Art - The Art of Living (Perspectives)

Credit to Inge Olivier
Credit to Inge Olivier

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~ Aristotle

Art

According to my dictionary the meaning of ‘Art’ is -

  • The products of human creativity;
  • Works of art collectively;
  • The creation of beautiful or significant things;
  • A superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation.

On the premise that this is what ART is, I am sharing my belief that living is an art.

Living on Earth as a normal human being requires creative skills. Therefore, while we are alive, we are all artists.

Artists are builders, sculptors, architects, constructors, etc.

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Credit to photostock, Vlado, artur84, Arvind Balaraman, zole4 and njaj @ freedigitalphotos.net

“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton


“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Napoleon Bonaparte

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.” Albert Camus

Artists are painters, drawers, photographers, etc.

Credit to winnond, Kookkai_nak, luigi diamanti and Stuart Miles @ freedigitalphotos.net
Credit to winnond, Kookkai_nak, luigi diamanti and Stuart Miles @ freedigitalphotos.net

"Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth." John Ruskin


Artist are

  • people (and animals) making sounds with their voice, expressing themselves in a creative way,
  • people using melody, rhythm and words to describe what they see, hear, smell, feel and sense.

We take our voice, body, melody, rhythm, language and most of what we have for granted, but the ability to use it to express ourselves effectively is an art to be mastered.

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Credit to cbenjasuwan, renjith Krishnan, imagerymajestic, David Castillo Dominici, Ohmmy3d and Ambro @ freedigitalphotos.net

Creating

Creating a home for a family and guiding children into adulthood requires a creative mind - an artist.

Creating a garden, a safe environment, a suburb, a country, a holiday resort, job opportunities, recreation of all sorts, etc. demands a creative mind – an artist.

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Credit to luigi diamanti, Keerati, marin, Stuart Miles and nokhoog_buchachon @ freedigitalphotos.net

Conclusion

I do see all people and even animals as artists in their own right. Words such as intelligence, skillfulness, craftiness, talent and many others are but only words trying to convince us that living on Earth is not an art to be mastered.

In my humble opinion the title 'Artist' is only a label encouraging idolization and worshipping.

My refusal to put artists on pedestals is rooted in a personal experience that had left me completely flabbergasted.

One day, many years ago – before email - I was busy printing a short story for submission to a magazine when a neighbor turned up with a couple of her friends. Her intention was to brag with me, her Friend the Famous Writer. When I asked them to sit down while I go back to my study to pause the printing, they followed me like a bunch of curious children just to stare at my printed manuscript as if it was something divine coming from another world.

In the meanwhile they were all artists, but obviously under the impression that they were ordinary women with ordinary skills. One was a master in the art of dressmaking, the other was a chef par excellence, one was a lady who could create the most beautiful bouquets, one was a hairdresser able to change any plain Jane into a model, and not to talk about my friend who was a retired nurse with the amazing talent to comfort and love everybody in the neighborhood.

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I do believe that all people who are labeled as ‘artists’ just because they have a distinctive talent of a kind consider themselves to be normal human beings trying to make the best of their life on Earth just like all other normal human beings. Their distinctive passion is to entertain by taking their fellowman out of an ordinary world into another better, or even worse, world. Excessive admiration and hero-worshipping might frighten them into solitude.

If we have to make a differentiation between people/artists, we might distinguish between the realists and the idealists. The realist-artist would be the one practicing their art in order to make reality comfortable and bearable. They act to fulfill an important function, like feeding, dressing, educating, providing shelter, etc. They take care of their fellowman's physical needs. The idealist-artist is the entertainer, acting to fulfill emotional and spiritual needs. Most of the time only a lack of ambition, and/or a shortage of financial resources, prevent a person from being a realist and idealist artist in one.

Finally I have to agree with Friedrich Nietzsche: “The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

© Martie Coetser
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According to St. Francis of Assisi ~

The Perspectives

MickeySr, Bravewarrior, Docmo, Marcoujor, Martie Coetser
MickeySr, Bravewarrior, Docmo, Marcoujor, Martie Coetser
Guest writer: VickiW
Guest writer: VickiW | Source
Guest writer: Nellieanna
Guest writer: Nellieanna | Source

What/Who are the Perspectives?

