Monday, May 11, 2015

What is Art

What is art has to be one of the most controversial topics a new blogger can tackle, so I have decided to post multiple posts on this subject.

What is art? In my opinion art is what moves you the individual. To me something that you may find absolutely beautiful, I may find just hideous. There are those that feel art must fall within certain rigid standards in order to be considered art. Why is art which is meant to be enjoyed by the masses be judged by a few who feel superior? These few who have no idea about the artist or even care about the artist or why they create their art.

As times have evolved, so have the definitions and categories of art and sub categories and on down the line. I personally will not say if one category is better than another. I do have my favorites and not so favorites.

Here is how different dictionaries define art:

noun: art; plural noun: arts; plural noun: the arts
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
"the art of the Renaissance"
synonyms:fine art, artwork
"he studied art"
works produced by human creative skill and imagination.
"his collection of modern art"
synonyms:fine art, artwork
"he studied art"
creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture.
"she's good at art"
the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
"the visual arts"
subjects of study primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects).
"the belief that the arts and sciences were incompatible"
a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.
"the art of conversation"
synonyms:skill, craft, technique, knack, facility, ability, know-how
"the art of writing"

Middle English: via Old French from Latin ars, art- .

art 1

See definition in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 Top 1000 frequently used words

Line breaks: art

Pronunciation: /ɑːt/ 


1[MASS NOUN] The expression or application ofhuman creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as paintingor sculpture, producing works to beappreciated primarily for their beauty oremotional power:the art of the Renaissancegreat art is concerned with moralimperfectionsshe studied art in Paris


1.1Works produced by human creative skilland imagination:his collection of modern art[AS MODIFIER]: an art critic


1.2Creative activity resulting in theproduction of paintingsdrawings, orsculpture:she’s good at art


2(the arts) The various branches of creativeactivity, such as paintingmusicliterature, and dance:the visual arts[IN SINGULAR]: the art of photography


3(arts) Subjects of study primarilyconcerned with human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientificor technical subjects):the belief that the arts and scienceswere incompatiblethe Faculty of Arts


4A skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice:the art of conversation



art for art's sake


Used to convey the idea that the chief oronly aim of a work of art is the self-expression of the individual artist whocreates it.


art is long, life is short


proverb There is so much knowledge toacquire that a lifetime is not sufficient.


the art of war


The strategytactics, and techniques ofcombat.



Middle English: via Old French from Latin ars,art-.




Use art in a sentence


The definition of art is the product of imagination and creativity, particularly in a physical form.

A painting, theatrical performance and a sculpture are each an example of art.

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This statue is a work of art.

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human ability to make things; creativity of man as distinguished from the world of natureskill; craftsmanshipany specific skill or its application: the art of making friendsany craft, trade, or profession, or its principles: the cobbler's art, the physician'sartcreative work or its principles; a making or doing of things that display form, beauty, and unusual perception: art includes painting, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, drama, the dance, etc.any branch of creative work, esp. painting, drawing, or work in any other graphic or plastic mediumproducts of creative work; paintings, statues, etc.pictorial and decorative material accompanying the text in a newspaper, magazine, or advertising layoutARCHAIC learninga branch of learningthe liberal arts (literature, music, philosophy, etc.) as distinguished from the sciencesartful behavior; cunningsly or cunning trick; wile: usually used in pl.

Origin of art

Middle English ; from Old French arte ; from Classical Latin ars (gen. artis), art ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ar-, to join, fit together from source arm, arm, articulate, ratio, Classical Latin artus, joint


of or for works of art or artists: art gallery, artcolony

intransitive verb

ARCHAIC be: used with thou


-ard: braggart

Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. 
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



a. The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.

b. Such activity in the visual or plastic arts:takes classes in art at the college.

c. Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group: art on display in the lobby.

A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation: the art of negotiation. See Synonyms at skill.

a. arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.

b. Artful contrivance; cunning.

Printing Illustrative material, especially in contrast to text.

Origin of art

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ars, art-; see ar- in Indo-European roots.



A second person singular present indicative ofbe.

Origin of art

Middle English, from Old English eart; see er-1 in Indo-European roots.




Variant of –ard.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition Copyright © 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

I don't know if everyone agrees with a dictionary definitions. What I do know about art is that there are as many opinions on the definitions of art as there are pieces of art.

Until next week keep on making your art.

Dorothy, Memi and Beahuahua 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Projects Completed Since July 2012

Back to Work on My Overflow of Projects in Process

I did finish quite a few of my projects that I had setting around, but I still have many more. Some are from 2004, yes from 2004. Not because I didn't want to finish them, but because life got in the way and they got stuck back in a corner and forgot. Some I just got bored with at the time. 

Today I am working on a quilt for my grandson. Tiny little squares from 30's reproduction prints. There will be well over a thousand squares. What was I thinking? It will be worth it in the end. 

Projects for 2014

Finish Cabochons for small bags     
Gage's Quilt
Rag Dolls for Emily
Totes I have to line and make handles for
Snowman wall hanging
12x12 Art Quilt done
Art Dolls
Post on my blog my often

Monday, April 2, 2012

New Day

It is spring and so new beginnings are coming. For me it will be a continuation with new additions. I have decided to work on my type of art with a twist. I am writing tutorials, I am going to be adding my some guest artists on occasions, I will have a new web site to be announced here when I am up. I am blessed because my brother has his own server and my sister in law and he both know a lot web design, internet etc. I know the sewing and business end. Both of them are crafters also.

I am asking that all quilters, crafts people, jewelers, etc learn how to get along. Learn how to share your craft. I feel that this genre has become so nasty. After reading many blogs lately people are attacking other for getting our ideas out in the public. Here is the deal If you don't want your ideas out there don't post them. Plain and simple. How many computers do you think they are on? The surface design issue, please what does Moda fabric and Kate Spain expect.  As far as completely new designs how many are there really? Go back and look and look at older designs, quilt, fabric, art, clothing, etc. Just my humble opinion.


         Have a beautiful day!

Hugs Dorothy

Monday, November 7, 2011

I Am Moved In

I am moved in, and finally started working on projects again. Not without issues. Half of my things are still packed and in the garage, but that is okay. This will truly give me an idea of what I don't need, or what I need to replace. I discovered I had more fat quarters, cuts of fabric, than I had of fabric. Some of them are totally random. What was I thinking?

Anyway, want a peek at what I am working on. I will let you see if you promise not tell.

Silk daisy going on scarf.  The center is beaded.

A Christmas Present. Can you guess what it is?

Moon Dottie doll hand painted made to hold form.

Purple second spay on a silk scarf.  The results are divine!

A star Dotee doll I made for a trade.

Not Done. It's a Christmas Present! Needs borders and quilting.


So really I have been trying to work. I hope you like the work.

By the way I LOVE Tennessee

Happy Crafting and Keep Smiling