Saturday, December 05, 2009
There are a number of ideas brought up by this.
The first is "what is art?". This seems to be a unanswerable question. As the saying goes "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder". If that is the case, who is anyone to say what is art and what is not? Speaking as a literature major, when I read a book, I try to understand what the author is saying and what message they want to bring across. I imagine the same is true for visual art. The artist is portraying something with their painting or sculpture or whatever. There is a message in their art. If this is the case, then what message is a 4 year old girl trying to give us with her painting? Surely she paints purely for the pleasure. What are we to think of art like this? Is it the same as a picture painted by an elephant or a chimpanzee? They are not delivering a message, the purely putting paint to canvas. Does art need a message? Now, if we accept that a 4 year old can make art but then add that she is painting under the direction of her father, is it still art? Where is that line drawn? To me, it's a truly interesting question.
The second idea I considered as I watched this film was about the child prodigy. How would you know? To discover if your child was a prodigy, would you have to be a pushy parent? Could a child achieve their full potential without your guidance? As a father myself, I wonder this a lot. I could never be the kind of parent to push things onto my son, but sometimes I worry that I am letting whatever talent he has fade away. People often say he is great at sports. Should I pushing him more in that direction? He also seems to have some kind of art ability and maybe I should be helping this somehow? In these two regards he is very different from me. I'm not even sure how to proceed. I suppose it is all about the fine line between encouraging and pushing. I hope I will never be the pushy parent.
If you want to see some of the art, the girl's website is Marla Olmstead. She is now 9.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
by my lovely friend, Kai.
1. Put your iTunes/Ruckus/Napster/etc on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag however many friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got it from
IF SOMEONE SAYS “IS THIS OKAY” YOU SAY?
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Six Months in a Leaky Boat
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE?
My Boner Just Died
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
The Safety Dance
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
The Denial Twist
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
WHAT IS 2+2?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Boys Don't Cry
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Hungry Like the Wolf
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Thru the Eyes of Ruby
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Got No Love
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Lozenge of Love
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Catching the High Speed Train 6
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Young Hearts Run Free
WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Philly Boy Roy
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
God is on the Radio
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
The Chippert Report
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)
Monday, January 05, 2009