International Artists Day

Since 2004, we have celebrated October 25 as International Artists Day. This holiday was founded by Chris MacClure, a Canadian artist who specializes in the style known as “Romantic Realism.” Art scholar John Baur described this art type as “a form of realism modified to express a romantic attitude or meaning.” If that still leaves you confused, you are not alone! Looking at the paintings done by Chris MacClure, it seems to me his art conveys the optimistic side of life, and the beauty of nature, but I am no expert.

At any rate, this day was created to honor all the contributions artists have given society, and to raise awareness of art and artists. Art has been an important part of the human experience for time out of mind. The first records of the world are not written in books, but are captured in paintings, sculptures, and music, which helps to paint a picture of world lost to the past. But it is not only a day to remember the artistic endeavors of the past, but also to celebrate living artists.

By the way, this day is not just to honor painters. Artists work with many different mediums. They include painters, photographers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, writers, actors, digital artists and more. I would also include those who do what might be called practical art, such as working in fiber or clay or wood, to make those things we use every day.

The very best way to celebrate this day is to support a local artist. But if that is not possible, then attend a concert or go to an art gallery or to a museum to see arts of the past. At the very least stop to appreciate those who make the world a more beautiful place.

Quotes about art

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.—Aristotle

All great art … creates in the beholder not self-satisfaction but wonder and awe. Its great liberation is to lift us out of ourselves.–Dorothy Thompson

Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change–it can not only move us, it makes us move.–Ossie Davis

Art affirms all that is best in man — hope, faith, love, beauty, prayer…What he dreams of and what he hopes for. What is art? Like a declaration of love: the consciousness of our dependence on each other. A confession. An unconscious act that none the less reflects the true meaning of life—love and sacrifice.–Andrei Tarkovsk

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Pablo Picasso

[The artist] speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation–and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear…which binds together all humanity–the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.–Joseph Conrad

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.–G. K. Chesterton

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.–Aldous Huxley

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.–Anais Nin

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World Arts Day, April 15

World Arts Day, April 15

Besides being tax day in the US, today is World Art Day. This day was chosen, because it is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. The World Art Webpage (iaaworldartday.com/why-wad/) has this to say about it: We did not have any “ONE” special art day that would unite the whole world. On April 5-6, 2011, the 17th General Assembly of AIAP / IAA World … accepted that the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, April 15, becomes “World Art Day”. It goes without saying that the existence of such a united World Art Day will help tremendously the spreading of the “art awareness” throughout the globe.

Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday is quite appropriate for this. He was a painter, architect, inventor, and so much more. He painted two of the world’s best known paintings, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, as well as creating notebooks filled with ideas for inventions. He has been called the epitome of a Renaissance man.

Though when we say art, we often think of what is known as fine art, or even just painting, art encompasses so many areas of human creativity, such as music, literature, drama, and crafts.

Just before the quotes, I want to post part of a commencement speech Neil Gaiman gave in 2012. “You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that’s been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times and it gets you through the other ones. Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.”

Make the kind of art you can do – painting, sculpting, music, crafts, cooking, drama – do something that brings out your creative side. For World Art Day, go out and make good art.

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Some of my favorite quotes about art.

The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.—Aristotle

Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change–it can not only move us, it makes us move.–Ossie Davis

Art is a little subversive, very subversive; it gets underneath the surface and reveals what is there; it is a Geiger counter for truth.–Pat B. Allen

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Pablo Picasso

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.–Berthold Auerback

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.–Anais Nin

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.–Danny Kaye

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.–Victor Hugo

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.–Leonardo da Vinci

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.–Angela Monet

Whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.–Julia Cameron

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