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Perspective = Art ~ Art = Perspective

Updated on April 16, 2013
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PERSPECTIVES was originated and is being guided, (along with other regulars), by Mickey Haist, Sr., set forth in his 'An Introduction'.

Subjects to be featured are chosen from among the regulars for each month, for which each of the contributors submits his/her perspective on it as a hub.

The Perspectives Series

Martie, Bravewarrior, Docmo, Marjoucor, Mickey, Sr.
Martie, Bravewarrior, Docmo, Marjoucor, Mickey, Sr.

The regular coterie of writers/ contributors for the series consists of:

  • Martie Coetser
  • Shauna L. Bowling (Bravewarrior)
  • Mohan Kumar (Docmo)
  • Maria Couchara Jordan (Marcoujor)
  • Mickey Haist, Sr.

    I'm Nellieanna and am honored to be a guest writer on this Perspectives Series subject, ART, chosen for April, 2013.

Perceiving Art in Perspective

I find myself in tune, not only with much of that ancient wisdom, but with much of Mickey's original explanation of what the series is, its purposes and its premises in the wider sense. Applying my perception or perspective of how these relate to ART is especially fascinating to me.

I've been associated with art all my life in various manifestations, but most of that has been in its study, practice and application. Looking at it now from a personal, philosophical perspective is most exciting. I won't be discussing art, per se, but its relationship with human perception at its creation level and as it's experienced by others; - all from the only perspective available to me: mine.

Perception and Perspective in General

Before embarking on that, I need to clarify what I mean by basic terms involved, which in itself is an example of individual perspective and subjective perception. Whether you can agree in principle with this background, please consider it, in order to follow how PERSPECTIVE will be related to ART here.

Personal Perspective

One's perspective of whatever is to be beheld, contemplated, explored, practiced - whatever - is his only perceived reality of it. What others report of 'things' will be from their perspectives and perceptions, which will come into ours as something to be perceived and filtered through our own perspectives.

To judge others isn't merely unkind; it's preposterous.

We've each only a slightest idea of what another thinks or feels and why, of what his perspective and perception of anything is and what has formed it. What we should know is that our idea of his has necessarily been distorted by our own perceptions, perspectives, interpretations, and biases, which are also based on our accumulated formation of them, - and vice versa: a constant source of conflict, which needn't be.

Despite unique and different perspectives, we've commonalities as kindred diverse humans. If we share good-will and desire to accept and to be accepted and to get along together, we CAN. Taking the moment to THINK about what 'it' seems before reacting to 'it', having awareness that our view of 'it' is once-removed from 'its' original source, - another complete person, - helps.

One need not concur in order to accept 'it' (another's view) and to grant validity for another's perspectives and reasoning. One merely needs to allow the 'other' his own validity for the whole person he IS, with unique experiences and determining factors shaping his perspectives.

This is 'giving benefit of the doubt', because we should doubt that own view of others' realities is accurate enough to sit in judgment of those realities, which are basically similar to our own at least in their humanly relative validity.

OK - now that I have that out of my system. . . .

Try to not

Make your sense

Out of another's


And let him tell you

What it is.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Perspective has various definitions and applications. In the context of this series, I believe it is this one:

  • a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; point of view.

Synonyms: outlook, view, viewpoint, point of view, standpoint, position, stand, stance, angle, slant, attitude, frame of mind, frame of reference, approach, way of looking, interpretation, vista, panorama, prospect, aspect.

So - perspective of a topic is a subjective view of it. What else?

How externals become our own perspectives of reality

Nothing we experience enters our consciousness as an objective raw 'thing' or event but must enter through our own senses, existing thoughts and emotions, from whence it becomes our own perception of the thing, after further inevitably being admitted into our awareness through many layers of our own capabilities which allow us to bring it before our personal, subjective 'court' of tests for validity and useful conclusions, measured against and by filters of our past experiences and our traits, biases, and training. Even one's right and left brain priorities; even current states of health, what's impacted us and our outlook that very day, will have refocused and altered our present 'view' of things, which may change; and it's all processed in accord with our personal ability to discern and evaluate it for such truth as we can discern after it's been highly altered by this process of assimilation into our beings.

Each of us has no choice but to put incoming information through his and her own subjective processes in order to capture and retain impressions of what "it" on the outside of us might be. It's the way it is. It's the way we're built.

The outside beyond us is pretty much neutral, meantime, except for other humans and creatures involved in their own subjective realities. Each of us imposes our subjective perspectives on all we behold and contemplate. So to each of us, these subjective impressions becomes THE reality we perceive. What other?


'Perspective' as an art device

Another definition of perspective touches upon creation of art itself for benefit of subjective viewers:

  • the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point.

So what else is that "particular point" but the viewer's own observation point, with his eyes and his interpretation of what is seen as if it had real depth and distances; i.e.: - his perspective?

The lines in such a representation of a scene are an artistic technique to include the viewer as they appear to separate, approach and enclose the viewer in the impression, seeming to approach him from a distant point where they seem to converge and disappear - in 2D - for the representation of 'further away'. This illusion of receding from the viewer's standpoint is very much as it is to a person in a real 3D situation in which he is physically included, looking out of his eyes at his surroundings, and interpreting the external with depth perception, in which, of course, he seems to be the close central point in it. It is exactly as one relates in every situation; also an illusion. Each person on a crowded street IS the same kind of 'central point" in the whole scene in his own perspective! Of course, none is THE central point, except at it only seems to each mind.

We cannot escape our own illusions of being the central position in all we behold as it all seems to expand and to approach toward our eyes, and to recede from them, as though we really were the center and final authority on the view 'out there' beyond our own heads. Even though we 'know' it's illusion, it constantly presents itself as if ourself were its main character.

That is just with physical externals. In psychological externals, it's similar, but harder to grasp. Consequently, ideas contrary to ours inherently SEEM incorrect. They're more likely to thrust themselves upon our attention than others' perspective of physical externals. We observe others' physical impressions only if they represent them in art renditions which we see. But we're barraged with other's non-physical subjective IDEAS.

As we move around in a place and from one place to another, our 'picture' of the surroundings seems actually to adjust itself to our position, so that all 'out there' almost seems to be moving to accommodate us! We 'know' it doesn't move, but it's by this that we perceive it as we're moving, keeping our perceived position in it centered, though it is simply not so. No wonder people used to think the Earth was the center of everything. The community perspective interpreted it that way! Each of us does the same within our narrower perspectives of external reality.

The artistic technique of representing 3D perspective on 2D surfaces provides and subtly preserves the illusion that subjective point-of-reference IS the person's own as he would process the information in reality, just as it's being conveyed by artistic representation. We take these illusions so for granted that we almost forget we are not the center of it all in what must be objective reality. This reinforcement is inescapable; it's everywhere we are and go. Our own perspectives simply follow us to bring "everything" into our consciousness, depicting its center as ourselves.

A walk around sidewalk art

The art form called "Pavement Art" further distorts perspective lines painted by artists on a long flat surface of a street or pavement which has its own 3D perspective, unlike a 2D canvas, so as to create a more complicated illusion of different perspectives for viewers, including depth, height, representing 2D drawings of objects made to look so 3D-realistic that people walking on what are actually flat surfaces become cautious to not "fall into" or "bump against" the painted illusions. Seen from any other perspectives than the intended where they look like what they represent, they're vastly distorted!

These artists are able to imagine and calculate distortions needed to create such illusory effects to be perceived by viewers, whose own imaginations are engaged to interpret them as the artists intended, if viewed from a designated position from which the actual mathematical and artistic distortions blend and fade into what appears a realistic scene. ALL this distorted perception and perspective exists only in the subjective minds of all involved.


My Hub Title's Bold Claims

My hub title makes a bold claim that Perspective = Art and Art = Perspective, as is illustrated by the use of artistic techniques and interpretations being described. Remember: Art depends on individuals' perspective, both from artist and viewer. The illusion of what is represented must be perceived and accepted by the minds. It has no other 'screen'. It's the same way 'reality' is received, perceived and interpreted!

Further is that whatever one creates artistically IS his or her own perspective; there is nothing else by which to create or to interpret ART. One's own perspective is his own art and creation. One's own perspective views and interprets others' artistic efforts. The artist is that point of reference from which his own artistic perspectives emanate, which translate so as to become the point of reference of those who will view it. The beholder is that point of reference at which reception and interpretation of art occurs. Both art and perspective are so intertwined as to BE part and parcel of each other in the creative process.

The artist's perspective may have been stirred and inspired from his perception of external impressions of nature or it may be entirely internally structured from his imagination; or a combination of both. In fact, any of one's perceptions are from either of those perspectives of stimuli or their combinations, as well, seasoned by one's basic interpretations of what is conceived to be and accepted as reality at various levels. The result is that we largely live in a 'reality' of our own mostly illusory creation.

There's a slightly negative 'interpretation' of what it is to be artful or crafty, as though it somehow misrepresents 'reality'. News Flash: Everything one expresses is his own representation of his perception of 'reality', and is not 'Reality'! ART is a broad category of endeavor composed essentially of personal perspective, translated onto a surface or media, whether the output is art, literature or 'creative thinking' leading to discovery. So, essentially, are science and engineering!

So - the oft-asked question . . .


. . . may be moot.

Can they be separated? For each, artist and beholder, all there IS is his own perspective, either the conception and expression of the rendering by its artist or its reception and interpretation by its beholder.

Kinds of Art and Perspectives

That there are prized works of art which are despised by many viewers, as well as untouted works treasured by some esoteric admirers, are facts. Some folks see no point in abstract art. Others consider representational art as robotic, lacking in imagination. Some folks adore landscapes or 'still lifes'. Others prefer human forms and activities in artistic renderings. There are preferences in media, such as watercolors or oils applied on certain types of 'canvas': maybe ceiling tiles or bricks! Some revere black and white art, some gravitate to muted colors while others to vivid colors. Standards of what is considered 'beautiful' arise and gave way to change or outrageous disregard of such rules.

The central characteristic of art as subjective perspective can both account for and become lost among details, diversity and distractions associated with the world of ART!

There are no 'final authorities' on much of any thing which touches human awareness and perspective; certainly not to be found in areas involving what is admittedly personal 'taste', another term for subjective perspective. Monetary value is assigned accordingly!

ART is not limited to any types of creative output, which are many: painting, sculpture, film-making, culinary design, architecture, home docor, embroidery, landscaping, photography, flower arranging, pottery, textile design, choreography, fashion design and illustration. To whatever people apply their creativity and imagination becomes an Art form, with personal perspectives, advocates and markets emerging.

It is personal perspective and perception of artist and viewer which make it ART.


Abstract Examples

The perspectives of various abstract or avant-guarde artists, such as Dali or Jean Paul Gaultier, creating on the 'edge' of each of their various art forms seem to play with and tease the idea that imagery in what and how artists capture perspectives in their art is as each of them SEES and percieves external things. With abstract forms of art, it comes mostly from artists' imagination imposed on their materials.

There just aren't any melting watches and faces 'out there', and use of metals and wires for clothing really isn't illustrated in 'reality' or formulated by 'common sense'. It's abstract art.

For abstract artists, it is as their imaginations manipulate their materials with their imaginations to invent perspectives which they translate and turn into paintings, statues or couture!

It also teases viewers imaginations to apply themselves to participate in these images with a borrowed perspective which may be found uncomfortably unfamiliar. For some viewers, it may be too great a leap which is easily fixed by rejecting and not liking the art form's examples. Other folks may easily key in with their imaginations and love these art forms. Some may cultivate a tolerance or liking for them. In all cases, very subjective perspectives and motives are involved.