The idea behind this series called Perspectives is explained in a hub published by MickeySr:

  • Perspectives: An Introduction
    What we think and how we feel about things is defined, not by the things themselves, but by our perspective of things. Everything that comes before us is filtered through our perception of things...

Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

"Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible." Amazon.com Review

 

Let's read the perspective on art of my fellow-perspectives ~


http://bravewarrior.hubpages.com/hub/Art-as-Seen-by-This-Beholder-A-Perspective


http://nellieanna.hubpages.com/hub/Perspective-Art-Art-Perspective

This month we miss marcoujor's aka Maria Jordan's perspective on art, as she is enjoying a well-deserved break.

Links to MickeySr and Docmo's hubs will be added as soon as they are published.

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

OMG, Birthday Girl...Sista Martie and Fellow Perspective,

I may be on break from writing but my mind has been cleared to read your most profound contribution, perhaps to date...and they have all been rather profound, quite honestly.

I totally agree that we are unable to recognize what others so easily see in us. I love the example you used of the women of many talents...so powerful.

Your quotes are perfectly appointed. I adore the electronic photo art of my beautiful Sista...as well as your other fabulous photograph selections.

Masterful...Voted UP and UABI...Enjoy your special day and upcoming week. Love, Maria


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Very true,all creatures are artists.Good point!! I understand from this top notch hub that art isn’t just about painting or sculpture. It is in everything from how we organize our life to how communicate with the world.Excellent job.I enjoyed it. Voted UP!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Martie, I love your perspective. Art is found everywhere in everyone. You and I are sort of on the same wave length this month.

Happy Birthday and enjoy your vacation!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Encouraging Quotes and art is such a wonderful way of experimenting with and to know more about. Art has its forms and the individual who is interested will know best.


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Oh I do love this one Martie. We are all artists, all special and unique in our own way. The other day I heard someone say that 'I was lucky, because I was 'special'. I was gobsmacked. I said everyone is special, or unique in their way. You just have to think of something which you do well. 'You are wonderful with challenging teenagers ' said her friend. There, just another artist, only in a different field. I love your perspective on Art. Voted up.


Mr B 3 years ago

Martie my girl, I think YOU are a EXCELENT and beutiful artist in your own right, THANK YOU for another GREAT perspective from a GTEAT ARTEST, Hope you had a lovely day


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

To All, it is my birthday and Mr B kidnapped me all the way to our nearest coast. 600 km away from home. Ì will be back sooner or later to reply on all comments. Love you all :)


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Happy birthday!! I hope for you good life,Full of happiness and joy .Have a blast!.We all love you too!


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Happy Birthday, hope you have a wonderful break


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Martie, my dear CD - (Cyber Daughter for those who don't know!) ~ Your Perspective on Art is, well - IINSPIRED! I devoured every word of it with interest, delight, awe and admiration. I kept thinking how your discussion of art and perspectives on it are as keen and magnificent as your very special feelings for and understanding of music, as you've so clearly demonstrated in your own series on that subject.

What you say about art and artists is so true! I feel myself to be 'an artist of life'. Everything one does is creative and matters. The more individual it is, perhaps, the more it shows forth as 'art', but what art IS, as you've so eloquently described it, is a person's manner of doing things and transforming what would otherwise lack "Life" into something that validated and shows it to be alive, rather than some special elite gift and Artists, a group of chosen people above the rest!

I glance over at the beautifully laid bricks of my fireplace right here in my den and realize that a person or person's individually placed each and every one of them! I even remember one hot summer day in 1987 when George & i decided to pave the concrete 'patio' in back with lovely paving tiles and painstakingly laid them in the pattern that still exists today to be enjoyed. They didn't just 'appear'. They were loved into place! haha. Such mundane things are even art and proclaim precious moments of life.

Thank you, my dear, for your beautiful perspective on art. I truly treasure it!!

