There is an artist in each of us . . .


I have no sympathy with the belief that art is the restricted province of those who paint, sculpt, make music and verse. I hope we will come to an understanding that the material used is only incidental, that there is an artist in every man; and to him the possibility of development and expression and the happiness of creativity is as much a right and as much a duty to himself, as to any of those who work in the specially ticketed ways.

In every human being there is the artist, and whatever his activity, he has an equal chance with any to express the result of his growth and his contact with life . . . the object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation. People sometimes phrase about the joy of work. It is only in creative work that joy may be found.

                                                                                                                      Robert Henri, “The Art Spirit

 The Art Spirit  was a book my high school art teacher referred to frequently in our classes. Later, I got a copy of my mine, which I eventually replaced. It’s been a while since I read it, but I took it off the shelf earlier tonight and revisited some of the wisdom this American artist (who passed away in 1929) and art teacher had to share.

Reading the above words, I thought of  how many people who do not think of themselves as artistic (my husband being a prime example) really have a lot of creativity to share.  I also thought of Monsieur Monet, the personal quotes I have read and the performance Richard gave in The Impressionists.   We saw the portrait of a man who pursued his life’s work with a passion, with intensity; one who, in spite of struggles, obstacles and disappointments,  surely found happiness in creation. Funny. Sounds a lot like Richard Armitage himself, doesn’t it?

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

6 responses »

  1. I believe it. Benny not creative?! Look at the video he’s working on for the Arts Council. {Pull the other one.} We all have gifts and some of us are lucky enough to be able to exercise them.

  2. There’s a lot of things that are beautiful and creatively done that people don’t thing of as art. Just doing your hair, make up and putting together an outfit can be a creative outlet! How about cooking a delicious meal or gardening! Everyday things can bring out the artist in us all!

  3. Angie, you just gave me an idea! I may just drag my boss to the National Gallery tomorrow afternoon – it’s free and it’s got some Monet paintings which I haven’t seen for 11 years! Thanks, my dear! 🙂

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