As is illustrated here, Gaultier designs many kinds of far-out costumes, some for performers such as Madonna and Lady GaGa, but he also creates more normal, wearable and beautiful clothes for men and women. Here, though, is a look at a few of his abstract designs. I had the opportunity to see a showing of some of his most famous designs at the Dallas Art Museum. The fine workmanship and incredibly imaginative designs are amazing.

Far-out art forms

Art has been created with dryer lint and of course, we've seen lovely sculpture made with fruit, vegetables, snow, ice, and sand on beaches, along with more traditional materials. There seem to be no materials an imaginative artist can't use to create art. His personal perspectives need have no preset limits.

The imagination to think of using some of these materials, and to devise techniques and to master their skills is something to behold. Actually the more accepted materials began as someone's imaginative choice, from paints to clay and stone.

ART is PERSPECTIVE and vice versa!

Video: Art With Salt: The Joker

There's an endless array of illustrations of The Artist's Eye, which also involves the viewer's eye if that ART is to have life and being. It's one way we humans share our personal, subjective perceptions of reality which must be filtered through each others' subjectivities.

It's an example of giving others 'benefit of doubt' whenever we seem to see things differently or 'at odds', knowing that's inevitable, even when we seem to be 'in sync'. There are discrepancies because of individual differences in perspective, subjective filters and personal senses which form unique perceptions and perspectives, though we can still be compatible.

Each of us is a mini-universe of perspectives which go to make it the wonderfully diverse and interesting world of "us all". Getting along is a function of realizing that our differences are special, necessary and valuable, rather than becoming points of contention.

No one's perspective is the end-all or be-all of the universe, even though, to each, it may seem to be at times, being the central field of one's perspective. We must learn to give consideration to others' perspectives enough to understand and respect the people having them.

Though we 'see through a glass darkly' when it comes to others' perspective, even more so to objective truth, and even though to each of us, our own perspectives may seem bright, clear and flawless, we can awaken perspective to the diversity and appreciate it. Real humility is needed to admit, with Socrates that ". . .I KNOW nothing." I only perceive.

But what fun to enjoy and share PERSPECTIVES; - that is an ART!


Unless otherwise attributed, all written and graphic material herein is originated and copyrighted by © Nellieanna H. Hay and may not be copied, duplicated, or otherwise used with my express permission.

A note:

Marcourjor will not be publishing a Perspectives this time, because she's taking a well-earned break. VickiW will publish in her stead.


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    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Deergha, thank you! It was a pleasure to make this hub about a subject dear to my heart!

      How sweet of you to vote it up and share it! Thank you!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vellur, thank you for a most perceptive response to my hub. Surely, yes - art is in the eyes (or ears) of the beholder. Our senses and their responses determine what we accept and like as 'art' or merely discard as scribbling or noise! Even the test of time which says something is great art must still pass through our own 'ability-to-respond' to it! No 'bells', no uplift, - no 'art' for us! :-) Art seems to be a relationship between the artist and the viewer or hearer, doesn't it? One could analyze and say, 'that is good'; but if the feeling for it is lacking, it's just so much 'hot air', as they say! Those feelings are not subject to demand or command. They must be allowed to just respond!

      Thank you for the votes, too!

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      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      A very artful hub here....and such nicely you have put it all together.....Loved and adored every bit of it ......Thanks for sharing this one shared, tweeted and votes ++++++++++++++

      Many blessings your way:-)

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Simply amazing read. I was totally drawn into the perspective of art. Art is in the eyes of the beholder.It is amazing how these artists create such illusions in art. Interesting and informative hub. Spellbound from beginning to end. Voted up.

    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Yes, I did think it was simply a lovely Mother's Day greeting when I saw it on my Facebook wall. I even clicked it once but it didn't take me to the hub, so I was satisfied it was just a greeting which I loved. I'm embarrassed to be so slow in catching on! But what a lovely surprise when I finally did find it! I shall go to sleep with a lovely boost to my confidence and much love in my heart! Thank you, dear dear Debbie.

      Congratulations on another novel ready to go to the publisher! wow!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Nellieanna.. lol you are so cute.. I am so glad you found it. I put it on your wall on Facebook twice.. I think you just thought it was flowers.. but all is right with the world.. here you are and here I am.. blessings to you I need to go to bed.. been editing my novel. it is almost ready to be published.. wow.. I will be screaming on the roof tops when it is.. many blessings my friend


    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh- Debbie, thank you for your comments on this hub. You're absolutely right that Dance is an art form.

      I'm just duh-blblblbl about being so dense in finally finding your lovely tribute to me!! Honestly, when you earlier asked me to see the hub you wrote for me and I went to your site, but didn't see the new one, I thought, perhaps, that you'd republished the one you wrote for me in February for my birthday, which is still an amazing tribute which I cherish! As I told Faith when she nudged me on one of my hubs a bit ago, I might plead old-age, but I'm afraid it would be self-fulfilling, so I try to not use that excuse! In this case, I probably should! Yikes.

      I love the hub you wrote - the Drops of Love are truly lovely and so appreciated. You're amazing! Love you!d I didn't expect such generous, lovely accolades!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      My Dear Nellieanna.. I love Art in all forms.. POEMS, SONGS, Music,, PAINTING, WRITINGS.. Dancing is a form of art.. this is a wonderful hub.. You have named some wonderful artists,,.. I love this hub..

      Dear one.. I hope you get to read this I wrote about you today..

      Happy Mothers day to you


    • Nellieanna profile imageAUTHOR

      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Colin - well, you've been missed, though I must confess that I've been a bit less involved for the past couple of weeks my own self; just many other pressing things and the obvious dearth of time in proportion to the surfeit of chores.

      I'm most happy to see you are back among us! I hope and pray your health issues are resolved or have subsided! I certainly hope you can stay! Take good care of you so you can!

      Your mum sounds like a lady I'd love to have known. Thank you for the lovely compliment!