And a very very happy birthday, darlin'!!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Martie, this is truly an amazing hub! I can see why your neighbor brought here friends to meet you! And, how fortunate they were to meet a woman who could show them their star as well! I love the perspective series mainly because I got to know some beautiful people within it! Happy, happy birthday Martie! I hope it is a beautiful one! Up++


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Art, well, I just know what I like. And I like this. So many people share so much talent on these pages. You certainly rank high amongst those. 'The Art of Living', what a nice thought to send me off to contemplate. Martie, well done.


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

For as long as I can remember, Martie, I have shared your ideas on the 'art of living'. There is a 'finesse' in accomplishments of any kind, be they the organization of a household, raising children, the job we hold, even grocery shopping can be done haphazardly or thoughtfully, the hard way or the easy way. Our genetics, our personalities, our approach to the art of living is as unique as each individual. Though I paint and write poetry, I do not call myself an artist, as that would mean I have achieved my goals, that I had arrived as complete. I am a work in progress and my arrival as an artist on earth will be completed the day I die. I like it that way, as I have much yet to strive towards.

Brilliant piece, Martie, in a profound statement in our joined communion in the state of being human. Happy Birthday, Martie.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

What a bland and dull world we'd have if it wasn't for art. As your hub states art comes in all forms. In one way or another we all have some sort of artistry in us. Amen to that!!

Happy Birthday!! Wishing you many, many more!!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dearest Marie!

I love your perspective here . . . that we are all artists. It is true just how clever we must be in our daily endeavors as you have stated.

Woooo, Mr. B has done very well---what an artist is he!!! I know you are having an EXCELLENT Birthday.

Happy Birthday to a beautiful artist from South Africa, my dear friend, Martie!

Enjoy your lovely day on the coast.

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

The art of living touches everyone in some fashion. I liked that you included a hairdresser and a dressmaker. It is amazing to me that i have a sister ( Eva ) who paints beautiful pictures, another sister, ( Mary ) can sew beautiful dresses, etc. I can not sew a straight line or paint a picture, but i love to write. I consider them both artists. I loved your perspective concerning artists, but i must admit, i am jealous as H concerning your electronic photo, how i wish i could do that. Sigh..Happy birthday my pal Martie.....


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kallini2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

My dearest Martie - I find it very becoming to publish a hub about ART on your own birthday.

I have nothing to say because I agree that we are all artists because we are creative regardless of the fact whether we are aware of it or not.

Just a quote (out of so many...)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. ~Scott Adams

In order for the artist to have a world to express he must first be situated in this world, oppressed or oppressing, resigned or rebellious, a man among men. (Charles Baudelaire)

Great Art, Martie!


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Docmo 3 years ago from UK

Happy Birthday, dear Martie. Like fine wine, good art, beautiful music and good hearts you get better and better with time. This elegant meditation on art is a breath of fresh air- concise, cogitative and caring. Just like you. Much love and hugs. Enjoy your day on the coast. you deserve it.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

The art of living. So true everyone is an artist in their own field, we are all unique

Have a wonderful birthday and enjoy your time at the coast with Mr B


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agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

Martie, Happy Birthday!

We're living in a world of Art. Maybe different from one onother, and that is exactly the art.

Its PERFECT.

More power, Martie.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

By your definition of artists, then--one that I'm really fond of, by the way--we are all artists in our chosen professions, lifestyles, and manner in which we relate to others. Thank you for broadening my understanding of this concept with the analogy you artistically brought to this Hub palette of the women who were enamored with the printing of your manuscript.

Beautiful artwork, Martie! Thank you for sharing so generously with us the colors of your soul! Aloha!

Joe


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing the beautiful thoughts and quotations, Martie. What you have written makes so much sense. I hope you have a very happy birthday.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Love your thoughts and quotes. I guess you can say that artists paint with colors and brushes and poets paint with words and pens. Enjoyed and the drawing of you is great. Hope you are having a wonderful vacation and that your birthday was super. Passing this on.


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Loved this. It expanded my view about the art of living. After reading your points, I agree with the quote: "Living on Earth as a normal human being requires creative skills. Therefore, while we are alive, we are all artists" and can see how many of the things we do each day are related to our artistic abilities which we ourselves, often fail to acknowledge, give thanks for, and recognize.

