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Re: “A 5-year-old could paint that ...

"...a personal debate that every art-lover must reconcile."

A debate for every artist as well. As an artist, I find myself defining and redefining art and my own work constantly. I've realized over the years that the definition in itself is constantly evolving because artists do what they naturally do - explore ideas beyond the scope of what has already been established or re-inventing those ideas.

While I agree that your husband's statement, "anything can be art", is valid (look around you - an artist, commercial or fine, had a hand in it), I feel what the general viewer doesn't include in their definition is the idea of "quality" and "soul".

Leading to my personal definition of "art", it is a balance of those two qualities. Image making is communicative and for it to be successful for ME I need it to be created with a high caliber of workmanship and sense the intangibles of the work: passion, intellect, integrity...

In regards to friends who say "Oh, in about a day!", in all seriousness, take a class!

There is what's called "direct painting" and "indirect painting". While one technique can have you apply paint in a sitting and have a painted image, I'd like to see how someone new to painting would feel at the end of the day when they reassess the quality of their workmanship. It happens to all artists no matter the skill or experience.

Expand your definition by not just viewing, but by participating.

Posted by housecatnick on 09/29/2010 at 9:07 AM

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