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The Art of Living

2012-10-27 09:44 (comments: 0)

Today, for once, I took a lot of time and visited two art galleries and had extensive discussions about the exhibited artwork. Again and again, I am impressed how differently the same art work is described – particularly the abstract ones. Everyone sees something different in the brush strokes, the color composition and different materials used. In observing a picture, emotions are woken up, one recognizes known forms, and distils those into an overall impression.

I often ask myself if the artist really wanted to express all these things in a picture, as the eloquent art connoisseurs interpret in it. Was the picture fully immersed in the artists mind before he started, or was it created more by chance?

Hereunto I found an interesting quote:

“You're confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and hands."

Jeff Melvoin

How is it with the „art of living“? Insofar, how much weight do we put on the product rather than the process? How often do we discuss or criticize the failure to reach a goal, or the results of an activity, instead of looking at how the process created advancement, enrichment and the ability to accept the leanings from mistakes? Which role do you most enjoy taking: the one of the artist or of the critic?



All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.


M. C. Richards




Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.


Pablo Picasso




Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.


Scott Adams


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