      I've no doubt that your Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel are pleased if you're feeling better! Our two kitties whom we loved unconditionally also lived long. They were 17 when something other than health issues took them. As I've mentioned before, I heard them meow just as my beloved George was going to join them. He hadn't been a cat lover till he became the dad to those two, born in the bottom of my closet to parents we'd deliberately chosen for them. He loved them both, but Toulouse was his "dog". haha. Miss Camille was quite elegant, much less rowdy than her brother, though she knew just how to subdue him if he got too rowdy, especially if it was delaying their supper, which was one time George would brook no insolence from either of them. When Toulouse made a noisy fuss to try to rush George to give them the food, Camille would get up from her sedate position, waiting to be fed, walk over to him as he was making a fuss and delaying George from dishing it out - and box his ears. After he was quietened, she would walk back to her post, sit back down and wait calmly, as a good cat should! The only punishment they ever got was in consequences; in this instance that would be delay of the food if they didn't behave with decorum. She understood it. Toulouse never quite got it (except his sister's reprimand). hehe.

      I quite agree that the best work of art, if it may even be limited to such a term - is nature in all its glory! The original animation and self-replenishing work of creation!

      My hugs back to you, Tiffy and Gabriel!

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      5 years ago

      Well as one of my all time favorite songwriters (Lou Reed) once wrote:

      "I don't know much about art but I know what I like."

      I am so sorry for being a stranger on your page as of late and don't worry, lol, you are still and will forever be 'our' first lady of the hubs.

      As I said to you before my mum would have loved your hub presentations as her only son does because you always create your masterworks with such a labor of love.

      That said , I have been sufferring from serious mental and physical health issues and had to take a leave away from the Hub for about 2 weeks. It's nice to be back and I hope I can stay as well.

      My cats, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel are both fine and are so happy about our early summer weather here as they both spend most of their time outside ruling the front deck against unwanted invaders, lol, that will be my legacy Miss N - please always remember Colin as a man who loved his cats unconditionally (in fact Tiffy is my mum's cat and she is now 18 and she has found the fountain of youth late in life once again)

      Naturally I hope all is well with you these days and my nomination for the greatest work of art (although I am not religiously inclined) is the 6 days of creation by God and I have the pleasure to see it everyday here by the lake. And God bless you my friend - for you are truly a hub treasure and a grand lady for all us to look up to.

      Sending you 3 Canadian hugs from C and T and G at lake erie time ontario canada 11:15am

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear Martie, my CD! I'm so pleased you got time to come visit my Art Perspectives hub! Yes, it's next to impossible to happily share major space with someone with opposing perspectives on major things. There are areas in which compromise is possible or co-existence, but in the areas most important and close to one's heart, it causes friction if the other's views are in direct conflict. As you say 'mostly the same' views are probably the extent for a really compatible and HAPPY home. Past the age of raising small children, it becomes questionable whether it's worth it to endure such an environment without joy and contentment potential.

      I have an antique book published in 1858 of advice for a bride. Of course, the possibility of leaving a marriage, once begun was literally nil. It recognized that there could be really stickily situations, but the final word and recourse for those seemed to settle on: "Where one is silent, two are happy." wow. Makes one appreciate a more fair and realistic view of marital bliss, huh?

      Thank you for your valued comments!

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Nellieanna, I knew I would get fruit for thought in abundance through your perspective on art. Every word in here so very true. Yes, we must respect the perceptive and perceptions of our fellowman, but I also know that we cannot be happy sharing a home or any comfort zone with a person who does not have the same as us, or at least mostly the same.

      Very enjoyable read!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Wonderful, Gwen!

      I am most partial to watercolors but love pen & ink and also charcoal. I love Japanese sumi-e painting, using the solid black inkstone blocks used for Asian calligraphy, applied on special absorbent papers or silk with water and special brushes with which the techniques of the art can achieve all the effects and tonality of gradients of gray to black, as well as nuances of the subjects, either directly from nature or imagination. . As in other Japanese art forms, there's much philosophy involved which I've tried to master, but as in haiku, I'm very aware of my insufficiency. George gave me a box of the tools and I loved dabbling in them. It's challenging and very exciting, though I'm but an amateur artist at best, and well aware of it. Your brother sounds like a real artist! It will be a treat if you share a hub about him. I love the idea of original art for note cards! It's such a lovely way of sharing art usefully!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing with me about your Momma's talents, Nellieanna. It appears you have inherited them as well. : ) I will share some of my brother's work one day. He could paint, or draw (usually pen and ink drawings) on any subject given him. (he even dabbled a bit in charcoal drawings). He preferred landscapes to that of profile pictures, although he could do them. He has been making note cards as of late on many different subject matter. Usually regarding that of nature. Thanks for the idea and for asking regarding my brother. Have a great day!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vinaya, how pleased I am that you follow the hub authors' perspectives on their hubs, and that you've also read mine! Thank you.

      Each of the perspectives on art has such special value! This kind of treating each of the "Perspectives" subjects from the different views demonstrates how well different views can coordinate and can actually 'fill the gaps' by their very differences. That in itself is a lesson for living together well as human beings, I think.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal


      I have read some of the hub authors perspective hubs, and they write about something that is very important for the survival of humanity.

      Your perspective is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      You do me honor, Silent Reed! Thank you.

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for including your webpage. Bookmarked it this time so I won't loss it again. I can think of no better companion when I find myself in moments of thoughtful reflection, picking pearls of wisdom from your blog.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Gwen, for your very lovely, thoughtful comments! Ah - I'm familiar with growing up with an artist in the home. What sort of artist is your brother? Sounds as though it's his ongoing vocation! Perhaps you might consider writing a hub about his work and sharing some of it? Now that Art has come up, it would be a fine addition!

      My mother was an artist. I followed her around when she was painting (almost always out in the open-air 'real' landscapes). Her forte was in capturing great distance and depth in her paintings. Her still-lifes weren't as good as those sweeping landscapes or intimate views of streams flowing among the trees. She was slightly an impressionist in the "touch" she used in capturing the vastness of scenes. I was always too concerned with painting every leaf on a tree to achieve that magical touch she had with making a whole tree from so few strokes. She wasn't abstract, though. There was no doubt what her subjects were. The once or twice she attempted abstract were disasters! She attempted a version of the song "The Purple People Eater". It was ghastly!

