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Simple Still Life #2 (one and a shadow)

Posted by debraroby on September 30, 2005

I am not overly fond of Halloween, when I saw this votive pumpkin in the sunshine… with the mouth making a shadow that looks like it’s uvula… how could I not use it? (Hey!! Uvula is not a dirty word… it’s that hangy-down thing in the back of your throat. Really.)

Now what to do ? what to do? The easy thing would be make up some Halloween fabric cards. And how to represent the shininess of the pumpkin?


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Why Pets are Important…

Posted by debraroby on September 29, 2005

Got this (and more) in an email. But I had to share it with everyone.


They have great expectations.

They help when you’re down.

They know who’s boss.

They protect the little ones.

They love their teddies.

They make great holiday accessories.

They communicate well.

They can teach us how to relax.

They know when we need a laugh.

And they can teach us how smile.

and smile.

And Laugh

and laugh…

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What makes an artist, the discussion continues.

Posted by debraroby on September 28, 2005

There is this fabulous discussion going on in Gabrielle’s comments. It needs to be brought out into the public, so instead of writing a tome as a comment, I’m blogging some of my reactions here for the world to see.

This all started when Gabrielle, responding to Nicky’s comments on creating for the market vs. our vision, posted her partial list of an artist’s responsibilities. One item was:

-To evoke some response from the viewer whether good or bad

And Pat commented that she did not believe that art needed to be seen to be art. Which leads to the whole… when is it art question. Gabrielle responded, and Pat said:

My first reaction is this: there are plants the world over producing beautiful flowers that are never seen. That is just what is so. Why is it art must be seen? It has value by virtue of beingness. It has value because the artist moved something from the inside to the outside reality. The artist sees the work. Sometimes that is what is most important – to see one’s truth mirrored back in one’s work…

First, those flowers that are never seen are not art. The plants creativing those flowers do not think of their flowering as art (well, they don’t think at all), nor do they call it art.

Secondly, Pat’s statement needs to be qualified that they are never seen by humans. But they do not flower for the benefit of humans. They flower to attract the birds/insects/animals that will help pollinate them. If those pollinators do not see them, the species will cease to exist. And those pollinators are the ONLY IMPORTANT “viewers” of the flowers. We humans are totally inconsequential.

Art, created by humans, exists purely for humans.

And while the creative spirit may be fed and satisfied by the work, the work does not become art until it creates a reaction in someone. Until that point, it is personal creative expression and potentially art.

Jenny G. commented that: Well…..I agree that not everyone lives up to their creative potential, and in THAT way “not everyone is an artist”. I DO think the capacity for creativity is universal and very much a part of what it means to be human.

I think we need to distinguish between creative potential, artistic ability and being an artist.

While I have a small talent for writing, I do not possess all the skills necessary to be a writer. Nor do I call myself one. In the same way.. one may have creative potential, but that does not make one an artist. And using that creative potential may satisfy something inside us, but that still doesn’t make us an artist. It makes us creative.

The public display of art… the sharing of the artist’s vision with the world and the worlds’ reaction to that vision is the differentiating factor between “creative potential” and “artistic ability”.

It strikes me that much of this discussion centers around what we mean by the words: creative, artistic and ARTIST. So what is needed here? Do we need a clearer definition of terms? Fuller understanding? Published lexicon (would anyone consult it or would they argue whether the words meant what they said they meant?). I’m not sure. But this sure was interesting to contemplate.

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Posted by debraroby on September 27, 2005

(Or they herd us…)

Flipped over th HGTV thinking it was time for Simply Quilts… nope, too early. However, instead of the dreadful Typical Mary Ellen that has been preceeding SQ… it was Matt and Shari and Room by Room.

They recognized how truly dreadful the TME show was and either cancelled or moved it!!

Speaking of RbR… I really want to know if Shari is related to Suzie Hiller. You may have seen Suzie on PBS cooking fund raisers… She’s a Cleveland area caterer… and used to run a book search business, too. (she helped me suprise Steve one year with a book he’d lost and really wanted). I can just SO see these two as being related.

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A total timewaster…

Posted by debraroby on September 26, 2005

Ok, I am feeling better this week… and even better than that… I am inspired by last weeks works to follow that into a new direction.

So I will spending time this week at the sewing machine!! Hopefully in a few days I will have photos to share of my experiments…

In the meanwhile, to entertain you while I’m working… I am going to share a fabulous timewaster of a website:

ZeFrank. ZeFrank has lots of fun stuff on it… from the flower maker (seen on Croque -Choux’s blog a few days ago… ) to poems from neutered dogs…to communication #1 (which teaches us about alternative punctuation). Infact you will waste time at this site that the average 47 seconds that you spend reading this blog.

I envy Ze Frank…

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Let’s just say, DebR made me do this… ( and Gabrielle will follow I’m sure…)

Posted by debraroby on September 25, 2005

Upstanding citizen
You scored 63% Do Gooder, 60% Drive, and 64% Intellectual
(My personal additions to the canned text look like this)

You are a lovely person and probably
one of the best human beings out there.
(Can you see me blushing??)
You care about people, but you also care about yourself.
You are intelligent, but not over-the-top.
You are resourceful and take pridein helping others, but
you’re not an annoying ‘goody two shoes.’
I admire your ability to get out there and do something with your life.
You probably think that
it’s better to do something yourself than to ask someone else
(well, can anyone else actually DO IT? AND DO IT RIGHT? I think not!)
and I’m apt to agree. This is
one of the best categories you can get
(So THERE everyone else!!)
so be proud.

All human being categories are: Lazy SOB, Rebel w/out a Cause, Evil
Mastermind, Henchman, Criminal, Dictator, Frat Boy, Socialite,
Philosopher, Stunt Double, Upstanding Citizen, Teacher, Cheerleader,
Sister Mary DoGood, Benefactor, Loyal Sidekick, Candy Striper, Goody
Jeez, I really wanted to be known as a Lazy SOB!!!
Let me take this again… I can change my ways!!!)

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 20% on Do Gooder
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You scored higher than 40% on Drive
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You scored higher than 80% on Intellec
Link: The What Type of Human Are You? Test written by weeredIII on Ok Cupid

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