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ART is Appreciation, Reason, and Timely

Updated on January 17, 2015

Artistic - Painting, Metal, Video, Writing, Wood, Glass

Why do I say Art is appreciation, reason, timely? Because it is how it affects me today. What I found to be "art" ten years ago doesn't affect me the same today. It changes with me just as does my desire for style, color, food and just about anything else. Take the marble in the picture to your left. It is called Ketchup and Mustard. I purchased it from an artist on eBay. I love marbles and was so fascinated by the color, the lines and swirls. All I have to do is turn the marble and I have found a new design, new form. Now, with this beauty, I will never tire.

They say, timing is everything and to some extent it is. Where you visit, live, work and travel will influence your exposure to art. The panorama scenes you see while visiting the Grand Canyon may have a tremendous effect on how you approach your next watercolor.

Years ago, my husband took me to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. It was there that I truly fell in love with art. The paintings, sculptures, glassware were just wonderful. As a kid growing up, I never got to go to any of the larger city where museums were located. Needless to say, I was overwhelmed when I visited the North Simon and others later in life! I was so impressed with color, design, the various media art forms such as glass ware, metal sculpture, textiles, paintings, and furniture to mention a few.

A few years ago, I went to the Getty in Los Angeles. WOW. I still have great flashbacks of the wonderful art I was able to view. Everything from the art within the structure of the Getty building, the grounds was something to marvel at. Just putting this lens together makes me want to get back to the Getty.

You say you don't need a reason to appreciate art. Sometimes reason sets the stage. The reason we may or may not have a clear understanding or appreciation for what the Impressionist painted may have more to due with outside influences. As for myself, until I first walked into the art museum, I had no idea I was missing so much. My husband was my "reason" and I was so glad.

In the 60s, I became intrigued with the artist, Norman Rockwell. So I have several pictures and plates with Rockwell pictures. I recently realized I have somewhat become tired of his work. I was trying to figure out why? I believe it is because there is no "surprise". You can almost tell a Rockwell because the artist was very stylistic in his painting. Outside of an occasional Rockwell imitation, once you have seen several you usually can guess a Rockwell.

Within this lens, I have tried to point out the various ways we see art. It is among us daily. We might see it in the clouds, flowers, dance, a window display, your evening meal, the finger painting your child presented to you, a video you watched, your neighbor's wood carving or your nephew's latest craft project. Come along with me and enjoy ....

STILL ART - William Henry Hunt


I truly enjoy Hunt's rendition of fruit. I feel like I could reach out and touch the grapes and take one of the plums - enjoy some afternoon fruit.

Video Art

Today, in the world of video, I believe we are seeing some tremendous creations. Call me crazy, but I love Crazy Frog. No matter how tired, or down I might feel, Crazy Frog lifts my spirits. I hope you will give him a try.

Gargoyle Art

Socrates, the Gargoyle Thinker Statue

Is he pondering life's mysteries-or his next victim?

At nearly two feet tall, this muscular gargoyle is a menacing presence flanking a garden path or a stately fireplace. From his horned head to his spiked fangs and powerful wings, Socrates perches upon his pedestal, pondering the big picture. Cast in quality designer resin, our Toscano exclusive features a two-tone finish that captures every exquisite sculptural detail. Thinker

Amazon of Great Art

Even the beauty of the design of a french horn is to me very artistic.


Sir Peter Paul Ruben's The Fall of Phaeton, c. 1604/1605

J Christopher White

Sculptor and poet

I ran into this artist on the Internet. I love wood and the various creations that can be made from wood. Do visit J. Christopher White's Web site. I am sure you will enjoy his work.



Impressionism was a 19th-century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based artists exhibiting their art publicly in the 1860s. The name of the movement is derived from the title of a Claude Monet work, Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant), which provoked the critic Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satiric review published in Le Charivari.

Mary Cassatt, The Child's Bath (oil 1893)


On The Terrace (oil 1881)

A French artist who played a leading role as a painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

Post Imperialist

Vincent van Gogh

I just love "Irises"



Outrageously bold colors - Henri Matisse - (1869-1954) - The Open Window, Collioure

I like this one because of the shapes and bold colors.

ART IS EVERYWHERE - Why Not Start Your Day With A Little Art!

Louise Bourgeois' Metal Spider

Born in Paris 1911. Begin as an engraver and painter. By the 1940s, she was creating sculptures and continued to be the leader in the 21 Century. In the 60s she was doing rubber, bronze and stone creations.

