Thoughts About the Art Life
I am already tired of the ads and the feeding frenzy that marketers are promoting. If you follow the ads it seems that every woman in America gets up before midnight this Friday to participate in this shopping sport. For some it seems to be a family event during the long Thanksgiving holiday. What does this say about our culture?
I guess I am strange in the fact that I don't view shopping for bargains as a family bonding experience. Sharing in lines, hunting for parking places in crowded malls, and grabbing the bargains just doesn't appeal to me. What about those gifts? Are they that special?
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for our country, our blessings, and our families near and far. I enjoy cooking, sharing our bounty, and relaxing.
Instead of participating in Black Friday, why not visit a gallery or museum with family? Learn about art and bring some beauty into your life.
Bring art into someone's life by giving them a painting to begin their collection. A couple of my galleries are having miniature shows where you can find smaller paintings that make great gifts.
"Aspen Dance", oil. Ago Gallery, Ouray, CO.Comment on or Share this Article →
Someone at a recent art gallery opening made a comment to me that they didn't need to collect landscapes because they could look outside their window at beautiful scenery every day. I was somewhat floored by that statement, since that is my primary subject matter. I also have incredible views from my windows at home.
Why even bother to paint from my deck when I can just walk outside ?
I believe that these paintings aren't just pretty pictures of the landscape...on the surface they may seem so, but we need to go beyond that superficial level. Paintings are windows into the soul. Look at the colors and the brushstrokes that are there. It is a captured moment in time...one that you can enjoy at any time of the day. Looking at paintings can relax and soothe...They do have energy to them.
Yes, it is great to be able to look out my windows and enjoy nature's beauty...but painting does more for me. I learn to really see the landscape and share it with others. What could be better than that!
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