      She'd usually hand me some paints and something to paint on while she was making her own sketches. Somewhere I have one of mine when I was quite young. If I find it, I'll have to post it. My mountains in the distance were very good, but my trees in the foreground are a bit clumpy. I neither painted them in detail or in masterful impression. They were just - ugh. haha! I really prefer paining people or imaginary scenes.

      I've had the good fortune to have known artists in other genres, as well. I had some very dear friends who were accomplished potters. I learned from them, too. There's an incredible feeling about working in clay and making it take a shape when it's almost liquid, to be fired and glazed into something incredibly beautiful - AND useful. Mother dabbled in ceramics, but not at the same level as these friends, whose work was and is well known in that field. They let me try 'throwing a pot' and though I started off to make a much larger one than it turned out, about 45 years ago, it became a small bowl. I still have that dear little bowl I salvaged from all the clay that slipped up and out of my fingers as the wheel spun around! They fired and glazed it for me. My partner was too impatient and when his began to slip, he slung it down and stomped off! tee hee

      I can only imagine the skill and patience it must require to sculpt in stone! I admit that I'm amazed and uplifted by the classical artists' works, which are all the more amazing, considering that they had none of the modern things that almost 'do' the work for the artist in a way, or at least, make it easier to get on with the creation of it.

      Thank you for the appreciation of that little poem which says so much about respecting the perspectives of others, doesn't it? To allow the other person a kind of freedom from being second-guessed, though being perceived, and to wait for his/her explanations before rigidly assigning one's own interpretations is something that differentiates the casual, somewhat distorted exchange and the one that really can communicate. There is a place for each, perhaps, but the latter is too often neglected or overrun, I'm afraid.

      Hugs and thank you, also - for the vote!

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      5 years ago

      Wow, Nellianana! I love art and you have put it into many perspectives one may not even think about. My brother is an artist, which I learned to appreciate the talents of it through him. : ) Very interesting! I liked this poem below:

      'Try to not

      Make your sense

      Out of another's


      And let him tell you

      What it is.'

      I feel that art forms are appreciated by ones own interests and reflection. That it can be found in 'the eye of the beholder', or the artist himself (or she). I like the sidewalk art, as it is intriguing to me. Making it appear three dimentional. : ) Thanks for your masterpiece once again, fine lady! Voted it up, of course!!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      SilentReed, I'm just happy that your are finally reading my perspective on art. Thank you. There are no plans for future contributions, but I certainly enjoyed doing this one.

      I read with great interest and respect what you've written here. Your perspective on many things is one I find akin to. In another life, perhaps I was more Eastern than Western, in the sense of simply beholding living things rather than feeling a need to 'fix' them without little perception of them except to be changed. I do share philosophy with many of the Tao's, though I'm slightly a student of it, at most.

      Thinking of art arising out of chaos and sticky nothingness is similar to how life arose, perhaps. I agree that turning either into commodities is to distort their actual 'isness'. Certainly too much focus on its effect rather than its essence poisons the realness of either. In a sense, 'Commercial Artist' is an oxymoron. I can't think of art as being an imitation of life, except in the sense that 'imitation' is not 'the same as' by any means. 'Art' in itself is merely a contrived representation of a person's idea or vision, not the real thing, in part or in whole. Yet all that IS, is genuine by 'being'. Supernatural is natural but more so. :-)

      If I may, I'm including a link to one of my webpages with some of my poems & thoughts alternating with some from Krishnamurti. whose works I respect and have read in part.

      Your quote of his is typical of the understanding of life he possessed. I love the clarity in his saying that :. . . the true artist. . . .has not divorced his expression on a canvas or in music or in stone from his daily conduct, the daily continuity of living." How perfectly said!

      That poem you quoted of mine, (whose title is "Being Is A Noun and Verb"), has significant meaning for me.

      Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, Svetlana - it took me awhile to comprehend you, too! Ian just patiently allowed us to use his comment threads to get acquainted. :-) What an angel.

      I'm so aware of how impossible it is to even begin to perceive another person. What's miraculous is that it happens, anyway, at least enough to bridge the gaps with beautiful safe structures to go back and forth to 'visit'.

      Yes, - it's quite a different matter to be soul-searching than to be wandering around blindly in confusion. That gentleman simply demonstrated the difficulty of perceiving at what place someone else IS, especially based on sketchy information which is all we really have in one-time, once-removed from face-to-face communication online.

      The trouble with jumping to conclusions prematurely is that it's mistaken, though accepted as truth by the would-be 'mind-reader'. haha

      Stand-up comedy is a surprise! But a most interesting one! I can well imagine you'd be unique and hilarious - with the undercurrent of wisdom woven through it.

      Belly dancing isn't a big surprise, though. Your agility in the tango and the physical 'shaping' of that activity surely makes you good at the moves required to belly-dance!

      Hm - maybe a combination of the two new stepping stones occasionally. . .

      I'm having good days, though they're much too short! Glad to hear of your 'uppy' directions!

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      I have been wondering when I would finally be reading your perspective among this fine group of writers. Kudos on your initial article. I hope this will be the start of many more contributing articles on future subjects about "Perspectives"

      Art is often understood to be a product of human creativity. Yet man looks to nature not only for inspiration but also tries to imitate nature's ability to create. If life is nature's ultimate masterpiece, then we have to accept that destruction is a part of creativity. Like the legendary Phoenix that burns itself to death before it can emerged renew from the ashes, Art like life comes out of chaos and tension. It is a paradox that beauty comes from experiencing ugliness, but the lives of great artists are proof of this. The greater capacity to experience pain and misery seems to produce the greatest art that man is capable of.

