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As I was finishing the contents of this month’s newsletter, I came across several pieces of information about the value of art and the importance of art to the developing human. This led me to wonder if we have stopped evolving or has it been continuing under own noses. Well, my dears, we have been evolving over the past 10000 and we are continuing at a rapid pace. Now I know you are wondering what this has to do with art…and I will get to that in a moment.

Over the past several thousand years, we have evolved from not being able to drink cow’s milk to drinking gallons a day due to the advancement of the dairy industry. Our noses have gotten bigger, some men have gotten taller, wisdom teeth, baby toes, appendixes, and then there is the development of blue eyes. Our brains have been shrinking. Yes, over the past millenniums, we have lost about a tennis ball size of brain matter. We are becoming more tolerant of the suns UV rays. And our genes are showing a n outstanding decline in the markers that affects our need to smoke. Now those are just a few of the changes related to evolution.

And now back to art…

Have you ever seen a toddler, and sometimes younger, successfully manipulate a smart phone? That child can’t read, and I bet the mother didn’t sit down for twenty minutes each day for three weeks teaching her little darling how to use the phone. Oh no. That skill was learned via observation. So, when your child grows up, you know they can use the phone, but can they thread a needle? Here is another example. I was literally gob-smacked when it was revealed to me.

Me: Hey, Julie, what time is it?

Julie: I don’t know

Me: What do you mean you don’t know. Your sitting right next to the clock.

Julie: I know, but I don’t know how to read a clock with arms. My watch has the flashing numbers.

Julie was 10 years old. I suddenly lost faith in our school system. What would have happened if on that fateful morning I had not asked my child for the time? Shame on the school, and shame on me.


This is just a simple example of what happens in the presence of technological advancement without the presence of art.

Art creates the atmosphere for improved motor skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness and curiosity, cultural awareness and increase academic performance.


Art is the key, or rather the gateway to deeper learning and a successful evolutionary experience.


Adieu, in hopes nothing falls off till we blog again!


Gerry

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Currently on the 7th chapter, and relearning what I have forgotten from my Humanities I and II and Art History. However, now I feel I am appreciating the journey so much more than when I was a younger - isn't that always the way?

So I have made it through the caves, onto Egypt, the Near East and the Far East, Greece and Rome to the Fall and now proceeding gingerly into the Dark Ages. I think we need to thank the hierarchy of the Organized Church (although they were a bunch of stinkers at times) for the preservation of much of what we have left today. No matter what drove the thirst for the acquisition of all those pieces of art, and the bodies left at the wayside from the crusades, the deed was done, and the art and wealth saved.

The Dark Ages lasted 500 years. Can you imagine the changes that occured to humanity in those 500 years? I know those folks didn't realize what they were living through. I imagine they were mainly worried about keeping the wolves and the plague away from their children and how to keep the potatoes on the table, not to mention how to keep a roof over the table.

Do you think we are currently in this type of epoch of change...maybe at the beginning of something that will have an impact and a legacy like the dark ages? Seems at times, these times are very dark indeed.

Could a renaissance be in our distant future?

See, this is what really ticks me off about dying. I know I gotta leave sometime. I get that. But I just hate the thought that I am going to miss a bunch of really great stuff...yep, when I think about all the changes during the past 40 years (egads has it been that long!) - the electric typewriter, and the microwave, the World Wide Web, home computers, bitcoin, Amazon, cable, the moon landing, and on and on. What will the next 40 bring? Will it be good or will there be devastation?

Another book that reflects the potential of a nuclear disaster that you really must read is "Alas Babylon". Those fateful words heralded the end. When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness. Written by Frank Hart. Worth the read. You will not be able to put it down.

And that, dear reader, brings me back to art history. What will be spared and what will survive to stand on a dying planet? Will there be another hero epic in the making?

I sincerely hope I miss that scenero!


Till later

Gerry

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Updated: Aug 30, 2019

I have been actively promoting my art for four years. 

I have learned so much from just jumping in and doing it. 


I have learned to create with pixels, ink, oils, paper, clay, string; to create a website, and newsletter.  I have communicated with other artists in India, West Africa, Poland, and even as far away as Tibet via my blogging.  I have learned to make a video tutorial and have over 200 subscribers to my YouTube channel. 

I have learned to listen to children and appreciate the value in their honest remarks.


I am not bragging.  There is voice in my head telling me that "no one wants to read this crap", and "you must think a whole lot of yourself to post this".  Like I said anyone can do what I do.  What I want you to understand is simply this - I stopped living in fear.  Fear of what people will think of me, that no one will like what I have created, or worse, they will tell me to my face how much it stinks.  Oh, yes, there are folks out there that say hurtful things.  And you know what....you get over it once you accept the idea of being a creator.

  We are all created by God, in His likeness.   He created not just flesh and bone - He created our Spirit.  He even created some "stinkers"!  But through our Spirits, we are almost obligated by  our creation itself, to continue to create.  To do less would not be in accordance with the Creator, as we are made in this likeness.  My Creator does not keep his light hidden out of fear.

   I don't mean just art. 

I mean whatever it is that you create that gives joy to someone else and to yourself.  If you know how to create the best darn barbecue ribs (or quilt, or rug, or car repair!), this is the fulfillment of that which we received from the Almighty.  Not everyone is going to like those ribs, but someone is going to gnaw on those bones and have a joyful experience.  That is the value. It is with this in mind that I create and offer it up to you each month in my newsletter, or on my Facebook page. 


Did I know this four years ago?  Absolutely not. My poor little ego took a huge bashing week after week at the market. Sometimes the comments, the stares, and the lack of comment, took my breath away. Everything was visible, with nowhere to hide.  But, I pushed forward.  I walked by faith with the Creator Spirit, and not by sight.  I learned the VALUE in what I do.


Have you run off screaming yet?

I felt it was important to share this with you, and to anyone else caught up in the fear and shame of showing your creations. The bold approach is scary, but it's the best. Stop overthinking your intentions. Just do it!



Till next time,


Gerry

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