I've used this before, but it's worth showing again, as I'm sure what she's flashing is too.
Today's post is going t be a little different. I'm going to do a little of what Dan does: a bit of background, a statement of the topic, and then leave it up to you all to respond with your own experiences.
Recently there has been a kind of "art-theme" going. Two different discussions here coincided with a joint exploration between Rosa and myself of potential canvas prints for our recently-repainted (in a different color theme) bedroom. We have been seriously considering 'something Cezanne'.
A top contender, but not a finalized choice.
I grew up around art. My father was a technical illustrator who painted as a serious hobby. We went to local art shows and competed for ribbons. And when I was old enough, he began to teach me and soon I was competing on a junior level. Going to museums was a common vacation trip. And eventually I went to art school (Pratt in NY) for my Masters in Fine Art Painting. ( a mistake for several reasons but I did learn a lot).
But rather than go into life choices, I want to explore the role of art in people's lives. Obviously some live for it, others aren't moved, and most probably live somewhere in-between. What about you? What is your "relationship" with art......and by "art" I mean Art with the big "A", though not limited just to painting but any of the "visual arts"?
A classic Rothko. Modern Art is often the turn-off to many who otherwise feel open to Art in general.
Brett brought up another interesting side-discussion. I'll paraphrase it as: "when you DO seek out art, how much are you driven by subject versus execution?" Brett mentioned that he likes a blend of both ideally, but when it came to kinky art, the subject was more important. But please don't focus solely on the kinky for this topic.
So, for some thought-starters, besides the ones already expressed: how would you rate your knowledge of art? Do you consider yourself a person with a sense of style? What do you have hanging in your home (and for this discussion, please don't tell me 'my naked partner from a ceiling hook'. We'll save that for another day) ? LOL Do have a favorite artist and why? Do you own any of those art "table books", which one(s)? On vacations to other cities, are Art Museums a frequent destination? How important is understanding art to you as a person and as a parent? Do you want your kids to learn about it and do you foster that interest? And basically what do you think "Art" is or should be?
So let's see what you all have to say. I personally am very interested in seeing what you all think.