      But art is a poor imitation of life. Many artist who have painted, sculpture or written their greatest work, have drifted into a melancholy of mediocrity as a consequence of turning "art" into a commodity. Van Gogh was quoted to have said "Painting harnesses eternity". Having one's consciousness glimpse the timeless beauty of creativity and then condemn to the disillusionment of ordinariness, Is it any wonder why some artist take their own life out of sheer desperation? Fortunately for most of us, we'll settle for fame and glory.:)

      The Tao that you quote fits well with your own philosophy of life and living. Present day western mind, starting from the Renaissance, is the age of the individual who explores his outer world and desires to express his personal experience of it. The stamp of individuality have also cause a markedly split of the artist and his art. The philosopher Krishnamurti challenges the artist not to divide his art from living; "the true artist is one who lives completely, harmoniously, who does not divide his art from living, whose very life is that expression, whether it be a picture, music or his behavior, who has not divorced his expression on a canvas or in music or in stone from his daily conduct, the daily continuity of living." Or as one poet wrote....


      Not I!

      I catalyze,

      I prophesy,

      I speak,

      I write,

      I laugh,

      I cry;

      And try

      To light a fire,

      Excite desire,

      Suggest, delight,


      Inspire a flame

      With sparks of life,

      To salve the pain,

      To solve the strife.

      To be

      A being, -



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      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Yes, Nellieanna, from the moment we've met thanks to our dearest Ian Clark, it took me awhile to see how right you were from the very beginning. And I am changing the perspective as I go.

      Just today one gentleman said that I was "confused" and "did not know what I want" and I said that it was no longer so - I am soul-searching and it is far from being "confused", it means being on the path of self-discovery.

      So, it takes time, but it is the direction that matters. And now believe it or not, after having danced, I am heading towards Stand-Up Comedy as a stepping stone of my soul-searching.

      And belly dance. Why belly dance? There must be a reason. You probably would be able to come up with a better explanation that I have at the moment!

      Have a wonderful day, my dearest friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Dear, dear DrBJ! Your comments never fail to hit the target. Thank you!

      This piece is imaginative, yes; - but it also expresses a chunk of my personal philosophy evolved over a lifetime.

      As I think of how it came together, from first embarking on a project having an 'assigned' topic, whereas I normally just slip into one, it progressed not unlike designing a dress or a room, or making anything in my typical way 'from scratch', in which I start by visualizing what it might become, for that end. I often mentally go through "doing" the process, & sometimes discover I 'need' something I'm not quite sure of yet, in order to continue in actual doing it so as to express the idea & turn it into a reality to be shared.

      That's when my 'antenna' guide me, almost blindly, except for a vague concept of what that missing 'thing' needed might be, to go search and find it! It's such a usual process in my own odd creativity process, yet it always amazes me when it's fruitful & I just come upon that very thing in its own worthy form, often not being exactly what I was expecting it to be, but filling the need! haha It's probably typical of others, but I know only of it in my own experience, and it's part of what lures me to pursue an idea! It's so exciting!

      That was pretty much how the pavement art was found & incorporated into this article. I 'needed' it to graphically illustrate the idea of personal subjectivity, not only in art, but in everything an individual beholds externally to self.

      Anyway - it was among the most 'fun' hubs I've done. Thank you for your observation and appreciation of it! BIG HUGS!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Lurana, I can always look forward to and count on your comments adding much; this is certainly no exception! You see it clearly, in that even the best of communications leave vast areas of 'unknowns' - sometimes, even, of largely unsuspecteds in mutual perception!

      Your touching upon that 'magic' that transpires between artist & audience is so exactly 'so', as well! wow!

      Your definition of "Art" (with the capital A and title quotation marks enclosure) is especially accurate, too, in my view. I'm a bit of a purist in art's definition, too, but, even so, I feel that all endeavors have the seeds of art in them and need to be encouraged and nurtured. They may begin as & rest their value upon merely providing for mundane needs and do little to lift those efforts to a more esoteric level; but, even so, the seeds of art are in them, especially as starts of practical 'arts' such as designing necessities with more originality and delight, from food to clothes to buildings. They start with basic mastery of construction before they may sometimes progress to more glorification of the end products.

      It's amazing, too, to see the art work of children with no training or idea of standards of the genre, who instinctively create really wondrous works of art! Makes me wonder whether some of that instinctive in-born "feel" for being unselfconsciously capable of sharing impressions by naturally, in the process infusing them, as your description says, into "metaphors for emotion, beauty, or specific messages", -- if those aren't stifled by encountering too much emphasis on 'fitting' forms and standards, 'staying in the lines', and perceiving that their natural expressions are somehow inept or inferior.

      Of course those with exceptional genius persist with it and 'show the world' their inspiration on their own terms. But those with less irresistibly compulsive ability and need to persist (or emotional stamina), may just conclude that they have no or insufficient talent for it, as one too often hears grown people declaring about whatever it is for which they may have felt the inkling as children. What a loss.

      You've given me - and all who read your comment - much to contemplate! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Mike, what a privilege peek into your perspective, though I'd have to attempt to encourage the taking of the leap through the membrane of art, - if the only foreseen drawback is that, once over into it, it might somehow lapse and careen you back into a more black and white perspective.

      If B&W should be the existing perspective anyway - what would be the big risk, really? (Only my antiquity allows me to speak so logically & frankly; - but forgive me anyway! I'm a meddling young old fogey. hehe)

      Thank you for your much valued comment!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Svetlana- what a delight to see you here! I'm honored that you see wisdom in my treatment of art and perspective. I fully grasp your appreciation of several passages of it and love the reminder of that FFF statement of some time ago. Your wisdom in giving it due consideration makes me feel good inside.

      In turn, thank you for this great phrase: "Don't stay where you are tolerated, go where you are celebrated", though I must add something about converting where one is from merely being tolerated in it, - to converting it and oneself to becoming celebrated (which, admittedly, might require the conversion to be in steps, not overnight!)

      There's much to be said for taking the wheels of one's life, even merely by having a positive effect on one's surroundings, rather than allowing them to have a negative effect on oneself; - often to be accomplished by a needed CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE, as you recommend!

