Old Subjects Die Hard

I write a lot about art on these pages. What is and is not art is a matter of opinion. What I see as art, or at least artful, may not be your cup of tea. I believe that almost everything can be, or could be art.

I have shared on these pages photographs of paintings. Some classics and some not. I have also published images of sculptures. Nobody knows less about that subject than me, but I shared what in my opinion were artful examples of such.

One of my favorite art subjects is that of writing. Poetry, prose, including novels, true to life books and magazine articles, the verbal side of movies, and my favorite sort of “written word” art, song lyrics. From Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell and on to the classics.

Of course I have included photography in my art search. I speak not of my own, but the images from photographers ranging from its beginnings in the mid 1800s, to today.

Art can be soothing or disrupting. It should make you think or feel, or both. It can either lull you to sleep or cause sleepless nights. It can be simplistic or profound or even compound.

Art changes though time. One of the greatest examples are movies. I love studying movies from the silent films, and yes I own some silent films, into the modern era. I have stopped watching current moves some time ago. That is partially because I have no desire to support the current morally bankrupt, one political point of view “Hollywood” establishment, and I have even less desire to go to a movie theater, or to pay the fee to stream movies at home. That does not mean, that there is no art being created by anyone in the movie business. Only that I at this point, do not care about it if it does exist.

You may have small child that makes paper cutouts with a pair of scissors. That is, if you can pry them from their computer or cell phone long enough to make them. Of course, it is possible to use either one of those items to create art.

Maybe your boy or girl, and I use those terms expecting to be verbally beaten up for my “ancient” way of thinking, sings around the house. Maybe they spend all day playing a cardboard box as if it was a set of bongo drums.

Everybody has art of some sort inside of them. It just needs to come out.

Maybe the art of being able to “see the art that exists”?

The photos below are not meant to be examples of art, but rather examples of how I see the world around me. In fact, whether you or I have ever created art with our cameras, will always be a matter of opinion. With that said, the art that God provides for us and our cameras, cannot be denied.

There are writings and then there are writings. I cannot imagine what it feels like to have the hand of the Spirit of God direct your own hand when you write.

The verses below are powerful and absolutely relevant on today’s world, despite being written a few thousand years ago. He was speaking of today, even way back then. We are most likely living in the time He speaks of. In their own unique and singular way, they are also art. From the mind of God, to the Words of the Son of God (therefore God), Mathew shares with us.

Matthew 24:2-7 In-Context

2 “Do you see all these things?” He asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.

5 For many will come in My name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

One book has never lied to me, and that is the Bible.

May God Bless,

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