Thanks for sharing this.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ All - I again apologize for neglecting you. But eventually I will reply and act on all comments.

@ Marcoujor, thanks for being the first to leave me such a lovely and profound comment. Yes, my idea was not to bereave (idealist)-artists from the respect and admiration they truly deserve, but to emphasize the fact that all people are artists in their own right, and that one type of artist should not be seen as 'better' or 'worse" than another. You know that I DO see living per se as an art. If we can't create the most essential - peace, harmony and what we and others need to survive on this planet, we don't deserve any admiration, even when we entertain others with all kinds of beautiful, but unnecessary, creations. Love you!


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Martie,

I think our perspectives really say the same thing - we are all artists, just have different perspectives and different talents! Very enjoyable Hub, and very affirming to people as well. Hope you had a great day away, and a lovely birthday!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

James, thank you for emphasizing my message with your lovely comment. Much appreciated :)


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Not only are you a year older - but clearly - your wisdom is keeping apace!

Happy birthday my friend, and AWESOME global perspective!

We are all artists - we just need to hone our skill - that's what life is for!

your artistic talents just do not end - that 'electronic photo art' is spectacular!

i want one! lol..

voting/sharing Martie!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi, Mr.B, the fact that you've managed to leave me a comment while you were making my birthday unforgetable makes you a very unique artist. Thank you so much for making me so very happy :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, James. I am having a ball, indeed, ...


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Sally :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

My dear Nellieanna, thank you so much for your beautiful comment and birthday wishes. Doing everything in an arty way is a way of living. I believe that lazyness and carelessness is the only reason why some people don't display any art in anything they do. I look forward to read your perspective on art.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi btrbell, i am glad you enjoy the series, and thank you so much for the best wishes.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Mckbirdbks, I appreciate your comment with all my heart. Thank you :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

You are so right, Martie, dear! People neglect their abilities for various reasons. It's sad and their loss. Perhaps they may be considered 'in training'.

Hugs and so very glad to see you!!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Dearest Amy, thank you for agreeing with me. However, not seeing yourself as a qualified poet and painter, which you certainly are, equals not acknowleging your true self. I remember in the beginning of my writers career I could not refer to myself as a writer until the leader of the course I did used doctors and teachers as a metaphor, explaining the importance of accepting one self as whatever one is doing in life in order to set goals and to fulfill one's purpose in life. You are indeed a poet and a painter and a good one as well. Take care, dear Amy.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I do agree with you, dear Martie, that all of us while we are alive have the ability to be artists in some way. But we do not always recognize that power ourselves. Often, we need acknowledgement by others.

However, you have proven with this profound prose that Jy my liewe, is die grootste kunstenaar van alle. Trust me. And a very Happy Birthday to you. Enjoy the coastal life and say, Hi, to Mr. B for me.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Dearest Sunshine, we allow words to control our perceptives. Talent, skills, abilities, qualification, etc. Are all about creativeness cum ART. Our world, our complete being and how we manage to exist are nothing but art. You are such a delightful artist and piece of art in my virtual world.

Right now i am sitting in an enormous shopping mall, drinking coffee, waiting for B to finish his business obligations of the morning. He is keeping me so bussy, i just don't get time to catch up in here. But i am not complaining.... i enjoy the most beautiful art of living.... Next week everything will be back to normal again, but still, i will be a piece of art inside an entire work of art....

Lots of hugs to you an yours :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Dearest Faith Reaper, humans born without the ability to be creative, in other words not as artists, can but only be like apes, like in 'monkey see, monkey do'. Down here it is still birthday-time for me. There is just no end to B's kindness and love. I will be home again on Sunday, maybe earlier, depending on B's business obligations. Thanks for your lovely comment :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Always, my dear twin, there are many mediums, each with its own tools, for art. We should not consider one more important than the other. I,ve seen an appropriate quote today - "Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." The electronic art picture was automatically made by Photomania, a facebook application of a kind. Try get it via Google. Hugs galore to you......


