Sunday, March 18, 2012

Post removed - woops!

Sorry, I posted that thing earlier. Its moved to my personal blog now (where I meant to post it in the first place!)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lloyd D. Newell on Art

“THE INFLUENCE OF ART” by Lloyd D. Newell March 4, 2012

World’s Longest Continuing Network Broadcast: Show Number 4,303
© 2012 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Beautiful art is good for the soul. It can lift and inspire; it can calm and soothe; it can inform and enlighten. Art improves our quality of life and has been shown to stimulate brain function, reduce stress, and help us focus on things that really matter.(1) Those who take time to appreci- ate art—in its many forms—understand its remarkable effects.

Years ago, a man purchased his first home and, with his limited budget, set to the task of furnishing it. But rather than buying a sofa, a nice kitchen table, or other pieces of furniture, he first bought some modest but inspiring artwork. He knew he would eventually need a place to sit in his new home, but he felt he needed art on his walls even more.

When friends and family came to visit, they admired the beautiful prints and paintings that adorned his walls, but they wondered why he did not have much in the way of furniture. He explained that he was working on saving enough money to buy better furniture, but he was afraid that if he did not place a priority on art, he might never be able to justify its purchase.

John Hafen, a noted artist from a hun- dred years ago, explained what this man seemed to know about art. He said: “The influence of art is so powerful in shaping our lives for a higher appreciation of the creations of our God that we cannot afford to neglect an acquaintance with it. We should be as eager for its companionship . . . as we are eager for chairs to sit upon or for food to sustain our lives, for it has as important a mission in shaping our char- acter and in conducing to our happiness as anything that we term necessities. Life is incomplete without it.”(2)

Indeed, art makes life more meaningful. Whether a painting or a poem, a sculpture or a song, wholesome artistic expression lifts us from the everyday and helps us see beyond the here and now.

master copy

SO I swear I spent the full time on this but hey they are masters for a reason... I couldn't even touch the original!

Mike Asay - Master Copy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

master copy

i really did finish this before monday. i just hadn't posted it yet. i have several witnesses in my apartment to prove that i've done it.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kendall Hale

Painting #6 - "A Maid Asleep" by Johannes Vermeer

PS - Justin, I just want to point out that since I'm posting this on Thursday and I've been with you all week in California since Monday, then I must have gotten this done by the deadline.