We Are The Art ~Vol. 30

Stand up for what is beautiful,
Give it up for the ones that try.
Oh the art is the reason that we came here,
Take a bow together we fight.

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Hi everyone and welcome to this weekend’s Words, which is all about we the artists! Now some of you are thinking “but wait, I’m not an artist! I’m just a blogger”, well as they say (or possibly no one says it but I digress…) art is relative. My husband is in construction and while normally no one thinks of construction as art to the guys raising your roofs and walking on steel beams above the city streets, it is their art. In our own ways we are each an artist; some of us are artists in the traditional sense, some of us are artists in our own corner of the blogosphere by what we’ve created there. What is art if not the creation of something that brings people together in some way? Each and every one of us is the art that binds the world together.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ~C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
~Émile Zola

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“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
~Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

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“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

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Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
~Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” ~Rick Riordan

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“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.”
~Oscar Wilde

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“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”  ~Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ~Vincent van Gogh

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  ~Pablo Picasso

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“The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.” ~Chuck Palahniuk

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

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“Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.” ~Samuel Butler

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“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~Pablo Picasso

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“The object of Art is to give life a shape.” ~William Shakespeare

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Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art

Bullfighting can be an art
Boxing can be an art
Loving can be an art
Opening a can of sardines can be an art

~Charles Bukowski

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“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” ~John Lennon

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“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” ~Dylan Thomas

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“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”  ~J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

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“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” ~Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

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Photo Credit: Michelle  from  Ps and Qs: Photography, Poetry, and Quiet

“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.” ~Bruce Lee

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“I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist.” ~Billy Joel

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“Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous.” ~Toni Morrison, Sula

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Dying is an art.
Like everything else,
I do it exceptionally well.

I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I have a call.

~Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus

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“Thank you for the tragedy. I need it for my art.” ~Kurt Cobain

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“Nature is a haunted house–but Art–is a house that tries to be haunted.”  ~Emily Dickinson

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“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ~George Bernard Shaw

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“Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.” ~Stephen King

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“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did.”
~Kurt Vonnegut

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“Life has been your art. You have set yourself to music. Your days are your sonnets.” ~Oscar Wilde

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“life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one” ~Stella Adler

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“Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.” ~Madeleine L’Engle

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“Life is a blank canvas, and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” ~Danny Kaye

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“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” ~Ludwig van Beethoven

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Degas

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Photo credit: Michael from  Good2begone

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

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“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
~Ansel Adams

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“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” ~Karl Lagerfeld

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“All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.” ~James Baldwin

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Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people- and finally I did- on the open road. We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore- except to make our lives into a work of art.”
~Lana Del Rey

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“A writer – and, I believe, generally all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”

~Jorge Luis Borges, Twenty-Four Conversations With Borges: Interviews by Roberto Alifano, 1981-1983

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“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.” ~Steve Martin

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“I like my smock. You can tell the quality of the artist by the quality of his smock. Actually, I just like to say smock. Smock smock smock smock smock smock.” ~Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

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“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” ~Joss Whedon

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“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.” ~Federico García Lorca

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“We artists are indestructible; even in a prison, or in a concentration camp, I would be almighty in my own world of art, even if I had to paint my pictures with my wet tongue on the dusty floor of my cell.” ~Pablo Picasso

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I hope you’ve all enjoyed this weekend’s Words! I’d like to thank Michelle and Michael for allowing me to use their photos in this week’s volume, when you have a minute you should check them out if you haven’t already! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a lovely week! ~Jennie & Christy

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“Well, art is art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh… now you tell me what you know.” ~Groucho Marx

 

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This weekends Art Themed playlist includes selections by Billy Joel, Don McLean, Dala, Peter Mulvey, and more…

 

8 comments

  1. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this is my favorite post in Words for the Weekend. I’m taking this one with me today:

    “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” ~George Bernard Shaw

    Michael and Michelle, I am in awe of your talent… the pictures are amazing!

    Billy Joel is an absolute favorite of mine, and The Entertainer is one of his best.

    Thanks for the great start to my Saturday.

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    1. Thank you and you are very welcome! While all the Words posts are my favorites and I love working on them all this one I did with my youngest daughter in mind, so in its way it’s inspired by her- which makes it a little more my favorite than the others 🙂

      Billy Joel is a huge favorite of mine too, I grew up listening to him all the time and he always makes me think of home. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ~Jennie

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  2. Oh, what a wonderful collection of wise words. And what timing – I was just expounding last night to my husband on how essential art is for quality of life. Beautiful y’all. Just beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I agree with you completely; art is essential for quality of life, it just makes the world a better place. 🙂 ~Jennie

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  3. Very artfully done! Thank you for the photo inclusion!

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    1. Michael, thank you for that post with the photo at just the right minute! It was exactly what I was looking for! ~Jennie

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  4. And now I’m pretty convinced that Groucho and I are related. Which is both scary and kinda cool at the same time. And now I’m hungry for cranberry apple sauce, which sounds quite artsy, in an over-priced dessert menu sort of way. Which, trust me, I know a thing about pricey dessert menus. But to bring it back to art…you crafted a work of art here, and I totally enjoyed reading through and savoring each morsel, you know, kinda like a pricey dessert, except it wasn’t pricey, it was priceless, as were the photos by the three of you young’uns. Brava, xo

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    1. Cranberry applesauce does sound tempting, doesn’t it? As to pricey desserts, they tend to be pretty artistic, which is why they’re overpriced- tasty and visually pleasing, like a sculpture you can eat! Honestly I like my food a little artsy lol

      I do not doubt you and Groucho are related, humor, timing, and intelligence tends to run in families you know 🙂 Thank you hon, I’m very glad you enjoyed this! xo

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