Art captures the innermost emotional states and is based on a deep empathy and understanding of the subject. Often, human suffering and sacrifice are the subjects of these works. Truly visionary works, works that are unique and novel, are created by people expressing a vision unrestrained by convention. Advances in society, through politics, philosophy and religion, are therefore commonly associated with strong individual creativity or accomplishments. - Level 5 of Dąbrowski's theory  (on-site pdf)

The Brotherhood by Robert Henri;

     The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die. One is member to the degree that he can be member, no more, no less. And that part of him that is of the Brotherhood does not die. The work of the Brotherhood does not deal with surface events. Institutions on the world surface can rise and become powerful and they can destroy each other. Statesmen can put patch upon patch to make things continue to stand still. No matter what may happen on the surface, the Brotherhood goes steadily on. It is the evolution of man. Let the surface destroy itself, the Brotherhood will start it again. For in all cases, no matter how strong the surface institutions become, no matter what laws may be laid down, what patches may be made, all change that is real is due to the Brotherhood.
– Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

“If a certain kind of activity, such as painting, becomes the habitual mode of expression, it may follow that taking up the painting materials and beginning work with them will act suggestively and so presently evoke a flight into the higher state.”

Robert Henri “The Art Spirit, 1923

"Art creates Art"...Maybe on a wall long ago,one saw,seen..like a ball,maybe a baton in a runner's hand,at the end of their run, hands it off to many hands to carry on,on and on..A conductor..directing those willing,wanting to procede..to carry thru the fields,over hills..all the places they can go"...just a thought of mine-Michael emery

"The Muse is to be sought out,maybe imagined,yet never to be touched,only seen in our Dreams"-me

I think this is what keeps us as Humans,striving,to keep seeking and searching,even though we know,we will not in a short life time ,never touch the unknown-thus Certainity remains "Abstract"

"I truly believe to purse the endeavor of "Creative Thought"...it trumps all other thoughts..frees the mind from depression,negativity,meaning-less thought,,.creates a shield from our own ego's"....-ME

Through art mysterious bonds of understanding and of knowledge are established among men and(women). They are the bonds of a great Brotherhood. Those who are of the Brotherhood know each other, and time and space cannot separate them.

The Brotherhood is powerful. It has many members. They are of all places and of all times. The members do not die. One is member to the degree that he can be member, no more, no less. And that part of him that is of the Brotherhood does not die.

The work of the Brotherhood does not deal with surface events. Institutions on the world surface can rise and become powerful and they can destroy each other. Statesmen can put patch upon patch to make things continue to stand still. No matter what may happen on the surface the Brotherhood goes steadily on. It is the evolution of man. Let the surface destroy itself, the Brotherhood will start it again. For in all cases, no matter how strong the surface institutions become, no matter what laws may be laid down, what patches may be made, all change that is real is due to the Brotherhood.-Robert Henri

If ever one can own a book,explaining the importance of Art,"Art-Spirit" is it!

Art [is] a form of active prayer

"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed to me empty. The trite objects of human efforts-possessions, outward success, luxury-have always seemed to me contemptible."(Albert Einstein - Ideas and Opinions, 1954)

I believe for myself...Art's greatest value is it's Ability to take me to my Highest Level of Attention(a state of Meditation).Drawing for example...it's Greatest Value is simply...to forget about the rules,expectations of society...for years I believed Art had to have a value in Dollars and cents,it had to be pleasing to another!..that is false..To "Create" for one's on well-being is why art exists,,and if has value to another,,that is wonderful!....Example; of the Act of Drawing...saved my life..as without my full attention on Drawing(methods.practice,,just Doing it for simply meditation reasons...spending 2 years in Alcohol-Rehab.." if ,,I had neg.thoughts,thoughts of drinking,I had my sketch book with me at all times,once I started sketching/doodling(doodling is to me the act of "nothingness.it needs no meaning,there are no Epectation's to achieve")...all those thought's disappear"

Doodling is Art,,it might be the purest form...as 9 out 10 times we doodle....we have no objective as to quality,what it create's

..the moment we we place expection's upon ourselves,we can start judging ourselves...just draw,,forget the bullshit of judging,,dont judge anything !!..realize when your doodling ,drawing ,sketching etc...your creating a "Original"..something never seen before!....ME

The " Cave Art" below is in Chauret..estimated to be 30,000 years old at least..these peoples took the time to Observe,remember,then return to a cave,and draw with great detail..my question is What as a civilization have we Lost?...Art is and I believe shows us how great a Society..a" Society without Great Art"..is on the decline

...Another Question to ask?......Who is creating great Art today(music,visual arts,poetry..all art)???...we have been mass-producing much to long!..my opinion
Drawing is an instinct we were all born with. We have to be taught to read and write, but we are born with the ability to learn to draw. Drawing is so important that we learn it without a teacher. Drawing is so essential for our survival and success that toddlers learn to draw before they begin first grade.

