Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Beauty of Art

Yesterday’s post on Creativity and Potential moved me to do more on the subject. Sydney asked in her comment on my post if there was any chance of a photo of my sculpture. So here she is in the “alive” (and modest) clay form when I had been working on her a few years ago. I titled her “The Surrender.” Other than an eagle I formed in clay, this was my first bronze sculpture and I have never taken any art lessons other than oil painting, but I was determined to give sculpting a try. It’s like that quote from yesterday: tell me I can’t and just watch me.

I was living in Sedona Arizona at the time, surrounding by excellent artists and galleries, so that helped to give me inspiration, although just being in Sedona and the beautiful red rocks gives a lot of inspiration. It’s a special place.

I’ve included a few photos of the works of two of my talented friends who are sculptors, Liam Herbert, who we met in Sedona and who is still in Sedona, and Chester Comstock who was in Sedona but is now in Colorado. I have also various quotes on art and artists.

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.” ~Joseph Joubert, French moralist, essayist (1754-1824)

"Aligning Thyself" © Copyright by Liam Herbert

Wood, Mixed Medium

“Good art is nothing but a replica of the perfection of God and a reflection of His art.” ~Michelangelo, painter, sculptor (1475-1564)

"When Love Strikes" © Copyright 2009 by Liam Herbert

12" x 5.5" bronze sculpture Limited edition/50

“Unleash your creative power. Let it flow in all its beauty.”

~Don Pendleton, author (1927-1995)

"Heart and Soul" © Copyright by Liam Herbert

Bronze Sculpture

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world.” Gilbert K. Chesterton, English author, journalist, (1874-1936)

"Rising Joy "
2" x 1.5" Sterling silver pendant © Copyright 2009 Liam Herbert.

I love my pendant! Very unique and classy.

"Soaring Angel" by Liam Herbert

Wood, Mixed Media

Commissioned by Don and Linda Pendleton

“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”

Ansel Adams, Photographer, (1902-1984)

Nuptial Finerey © Copyright by Chester Comstock

25" high x 18" wide x 18" deep Bronze. "The Poetry of Nature gives inspiration to this graceful image of the egret preparing for mating."

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” ~Edgar Deges, French painter, sculptor, (1834-1917)

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" © Copyright by Chester Comstock
26” High x 24” Wide x 24” Deep

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. Give your dreams all you’ve got and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.” ~William James, psychologist, philosopher (1842-1910)



Anonymous said...

Linda, you must have worked with clay in a past life. Excellent. It's amazing what we can do when we are fully present with the task at hand.

I really liked the align thyself peice and this artists other work. The pendent looks cool too. All of this art is wonderful.

This final quote struck me: “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second." People do tend to give up too easily and never challenge themselves. I think part of the problem is that schools and society don't teach the idea that one starts a discipline, which may be hard, to overcome the difficulties, in order to slip into a state of ease. Art, Cooking, Sports, and everything can lead to a state and feeling of Oneness. This feeling of Grace is what we all really want deep inside. This secret is either well hidden or is being hidden on purpose from the People.

Linda Pendleton said...

Either a past life or I channeled a sculptor! I really enjoyed working with the clay. Maybe one day I will get back to art.

I’m glad you enjoyed seeing the various sculptures. Both men are very talented.

You are right that some people give up too easily, sometimes out of fear of success, or even fear of failure. I think some also have had it pounded into their heads, often in childhood, that they are not smart enough, or good enough.

E. Michelle said...

Hi Linda, Yes you must have channeled a sculptor! It looked amazing. Your last two posts have really brought "creativity" into my awareness. Thanks!

Ricky Kendall said...

Wonderful work, Linda. I'm not surprised that you could do this. You are a very creative being and I am sure you could do anything you put your mind to.