Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday Scribblings: Art

I see the word "art" and I inwardly cringe. I have a hard time imagining a topic I am less educated about. Perhaps I am less knowledgeable about the topic "hedge fund." But only just.

Of course, much of that cringing must be because I am not an artist. That does not mean that I have not often been surrounded by artists. My first true love was an artist. I mean, a real artist who ended up in one of the top art schools in the country.

I was surrounded by creative types throughout the high school theatre program. Actors and actresses who ended up working professionally. [No, not on the street. Although a few might be street performers.]

Then there was a dearth of artists around me for a number of years. True, I ran the college newspaper, but I didn't particularly see journalists as artists. That perception was reinforced by my many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. There were reporters and then there were the artists supporting them in the newsroom: the graphic artists, page designers, photographers and illustrators. Sprinkle in the 30-odd graphic artists and copywriters in the marketing department -- which I ran for far too long before jumping over to hang with all the newsroom people -- and you see where creativity comes in.

And now everywhere I look, there is an artist. My best friend from college has her own studio in the South Bay. One of the first friends I made blogging, Jenica, has worked so hard at letting her creativity blossom. Most blogs I frequent are either written by damn good photographers published authors or artisans of some sort with their own Etsy store. Laini at Sunday Scribblings is about set to publish another book in her series. My kids all feel as if they are budding artists of some sort.

So, forgive me all you talented folks, for cringing when talking about art. Now that I think about it, talking about it is the closest I'm going to get to art.

20 comments:

seher's shenanigans said...

you are so right!
and I will have to agree.
I see an artist in everyone! dunno how everyone else measures up.
chk my post on it at
http://eternitycallsus.blogspot.com/2009/02/art-imitates-life.html

Linda Jacobs said...

I'd say you arfe a writing artist! Well said!

D... said...

I am right there with you, but I have to disagree. I think you are an artist. What you paint with your words is pure talent.

gudnuff said...

Interesting to hear you say this. The first couple posts of yours I read contained poetry, which I thought was so cool, because of its beauty and its brevity. You may not consider yourself artistic with a capital A, but I'll keep coming back for your wit, your intelligence, your observations, your pithy remarks and the tongue in your cheek. I checked out Jenica's site...breathtaking! You are right about how much really amazing art is being created.

anthonynorth said...

I was like that in my youth. I was in my late 20s before I took an interest.

Tara R. said...

Words can 'paint' wonderful pictures. You truly are an artist.

danni said...

they tell me we are all artists, but beyond using my words i have serious doubts about self in that department - but you! - you are a very talented artist in your own medium - great post, stand proud!!!

floreta said...

i just use the other people i encounter on creative blogs to inspire me.. yeah, someday i will have my own etsy store.. i'm just warming up. :)

Tumblewords: said...

The way I see it, you are an artist with words and thought. Life is a creative exercise.

Lucy said...

well Patois, you may not think you are but You ARE an ARtist! An artist of great expression and creative writing. This DEFINITELY falls into the art category! I am also guessing you are artistic in other areas as well that you take for granted.. like do u cook your family creative meals? decorate the house? creative love in the bedroom!? haha All forms of art!

gel(Emerald Eyes) said...

There are many types of art, not merely the visual. It is interesting to read why you cringe. I've heard others speak as you feel about the visual.

Did you write for the Chronicle? As you mentioned, theatre arts and more. BTW, I knew an editorial cartoonist. Far different art than I create; I'm in awe of that talent.

Regardless, it sounds like writing is your art!

gel(Emerald Eyes) said...

Hi- me again. I don't know where to write this so here it goes. I just read your profile and two of my favorite books are yours: one from when I was young "A Wrinkle in Time" and one recently "The Time Traveler's Wife"; seems we're both intrigued by that time concept!

Lori said...

I like to use the word "creative" over "artistic" because it seems to cover more. Artistic to me means being talented in painting or drawing, etc. but creative can apply to much more. I think everyone is creative, in their own way..be it an engineer, mother, chemist...and especially, writers. You are the most creative writer I know! Wanna follow MY creative process? Here's my blog... http://lorikreinstudios.blogspot.com/

Maggie May said...

i gave you an award, bloggy friend. :) come see.

Anonymous said...

Oink oink - get an education and work towards a profession - once that happens, then maybe you can even think talking trash to someone with a degree who will earn more money than you ever will. See you later.

Anne said...

I am not artistic and it is one of my biggest regrets. I see the amazing things people put together and I am just envious. You are artistic with your words, there is definitely an artistic talent in putting words together.

SSQuo said...

You are an artist, the fact that you create stories through words. I think everyone is an artist in their own unique way, if only we would take the time to acknowledge it, and then accept and hone it.

Kelly O said...

How funny, I was just thinking how artistic your new blog banner is! You live the artist aesthetic, even if you don't produce much visually.

jenica said...

you are far too sweet. and i think you are a poet and don't even know it. to me everyone is an artist, because we each live and breathe creatively.

xoxo

Janet said...

Writing is an art. You paint beautiful pictures with your words.

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