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Gift of Art

by Mike and Iris Dayoub in Insights from Iris
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.
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 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. 
The gift has given us the daily opportunity to research a different artist using Google, Wikipedia, and Kahn University. We get to go to school at home right at our breakfast table. 

1 Comment

Hah! So sweet. I love that you are always learning!150692
Thanks for your comment on my recent post on the eclipse. The Soul's Palette sounds interesting. I recently read David Whyte's "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America" and would recommend it as a book that seeks to merge work and art and creativity into a healthy life.
I see my paintings as mathematical precision of gradation, radiation, repetition, and purity of form and color that can become anything. For while I am painting and working there is no time. All time seems to cease. What feels like a few minutes are in fact many hours later. I'm immersed in my work and with my G-d.
Most of my art is painted in acrylics on reclaimed architectural salvage from my neighborhood, a historic district where many of the houses still stand empty and others are just getting rehabbed after the hurricane. I collect roof slate and ridge tile, old windows and siding, cypress doors and thick baseboard with layers of peeling, crackled paint. These reclaimed pieces already have so much character, when a customer buys my art they take home a bit of the history of New Orleans too.

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