Pottery * Paintings * Photographs News http://dayoubart.com The latest news from Pottery * Paintings * Photographs. en-us Sat, 26 May 2018 08:48:34 CDT Sat, 26 May 2018 08:48:34 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Gift of Art <div align="center"><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7522/ArtBlog1.jpg" width="200" height="230" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A few weeks before Christmas Mike and I were talking about our plans for 2018. Almost always our goals are focused on continued learning. Both of us have returned to school, taking classes at Armstrong State University as part of Georgia's 62+ program. Soon after retirement Mike started in the ceramics department and has taken most of the regular curriculum classes and enjoyed the freedom of independent study courses. I returned to school as an art student in the fall of 2016 taking a drawing class and an introduction to photography course. We will both return to Armstrong this semester with Mike in another ceramics class and I will learn acrylic painting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During our discussion of 2018 goals, Mike mentioned that he thought it would be nice for us to learn some art history. We considered taking a class together but knew that neither of us wanted to&nbsp;commit to two classes this spring. Our desire to learn art history was manifested in a thoughtful gift from Beth Logan, our friend who is an artist, an art lover, and an art collector. The gift -- a Page-A-Day Gallery Calendar with hundreds of impeccably reproduced masterpieces. Every day, there's a new work to enjoy, from Jan Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring to Vincent van Gogh's lesser-known Blossoming Almond Brand in a Glass. The calendar offers sumptuous, thought-provoking works spanning continents, cultures, and a variety of media.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/7522/ArtBlog2.jpg" width="200" height="150" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The gift has given us the daily opportunity to research a different artist using Google, Wikipedia, and Kahn University. We get to&nbsp;go to school at home right at our breakfast table.&nbsp;</div> Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:59:07 CST Art and Gratitude <div>Going back to school has added to my understanding and appreciation of gratitude. Taking two classes &#8212; Drawing I and Introduction to Photography &#8212; may not have been the smartest way to enter retirement. Lots of homework has kept me very busy.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>While learning basic techniques and new perspectives, I am being exposed to art of all forms; and often a step in one direction leads to a whole new aspect of art. This happened recently when a google search led me to discover a wonderful book, The <em>Soul&#8217;s Palette, Drawing on Art&#8217;s Transformative Powers</em> by Cathy A. Malchiodi. &nbsp;Making art, according to the author, may be as important to your physical and spiritual health as balanced nutrition, regular exercise, or meditation. Expressing yourself creatively&#8212;through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography&#8212;allows you to tap into a source of inner wisdom that provides guidance, soothes emotional pain, and revitalizes your being.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>The Soul&#8217;s Palette</em> reveals art&#8217;s transformative powers. Exercises include working with materials for drawing, painting, sculpting, and collage; simple drawing and journal projects; self-guided meditations and affirmations; ideas for cultivating intuition, inspiration, and spontaneity; exploring personal symbols; and making art a spiritual practice.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>I am grateful for the positive feedback from my instructors and classmates that has given me the courage to share my art with others. You will see some of this in greeting cards from your Alpha Team this coming year.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>Jazz musician Lionel Hampton once said, "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." Neuroscience might argue about the actual storage, but a growing body of research on positive psychology tells us that gratitude is good for body and mind. Making art is an example of the true purpose of imagination &#8212; making day-to-day life special through creativity and in doing so, sharing our thanks. In making art for others, I am also doing a service to myself because it gives me the grace to find forgiveness and understanding and to let go and move forward in gratitude.</div><div></div> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:05:52 CDT Trump Media <p>Our local school, Armstrong State University, here in Savannah, has a &#8220;62 Plus&#8221; program that allows enrollment of senior citizens at no cost on a space available basis. &nbsp;Because of a long-term interest in pottery I enrolled in the program. &nbsp;The Art Department Chair, John Jensen, a truly outstanding potter, ceramist, and artist encourages individuality so classes are never boring.<br /></p><div>One past assignment was to construct something off-beat with a subtle point to it. &nbsp;Another senior citizen classmate constructed a ceramic tire for a vehicle that had a sculpture of her dog laying on it, thus illustrating the concept of &#8220;Dog Tired&#8221;. &nbsp;Similarly I realized that I could create a sculpture incorporating an unused, then modified, satellite dish as a base. &nbsp;I sculpted a monkey, lying back, holding a satellite remote to illustrate the concept of &#8220;Monkeying with the Remote&#8221;. &nbsp; It turned out that monkey hair appears in a lot of forms and I could not think of an appropriate hair arrangement for the monkey. &nbsp;It then occurred to me that a hairdo like our president&#8217;s would be unique. &nbsp;My mentor, Mr. Jensen saw my effort and then commented that the mouth was wide but our president&#8217;s is not. &nbsp;Of course not. &nbsp;It was a monkey, not the president. &nbsp;I also heard comments that the statue was asexual. &nbsp;As a conciliatory gesture I added small breasts. &nbsp;In order to avoid the easy way out by covering the body with hair I clothed the monkey and added a watch and a necktie. &nbsp;The tie is rather long and away from the body so the problem of asexuality was solved by adding a tennie weeny peenie that can be seen by looking under the end of the tie. &nbsp;The title to the piece is therefore &#8220;Trump Media&#8221;. &nbsp;Something that our president should truly approve of and we can all be proud of.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<img src="http://www.dayoubart.com/resources/img/artworks/56258.jpg" alt="" /></div><br /> <div id="UMS_TOOLTIP" style="position: absolute; cursor: pointer; z-index: 2147483647; background: transparent; top: -100000px; left: -100000px;"></div> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:55:08 CDT Welcome to Dayoub Art <div>We are thrilled that you have stopped by our website and hope that you will enjoy yourself while here. 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