Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday is Museday

  1. 1.
    the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
    "the art of the Renaissance"
    synonyms:fine artartwork 

  2. 2.
    the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
    "the visual arts"

Every Tuesday, we make art.  That's right.  A.R.T.  A "branch" of creative activity.  Right up there in the definition. 

We express our human creative skills and imaginations.

We don't do crafts.

  We make art.


  Four or five of us


Just as  we've been doing for the past two-plus years.  And, together, we appreciate the "beauty and emotional power" of what we do.  Most of the time.  That's us.  We also drink coffee, eat fresh baked pastries, and we rehearse the lost arts of verbal communication and healthy debate.  Sometimes, we simply thumb through magazines and cut things out that we will use for another day. Another collage. There are days during which we teach each other new creative skills, share supplies and complete works that we can hang in our garages.  But it's art and we make it and, the best part is that the art makes us.

Style?  We each have our own.  Our "signatures". We have been doing this so long, it's easy now to see the patterns, to predict the outcomes, each of us conforming to our inner voices, our muses, our personal guides. Four different departments in the shop of life, each featuring its own story. One will be cherubs, one will be fine details, one will be playful and one will always be glittered.  In a line up, we could easily be identified. We wear our art so well.  And on Tuesday mornings, at ten o'clock, we sit down with each of our muses and allow our art to breathe and direct us. 

Our muses are strong and powerful.  It's all about what they want.  They provide the structure.  They tell us when to start the "catch-up round".  In a matter of minutes, we find out where we've been, who we've seen, what we've eaten and how are families are doing.  Once we find our pulse, we get to our work.  As we cut, paste, color, paint or sit and turn pages, we talk and offer opinions.  Four different women.  Four different opinions surface.  We're like "The View" with glue.  Daytime T.V. would eat us up alive, we're that good.  We don't always debate and we don't always have differing opinions and life isn't always a masterpiece.  But when we come together and share more than our art supplies,  our muses do their best work.  Art stretches itself and we realize that we, with the beauty of our personalities, the luster of our existence, the patina that time has lent, become the real works as we express and apply our human creative skills and imaginations.  When we simply support each other, we become the spectacular works, appreciated primarily for their beauty and emotional power as four women can do for each other.  With the help of their muses......

Please pass the glitter.

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