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Is art just a figment of my mind or just the final confluence of me? I have to admit asking this question creates the every day dilemma of what has art done for me lately, or is this something I can live without. To what extent have I or will I go to live with or without art and is art my calling, my gift? Is this just a figment of my imagination or something I always dreamed would be? The value of which is yet to come? What is my approach to a question about how willing I am to have art in my life, how willing am I to share both my time and resources with a need that cost me both time and money and perhaps no return on my investment. What is required of me to execute this passion or desire? Where do I draw the line in the sand and say “hey” you are just a hobby and I only need you when I’m bored?
Maybe the confluence of me is the direction I am headed. Perhaps, everything I have tried in the past to ditch what I thought I could hide as a passion is just more obvious than I ever cared to admit. Perhaps, I am just kidding myself when I attempt to hide my gift and pretend that other jobs are better suited for my abilities and my contributions to society, my passion to make a difference in this world. Maybe it is my own confluence that shows me truly what this means to me. To the degree of the extreme measures I have needed art to survive, and to the degree that I would provide for others and own up to my responsibilities in life just so one day I might be able to afford to attend to my own need to express my talent. To be responsible for the God given talent I have and not be deterred and have hope and be willing to sacrifice and have had nothing but to have a moments of creative repose so that my mind has had opportunities to appreciate the value of my gift that cost me nothing but time. I’m so grateful for what God provided me that I feel the need to unbury my treasure as it is far better that I invest the talent I have than bury it — hoping that I please God by keeping my gift well activated and not hidden. Sure, it would be easier to have no controversy, no risk and no life to speak of but that is not the confluence of me.
We don’t all know why we dream. If we did, we could put this source to good use. Yet, those of us who resist dreaming or the urge to dream may instead destroy, erase, kill-off any concepts we don’t understand. Today, I learned that dreaming is a universal language. I marveled. How could this be? Better yet — what the heck are you talking about? Let me explain…
I discovered that dreaming is an universal language when I realized that at times my life may have been empty, void and without the capacity to articulate the experience of having nothing or nothingness. What was easy for me to identify with was the fact that I still had my dreams, I still dreamed and my dreams helped me to move forward. At times, I would hesitate to say which was more real, my dream world or my everyday physical attachment to my non-dreaming world. My dreams gave me freedom. Freedom to be what ever I chose. At times, who ever I chose to be. It still spills out in my daily language today. You may hear me say “I once was.. this or that” and for me, I was.
Now, I will link this to the universality of language. I love to visit art exhibitions, or art shows as an example. Not long after I have viewed other artists work I get the spiritual enrichment of the experience of art. What does this mean? I know, it sounds occult right? What I am simply saying is “In other words” is that I just made the universal language connection. I am in the mist of the works of me, my peeps, my world. Dreams voiced out in the open, out loud. They did not squander these dreams… You will often hear artist even express a direct point that their art comes from dreaming. As I often refer to the same. It (dreaming) , in itself is a canvas. It, in itself alone can tell you much about an artist determination. It, in itself can often tell you… With all the fragmentations that dreaming provides the, “I am still able to communicate with you” level of intention.
I look to other artist to experience the presence of: “You see — your dreams have always been okay. I bare witness to this, my gift expressed to you this day is a communication that could not be hidden, told that it doesn’t matter, overridden by the chaos of loud voices, undecided due to my race or gender. I expressed a fragment of my dreams and it is okay.” In fact you may feel this communication is intended to be expressed in such a manner that you no longer feel compelled to hide your true understanding of what you “know”, that some day you may be lead to the freeing of your mind! This universal language is so powerful, that others who DREAM know it when they see it or hear it.
I attended a conference this weekend and was struck immediately by the ability of Dreamers #MAWC2017 who dared to dream boldly presenting their dreams in a public setting as artist do. Sharing dreams is a gift an experience over which you will never get… and “JR” Ridinger and his lovely wife Loren (many thanks!), who I now label as artists, spoke to me in the language of dreams. Utopia, first begins with a dream and sometimes, the dream is bigger than we are (the dreamer). For that very reason we spread our dreams universally, without fear as it is the “WHY” to our lives. It is Why we get up each day, mission clear, vision-aware ready to present our gifts.
Art Incompletion-ism theory. Is art, like life is incomplete as it remains in as a least common denominator. The common denominator is God, the Great Completion-er, is needed for completion-ism. At best, the will of the artist is incomplete art and is unable to focus on more than what allows you (viewer) to complete the image (non-abstractly/or with intent) or provide you with an opportunity to come in touch with the reality of the common denominator or great Completion-er. A moment of completion-ism is a moment of great repose.
