The purpose of this site is as a sharing of thoughts, quotes, real life experiences, examples of how art has changed and improved your life. It is a blank page for your insights into how art has meaning for you and your personal and emotional health as well as our national social and political health. Please add your thoughts...

Saturday, April 5, 2008

welcome to J.Fred Woell's Justifying Art Blog


aoldach said...

I can't wait to see this blossom --a great photo in and through the glass. ..So, 2000 – “The Man Who Knew Too Much” hummmmm I love that - this is challenging. Can we really know too much? Do we ever know enough?

Oh yes, definitely too much for our mental health and our peace of mind? Knowledge creates that nagging sense of responsibility --and I think it can be too much to bear -- it can overwhelm, it seems, perhaps, it is shy of what we'd need to be able to change things (or perhaps it is the knowledge that some things are out of our control) and thus and at the same time it is then more, perhaps, than we ever wanted to know. Am I rambling? Is that ok for a blog? Let me send along the song of a cardinal to remedy my ramble.

Anonymous said...

I love this photograph...the photographer grabbed that decisive moment--it is inspired! If I'd gotten more sleep last night I might have been able to offer an insightful comment. As it is, I'll just say it hit me like a ton of bricks...the artist becomes the art.
Also, I don't know who aoldach is but I already like her/him. I don't know that I've ever read the words that "knowledge creates that nagging sense of responsibility"--wow, I see a few years of therapy for me as I examine that. It takes the concept of Knowledge is Power to that extra step of action.
Fred, I've never blogged before so just jumping in here is a milestone for me. Maybe I'll even figure out how to get a blog identity someday. I promise I will respond thoughtfully regarding the intended purpose of the blog soon. Justifying art...that's like justifying love! We just need it to survive. So glad you are well along the path to full recovery! chris (I don't want to be burdoned with the responsibility of having anyone think I have all the wisdom of "anonymous")

Judith Moore said...

J. Fred, I saw this quote in the March 2008 issue of Art Jewelry and I immediately thought of you!

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops". -Henry Brooks Adams

I thank you for being that teacher! The beads I made in your class will be exhibited at the Del Mar Fair, San Diego, CA next month. Judith