Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Is Art everything or is everything Art?

It has been a very interesting time since my last post and the title of this blog posting is the question of the month. On the one side of the question, "Is Art everything?"  Off the bat, I must respond emphatically 'yes' when speaking of my dear husband, Art.


When art is percieved as everything, I find the "judge" comes out and makes us all critical to a fault. It brings up a lot of quesitons about how we value art and ourselves. How is success measured in the "art" world, by us, by others? By promoting our own art, is it necessary to devalue or encourage a negative judgement about someone elses art?  I always ask the question about art - "why judge"? You can recognize for yourself if it is your cup of tea or not without judging and labeling. Can't the art just be? Isn't that the real beauty of life - that we are all unique and bring that uniqueness plus our own energy to everything we do, art or not? Think humanity and how everything is connected and you think "art".

Fitting in with the plunger art sign and all the questions about art, I must recommend my utmost favorite thing about art that speaks to those many questions in a magical way. I try to see this everyday and when you add the double meaning for me, it just doesn't get any better and I never tire of seeing it. I hope you like it too.

There seems to be no question in my mind that Art makes us feel differently and enhances our experience of life as a whole. It connects us on a human level regardless of time. From cave drawings to the latest and greatest art, it speaks to each of us. Have you ever noticed the difference in visiting a city that has beautiful architecture and public art? People enjoy art as they go about their daily lives and you really can feel it in the air! Art Museums and exhibits are often on our agenda to enhance our own experience and what a joy it is! But is it everything?

Who doesn't love to be delighted unexpectedly.  I call this cottage on Peaks Island, "I'll see you in the spring!" Makes me smile every time I go by. Magic, huh? Maybe an artist lives there.

Art shown two ways. Is it the same? Does it feel the same? Is one better than the other? Is it simply the difference betweeh Vinalhaven Island in Maine and the NYC subway? Interesting once you "know", huh?

I really should check out this book but I simply can't resist "art" anywhere when I have my camera handy. So to the next questions, "Is everything art?" This blog came to mind when my dear friend Judy sent me the following ditty.  I have no idea where it came from but I must say it resonates for me.

i think everything in life is art. what you do. how you dress. the way you love someone, and how you talk. your smile and your personality. what you believe in, and all your dreams. the way you drink your tea. how you decorate your home. or party. your grocery list.  the food you make. how your writing looks. and the way you feel.

life is art.

The nose knows!

art is art. art can't hurt you. be open to art. art heals. art sustains. art has it's moments. art rocks. the art of the steal. art knows. art speaks. slave to art. good art won't match your sofa. art is. the secret of life is in art. art is what's left over after you've defined everything else. art's purpose is to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens. it is through art and art only that we can realize our perfection, through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.
I love Art!


  1. My lovely wife; thank you for your kind words and including me in your life.

  2. what a magical post, Peg! Art truly IS everything, and let's not judge that.
    hats off to you and your intrepid documenting of art and the curiosity you bring!

  3. BTW: Art is everything, all we see around us created for many purposes; besides the human made/inspired art, there's always the masterful: Nature.

  4. That's amazing! I just finished having an hour long debate on FB about art being everything! It all started with sigmund Freud and the interpretation of dreams

  5. "Art is what's left over after you've defined everything else."
    is a quote from Michael Wittels, also known as Michael Vitale. You should give credit.