Why We Make Art
I was recently in London and took a tour of the East End to see the beautiful and fantastic street art. The works ranged from multi-story murals on the side of a building to art small enough to fit on a traffic sign. They could be beautiful, funny, or disturbing. But why were they there?
Granted, some artists had been paid (sometimes a substantial amount) for their creations. Some artists were hoping for name recognition and were trying to build their brand. But many of the art makers were creating art for it’s own sake. Perhaps to decorate their neighborhood or to make a social statement. But it wasn’t for the money or the fame.
In Praise of Strong Women
There is a saying in my part of the world to the effect that “Texas women shoot there own snakes”. The message being that they are self sufficient and solve their own problems. Of course, this may apply to women in other parts of the world, too.
Lauren Bacall was a 19 year old ingenue when she met one of Hollywood’s legendary leading men. She went on to be his equal in cinema and his partner in life. As she matured, she did so gracefully, saying “I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that”. So, here’s to the strong women of Texas and elsewhere! If you know one of them, give her a whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you...