“Dogmatism of all kinds--scientific, economic, moral, as well as political--are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyer of our nicely ordered systems. (p. 76)”
Rollo May,

“Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener”.....-Arnold Schoenberg

.Art I like

Simone Weil (February 3, 1909–August 24, 1943), a mind of unparalleled intellectual elegance and a sort of modern saint whom Albert Camus described as “the only great spirit of our times” — wrote beautifully of attention as contemplative practice through which we reap the deepest rewards of our humanity.

"Both artists and neurotics speak and live from the subconscious and unconscious depths of their society. The artist does this positively, communicating what he experiences to his fellow men. The neurotic does this negatively." (Love and Will, 1969, p. 21) Rollo May


When you look at a work of Art.a doodle,a sketch....first try to remember a human being,was meditating,pondering,contemplating

....first and fore most...it is a form of "revealing-self"..it was a personal thing..which the Artist is "Now"..sharing with you...art can't be valued by the price it brings @ the gallery...simply see it, for it as it is...Me

I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words.”-Arnold Schoenberg

In First and Last Notebooks (public library) — the out-of-print treasure that gave us Weil on the key to discipline and how to make use of our suffering — she writes:

"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity".-Simone Weil

In my opinion.....Any Human-being has the ability to draw fairly well....they simply can't pay "Attention",they are not focusing on what is before them to the fullest degree,..their mind is thinking of the "Past" or "Future" not the "Now"

..Their Mind's are pre-conceived by..."What something should be,should look like...and not what it "Truly Is"

My Life Drawing modeling..."was one of the greatest of my life's experince's,being able to work with the student's,the well known "accomplished" through-out the mid-west. Take part in a great effort.."The Creative Process"

Pastel above..(life drawing class Davenport Museum of Art) is of me..by Artist ..Shirley Heysinger, was a well known Davenport, Iowa artist. She was best known for her portrait painting and exhibits, She received scholarships to the American Academy of Art, Chicago Art Institute and Art Students League of New York. Teachers included Hans Hoffman, Kuniyoshi, Raphael Soyer and James Lechay. Her work is included in the Figge Museum of Art permanent collection, Augustana and in many Quad-City and Midwest homes. Mrs. Heysinger was a founding member of Studio 15 and traveled extensively with her husband and family to paint in France and Italy. She was the 2003 Mid Coast Riverssance Harley award. She had contributed a major role in making the Quad-Cities a true Midwest arts Mecca. A longtime member, volunteer and contributor to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and Vera French Foundation, she always donated her talents by painting portraits for their fundraising.

Sketch of me by Peter Xiao..professor of art Augustana College

Why do we Draw?

Why do we draw?
This is page 40 from Drawing to Learn DRAWING by Marvin Bartel © 2010

Drawing is an instinct we were all born with. We have to be taught to read and write, but we are born with the ability to learn to draw. Drawing is so important that we learn it without a teacher. Drawing is so essential for our survival and success that toddlers learn to draw before they begin first grade. Here are some of the many ways that drawing helps us in our lives.

1. We need drawings to figure out things that we are thinking about. Drawing makes us smarter. When I make something, I often do several drawings to see how it should look or it figure out if it will even work. What would happen if architects, designers, and inventors did not draw first? Many math problems are much easier if you draw them first

2. Inventors do lots of drawing to help them imagine better ideas. Drawing helps us
become more creative and successful. I have one invention that I have been drawing
and changing and improving for the last 40 years. Most inventions have not yet been
invented. Drawing will help us discover them.

3. Drawing makes us surer of ourselves, more confident, and less afraid to make mistakes.
Drawing teaches us that many mistakes can be fixed and many mistakes are good
because they help us discover new ideas.

4. Drawing teaches us how to think better because when we draw our mind is always
thinking about new ways to draw things. This makes us grow more thinking neurons and
we get smarter.

5. Drawing helps us notice and see more. After you draw something, it is harder to forget
how it looks. If you make a very careful drawing from a real fish, you will notice all the
parts of the fish. If you want to learn all the parts of anything, there is no better way to
learn them. Without drawing it, you could easily miss some very important part.

