Posts Tagged ‘painting



08
Apr
15

glamour inked…..

Marilyn and Audrey

another time and life now

beauty inked, in charge

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By James Danger Harvey (Sacramento, California)

13
Feb
15

Artist, Fish & Air Conditioning Unit

fish art on a wall,

a crap neighborhood canvas 

fish, river, mountain

fish, wall, painting, art, mountain, Portland, SwittersB (1 of 1)

15
Jan
15

Some Make It, Some Not So Much…

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”  Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

I worked my way into a no go zone of sorts. A burned out business that has had a checkered past since the fire. Eventually it was closed off, but the signs of intrusion and recent dated ‘art’ were evident. An interesting combination (I am sure there is a more artistic/creative term) of urban decay and a canvas for many competing ‘artists’…even the failed ones.  I will share more along the way. Banksy Creations

art, graffiti, tagging, Portland, SwittersB

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15
Aug
14

Sigh…On a Lighter Note

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15
Aug
14

Imitations

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

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31
Jul
14

Art (In all its forms)

“I don’t want life to imitate art, I want life to be art.” Ernst Fischer

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Da Vinci

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11
Jul
14

Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the choir, or the older reference to the converted, suggests that as you are already before me, for various reasons, you most probably already have a certain mind set toward creativity, the arts, photography, the outdoors, even acceptance of my foibles. But, I need to write this because of something I came upon today that was tucked away for years and the discovery reminded me of several lessons in life…that you know, but maybe might want to share on a broader scale within your immediate sphere of influence.  I am not talking the blogosphere (I hate that clumsy word). I mean your family and friends.  

Encouraging others to create: to paint, to photograph, to draw, to write, to put their senses to use to create something is perhaps as important as you doing the creating and craving the accolades. It does sound as if I am indeed preaching!

flowers-painting-photography-family-SwittersBFor example, my Mother. She came from a harsh, I will call it violent/abusive background. Out the door as a teen and never looked back. She went through life with an edge, an attitude, a harsh streak of her own. Later in life, she attempted to paint. Mostly flowers, mostly looking at someone else’s work and trying to copy it. She did this in a vacuum. No support, no praise, no encouragement beyond a very few that were on the edges of the family. That kept her going for awhile. I won’t go into how it all fell apart here.

Suffice to say, one of the most creative, gentle, proud times of her life was when she painted. I know I liked what she did, but I can’t recall really talking to her about it. I have most of her creations now…the beautiful and the not so.

Encourage those near and on the edges of your personal life. Away from this choir, this congregation, to create and be alive beyond the grind of life. It may well be one of the few lovely times in their life beyond knowing you.




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