      What a bouyant perspective! :-)

      Hugs and love. Your comments always give me great pleasure!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      What an imaginative exploration of the subject, Nellieanna. You have outdone yourself, m'dear ... again! I was particularly enamored of your use of street or pavement art to illustrate the illusion of 3-D as perceived by the viewer. Brava and a very large Up.

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I love your philosophical exploration of subjectivity---it applies to the whole world of human interaction, not just art. Our perceptions are so unique that even the greatest communicators can feel alone.

      "Art" to me is anything that transcends ordinary communication. It may use the same sensory "language" (words/images/sound/movement/structure) of mundane information-sharing, but it uses it on an additional level---it becomes a metaphor for emotion, beauty, or specific messages. There is somehow another layer that becomes a channel between the artist and the audience.

      This was so well-written, so brilliant and insightful...I am still absorbing it and will return to read it again.

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      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I have led my life at the edge of art; never daring to enter; knowing full well once the membrane of art was penetrated, finding ones way out again would be reentry back into a world of black and white. I read this hub and know your work. You have embraced art and made it a magnificent cloak of your own. Heck, that’s my perspective anyway.

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      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My dearest Nellieanna, I think your wisdom becomes transparent from the first words of this hub,

      Art is Perspective

      Perspective is Art


      "I find myself in tune, not only with much of that ancient wisdom...",

      I have nothing to add, I am in AWE as always.

      I can't even think of anyone more suitable to talk about ART than you, but then again, you can be an expert in anything starting from the deepest philosophical questions.

      I cannot forget how to my pains of being let go you simply said, "You were FFF = Freed From Futility" and how true it was, it was in essence changing a perspective on the same thing.

      I've just seen a phrase that I am so much in tune with

      "Don't stay where you are tolerated, go where you are celebrated". We are all artists, only sometimes when we don't fit, we're tolerated and it is futile to look for celebration there.

      What is needed is


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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Hello, Livingsta! My pleasure! Happy for your visit and lovely comment! Thank you! I like that you might come back & reread it! Very complimentary. Thank you for the votes and kind support.

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      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nellieanna, I loved the Perspective = Art, Art= Perspective. So so true! Very interesting, I will come back and read this again!

      Thank you for sharing this with us. Voting up, sharing and tweeting!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, dear Pamela, thank you. I can't be more pleased that you find in it both food for thought and a perspective on art and on perspective in matters of judgment, too. You'll be most welcome to revisit any time you wish! Hugs and thanks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      There is a multitude of things to ponder on after reading your hub on perspectives. I like what you wrote on judgment, as well as, art itself. I love the many definitions your expounded on and I do think art is in the eye of the beholder. I think I would enjoy reading this hub a couple of more times to make sure I did not miss anything. Absolutely awesomen, interesting and beautiful.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Vicki - your comment is elegant and perceptive as you are. Your words about it are music to my ears and I'm delighted you see its merit.

      As you say - it's a genuine privilege to to be able to share the various perspectives on our subject with all the others in the perspective team. Each one I've read has filled me with valuable thoughts and emotions! Now I shall have the immediate treat of going to yours and reading it, since I saw just now that it is published and have added it to the links list above here on mine.

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      5 years ago

      Hello Nellieanna, what an interesting, insightful Hub. It is writing to be read, savoured and re-read. Your expert knowledge of the technical aspects of art just shine through, but they are so skilfully interspersed with your feeling about art too. This is both instructional and joyous! I love it. Art encompasses so much in our lives - it has been a real privilege to examine it from your perspective, mine, and the rest of the perspectives team. Now excuse me, I have to go back to yours and read it again. Well done, dear Nellieanna.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah, yes, Rasma! That's exactly what it is! Thank you for coming by and leaving your very astute comment! Glad you think my hub is interesting & for voting it up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Art in all forms is fascinating. Love those pics. I do believe that art is in the eye of the beholder and each artist creates from their own perspective. Fascinating and passing this on.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Agapsikap - thank you so much. You're right that these Perspective hubs in the series are all simply amazing. I still have another one from Docmo to read and can't wait to read it! I love the different views - perspectives - on the subject! It's exactly what Art IS :- as many perspectives to be shared as there are people!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Joe, thank you. Actually I started out in Hubpages writing & publishing only prose, sure that I'd never share any of my poetry and expose my soul so publicly! haha.

      One of my poems says:

      Writing a poem -

      Too easy

      And too hard.

      Too easy to compose

      Some words;

      Too hard to expose

      My soul

      So easily ~.

      _____ © Nellieanna Hay

      Instead, now it seems that I expose myself as much or more in prose, perhaps! :-)

      Anyway, it's my opinion that we're all a mixture of experiences, both successful and no and we expose ourselves in anything we do or say! How could we not? It seems to be 'built-in'!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Docmo, I'm so honored by your compliments to me and my hub. I may print and frame your comment to boost me when I need it!

      It's gratifying to know by hub speaks to others, especially someone with your comprehension! Your comments themselves are works of art!! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Faith, what a lovely comment! Thank you!!

      I suppose art critics are like film critics, book critics, music critics and so on. There are always some standards for formal works of all kinds. It's expected that there is a level of quality to be maintained for them, and professional critics are highly aware of those standards, though they're also individuals with their own expectations

      Writers are supposed to know and use good grammar, for example, much as we expect carpenters to know how to use saws correctly and connect parts satisfactorily. We don't want their buildings to cave in or blow down and that requires their knowing what they're doing building!

      Music has its standards if its to be called music, rather than mere noise. Obviously all these standards are fluid & flexible, changing constantly over time as new generations' tastes alter the old & become the new standards.

      Both those creating and the critics of all these kinds of things, though, are individuals with their own tastes and varying insistence on conformity to what they, themselves, consider to be the 'bottom lines' and the top levels! The more an artist of any kind attempts to become a leader in that field of endeavor, the more he or she is expected to know & master its main standards, even if the person eventually decides to strike out and deviate from the rules. Picasso was an accomplished realistic artist before he struck out to defy that genre and forge ahead a new art form as he did.