6. Drawing helps us explain things and give instructions. It is often much easier to
understand something from a drawing than from words. Drawings are much better than
words when you do not know the language and you looking for the bathroom. Maps are
drawings that tell us about the world and keep us from getting lost. Drawing a chart or a
graph helps us make comparisons and choices. It makes things easier to remember.

7. Drawing helps us keep records, keep track of things, and record history as it happens.

8. Drawing is wonderful way to help us tell stories and jokes.

9. Drawing is good way to make an argument. We often see drawings in the newspaper
that exaggerate something to make a point about politics. Drawings often are used in
advertising to try to convince us to buy something.

10. Drawings are often used to keep us safe. Warning signs use drawings to remind us what
might happen and that we need to be careful.

11. Drawing is used to make things more beautiful. Like music, they can lift our spirits.

12. Drawing can remind us of bad and good things that happen and bad and good things
that people do. This can make us into better people if we learn from these drawings.

13. Drawings, symbols, and designs are used in churches, mosques, synagogues and
special places to help give meaning to ideas and feelings that are often too hard to put
into words.

14. Like dancing and singing, drawings and other artworks help us express our feelings and
our dreams. Drawing helps us celebrate, express joy and sadness, and show our
feelings to each other and for each other.

The Cave Art Paintings of the Chauvet Cave..30,000 years old est.

What I find so interesting about these cave drawings/paintings is,the great Art teacher/artist-Robert Henri..dubbed a method of teaching "life drawing".."Concept and Carry method of drawing(the student studies the model in one room with sketch pad makes study sketches of what imformation they need from the model, then,,goes to another room.."work room" (the sketches made) can not be carried into the Work Room..the student must work from memory alone,,I believe the artist's of the caves had to be working from memory alone as well.

Yet many,many hours,days.etc.researching to find any schools,etc which use this term,," Concept and Carry"..or the above described method...0 results

These drawings are Remarkable in detail,porportion etc...I personally have reproduced them(drawn out)..I cant do it if I use Henri's Concept and Carry method..as good as they did it 30,000 years ago!...I have to ask myself...how advanced are we as individuals in our current society?...have we nearly now become what our culture/society..has created,,nearly losing our individuality along the way? ....so we can be instruments of mass production,to feed a society that thrives on pleasure seeking and material gain?.The great Paradox here,,,due to the fact that we have chased materialistical for so long since 1950's at least..metaphorically..each individual has become as if they are a engine requiring 10 gals.of fuel,verse 2 gals in the 1940's,yet still one only has enough to purchase 9 gals now,,,!..the car is running out of fuel ! and we must slow down as a society,step back..take a long look at what is going on!

Carpenter's song I still very much enjoy,yet growing up it often made me feel better

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”
Miguel Ruiz,

“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and the inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with work and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large—this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone.” Aldous Huxley The Doors of  Perception, 1954

“Art is the whispering of the great voice of nature.”-F. Luis Mora

Leo Tolstoy on What is Art? -In his essay on art, Tolstoy (1828 -1910) asks the question, “What is Art?”.

He goes on to say that many people hold the subjective view that art is beauty, and we call beauty that which gives us a particular kind of pleasure. In the objective sense, we call beauty something absolutely perfect, and we acknowledge it to be so only because we receive, from this perfection, a certain kind of pleasure; so the objective definition is the same as the subjective. The kind of pleasure we receive from beauty is that which pleases us without evoking desire in us. We might try to be scientific about it, and try to find a definition of art based on beauty, which we could apply to all art productions to see if they belonged to the realm of art or not. But all attempts to define absolute beauty have failed.

There is no objective definition of beauty. All definitions amount to the same thing; that art is that which makes beauty manifest, and beauty is that which pleases without exciting desire. But there is and can be no explanation of why one thing pleases one man and displeases another, so scientists cannot work out the laws of art.

Aetheticians have attempted to work backwards by first listing acknowledged works of art, and then trying to find a theory to fit them all. So now, no matter what insanities appear in art, once they find acceptance among the upper classes of society, a theory is quickly invented to explain and sanction them, just as if there had never appeared in history people who produced false and deformed art, which was afterwards discarded and forgotten. And one may see now in the art of our circle, to what lengths the insanity and deformity of art may go.