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love reading and re-reading your perspective, Martie, on the art of living. The most fun is in the reading of your birthday celebration with Mr. B, because it is a real example of your ability to remain centered and balanced in your approach to life, be it good or not, and adapt and, more than survive, you thrive, Martie! Despite the fact that you, like everyone, has experienced the highs and lows of living, the joy, the pain, the gains and losses inherent in living fully, you remain open to the possibilities. It is easier to close down, shut oneself off and become isolated in our own small world. I am with you on the excitement of the unknown, what lies around the next corner, be it good or bad, I am alive! Your brilliant writing, especially this piece, makes me feel that and appreciate it from the top of my head to the tip of my painted toes! Seize the day, Martie, as I know you will. You are truly, inspiringly awesome...


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Kalllini, thanks for the appropriate quotes. Both of them so profound and true. Oh, publishing on my birthday while kidnapped by B to our nearest fantastic coast..... I have this damn thing in me that is most of the time a good thing but also not always good for my own well-being: When I've committed myself to a any project of a kind only death or at least something equally serious will stop me from doing what I have promised to do. I appreciate your friendship and support with all my heart :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Docmo, thank you for your lovely compiment. I look forward to read your contribution asap. In the meantime, take care :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Rosemay, thank you so much for agreeing with me. Love you lots :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Agapsikap, your comment is a piece of art. Thank you so much :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hawaii, that was such an eye-opener for me - to experience so much admiration by women I regarded as much more creative and artistic than myself. I can create all kinds of writings with words and many other things, while they, too, can create the most beautiful things with other raw material. People should not put writers or any other visual artists on pedestals - we are all humans and artists in our special fields. Thanks for recognising this perseptive of mine :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, Alicia :) I always appreciate your opinion.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Thank you, my dear Gypsy. My birthday was super and seems to have no end.... fortunately B is attending a business meeting right now, so I'm using my 'free' time productively in here :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Happyboomernurse, I am honestly so glad to know that I've managed to 'sell' my perseptive on art and artist. Why we consider only a few things as Art and take other proofs of human creativeness for granted, is something I cannot understand. Even being lazy, not making any effort to beautify one's home and environment, is in my opinion a form of art. Please check my comment to Always Exploring.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Vicki, thank you for you supportive comment. I look so forward to read your contribution. Àsap!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

ImKarn, you have such a unique, adorable and sometimes shocking artistic talent, 'comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable.' (Check my comment to Always.) Take care, my sweet friend :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Training and encouragement is all we need to become most admirable and respected artists. I am so glad you agree with me, my dearest Nellieanna :))))


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Drbj, oh, how I wish I could just grab you and give you a hug. Thank you for making me smile. Have I told you lately that I love you? I really do :))))


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

My dearest Amy, you know I was so-so ready to give up on men and my hope to enjoy a happy relationship. B truly entered my life at exactly the right time, proving on God's behalf to me that hopes and dreams are too precious to quit and never to be buried just because many have disappointed us. We spent some time swimming in the sea and just lying on the beach today. All of a sudden, while watching the waves growing and breaking on the beach, I remembered and actually felt the sadness I've had in my heart since I was a very young woman married to a man who refused to enjoy life with me. His idea of enjoying life was to sit on his bum and rest, while I was/am an adventurer, hyperactive and eager to do everything life has to offer at least once but preferably as often as possible. It is not possible to enjoy 99,9% of life alone; we do need a best friend, an alter ego. Pleasing others all my years, including my children, and never or very seldom being pleased has left an emptiness in me. And now B is filling this emptiness so fast and often that i sometimes think i am going to burst.... The thought that I must be dreaming, or that I am holding a soap bubble that could disappear any minute, often crosses my mind. Thank you for your lovely comment and for your support, Amy :)


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kallini2010 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Martie, I know you are a busy bee at the moment, but if you find a spare millisecond, can you participate in my researchy little thingy:

it's just a question:

http://kallini2010.hubpages.com/question/217714/wh...

And by the way, do you like rock-n-roll?


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi Kallini, I do like rock-n-roll, though I no longer feel comfortable dancing it in public. Got to act my age. Lol!


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picklesandrufus 3 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

You really said a lot of truths in this hub Martie. You gave us a very thoughtful hub and this art major thanks you.