      New poets arose to write poetry without the standard formal accepted meters and forms. What defines any art can be expanded or even ignored, at least in a free society! There will be critics who will 'thumbs down' it when they do, as well as others who will proclaim them innovative champions of new and improved perspectives on whatever kind of endeavor it is. There will surely continue to be artists who conform to formal standards and those who will break free and do it in other ways, as well as critics and enthusiasts for both extremes.

      I'm a bit of a middle-roader, I guess. I admit that if something claims to BE an example of a formal type of art or poetry, I think it should exemply it. It's not a sonnet if it does it in some other form. If not, it shouldn't claim to the classification. Haiku is another example. It's a very formal type, not only in the 'count' of words & length and number of lines, but in the kinds of subjects it describes. It's not to express one's personal feelings. That's simply not what it IS. But if one wants to write in a similar form & express personal feelings, that's fine; - just don't call it haiku. Same way just any violin is not a Stradivarius. haha. But it's still a violin!

      For me, for poetry to be poetry, I need to feel and hear a 'music' in it. I need to feel, see or touch a quality of workmanship in all kinds of art. It's not a fixed thing but an essence of it. But art itself is limitless and can or even must express whatever the artist has to be expressed. It's personal, isn't it?

      Subjectivity is intrinsic in anything a human being does, feels or thinks. Again, to me, it's a reason for tolerance and acceptance of others' views. One need not agree with them or accept them as one's own, but we need to grant others the right to choose what they find good and acceptable. To me, the word 'valid' applies. What someone else thinks whether or not I may not think it, it is valid for that person. Of course, if it endangers or threatens others, it's not the same thing as having one's own opinion or preference within one's own sphere. Hurting or limiting others' rights crosses the line. But if someone loves rap and I don't, it's not a matter of contention or endangerment! haha.

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      5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi,Nellieanna. Another perfect hub on Art Perspective.

      I have bookmarked it for there is so much to absorb.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Well, if nothing else says it, this Hub surely sends a message to all of Hubsville, loud and clear--Nellieanna is as adept at writing prose as she is at writing poetry.

      This indeed was a powerful piece drawn from deep within your bottomless reservoir of intellect, wisdom, soul, and life experiences--yes, even and especially the mistakes you made...and wisely learned from. Thank you for sharing the only way you know how to share, Nellieanna--abundantly and with a generous amount of overflow. Blessings and aloha from SE Washington state!


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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      wow, Nellianna. Your erudite take on art as perspective and perspective as art is a thought provoking and peerless piece of writing. I loved the way you took us through this masterclass, ably punctuated with illlustrative examples. truly wondrous.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant Nellieanna, just brilliant!!!

      What an amazing write here. Love your perspective.

      I've often wondered about one who is an "art crtic" and exactly what qualifies that person to be such? As art is art no doubt and we all perceive such in our own unique manner . . . whether we love it or hate it.

      You are a beautiful artist of words.

      I will have to come back and read several times to absorb all that you have shared here.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      My dear Shan - Great. I'm truly pleased that you relate to this. The other Perspectives hubs so far published are simply wonderful, btw. The series truly compliments itself with each individual 'perspective' on the current subjects.

      I'll go read & reply to your comments and also catch up on some other emails.

      I feel like I've been 'let out', getting all the taxes done & sent! Hardly know what to do first!! I'm almost giddy! :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Randi - dear heart - thank you. What a fine compliment, that you would want to reread it! Thank you for the 'Up+++' too! Hugs.

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      Shannon Henry 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Nellieanna, I sent you an email regarding this hub because I related it to it on a somewhat personal level and didn't want to share those particular thoughts publicly. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Awesome, NellieAnna! You have outdone yourself! I want to go back and read it...again and again! So much to think about and ponder! Up+++, my friend! Thank you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Shauna, with beautiful precision at which you're a master, you've summed up all I was trying to say in my meandering and roundabout way! George used to say that my mind is "global". haha. Well, what the heck, if it's also sort of clear, (even if I have to work at clarity! tee hee!) Only in my poetry am I very good at brevity! :-)

      I'm just grinning from ear to ear! It is so wonderful to be perceived! Hugs and thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Holy Moly, this is quite a thought provoking hub! You leave the reader with much to think about and from which to learn.

      You are so right, Nellieanna, perspective and interpretation are in themselves art. The artist has one; the beholder has another. Neither is more right than the other. That's the beauty of it all! Perception and conception are artistic in and of themselves.

      Well done!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      haha, Maria - NO, Mickey & I have never discussed this or any other subject, though I suspect we recognize each other as kindred spirits when it comes to the essence of what perspective means.

      When I sat down to start writing my humble offering for this month's Perspective on Art, both parts of it which touch deeply into my very being, I was just caught up in how they truly fit each other and ARE almost the same concepts, looking at them together. So many illustrations crowded my mind and the biggest challenge was limiting them- which, as you see, I didn't do very effectively, though compared to all that wanted to flow, I limited it a LOT. haha

      I so enjoyed it and even more, am enjoying the others' perspectives on Art, each so unique yet so much in sync and in tune together. I'm not exaggerating when I say, my eyes just keep welling up, especially as I read and devour the others' perspectives. It's a most wonderful experience and honor to be included!!

      Hugs and thank you so very much for your great comment. It reassures me that I didn't totally miss the boat! hehe.

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      OMG, Nellieanna...

      I confess...when I first sat in a couple philosophy classes, I thought I had left the planet Earth. I was enthralled with the flow of the lecture but did not grasp the content...I needed to sit privately, contemplate, digest and then in time...I actually got it.

      I almost wonder if Mickey contracted with be a template for what a perspective is all about. You have tackled this unruly group of writers, along with the ever lovely Vickiw...and taught us all so much in this short month, as well as in this masterful and impressive essay.

      I will be back several times with my tea...this needs to be treasured and savored. Voted UP and very UABI.

      Love, Maria


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