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Art Quote for the Day

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So, let’s talk about THE PINTEREST!!!

# 1. I LOVE it!!!

#2. I HATE it!!!

#3. I’m TOTALLY ADDICTED to it

#4.  Sometimes it TERRIFIES  me

#5. Sometimes it INSPIRES ME…( most of the time)

#6. Sometimes it DEPRESSES me

#7. I try not to take the PINNING action , or lack there-of, in regard to MY pins, PERSONALLY !

#8. It’s a fantastic TEACHING TOOL

#9. Whatever did I do without it ?

#10. Whatever WOULD I do without it?

Let’s address each issue:

Well, loving it is OBVIOUS ! It’s a universe of infinite imagery to look through… as an artist and image junky , it’s like CRACK , like SPEED, like a super-energy drink for my pleasure zone….. oh yeah!

And, hating it , for all of the same reasons listed above…. a love/hate relationship is always a tricky one…. the same reasons I love it are the same reasons I hate it. It takes up lots of my time…. ( I’ll just go to one more board…), it makes me want to change my own art style about 50 times a day, it makes me feel soooooooooooooooo untalented…..

I’m addicted !!!! – see above

It terrifies me in that sometimes as I start going deeper and deeper into board after board I feel like I’m going deeper and deeper into the deep , deep water … I start to panic and feel like I have to start swimming UP and UP to get back to my original board or I will surely be lost !! ( I know, a little crazy but that’s how it feels….. some of you surely must identify….. right? RIGHT?!?!)

Of course, the best thing about the whole Pinterest “thing” is that it truly does inspire … I see images done in colors, or styles that I love , I pin them to remind me to incorporate them into my own artwork, I see illustrations that provoke me, amuse me, make me think, I see patterns, and colors and images that look like I could have done them so I don’t feel so alone and “off-base” with my own work, I see images that make me think of new projects for my students…. I could go on…..

It depresses me , again, for some of the same reasons listed above….. there are so many creative people out there, so many …. sometimes I start to feel..”What’s the point of doing anything?”

Pinning is a social activity…. if I pin something of my own, I feel bad if I don’t get re-pinned or ecstatic if I do ( acceptance by strangers?)

I have definitely streamlined and improved my teaching…. I don’t have to find books that I can pass around the classroom, I don’t have to have paper illustrations that need to be passed around the class room…. I can give a project assignment in my Design class , have the students go to the Design board to see tons of examples that address that project….. FANTASTIC!?

What did I ever do without it?  Dark times, very dark times…. we never know what we’re missing until we have it and look back ….. people got along fine without cell phones but …..HOW?!?!

What would I do without it? I still have my books if PINTEREST disappeared. I prefer to think that if  I had to do without it I would be replacing it with the next new thing that would be even better.

THOUGHTS ?  ANYONE? ANYONE?

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Author: jfasse

I AM AN ARTISTAND A PROFESSOR OF ART AT EDGEWOOD COLLEGE IN MADISON WI.I RECEIVED MY MFA FROM THE UNIV. OF WI IN 1994 AND HAVE BEEN TEACHING EVER SINCE. I CONDUCT CLASSES IN MY HOME; FIGURE DRAWING, ALTERED BOOKS WORKSHOPS AND WANT TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND ON THIS ACTIVITY AND THAT IS WHY I'M STARTING A BLOG.....TO GET INFO OUT THERE AND CONNECT WITH POSSIBLE ON LINE CLASS STUDENTS AND FOLLOWERS

2 thoughts on “Art Quote for the Day

  1. Jane: I just joined Pinterest the other day and I’m sure I don’t have the hang of it yet. Maybe you can show me? 🙂

    The frightening, frustrating aspect of Pinterest that you allude to is something I, and I’m sure most people, can identify with. It’s kind of like the world, I guess. In our wilder moments I think we’d all love to do everything, always, in an infinite variety of ways. Live in Cairo (LA, Cuba, Hawaii, Perth, Oshkosh) for 5, 10 or 20 years, have a Parisian cafe where they know you by name, raise organic chickens in Tennessee, run down to the Baja penisula in a convertible and then spend the winter in Cabo, read all the great books, paint 24 hours a day and on and on and on. You get the drift. There was something on tv yesterday actually about technology and how everyone has their eyes glued to the screen nowadays. One of the “experts” thought our recent obsessions are based on primal instincts of some sort. Ain’t they always? We want to, need to, gather information all the time. As in, look before you chop. But, anyway, we can’t read every great book, paint every great painting or live simultaneously in Cabo, Maui, Paris and Oshkosh. Not at present. I find looking at all the pretty pictures daunting in a way, too. There are an awfully lot of wonderful artists who can represent our world – realistically or abstractly – in a dizzying variety of ways. It can truly boggle the mind. Me, I just try to slog ahead as best I can with what I got and use technology the old fashioned way. I use it to steal.
    Paul

    • Hey Paul, I saw that same show…. Yes, we evolved to be wanting to collect info. The more info. The more we want to collect….. Now we’re vulnerable to the on-slaughter… OYE… Icahn be of help on the Pinterest if you need it, but HEYif I, Luddite that I am can figure itnout I’m sure you will. It’s pretty easy. See you Friday!

      Sent from my iPad

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