Monday, September 03, 2007

Art and Encouragement

I have been enjoying reading the Heart of Harmony blog the past few days. Barb, the Harmony Art Mom, is very encouraging when it comes to pursuing fine arts with children. Today she pointed out an art website that looks like it will prove helpful where art history is concerned*. My favorite features of the website so far are the artist quotations. Here are some from Da Vinci:

"Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind."

"Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art."

"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself."

And read this one.

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do."

Reminds me a little of Yoda, "Do, or do not. There is no try."

*Be careful allowing the kids to read over your shoulder; I was thankful my girls were playing outside as I read one page that alluded to unsavory topics!


Anonymous said...

Ow funny, I got here through the Heart of Harmony and even you decided to link to my art website. Thank you so much for your nice comments about the site. If you ever have any questions that I might be able to answer, don't hesitate to contact me.

Bruno -

Mother Auma said...

Thank you, Bruno! We will definitely contact you if we cannot find something we are curious about. We are about to start Janson's Story of Painting.