Thursday, September 15, 2011

Why We Need Art



I was so excited last weekend, visiting the Saturday Market here in town. I found the first American image for my market/wheels series! Yay!

When I applied the standard "seventies" processing used in the series to the image, I got chills. I had this amazing realization. This series transcends place and time. All over the world, farmers are bringing their delicious wares to markets on wheels. They always have, they always will. I can go anywhere in the world, anywhere, and find images for this series. I could be in the middle of rural China or my little town of Corvallis and I will find a market. In the market, I guarantee I will find wheels. Within this commonality, I can see the differences too. The unique elements that tell the viewer where I am.

This is why we need art. Art is a way to equalize. Artists find connections, and commonalities. We speak in a language that transcends words. Anyone, anywhere in the world can identify with a piece of visual art. It can move us, bring us together in a way that nothing else can. 

And each of us, with our unique vision of the world, has something to offer that conversation. Whether it's with a camera or a paintbrush or pieces of glass. Each individual point of view adds depth and dimension to the world we live in. We share our differences, and in the process, find the similarities between us. Don't you think, if the everyone in the world participated in the conversation this way, the world would be a better place? I think so. I hope you're joining in too.

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What's going on around The Kat Eye View of the World...
  • Linking in to Paint Party Friday today, with these two works in progress started this week. I'm loving the colors! I'm picking up some new liquid acrylics in similar colors tomorrow at our new art supply store in town. (Check out the bottom of the page - I'm featured!!) I can't wait to play with the new colors, and see where they go next.
  • The current Exploring with a Camera theme is The Color Wheel: Part 1. Check out the post and join in the exploration. 
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39 comments:

  1. I clicked on your market wheels link. LOVE the bike with veg in Florence!

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  2. I love this photo and totally agree about art transcending time and place. a great idea for a photo series.

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  3. I love Golden fluid acrylics and have used them a lot. I also use them to paint onto fabric - I doubt they're colour fast but for what I'm doing that doesn't matter and the fabrics take them really well. I loved this post Kat, and I think one really good thing about the internet is that like-minded people can make blog friends who can see their work, read their thoughts and share right across the globe.

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  4. I visit out farmer's market often to take picture. Love the watermelons.

    Lou

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  5. I totaly agree with you. :) Nice greens!

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  6. Hello¡ I don`t understand the art that apply in your paintings, but I understand very well the art that you explain in your texts, each of which are within the art and should remove it out, it would avoid many frustrations and many forms of violence.Saludos

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  7. Wonderful post and I agree ~ World needs to be a better place and realize we are all connected ~~Happy PPF ~namaste, Carol ^_^ ( Share the Creative Journey)

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  8. Enjoyed your post. I am one hour away from the nearest farmers market, but I do go now and then. Love taking pics too. Happy PPF.

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  9. Great observations and post. The WIPs are off to a lovely start!

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  10. How cool - I love anything that reminds to embrace the similarities with have and to honor the differences that make us unique.

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  11. Wonderful post and totally agree...the world needs more conversation through art. lovely piece you have started...the colors are amazing and full of energy! happy ppf POP ART MINIS

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  12. Wonderful progress.
    I love seeing the paint application process!
    ~Mary

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  13. True...bringing food for sale on wheels. :)
    Lovely green!!!

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  14. Even a child can see the beauty in a work of art ~ as I grow I'm seeing beauty in words as well, and the power they have combined. Loved reading your post, and seeing your work in progress!

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  15. oh wow!!!! what a fun post....I love your photos and your inspired paintings.....wonderful work!!!

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  16. "All over the world, farmers are bringing their delicious wares to markets on wheels. They always have, they always will."

    Amen.

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  17. What lush colours - I just love new art supplies!!

    I always enjoy reading insightful posts Kat. You think along the same lines as me and articulate it so well.

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  18. wonderful words about art as an equalizer and a shared language. your market/wheels series is fantastic. also loving that drippy green/yellow piece. looking forward to seeing what evolves!

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  19. nice colours on your colour wheel!

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  20. I look forward to your watermelon painting. nice composition!

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  21. Nice...an excuse to travel the world and photograph every farm market you can find. I like your thinking.

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  22. I think art speaks to us more clearly where words are lost, this is a beautiful post,

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  23. So true what you've written here about art bringing us together in a world where we need no words. Beautiful work!

    Ileana from "arroz con mango"

    http://www.chica1665.blogspot.com

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  24. Yes I agree too, luscious greens- Beautiful!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  25. yes, you are certainly correct. I just took some lovely photos of peppers at the farmers market in Union Square in New York City.

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  26. The world would definitely be a better place - It's so fun to watch you doing your part!

    I can't wait to see what you have in store for your works in progress!

    xo
    Kristin

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  27. Kat, when you applied the effects to all of your import, what program did you use. I am wondering if you used Lightroom.

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  28. Those blue/green tones are beautiful. Also love the photograph and your words about art being an equalizer...totally agree!

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  29. love the photos and the started art... and also the thoughts you shared on art! I agree, it reminds me of a line I heard somewhere about nobody else seeing the world as you do so you must share your vision with the world!

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  30. How exciting to have a new art store in town! I love the theme of your photo series. These photos would make great paintings, too!

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  31. Oh I love your ooooozing yellows and greens!!! Nice!!!And thats so cool that ya got featured at the new art store with your blog post! I'm off to check out the Color Wheel. I love your project of photographing the markets on wheels. Your words ring true to how us artists visualize the world and can bring everyone together without the need for words. But ya know you really do have a way with words too, very inspirational, you validate my own ( and I'm sure most of our) feelings! Deb

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  32. I always love to get new kinds of paint and new colors and play around with them; can't wait to see where these go! Happy PPF

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  33. Art is truly a treasure to behold.. it's a blessing and a gift. Well written and well painted background. Can't wait to see what you have in stored for us.

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  34. It's so true. Art transcends all boundaries. And - I love the way you processed this image. Timeless!!!

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  35. I love the theme of our photo series!!! Lovely photo. I am a little confused about comment from La Abela??? Am I missing something???

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  36. Dripping green, what a lovely color! ;)

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  37. A very good post....so true! I'm totally in agreement with you. The watermelon painting is going to be fabulous I'm sure!

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  38. absolutely love your colors...can't wait to see where you go...love the photo...nothing better than simple pleasures!
    cheers, dana

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