WPC: Work of Art



Art:  (noun)  

1.  The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.


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 2.  Creation of beautiful things: the creation of beautiful or thought-provoking works.


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 3.  Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.


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4. Any productive of a creative human impulse


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The surest way to start an interesting argument with many educated people is to offer an opinion on what “is” or “isn’t” “Art.”

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Have you tried this?  There is the whole debate between what is art, what is craft and what is technology.

Is ‘art” a form of technology?  Is technology an art?  You may have read the fascinating debate on this topic in Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

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This debate has been simmering in our community for a while now.  In planning an ‘art show,” there are many opinions of who merits an invitation, and who does not.


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I take a liberal view.  In my opinion, all art is a pale attempt to imitate, or emulate, the magical beauty that is nature.

Every human soul who creates what is beautiful, what is pleasing, and what is good is an artist.  


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I love the company of artists, whether they compose music, brew a delicious ale, paint, sew, sculpt, write, cook, or design useful things.


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Artists listen carefully, observe closely, think deeply, and risk judgement to share their interpretation of beauty with others.

They enrich the lives of those around them in their quest for beauty and goodness.

What is art?  It is love made visible.


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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


Weekly Photo Challenge:  Work o f Art

About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

9 responses to “WPC: Work of Art

  1. Nature’s eye candy, flowers… Thanks for the uplifting boost this morning!

  2. I like your definition of art in your last sentence, so true. Great entry!

  3. This is beautifully written, WG, and I share your liberal view!

    • Thank you, Barbara. No surprises that you see it this way, too. 😉 Timothy and I were having this same conversation Saturday morning as he set up for the day. Good synchronicity on this topic for the challenge, wouldn’t you agree? Best wishes, WG

  4. These blooms are just gorgeous! I can’t believe how nice and full. Oh, to have roses like that here. Nice!

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