Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What is art?

I wondered that the other day..

gentle reader,
as I was flipping through
a stack of

old photos..
aged and ripped..
faded and greyed..
once folded in half 
to tuck close to the heart...

of course we all know the definition of art...

art, noun
1. a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imagination or technical skill..

"patina is the value that age puts on an object"
John Yemma

but is that really true for you?
I wondered if it was true for me...

I love Van Gogh's thoughts below..
because that is true for me...
a love of nature affords me a feast of beauty everywhere I look...
but is that art?

"if you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."
Vincent Van Gogh

I pondered it as I weeded and raked the garden...

"The foundations of the world are to be found not in cognitive experience of conscious thought, but in the aesthetic experience of everyday life."
Alfred North Whitehall

maybe art is less a creation

and more a way of 


I like Edgar Degas's 
"art is not what you see, but what you make others see."

what do you think dear reader?

what do you see?



nancy neva gagliano said...

Totally. Noticing. Seeing. Thank you for the beauty you've shared. YOU MUSE o mine
. It's not the mountain, it's our senses brought to it

Judy Martin said...

beautiful beautiful photographs in this post.

I wonder what is art as well. Art is something made. Art communicates. Nature is beautiful and gives us a place to find ourselves and respond with unnamable emotions, but art is something different. It is done with intent.

This is a huge question, and I will have to ponder more. Maybe I'll think something different about what art is tomorrow.

Thank you for your beautiful blog. x
I was on the London Eye the day before you were. Enjoyed your post about that.

Caterina Giglio said...

neva, yes, bella, I agree, it is what the MOUNTAIN inspires in us to SEE... miss you! xox

Anonymous said...

Ummm, I really like that Degas quote. Art is seeing, and also for me listening to nature's subtle vibrations and translating that into what I make. Maybe art is just you and me and anyone who makes sharing their gifts to enhance the goodness in the world. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Judy, thank you for the kind remarks about the photos and the blog...
and I agree, it is a HUGE question, and one I am still pondering... and like you, I think INTENT might be the operative word ... The London Eye was amazing and oh, my, we were so close and yet so far away, amazing what a small world it is... x

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, I think the definition is definitely evolving... wink.. xox

~*~Patty S said...

Nature really inspires me too Cat with beauty and marvels at every turn.
Great quotes you shared along with your lovely photos.
I like Seurat's take: "Art is harmony"
which of course leaves the question wide open :-)
Georgia O'Keeffe said: "Filling a space in a beautiful way. That's what art means to me."

Seth said...

A really thought provoking post Cat. I see a Week Link in the future :-)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I see beauty AND art every time I visit your blog. Always thought provoking, and great photos that add to the beauty you share.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I think the worn, weather-beaten, rusted and torn are about seeing beauty. The art is in the intention and composing of photos or paintings of the beauties seen inside as well as outside.

Caterina Giglio said...

Patty, I like all your thoughts, and Georgia certainly had a nice take on it didn't she? Art is harmony, is an interesting thought too... xoxo

Caterina Giglio said...

LOL... Seth!! and thank you!!

Caterina Giglio said...

oh E, you are so very kind!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Well said, Mary Ann... I am still pondering the question...

suziqu's thread works said...

Art can be anywhere and everywhere in nature if we just open our eyes. I love too the words of Edgar Degas and it takes people, the likes of yourself, to open our eyes to all this art around us.
Love love love your images. Thanks for sharing.
I have co-incidentally just used one of Degas paintings on my latest book!
Art speaks to us in so many different ways and often words fail come near the art we often SEE in front of us!

Dorthe said...

Dear Cat, Nature is the most beautiful inspiration for making art, I believe,
using nature objects is one of my most favorite objects in my creations . And ART, what is that..... I think opinions about what is art, are almost as many as we are people in the big wide world !!
Your photoes are gorgeous here, as always , and very artistic seen ,which in my opinion makes them art-photoes !!
Hugs from a stormy sunday afternoon in Denmark
Dorthe xxoo

Caterina Giglio said...

Suzi, you are so right... and thank you, the images were taken some time ago in New Orleans and I do think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love that Degas quote too!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

So Dorthe, dear, it appears we had the same stormy Sunday, rainy, muggy and wet here in the tropics!! Yes, nature is one of those things we have in common and I can always find beauty and inspiration as you do too!! Thank you dear! big hugs!! xxx

Sharmon Davidson said...

I agree with Degas, but art is always so hard to define... it could be a favorite dish you cook with love, or the way you live your life... something to ponder, indeed.

Caterina Giglio said...

Sharon...I agree with YOU, it IS hard to define... x

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