Art Is Art- A Tribute To…

I was so happy not just because I made a recent post after more than a week of hibernation but more so because the bloggers that I’ve been following responded to my post as well as to my comments on their posts in less than 24 hours. I worked a 12 hour night shift the day I posted the Garage Sale And The Memories Remembered and I’ve been reading the posts of my linked bloggers. By the time my shift ended, a few already responded. I don’t know if they are night people like me but they sure did burn their candle at the wee ( did I spell that right ? ) hours of the morning.

There was a botanical exhibit at the Galleria Mall last Saturday. I normally dislike the malls on weekends. It's crowded and suffocating but a friend told me that the landscapes, fresh flower arrangement and various art pieces were just beautiful. He was right.This is a bamboo hut surrounded by palm trees. A painting sits in the middle. Art over another art.

So, to my family , friends and fellow bloggers who journeyed with me and my blog, this post is a tribute to all of you. It is my way of saying ” Thank You”, that I’m grateful for the time you spend reading them as well as making those inspiring comments that kept me motivated. When I started this blog, it made me wonder if anyone really would read my post considering the millions of bloggers out there but I stand corrected. Sorry for doubting the new voice of the global future. I salute all of you. I never imagined that there is a different world of media out there that brings out the best in people and among each other.

A flower arrangement of mixed varieties, colors, scents and textures.

This was a stunning piece. The water would cascade down every 15 minutes.

While my wife was checking out a store, I was sitting on a bench looking at this painting with the amazing landscape as its background.

Stunning red and orange bromeliads.

exotic purple orchid

The birds of paradise thus look like green birds with yellow and blue head piece. The green part is the beak.

Art is art no matter how it is presented or what medium  was used. It could be a stack of wine glasses , or an old wall sprayed with paint or a child doodling on a piece of paper, or a landscaped garden or a floral/ plant arrangement, or a writer whose work moved your emotions, or to the more common canvas that an artist brings forth life via the creation of his boundless  imagination.

We were cleaning the glass wines and I decided to stack them up. My son was looking at them intently.

My son made this when he was 4, he had a story behind it. I need to ask him again what it was but he mentioned about some birds laying their eggs one sunny day. He has a vivid imagination. He would make voices whenever he plays with his action figures or draw his favorite armies, aliens and zombies.

He was 3 when he played with water colors . He glued a rectangular shaped paper on top of his art piece. What it means? Got no clue but I was proud of his work.

Another abstract work of my son. If you watch closely you can still see the pattern that he ignored to follow. I still love it!

Today I present to you the things I saw for the past week which to me were various forms of art. For as long as it makes me think or makes me feel an emotion,  or  makes me stare with this big ” Wow” on my face, I consider them as an art form. It can be anything as wide as the span of my artist side of the brain . The possibilities are endless.

Spotted eggshells with a blue and purple starfish on top. I have a glass top coffee table with drawer underneath and I placed sand , shells and several starfish. Reminds of the beach. My son and I would make patterns on the sand and rearrange the shells. My wife sometimes gets upset because the sand falls on the carpet. But the fun is worth it.

An art form that constantly change. If it stays the same, my son would say " boring dad, let us try this one".

My wife almost sold this with the frame during the garage sale. I was made by her relative many years ago. Famous or not, I kept the water color painting minus the frame.

I hope that you enjoyed the collections I had chosen for you. I hope that it made your day more lively and colorful. I hope that it ignited the artist spark in you. And for as long as it made you smile, that is more than enough for me to say that it was all worth it. Again, I thank you.

For my final piece, an oil painting I made for my wife a few years ago. Looking at it reminds me of our journey together . She gave me a sense of meaning and purpose in life.

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A devoted husband and father who tries to make a positive difference in the lives of his family and friends. A person who finds inspiration and strength on those he loves and who loved him in all aspects of his life.
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32 Responses to Art Is Art- A Tribute To…

  1. hawleywood40 says:

    Beautiful photos that definitely brought me some inspiration on this rainy day in Baltimore : ). You are so right, blogging definitely does bring out the best in us!

    • Thanks, Hawley. Blogging made me a better person. It made me appreciate things , value people and events. It made me discover myself again. Looking forward to your succeeding post.Thanks for feeling inspired by my comment, it does the same to me everytime. When people appreciates what I do, it motivates me to do more and be better at it.

  2. Shivya says:

    My first time on your blog and I’m sure feeling colorful after reading this. You’re so right, anything that can make you smile and wander is a form of art. Our daily lives are more enriched than we can imagine :)

    • Hi, Shivya. Thank you for your nice comment. Your trip to Cinque Terre is just as colorful. Your right about the crowding tourists. They can ruin the once serene beauty of any natural attraction but we just have to make the most of what’s left of it’s old charms. I learned that the best time to appreciate mother nature is by visiting them off season. Definitely not spring break or summer vacation. Great post on your visit to Italy.

      • Shivya says:

        Thanks Mr B for dropping by my blog and your comments there :) I’m already awaiting your next post!

      • Your welcome, Shivya. It was my pleasure to check out your blog. The places you’ve been I can only dream about . The pictures and the narration of your travels gave me a sense of how it is to be in these beautiful places. I should thank you.

  3. Frank Bishop says:

    Art is Resistance.

    Viva la Revolucion!

  4. thedailydish says:

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. We may each see things differently, or enjoy different works, and that itself is a beautiful thing. I enjoy your blog very much, IT, and I am so glad you’re sharing yourself in this important way. If more people took the time to ponder, rearrange, think and simply enjoy the world around us, we’d all be better off.

