Dear Diary, page 111

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Well, I never thought I would come back to the US, but, somehow I was persuaded to do so and I returned. I’ve been here already too long…

But anyways, I am not planning to write about my visit. I want to write about art, manipulation and the “future”. That’s what I’ve been thinking about.

First I see that art is becoming more and more a more and more popular form of entertainment and as well a hobby to more and more. I think it’s a good thing. I’ve always believed that most people love art even if they deny it. I’ve seen the long queues to enter the museums in Europe. Well not so much in the US…

However I think it should be stressed that art is also Art, an academic subject. Many artists spend years studying and honing their craft to develop the thing needed to achieve success: talent. Talent is not innate, it is developed through hard work. Art, like any other career, like any other academic pursuit, has a curriculum, has its nomenclature and has its history and most importantly, it’s rules. I don’t think it should be forgotten, because intuitiveness does not result in art, however, it may result in something pretty.

So, since this is long enough already, I will leave my thoughts on “manipulation” and “the future” to the next chapter, or chapters.

Hope all enjoy the day that God has given you in peace.

Cheers…

21 Comments

  1. equipsblog says:

    You’ve obviously put a lot of thought into this. What do you think of the oft-used expression “Art for art’s sake”?

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      1. equipsblog says:

        Interesting. Glad you like it.

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      2. Thank you Pat…

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  2. spwilcen says:

    I think you may have to concede that now and again “art” happens, without schooling, without study, without conscious effort. To deny that now and again something beautiful, original, inspiring and lasting is created without the hand of an “artist” is to deny sunrises, sunsets, winter snow, the lined face of an old man, a mother’s smile on first seeing her child. Like it or not, there are accidents of creation surpassing pallid attempts by those who’ve had years of training, much experience and are generally accepted as artists under the classical definition of “artist.” Denying one-time artistry is effete snobbery. Because my brother is only 5 feet and ten inches tall does not mean he cannot reach the stars.

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    1. I would never deny the beauty of nature or of the lines in the face, I am quite a fan of both, but I stick to a principle…a rule…that was taught to me many years ago at uni, “raw emotion is not art” (K. Stanislavsky). So, as much as I admire the natural beauty of nature and of people, I do not consider that art. Art, like theatre, movies, and anything else “creative” is…and must be…contrived by the artist, choreographer, writer, actor et cetera…
      And yes, of course, I think anyone can make art. You do not need a degree from uni, but you do need training and lots of practice.
      Cheers Espie and a lovely Saturday to you.

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  3. Judith says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to read more of your thoughts about art… and Art. I want to learn all I can, but how much can I really learn? That’s a serious question for me. I never expected to come as far with “art” as I have, so should I simply be content (and amazed) at the progress I’ve made and enjoy it? Or do I keep pushing myself?

    Isn’t failure inevitable at some point? Is it worth putting the pressure on myself? What if I keep trying and don’t improve? My friend, you’ve opened up a whole can of worms here in my head. I have such great respect for you and your knowledge of art! Truly I want to hear more of your thoughts.

    Ultimately, I know I’m the only one who can decide how hard to push myself in this quest to see how far I can go… but again, do we each have our limits? Some point beyond which we simply can’t progress? And, if so, how do we really know when we’ve reached it?

    Thanks for putting up with my and all my crazy questions.

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    1. No Judith, you have raised some valuable points for sure. Art is something that all human beings can make as it is something unique to us. The way to improve is to experiment, to search, to look at famous works of art and learn from them, to visit museums and important galleries, to read, to explore and then to work hard at your craft, to learn the rules of composition, colour theory and styles of art, but nothing can, or should impede your progress if you simply try and try every day. The more you do something the better you get at doing it, you know the old saying “practice makes perfect”, that’s how it is with art. To be a good artist you need to develop your talent and talent is developed through repetition, trial and error and hard work. Art is a human event and even though it is decorative, it also contains a philosophy and a history and an artist should be familiar with the history of art. Even though, say you want to be an abstract artist, you should…and need…to know figurative because good abstract art is done in the same manner and faces the same problems of composition, colour and style…
      Thank you so much Judith and all the best to you.
      Francis

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      1. Judith says:

        Oh, I am definitely practicing day after day. I do see progress in some areas, but, of course, it’s never linear. I suppose that’s one of the frustrations (and mysteries) of art. One day I create something that, for me, is incredibly good. The next day I struggle with even the simplest drawing project. With some things — such as shading — I wonder if I’ll ever figure out the right techniques.

        I do know that I’ve made astounding progress overall. Sometimes I think that now, after 7 years, I’m finally at a point where I’m truly ready to begin learning… if that makes any sense. I think these first 7 years have given me a “basic background” in drawing, so that maybe I’m almost at the level of a first-year art student.

        I do love what I’m doing, but for me, maybe the hardest truth is that it still feels difficult. It’s still scary when I think about doing a drawing assignment.

        It is easier now than it once was, so maybe in time I’ll get more comfortable. We’ll see, because I am just going to keep on keeping on, learning what I can and trying my best.

        I hope from time to time you’ll visit my blog to “check up” on my progress. Please, don’t ever hesitate to jump in and make suggestions or recommendations.

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      2. I do enjoy your blog and you are making great progress. Don’t think too much about the method or about what you are learning or have learned. I had an art teacher that said, once we finished the course, “now, forget what you have learned and go out and create”… And I tell you my best “art” teachers have been professors of other disciplines…

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      3. Judith says:

        Good advice. We can learn from so many different things.

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      4. For sure Judith!

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  4. jonicaggiano says:

    Great post Francisco. I agree with what you are saying. I look back at work I did just a year ago and there is a big difference between what I wrote today. I learn what I can and practice and practice my writing style. The more time I put in the better my writing becomes. Blessings, Joni

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    1. That’s how it is, the old saying “practice makes perfect” is so very true and so very meaningful and it works for everything, arts, sports, technology, anything…
      Many blessings…

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        This is so very true my friend. There is no getting around the work. Big thanks 🙏

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      2. All the best Joni! And you’re very welcome 😊

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  5. Brad Osborne says:

    I equate “learning” art to learning math. Sure, in school everyone learns enough math to balance a check book or determine the tip on a check, but if you want to be a rocket scientist, you will likely need to learn more math in university.

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    1. That is certainly a good analogy.

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  6. ourcrossings says:

    People appreciate art in different ways, whether it’s music, fashion, poetry, or even paintings. Some like to be directly involved in the creation of the art (artists) while others like to experience and appreciate it. Whatever the case, the arts play a big role in how humans see and interact with others and the world in general. Art helps us emotionally, financially, psychologically, and even helps to shape individual and collective personalities. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. Those are excellent points Aiva! Thank you so much! All the best and a great weekend to you!

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