice)

Today my father unearthed

(more like un-ceiling-ed, don't ask, I know, it's complicated)

a self-portrait - drawing

I'm not going to tell you the date. I'll post it tomorrow -

it proves my point -

1. yes, you can draw regardless of your talent of lack thereof

and creates another one which came up together with the drawing itself

2. you can forget all about it - when I saw it, I said that it was my mother who did it and she said, "No, it's you who did it. All by yourself".

I find it very hard to believe. Daniel said that he wished he could draw like that. Another doubting Thomas - he can do so much better and he does. It's what you believe that matters. The next thing you know, I'd say, "Martie, it's your turn to prove my point - yes, you can draw, - and - then, we will realized - Oh! We even look alike. We must be related!!!"

Won't that be cool?


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bravewarrior 6 months ago from Central Florida

Martie, you certainly come from a very talented family! Researching your family tree is uncovering generations of artistic people. How cool!

I really appreciate you covering the Muses of Zeus. I never knew where the term "muse" came from. I found your information quite interesting. I noticed that those who were word artists fell into the genre of poetry. Poetry was much more prevalent and appreciated than it is today.

Your cousin is quite a talented and ambitious young lady. I'm sure she'll go far in any path the chooses to take in life.


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MartieCoetser 6 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear Svetlana, well, if we have to say sorry for being late, I have to do it nowadays constantly. I think that drawing of yours is absolutely brilliant. I feel proud of myself - I have awakened one of your latent talents. Please, let me post it in this hub. Send me your reply via FB messages :)


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MartieCoetser 6 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear bravewarrior, what a nice surprise to see you! That is so true! Today word artists are 'ordinary laborers'! Only a few reach the stage where they are considered to be 'brilliant', never mind artistic. Thank you so much for your comment, Sha. I hope you are well :)


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teaches12345 5 months ago

Yes, I believe this artist can succeed! I enjoyed your share on the meaning of art. I pray we are never censored here for expressing ourselves through art.


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MartieCoetser 5 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear teaches, unfortunately some people get away with murder in the name of Art. Artists should not promote evil through Art. Or what do you say?


coelien coetser 4 months ago

Good afternoon everyone ... Thanx for everyones messages ... I surly appreciate it ... Thanx for everyone who believed in me ... I have been thinking these few days ... well a long time ... I'm going to study arts after school ... I just want to say thank you for everything ... and ... especially to someone special and close to me ... tannie Martie ...


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MartieCoetser 4 months ago from South Africa Author

Dear Coelien, there are many job-opportunities for people with a degree in arts. Go for it! You will enjoy it. I hope you know about the new private university for Afrikaans-speaking people in Pretoria, as our beautiful language lost its battle against English in the universities sponsored by our horrible government. I will follow your progress with great interest.


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AudreyHowitt 2 months ago from California

Thank you so much for sharing this with us--how gifted she is!!


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MartieCoetser 2 months ago from South Africa Author

Hi Audrey! Coelien has all the talent in the world to make a great success in this particular genre. Thanks for reading and commenting :)


coelien coetser 4 weeks ago

... thank you very much ... I really appreciate it ... yes I have already opertunities with my talent ... I will make a success ... I will make history one day ... :) ... thanx for everyones comment ... I really appreciate it ... I will keep in touch with everyone ...


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Docmo 4 weeks ago from UK

Hey Martie. How you doin'? Thanks for introducing the awesome talent of Coelien to our world. Wonderful lines, great art and so much potential. My very best wishes to the budding artist.


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MartieCoetser 4 weeks ago from South Africa Author

coelien coetser – Go for it!


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MartieCoetser 4 weeks ago from South Africa Author

Docmo – Wonderful to see you again! Coelien’s first exhibition was a great success. I am sure she's going to turn her talent into a significant source of income.


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annart 2 weeks ago from SW England

This is an instructive and fascinating hub, Martie. Art is very close to my heart; I especially love writing but also enjoy drawing and painting. I'm only average at that but I love to practise and test my boundaries.

Your relative is talented and it's great to see her variety of work.

Thanks for explaining all the muses - it certainly does put a different slant on the definition of art.

A talent is indeed a marvellous thing of which we should be proud and use it to our and others' advantage.

Great hub; sharing.

Ann


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whonunuwho 2 weeks ago from United States

Martie,as a fellow artist and illustrator, I really felt like commenting on your work. You are indeed a gifted artist. Thank you for sharing this wonderful work with us all. Blessings. whonu


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pstraubie48 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida

What talent...thank you for sharing this. Being able to express myself in this type of art has not been one of my gifts. But I do so enjoy viewing such work and knowing the story behind the work.

Thanks for sharing.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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MartieCoetser 13 days ago from South Africa Author

annart – I so wish I could draw and paint, but then I am not sure which one of my existing talents will have to be left unattended, as Time is our master. I believe while we are young we should explore all our talents in order to develop only the best. Drawing is definitely one of Coelien’s best talents. Since I have published this hub she had her first exhibition, and it went well. She sent me an amazing drawing of a baby’s face the other day. I still have to ask her permission to add it to this hub. Thanks for your encouraging comment :)


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MartieCoetser 13 days ago from South Africa Author

whonunuwho – Unfortunately, this is not my work, but the work of one of my relatives. When the talent to draw was handed out, I was last in the row, and this is perhaps why I find drawings and paintings so fascinating. I can write, I can play a couple of music instruments, but drawing is above me. I look forward to see your work, whonunuwho :)


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MartieCoetser 13 days ago from South Africa Author

pstraubie48 – Auw, someone who are sharing my frustration (because I can’t draw), and wish that I were born with a talent to draw and paint. I hope to find those angels in your corner :)))

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