Saturday, February 27, 2010

Artistic Ability

I have been fooling around with colors and fonts on this blog.  It is fun (for me, low threshold) to mix up the various colors.  However, it is obvious that I have no or little artistic ability.  I like greens as might show in the colors that I have at the moment.

My wife and daughter have artistic abilities.  Both can sing, create, and write.  I am very lucky to have them; but am too lazy to get any help with the colors.  I hope they are not too glaring for the few visitors. 

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. Gilbert K. Chesterton 

Bad artists always admire each other's work. Oscar Wilde 

Good art is in the wallet of the beholder. Kathy Lette 

Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line. Joseph Conrad 

Abstract art? A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered. Al Capp 

The immature artist imitates. Mature artists steal. Lionel Trilling 

ART, n.This word has no definition. Its origin is related as follows by the ingenious Father Gassalasca Jape, S.J. 
    One day a wag -- what would the wretch be at? -- 
    Shifted a letter of the cipher RAT, 
    And said it was a god's name! Straight arose 
    Fantastic priests and postulants (with shows, 
    And mysteries, and mummeries, and hymns, 
    And disputations dire that lamed their limbs) 
   To serve his temple and maintain the fires, 
   Expound the law, manipulate the wires. 
   Amazed, the populace that rites attend, 
   Believe whate'er they cannot comprehend, 
   And, inly edified to learn that two 
   Half-hairs joined so and so (as Art can do) 
   Have sweeter values and a grace more fit 
   Than Nature's hairs that never have been split, 
   Bring cates and wines for sacrificial feasts, 
   And sell their garments to support the priests. (DD)

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