|I just love the Eden story but check out the other symbolism|
I have a dear friend also an ex art teacher, older than I by a few decades, that's hard to fathom, who is really Old School when it comes to ART. We go to galleries and festivals and gatherings together and she is ever more critical of what is "allowed in" at showings. I on the other hand am comforted by the thought that maybe the snottiness of the ART crowd is mellowing some.
|the stones are onyx, the work is from Taxco in it's heyday|
Now don't get me wrong, I will not ever say that the mass produced vs one of a kind is totally artistic but I will not ever say that the initial product isn't ART. There's the rub. Can't you just see, say Monet hawking his paintings and prints of paintings in the same venue? Hmmmmmmmm. but then we aren't in the benefactor era any longer either. It is my privilege and honor to associate myself with artists, be they pagan or otherwise and share ups, downs, thoughts, hopes, and mistakes (for them, not so much for me, oh hell yes) and continue to learn from them. I do this on the computer, at the gallery, at a showing, at home with my grands and in my quiet time (if I can catch some) I am blessed by the encounters.
|the women are @ 6" tall, this is exquisite|
That is what this aged like a fine wine (which is also an art) old broad has learned along the way. Don't close your possibilities down by preconceived notions of what ART is. And don't let anyone else judge what you do as not being artistic. There's enough of that pile of stuff in other arenas of life. Be free, be productive, be authentic.
|this is carved wood, incredible work|
And while you're at it, come and see what Pagan Art Network has to offer. We'd welcome your visit.
All the photos in this posting were at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum.