Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday
September 20, 2012 Sue

“An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

                                                                                                           Andy Warhol

Really Andy?? When I first read this I blatantly agreed- sure people don’t need art, that’s why artwork isn’t selling much these days. People have other more important things to spend their money on, like housing and food.

But then upon second look and read of this quote  I questioned myself.

Of course we NEED art and creativity – it makes up our soul.

When we don’t have art in our lives we are missing something, there is a hole there. It should be filled with canvases of color, that bring joyful memories or thought provoking conversations.

In fact, we NEED more art, more artists, more creative people who are not confined to doing things the way we have always done them.

Let’s make sure we bring up the next genreration so that they appreciate not only the arts but the Artists themselves.

What are your thoughts on this Thursday??

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“Morning Boats”©Sue Grilli

Prints available of my artwork at Imagekind.

Comments (17)

  1. Connie 5 years ago

    Hmmm. We do need art. But it’s best appreciated with a full belly and a roof over our head. 🙂

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Connie- ah yes! food is good…

  2. Carin 5 years ago

    Yes, we need art! We may be broke, but we shouldn’t be miserable. We can still enjoy beauty.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Carin- yeah, take the time to enjoy the beauty.

  3. Michele Bergh 5 years ago

    I feel like if we take the time to be mindful and appreciate the beauty around us, we will be more connected to our true selves and the Universe and, because we are more connected, our needs will be met. It all goes hand-in-hand.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      I love your thought process Michele, our needs will be met

  4. Suzanne McRae 5 years ago

    ‘In fact, we NEED more art, more artists, more creative people who are not confined to doing things the way we have always done them’… this sentence spoke to me of my daughter. She is working towards her dreams and vision of how she wants her life to look like, and it’s not a box she wants like so many of us have had for so many generations. She’s an artist trying to find how to make it all work the way she sees it. Right now she’s exploring with photography. Sue I think you may even know my daughter Amy, I believe she’s joined a group and you are in it… I think? 🙂

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Suzanne- yes I do know Amy, she is so sweet. Isn’t it great to be able to see our children go out in the world and be able to do it their way. I truly think this next generation will have a better grip on that, even though I was a child of the “peace & love generation” (the 60’s) we still didn’t quite get it.

  5. Janice 5 years ago

    I’m not a big Warhol fan and I don’t know the context in which he said this, but I do know that we desperately need art! Art has the power to elevate our thoughts. to lift us out of our current circumstances and help us focus on something beautiful and life giving. Art has the power to heal, to restore, and to inspire. As far as the need to have more “things”, though, it’s true we don’t need to “own” art to appreciate it or to benefit from it.

    As a side note, Warhol’s paintings sell for as much as $100 million. People may not need it but some sure want it!

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Janice- thanks for stopping by! I’m not a big fan either but the quote really caught my eye.

  6. Vickie Martin 5 years ago

    Andy said alot of things, but like most of you – I agree we need art. I believe it should be accessible to anyone – and not just for the “elite”. It has the power to get us out of our heads and the power to inspire us.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Vickie- I love that remark- “Art has the power to get us out of our heads”. that is when I’m really in the flow. Glad you visited!

  7. Janet 5 years ago

    Sue, For me, the important thing is the process of creating art, and how beneficial that process is for me. And I think art can carry healing and uplifting energies, which are arguably needed.

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Janet- the energies of Art are absolutely needed, I agree. I wish there was more of that in the schools for kids today too.

  8. this got me thinking…..I’m pretty sure I DO buy art
    more than I do “needs” because my soul seems to so
    thrive when i’m surrounded by beauty.
    At the grocery store, I choose flowers and pretty
    fruits and veggies and even packaging that makes
    my eyes happy rather than going for low prices,
    at the expense of getting more of what we “need”.
    I always have.
    And in everyday life, I’ll gladly go without new clothes
    or shoes or convenience items in order to be surrounded
    by beautiful bits of aliveness that feed that part of my heart
    that fashion doesn’t.
    I’m thinking Andy just may be wrong:)

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      Sue 5 years ago

      Jennifer- there needs to be more people like you in the world, filling their souls and looking beyond the material items. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kelli 5 years ago

    Thank you for this beautiful though!! I think your blog is lovely!!!

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