"My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama." Louise Bourgeois

Stop by and visit some of her additional works

Sculpture - local artist, Ventura, CA

Murano Glass Octopus Paperweight

The Beauty of Ice

Amazing Ice Sculptures - Based in Las Vegas Nevada, Arts of Ice puts the finishing touch to your event with an elegant, affordable hand carved ice sculpture.

Sand Sculpture

World Championships of Sand

The 3rd Annual Tournament of Sand Sculpture Champions, Competition May 07-11, 2008.

Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada

Princess Rescue: Peoples Choice Second Place prize of $2500 and Sculptors Choice: Silver Medal went to Brad Goll of Texas (left) and Damon Farmer of Kentucky for their update of a traditional castle and dragon theme. "A non-violent way to rescue a Princess"

The bronze medal went to the father and daughter team of Guy and Melineige Beauregard from the Province of Quebec.

Butter Sculpture

"Milk, Moms, Mornings" Butter Sculpture for New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY 2005

Butter Sculpture

Oh the Different Art Forms

Clouds; A beautiful sunset

Downtown Philadelphia

Love the beauty of a clock - design and ticking.

Philly Flower Show

Shadow Art

This is a new art form for me. I was at the Philadelphia International Flower Show and there were displays using paper sculpture with reflective light shadow. It was quite a sight to see.

AMERICAN FURNITURE - 18th century, Chippendale - the beauty in wood, curves, cuts

Chippendale Carved Mahogany Side Chair American Furniture

Art Poll

What best describes art to you?

See results

Notes on Art

Art - purpose of

a visual language

to entertain

to educate (story telling)

to inform, influence (propaganda, social commentary)

to document history (before pictures)

to express self (create beauty)

age of art:

oldest express of it - religion (cave dwellings)






cultures: Japanese, Mexican, Indian






natures art:






sounds of nature

Art in Writing

GONE WITH THE WIND - 1936 - Margaret Mitchell


1937, Gone With The Wind won Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning 1939 film of the same name.

The book sold more than 30 million copies

The second best-selling book, next to the Bible,

Margaret started the novel in 1925 and completed it in 1936.

This one book alone, which took 11 years to complete, set her for life.

Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Eugene Mitchell, a lawyer, and Mary Isabelle, much referred to as May Belle, a suffragist of Irish Catholic origin. Mitchell's brother, Stephens, was four years her senior. Her childhood was spent in the laps of Civil War veterans and of her maternal relatives, who had lived through the Civil War.[citation needed] by wikipedia

"Gone with the Wind" was such an overnight success that its publisher George Platt Brett, President of Macmillan Publishing, gave all its employees an 18% bonus in 1936.

I am so happy you have decided to stop by and visit. I believe we all love some form of art because it is programmed in us by our Creator. It is the gift to create or to be in His likeness. Do let our readers know what your art contribution is (painting, drawing, crafting, music, ???).

GUESTS - Friends of Art

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Lovely lens!!

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Thanks d-artist for your visit and comments. I have enjoyed viewing many of your lenses and need to go back.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great lens! Yes God gives gifts to all to create, you just need to find that ability

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      Thanks, JoyfulPamela, for visiting and your comments.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love so many styles of art that I'm not sure what type is my favorite. Like the music I perform, it has something to do with the mood that I'm in whether I prefer the old classics or something totally spontaneous and fresh. Thanks for sharing all of these beautiful things! =D

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      blue22d 6 years ago

      No problem. I am happy you stopped by. There is so much to consider when we think of art...I try to think of ideas when teaching my grandchildren. I love everyone's creativity; having a cup of coco with a face smiling delightful!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      A great selection of art. I didn't take your poll because I couldn't find one button to press, All the forms you mention give me a buzz but there are many other gendres and forms which I really love. As an artist I couldn't imagine a day without art in some form or other.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      lovely...I find art theraputic.

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      irenemaria 7 years ago from Sweden

      Such lovely lens! Thank you for the show!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Oh, hugely WOW! The Getty Museum? I'd surely love to go there ... many years ago, when I went to college, I was a Getty Scholar ... so it is high time I paid them a visit don't you think?

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      What a beautiful lens, filled with so many wonderful examples of art in all of it's forms. I love both photography, sketching and painting. Always inspired by the beauty that our creator presents to us in nature and life every day. I found you on my dashboard on the "meet the giants", nice to meet you! Take care, Linda

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I like how you have approached the subject, art, because it is a big one. So much can be an art. I was surprised to see my lens. Thank you. Your story about Rockwell is true of many things that we enjoy. I could say the same for Dali, but never for Van Gogh. Well, not yet anyway. Thanks for visiting my latest lens.