    • Hi, Christy, thank you for the comment. It is true that art is in the eye of the beholder and if people would only stop for a moment to look around and appreciate the things around them, this world would be a better place for them . There’s so much negativity in the news that we have to find ways to see that there’s still beauty and goodness in nature and in people. Your post is part of my daily dish now.Very inspiring.

  5. Judith says:

    Thank you for sharing these works of art. I particularly loved the shot of the painting with the flowers that you looked at from your seat on the bench. Many things can constitute art. In a recent blog I wrote about words sprayed on the pavement. To me that it also art. And the question in the sand? If you would like to see this post – http://growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/while-walking-the-dog

    • Hi,Judith, thanks for the reply. I’m glad you enjoyed the post as well as the pictures. I just checked the post you told me about. Very romantic particularly the writings on the pavement and the sand. I hope they had a happy ending. The old couple holding hands while walking was sweet too. I agree, they are forms of art as well.

  6. Barbara says:

    Inspiration! The flower paintings among real flowers – gorgeous! So many colorful botanicals to feast your eyes on in the mall this day! And children’s art has a magical quality all its own – bless them for painting and drawing outside the lines! You’re fortunate to have so many artistic people flourishing in your family, and the shell arrangements are exquisite…

    You might find this art I found in the woods interesting:
    http://ingebrita.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/art/

    • Thank you Barbara. It was a feast to the eyes and the senses. I normally dislike crowded malls but I made an exception. A friend told my how beautiful they were and he was right. When you’re looking at them, the buzzing , dizzying crowd seems to disappear.

  7. eva626 says:

    everything is just wonderful to my eyes!!! great pictures…the flowers, shells, the drawings…all are nice!

  8. beautiful pictures, so fresh! you made my day :)

    • Thank you, Habiba. I’m glad that I made your day brighter. Your post on women not being given the due respect that they deserve as well as their exploitation by the entertainment industry was very informative. I hope it would open the eyes of the viewers to the truth and put an end to the objectification and demoralization of women. I grew up around the presence of great , respectable , loving women. We all need to protect and make a stand in preserving the value of women. good post.

      • Thanks a lot :)
        ur encouraging remarks mean a lot to me, thanks again :]

      • Thanks, Habiba. There’s always something beautiful and exotic about the places we all grew up. It feels good to encourage another blogger. I’m always grateful whenever another blogger does the same thing to me. It helps me to go on and make new meaningful posts for others.You are a talented person and you’re making others think and be conscious of what’s going on around them. great blog.

  9. I just wanted to let you know that you are a Genuine Blogger. Celebrate your blog, as it is comes across to the reader as heartfelt and genuine. There are no rules with this honor. Accept it and relish in the thought that your blog is “award worthy” without having any strings attached. If you choose to give this award to a deserving fellow blogger, please do so with no “rules.” Award it to someone for his or her genuineness in blogging. Free and clear.
    Just Ramblin’

    • Thank you, Just Ramblin’ . I’m so happy and honored for the award coming from one of the bloggers that I have been admiring and following as well. I will definitely cherish it and use it as my motivator to keep me inspired in my writing. For a while I was wondering if I’m making any difference or making someone feel better about themselves and the world around them. Now I know that I do . It is a wonderful feeling to have a sense of purpose. – Mr. B

  10. Hello. Sorry for not following your tracks sooner via your very kind comments regrading my energyscapes. Love your photo of those purple orchids! Yes, I adore COLOR. LOL.

    • Hi, 47whitebuffalo. I enjoyed looking at the eneryscapes. Intricate and very artistic. Makes me think . Thank you for commenting back and liking the photos. I’m glad that a lot of people liked it. It was meant to be shared for others . It’s my way of reaching out and touching the hearts of other people. Cool blog and post!

  11. wow, i love that flowers fountain!

    • Thanks Angie. Nice to know that you like them. The flower fountain was one of my favorite too. there’s something about water features that make me stare at them.

  12. eof737 says:

    All are beautiful and quite colorful too… the flowers are gorgeous. I have to say that it is your warmth and generous nature that pulls us in. I believe the effort we make comes back to us; somehow, someday! :-)
    Have a blessed Memorial Day!
    Eliz

    • Hi, eof737, a blessed Memorial Day to you too. Thank you for the encouraging comments. Honestly, blogging makes me feel that I’m human after all. It makes me feel, think and appreciate of what’s around me and what’s out there. I savor each discovery from the blogs and posts I encounter. Each of you are unique and when drawn all together comes out an explosive, kaleidoscope of thoughts, ideas and experiences. I’m glad to have stumbled on your blog.

  13. Bravo! That was brilliantly written. And the bestest bestest part about blogging is that I always find someone else who sums it up – whatever it is – better than I ever could and rather than say “Hey I was thinking that” or “Gee I wish I had written that first” I can now say thanks for writing that – saves me the bother.
    … I really find your page refreshing!

    • Hi, Seth. I received a lot of encouraging, supportive comments since I started this blog and they motivated me a lot to go on. I felt that saying ” thank you’s” was not enough so I thought of paying a tribute to them. I learned so much from reading their posts and I would like to think that it made me into a better person. I am more appreciative of what’s around me because of blogging . Every new event in my life became an amazing experience which in the past I may have considered as ordinary or casual encounter. Thank you for taking time writing the comments and thank you for enriching our lives with you blog. Have a great day.

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