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SilentReed 3 years ago from Philippines

I was intrigue by the Nietzsche quote you included in this hub, "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude"

Nietzsche is known for his repudiation of Christianity and it's moral values. If gratitude means being appreciative and giving thanks, it would not have been in the Christian ideal of a "good" man abasing himself before the throne of God. Neither did Nietzsche view the universe as a moral phenomenon. Considered one of the founders of Existentialism; the belief that everyone has free will and therefore responsible for what they make of themselves, Nietzsche advocated the abandonment of the purely moral view of life.

"Gratitude" to whom or what then was he referring to in that quote?

Nietzsche believe that human progress relies solely on the egoism (the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare is the basis of morality) of the strong, and his concept of the "superman", was one having develop a superior intellect. To Nietzsche, Man's motive and action will always be in the endless struggle of quantity against quality. The Darwinian hypothesis of natural selection. What he feared most was the pollution of the superior mind from the "intellectual disease" of religious dogmas and delusions of inferior intellects. An idea that was twisted by Hitler's propaganda of an Aryan superior race.

Art is define as the product of human thought and creativity. Your hub conclude that we are all artists. May I add the word "potential" to artists?:) Our capacity for creativity may be limitless, but without new thoughts and their progressive development, we will remain mere spectators to creativity. Contend to experience creativity through the intermediary of others. I think it is in this context that the Nietzsche quote could be appreciated. Do we let our mind continue to remain sluggish, and we timorous? Or do we take the initiative and our course of action towards direct sublime experiences ( the artist merge with his art )

Of course, it is through this dependance on other artists and creative people that may awaken us from our spiritual slumber and open up our own unexplored creativity.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi picklesandrufus - always good to see you in my corner :)


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

SilentReed, I do believe there is an artist in all humans, but true, some humans don't even know it and live like wild pigs. I have learned not to focus on the beliefs and the alphas and omegas people try to sell as the 'only truth' to quest for, but on the wisdom they obtained while trying to convince themselves and others that their 'truth' is the only truth. Nietzsche managed to hit many nails on the head, and ironically, nails that exist in LIFE regardless of politics, ideologies and religion.

Simply breathing air and feeling the heat of sun rays on my skin are in my book reasons for gratefulness. Knowing that I cannot create a sun, or air, leaves me in awe of the universe and whatever Power in, above, beyond or behind it.

Thank you so much for your interesting review of Nietzsche. I've read a lot about him once upon a time when severe disappointment in Christianity and in Christians compelled me to expand my perceptive on Life and Death.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Ok, after reading this, I think I am somewhere in-between! I guess it depends on the context......there's a place for both realism and idealism and both can be fully enjoyed! Great share and lots to think about as I go about writing this morning.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi midget, of course, there is a place for both realism and idealism. The ideal is to be balanced. I love the quote of St. Francis of Assisi. The artist does everything with his heart. Thank you so much for reading, commenting and sharing.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

While I am late to the party, know that I hope your birthday was wonderful.

This hub was written by a true artist, as "the artist does everything with his heart"...your heart is so obvious in this beautiful appreciation of everything and everyone around you.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

I'm so glad to see you in my corner, tillsontitan. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I had the most fantastic birthday, and it lasted an entire week :)


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Very interesting! I've quite enjoyed the way you took a simple, yet profound idea and explained it so well. There truly is art in everything we do. It's even spoken of with phrases that speak of "the art of" this or that.


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epigramman 3 years ago

A top ten for 'my rock' Miss Martie of Magnificence.

Top ten reasons why Martie is a living example of 'art' herself:

10. in the way she walks through life

9. in the way she respects and supports her friends

8. in the way puts these hall of famer hubs together

7. ... so essential

6. ... and definitive are her thoughts and words.

5. She brings new meaning to the image

4. of 'sunrise'

3. and 'the brightest star in the sky'

2. and yet, she makes me glad to be a man

1. and humbles me with her world class friendship.

