Saturday, January 15, 2011

A World of our very own...

     I reread my blogs once in awhile to see what I have said and I reread all the comments to see what you have said.  I check up on you too, wondering who is this person who stopped by to say hello?  I have made lots of friends here from Iceland to Australia, Europe to India, my neighbors in Canada and all over the world.  It is a nice thought to think if I ever travelled again I would have friends there and conversations.
    Some stop by and never say "hello" and I wonder what would I have to do to interest them?  How could I expand this meeting of friends?  I talk about everything here and cancer on my other blog, so I think I have the bases covered.  Life, living, death and taxes, lost loves and new ones, metal art and my newly discovered interest in painting.  I have even tried arguments, joining both sides in a fight, just to discover your view!  I have fought with Art Historians, well, teased them anyway, and posted my favorite recipes.  It is interesting how recipes get more comments than a good fight! 
    I read some blogs about shopping and what someone ate for lunch and these just about put me to sleep. It makes me think what is really important about life?  I read somewhere that if humans were removed from this planet the earth, our planet, would be just fine!  Go about its business in maybe a cleaner fashion?  If the insects and spiders were removed the planet, our ecosystem would collapse!  And we would all die!  Maybe that will be the end?  It seems that we secretly want it.  Only wolverines and humans destroy their own nests.
I like blogs that question.  Blogs that wonder about the sensibility of things. 
     I wonder why cartoonist are the quickest of all artists?  I have seen no really great art, or even much little art addressing "The Great Oil Spill".  Lots of cartoon art on this but I am hunting for that beautiful butterfly drenched in oil, the art we have made of this earth.  In the future art historians will say that this polluting degradation of the planet and maybe our extended continuous wars were the defining moments for artists in the early 21st century.  But I don't see it, except maybe to escape from it all in a digital art madness creating colorful designs and continuous patterns.  Maybe that's it.  The madness of a world gone berserk has reduced us to painting simple flowers.  A wish the world weren't so complex.

13 comments:

Constance said...

:-( So I must paint an oil-drenched butterfly with discoloured tattered wings?

Jerry I can't do it, what is happening is an international disgrace and each and every one of us is culpable! For my mind and my heart to survive, all I could, and can do is to paint a beautiful world. If I have to paint the terrible pain and horror that I have seen, then my soul would break.

Clipped Wings said...

Beautiful butterfly drenched in oil...I don't think that would be hanging in my home, unless it were a little bit of the abstract nature. The realization that humans are so insistant on destroying their own nest is like a huge horror story for me, and I certainly have seen enough photos of it, but it is not to my liking that every time I sit down to one of my artistic breakfasts, that I be blasted in the face with this realization from the painting hanging on my wall of this beautiful butterfly drenched in oil. Sadly perhaps, art usually has to sell. Most artist like eating and the luxury of a roof over their head; and unless one is demented or has areas for art to hang that puts it at a distance from their everyday life, I would think the down side of living on earth art is a hard sell. I could be wrong. I can go that route when I create, but it wouldn't be hanging on my walls. It would be something more for the likes of the Audubon magazine - magazine art. Your art piece, like a person surrounded in torture or pain - now, even though that is sad, for some reason it definitely would be hanging on my wall. Art and reason at times are such conflicts of each other.

Barbra Joan said...

"Just another flower painting"
You describe me to a tee. oh, once in a while it might be something different, but your right 'another flower.' thats my M.O.
In one of my bios' I've said I paint flowers, women, animals etc. to bring a little joy and beauty to this world.. I hope I accomplish that when someone is looking at my peony or sunflower paintings. If they want to see broken butterflies, oil covered seabirds they can look at Newsweek. War torn countries, children in tattered clothes from earthquakes in Haiti? The Gulf oil spill right next door to me. Heartbreaking yes! because I don't paint it doesn't mean I'm not aware, I was one of the first to volunteer my time to go and cleanup the birds. Oh, we know its there alright so can I just bring some peace, quiet harmony and beauty to this planet? In the only way I know how.. my flower paintings.

stonepost said...

Constance, Clipped Wings and Barbra
I agree with all of you! But in the future will Art Historians say
that pleasent paintings was the responce to a world turned ugly?

Clipped Wings said...

I think they'll just say we lived in denial.

stonepost said...

I have this idea that Art Historians are psuedo-scientists that have it all backwards. First they developed a theory then they find ten artists in a century who can substantiate that theory forgetting about the 9 million other artists out there who wouldn't support that theory.

Clipped Wings said...

Well, it's said all history is subject to the author's viewpoint. A good scientist comes up with a theory that supports a view in its totality. But it is a view of one subject, not a collection of 20 different subjects. To group art into periods of Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Pop, Minimal, on and on and on...did all artist in those periods only create that style of art? Is there enough time in the day, enough paper in the world, enough readers in the universe who even give a darn, to warrant the presentation of all the facets of art history? Psuedo-scientists? Saving a tree is a worthy cause...so let's just call Art Historians caretakers of the ecosystem. Ha Ha Ha!!!

Maundering mutterer said...

I try to avoid complexity. There's nothing much I can do about it and it.. er.. complicates things so! Call me a coward if you like!

The worst blog I ever found was by a chap that went about leaving insulting comments on other people's blogs and then wrote (badly) about how bad these blogs were. Sad.

I love your humorous comments - oh! And I love your painting too!

Chez said...

StonePost I have just deleted my 'ramblings' as I am really not sure what to say tonight. I will just say 'hi' to let you know I have visited.

stonepost said...

Chez, in "ramblings" we will find the truth! I am just using the shotgun approach to blogging, shooting into the sky and see what I have hit. Taking both or either side to an argument just to see who is awake on this rainy weekend!

AutumnLeaves said...

The Ripple Effect blog championed art that dealt with the oil spill. In fact, I did two pieces for it myself. Thousands of dollars were raised through this art too, Jerry. 'Course, maybe you are thinking of art at an even deeper, more meaningful level? I don't know. I am always wondering at the stupidity of people and of the shames of this world. So many. Sometimes I just have to bury my head in the sand to keep from flying into a million pieces. Plus I'm not much of one to argue (unless it is with Michael...or my mother)...LOLOL

Barbra Joan said...

Well Jerry, you've stirred a hornets nest alright, made us all think but as Popeye said "I am what I am " and staying that way. Watch out another flower painting comin' at you !!!

Ruby said...

I don't know about art historians Jerry, I avoid them like the 'plague'.
Yes, there are very few artists who paint the 'horrors' around us and the devestation we seem to deliberating leave behind us. Perhaps, "we" do not want to hang these dismal portrayals on our walls.
I had an artist friend who painted such dismal and dark canvases of industrial areas and I will say they were to me so "terrible". So dark and depressing.
Yes I know all this exists in the world around me; but I prefer to look for the beauty that is still here. And, maybe, portray something that will leave someone feeling somewhat 'lighter' as they walk a 'dismal' path.
Don't know if this rambling makes much sense .... but there you have it.
Please tell me the painting with this blog is a permanent painting and not a 'wipe off'.