So, what would the world look like without artist?
Try and think of all the things we take away if we say — that’s it no more art, no more artist? What is it that we have already that we overlook and do not appreciate if it were not for the sake of art? Is design art? Is the music we listen to art? The clothes we wear have any fashion aspects that are as a result of the labor from fashion artist? How about the house you live in or the furniture in your home, or the car you drive any artist involved? We are viewing pages on a Website right now, Don’t tell me an artist might have something to do with that? Perhaps we take too lightly the fact that artist are a society of high producers of our image of the world we live in? I bring this topic to mind as we hear so much about budget cuts in schools and the first thing they want to cut is art. Why? Do we just destroy what we don’t understand? Is that the non-artist way?
As I know artist today we are somewhat revered for skills as artist if our paintings are selling for 5 Billion each. Otherwise, how much notice does the work of artist really receive? What is this society all about? Who are they? What value do they add? What do we recognize them for? Yes, not always for selling 5 Billion for fine arts paintings. Artist is the New Utopia. They carry the same definition from a historical reference but today you will see them not only as artist but a society in of itself. No, we are not talking New World Order, we are simply stating the obvious. Leaders, trail blazers, philosophers, musicians, writers, singers, dancers, gammers, programmers, architects, doctors, nurses, athletes, poets and the list goes on into any non-traditional field you can dream of. Having spent over 35 years in computer field one of the things I learned from observation (art skill), was that the guys and gals pumping out some really awesome code had something uniquely in common. Their passion for art. They were either artist or musicians both a form of art. Something, quite frankly that didn’t surprise me. Where do we go from here as artist? I say Society is in for new direction and the term artist will merge with usages such as gifts to indicate a higher skill set. A higher skill set is needed in todays technological advances. Thinkers, dreamers, visionaries and not in the cliche meaning of the word. 2017 I will continue to point out examples of this Society of Artist as they continue to mold the world we live in.
I am proud to serve our artist community by providing a means of communication amongst our global world of artist. I am gearing this blog up in conjunction with a society of artist in support giving artists a voice. I have seen too many times the dismissive behavior of our society where we have lost focus on the value of how artist/art contributes to our daily lives. In the work place, artist are mocked, in schools they are considered to be wasting their time. As I recall, my encouragement was “boy, why you want to do something like that?” I’m sure that was suppose to mean, “not a good move”. In retrospect, what a fearful world we must live in when our dreams can be squandered so easily because their dreams lost their momentum. For all the artist out there… please, do not give in to this hype of insignificance! For every negative reason there is for not living the dream, talk to your practicing artist who have not given into to the hype and you will find that they are experiencing a life full of richness. Remember, happiness isn’t always about the size of your checking account.
Exploration of artist views, with regard to media, successes, techniques and general topics.
Hi, No excuses for lack of blog material on my part.
I have been spending time getting organized on various Websites and Social Mediums to make this effort a bit more seamless. I will continue to blog on a regular basis now that I have everything set up. I say Welcome to the Artist Blog because your comments are welcome as well. What does the term artist mean to me? It’s the closet thing I have to a visual image of my emotions. It is the essence of the word essence. What I wouldn’t give just to be who I am. I have learned over many years of time ambivalence that had I only listen to my inner voice (shadowing what my life could really be), the essence of me. Then perhaps my emotional response to what what I have to write would be so much different in the realm of (painful) experience. I am mostly saddened by my own lack of acknowledgment and sense of lack of responsibility for the one single vote that makes a difference in my life, the vote for me. The liberty to express, the liberty to create, the liberty of living.
I challenge you as artist to not give in to the societal pressures and imagery of the term artist. It is a beautiful term with individualistic persuasions, a term on its own can mature into something without reason or rules or judgement. An empty space or a space to view space how ever you feel about art I am always humbled in the presence of other artist and their unique capacity for giving. Art for Artist is a collision course, how do you get out of the way of creating art if you are an artist? As an artist, when you are learning about the world around you, you are learning about who you are through art. I have heard others mention the aspect about art being spiritual journey. Giving birth to your works are like your children that you want to have a safe home and enriched lives for. You have labored and it took a personal part of you to reproduce this child image of your imagination. If you have artist in your life, it is as a rare breed. Some artist just know, and they are the lucky ones. The struggling ones like myself who are caught up in supporting someone else’s goals (dreams) wish they had done something that would change the lives of others by making a difference in this world are just now realizing the tools of change are embedded in the gift of art. It is a gift.