Art you lost?

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Feeling down? Sad? Lost? Angry? So, so tired?

Why not art?

Why not art yourself back to happiness?

“No one has ever written, painted, sculpted, modeled, built, or invented except literally to get out of hell.” – Antonin Artaud

All art is rather useless, don’t you think? It has no survival value. It does not feed the hungry, it does not clothe the naked, it does not keep us warm…

But it does add value to our survival? Continue reading

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For the love of art

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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”Ray Bradbury

Artists are artists because they want to create beauty. It’s as simple as that. This creative urge, the decision to spend precious time writing, painting, dancing, singing, it is nothing more than our desire to leave something behind. A trace. Proof that, indeed, we were here. We were alive. We did not live in vain. Continue reading

Social reading

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Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Booklikes, Scribd.

Kindle, Nook, Kobo…

The world is changing towards a more technology oriented perspective on arts. This is not something new. It’s becoming a fact.

People spend more time using technology, more time on the web, more time using social media, so it makes sense that they’d spend more and more time reading in a similar manner. Continue reading

Showcase: Kate Murray

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“I was a troubled child, I didn’t fit in. I was subject to bullying, a social outcast. The kid who runs into the library at lunchtime because they have no one to talk to. That was me…”
“I didn’t learn to read until I was 11. But I could draw. I have always drawn. At first it was mice. I even sold them to classmates for pennies. Then I moved on to any animal and insect. I remember having a massive A2 sketchpad that was filled with huge drawings of spiders and centipedes. I drew everything. My school work was filled with lions and tigers, some eating, some drinking and others just staring out of the page. I’m guessing that my parents may have been asked to curb my enthusiasm, but how do you stop a child communicating when all they use are drawings?

Then at 11 I learnt to read. I learnt to write and I started to understand other artists. My artwork started to evolve and in many ways it still is. I’m still learning.

Why do I draw? Because it is a fundamental part of me. I wouldn’t be Kate without a canvas on the easel and an ink smudge on my hand. I draw every day. It is the same to me as breathing.
I exhibit as part of a group in Wales, Celf Canolbarth Cymru and although I haven’t had a solo exhibition yet I am hoping to soon…
” – Kate Murray

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