Life Imitating Art (or is it the other way?)

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The other day I posted a poll that asked a question on whether you believed life imitated art, or art imitated life.   If you like to voice your opinion, here’s the poll.

 

Oscar Wilde believed that-

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”

But, I believe Fyodor Dostoevsky hit closer to the truth –

“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art.Then life will find its very existence from the arts.”

Here’s what Aristotle had to say about this:

“Art not only imitates nature, but also completes its deficiencies.”

“Art completes what nature cannot bring to finish. The artist gives us knowledge of nature’s unrealized ends.”

 

What are your thoughts and opinion?

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Should All Artists Have a Manifesto?

Yes?   No?

Tough question, huh?

What is a manifesto?  If you asked me this a year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to give an answer.  I’ve heard of the word; just never knew exactly what it was.

So, what is it?

Simply, a manifesto is something you share with the public, or with your audience, about who you are, where you stand, and why you’re taking this particular stance.  It could be as short as a statement, or as long as a book.  (For writers, this article is a great read on how to write your manifesto)

I discovered my love for writing in 5th grade but didn’t have my first story published until 2007; I’ve been blogging in a somewhat serious manner since 2012-but, I’ve never wrote a manifesto about what makes me tick as a writer, or about what challenges me or even what threatens my calling as a writer.

Until now.

Yesterday, I published my (short and sweet) manifesto under About This Blog called: Your Art Matters Regardless of Your Flaws.

My answer to above question?

Yes, I believe all artists should have a manifesto!

 

What about you? 

 

Abandoned Art

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I saw this quote floating around on Twitter, and it made me think on its true meaning:

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Is there truth to this quote?  As artists (writers, poets, painters, photographers, actors, musicians, etc.), is it true that our work is never done?  Never completed?   Only abandoned?

I’m not sure how I should honestly feel about this.  Should this be a good thing?   Should I be concerned?  Sad?  Angry?

What do you think?

 

 

Perfectionist = Procrastinator (Agree?)

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Is there any such thing as perfection?

Perfect body. Perfect manuscript.  A perfect artwork or photograph.

A perfect life?

Seriously???

Then how come that as artists (writers especially) we tend to be perfectionists?  We allow both inner and outer critics get to us.

Is it a wonder why we give up, or don’t finish?

We become procrastinators instead.

Sound familiar?