Ah, Martie, you truly are my rock 'for all ages.'

lake erie time 8:45am and warm wishes from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

shanmarie, and I so love to use that phrase, "The art of communication..... The art of forgiveness....' etc. Others may call our ability to succeed in some fields 'skills', but in my opinion 'art' is the word, as we need some or the other ability to 'create' (if only a better life or at least a better future) in order to achieve success. Thanks for your kind comment.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

epigramman, so good to see you up and about again. Thank you for all the flattering; I always appreciate your praise, even though I know you exaggerate like mad. Lol! You know my wish for you is always only the best, but you also know as good as I that Life is nobody's friend. We have to make the best of what we have and who we are. Today is a present, tomorrow will look after itself. Lots of hugs to you, my dear Colin! Please take good care of yourself :)


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Martie my dear.. how awesome is this hub.. You are the best .. and so much talent you have.. and most of all you care and are so supportive and did I say loyal? lol,, any way you are the best.. You have named some great writers up there hard to pick which one I like best.. Nellieanna is absolutely wonderful .. Maria is super.. mickey wow.. you are wonderful

many blessings to you

so good to see you

Debbie


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epigramman 3 years ago

Martie, listen, between you and me , I 'only' exaggerate with other women.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Deborah, we are one big family in Hubland, each and every one unique and 'wonderful', supporting each other. I do believe that in Hubpages we all get strength from each other to cope with our ups and downs in real life. Thank you for your very kind comment, and thank you for your support.

@ epigramman - LOL! We all love you just the way you are. Exaggerated compliments are like sweets - too much sugar. But then, I do have a sweet tooth. In my books exaggeration is only unbearable when applied to insults. Take care and know that you are the best praiser in the world. To be a praiser of people demands a lot of talent and a pure, unselfish heart. You got it all :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Well you are an artist Martie, not only your writing but the wonderful way you create a picture out of the pictures and photos, wonderful words, and so true. Many people don't realise just how clever and artistic they are, not only in the arty way, but every day life as you mentioned, wonderful hub, voted and shared, nell


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Wonderful hub! I so enjoyed reading this. You have a wonderful philosophy. I agree with you, yes we are all artists in our own ways. Thank you for reminding us of that. I love the St. Francis of Assisi quote and your electronic photo - quite creative. Thank you for a heartwarming and uplifting hub!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Nell Rose - I've seen very poor people turning their small houses in beautiful homes with boxes, crates and all kind of rubbish painted or covered with cloth. And I've seen very rich people with the most expensive furniture, but not a sign of art (if they have not paid someone to put it against the walls). I like to believe that art, like music, is in all of us. If not, Shakespeare's quote counts: "The man that has no music (art) in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, (or arty/creative things) Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils."

@ Suzette - Thank you so much for your kind comment. I think that quote of Francis of Assisi is just perfect.


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Petra Vlah 3 years ago from Los Angeles

The Art of Living is with no doubt the most complex form of art and the ultimate challenge for all of us; it requires not only talent and perseverance, but also a vivid imagination and total dedication for details and nuances.

The way we paint the canvas - with colors that reflect our own thoughts and deeds - becomes the only legacy that counts and makes the difference between a master and an ordinary house painter.


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Martie ~ "Creating a home for a family and guiding children into adulthood requires a creative mind - an artist"

. . . well then, I'm freakin' MichelangeloSr.

(our youngest, at 21, is just now moving into her own place - Pixie and I, now nearly 60, will be on our own alone for the first time since we were 18 & 19 . . . so I have been a bit reflective about the course of our life recently, and our course has been creating a home for a family and guiding children into adulthood, so . . . )


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

@ Petra - always good to see you in my corner. Thanks for your fabulous comment. I can see a poem in it.

@ Mickey - Hahahaha! Nice to meet you, MichelangeloSr. You and Pixie are now certainly at the beginning of a brand new phase, and I am relatively sure that both of you will be artists, creating the best and most comfortable bed to sleep on for the next 20 years. Always good to see you in my humble corner. Your wit is absolutely delightful. Take care!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

This ties in with my latest hub on appreciating the little things in life...and expressing that appreciation! Well said, Martie!!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Hi midget, I agree with you. Art is everywhere, and especially in nature - the web of a spider, the nest of a bird, the stars in the sky.... The list has no end :)

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