So that theory of art is nothing but the setting up as good whatever pleases us, that is, pleases a certain class of people. In order define any human activity, it is necessary to understand its sense and importance; to do that one must examine the activity itself, and its causes and effects, not merely in relation to the pleasure we get out of it. If we say that the aim of any activity is merely pleasure, and is defined by that pleasure, our definition will be false. If we compare it to the food question, nobody would affirm that the importance of food consists in the pleasure we get from eating it. We know that the satisfaction of the taste buds is no infallible guide to the best food from a health point of view, in the same way the pleasure we get from a painting is no indication of its worth. People who consider the meaning of art to be pleasure cannot realise its true meaning, in fact, people will come to understand the meaning of art only when they cease to consider that the aim of art is pleasure.

So then - what is art?

Man's longing for order and harmony emerges from the brute universe of the eye in the act of seeing and brings forth a quality of emotion which finds an echo in other human beings. Three rules on art.

First: the very idea of rules in the fine arts changes and becomes transfigured through the impact of beauty on the activity of art. So the rules must be continually reborn, and the artist is forever exploring the unknown.

Second: the work to be made is unique, and an end in itself. Each time, and for every single work, there is for the artist a new and unique way to strive after the making of his art.

Third: because the work is an end in itself, and a unique participation in beauty, reason alone is not enough for the artist. Because in art as in contemplation, intellectuality at its peak goes beyond concepts and reason, and is achieved through union with the subject, which love alone can bring about.
-Jacques Maritain b. 1882

EPPH -everypainterpaintshimself


While the Renaissance phrase Every painter paints himself uses the masculine to denote both genders, as the English of my youth did too, the artists themselves were under no delusion that their male minds would be sufficient to become like God (see The Divine Artist). They needed a feminine side too (or a masculine one in the case of female artists) because a mind reflecting the cosmos – whether God’s or a visual poet’s – contains both genders as any reasonable thinker since Plato would have known. This is important to grasp because the patriarchal norms of everyday life in the Renaissance, of particular interest to feminist art historians, were markedly different from the intellectual concepts so important to mystical thought. 

   Although some historians believe that Marsilio Ficino, the Florentine mystic and translator of Plato's writings, rediscovered the subject of androgyny in the late fifteenth century,1 it had always been present in one form or another, including among the Christian mystics of the Middle Ages. Caroline Walker Bynum has shown, for example, how large numbers of devout people described and thought of Jesus as Mother. Indeed, even more surprisingly, “authors [in the medieval period] found it far easier than we seem to find it to apply characteristics stereotyped as male or female to the opposite sex.”2

Although artists from the Enlightenment onwards may not have been as religious as their earlier colleagues, many remained spiritually-inclined, even mystically-inclined, and continued to present their psychic life as androgynous. In the nineteenth century artists like Edouard Manet, a man not easily linked to mysticism or esotericism, demonstrated with startling clarity that their minds (or at least the mind they imagined) was androgynous, a position which by the twentieth century was receiving outside support from discoveries in analytical psychology.

     The Divine Artist
       The Renaissance tendency to describe great artists as “divine” is usually considered a rhetorical device to express society’s admiration for the inexplicable talents of a great master.1 Though no doubt true, many artists interpreted the term differently, not through Church doctrine as society did but through the interiorized beliefs of mystics and saints with whom they felt at one (See The Inner Tradition.) The visual evidence for this is overwhelming. Art all over Europe suggests that artists really did think of themselves as divine, not because they had vast egos (which no doubt they had) but because we are all made in the image of God, however well disguised. Just as a saint follows Christ’s path and is an image of Christ that ordinary believers can imitate, so artists undergoing the agony of creation identify with Christ’s suffering too. Their portrait of Christ is thus an image of their own self.

Artists’ identification with the Divine Creator is the foundation of Western art and explains how biblical scenes from the Nativity to the Crucifixion are all expressions of the basic idea that “every painter paints himself.” Their art, like the teaching in devotional books that were so popular in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, suggests that Christ’s story should guide our own interior life and that by following it we can each uncover our own divinity. However surprising, it is a truth without which you will never understand art.2 Even modern artists felt the same way. Manet painted himself as Christ twice and when Matisse as an old man was asked by a Dominican novice whether he was inspired by God, he replied: "Yes, but that god is me." Of course, no-one should take my word for it. Go see for yourselves, either below or in museums of Western art anywhere.

 For myself ,it would be Nature(God),I am simply a part of Nature

“The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”
James Baldwin

                                                             Nature's Artists / Creators


The Eagles Nest
The Weaver's Nest

Do they care how their Creation appears to the World ?