Yesterday the world temporarily lost the genius of musical artist BB King. I have no doubt that he will be back. Fortunately artists never really die, they always live on in their work. The body of work BB King left is expansive, well-known and absolutely delightful.  I have spent many hours of bliss enmeshed in his artistry.

Sometimes artists are not as well known but leave behind a body of work nonetheless. It can be that their work is appreciated by those left in charge of discharging their estates and treated with respect and care. Unfortunately for many it is seen as no more than the dabbling of a fool and given away to charity or worse tossed in the garbage.

Having had a most terrible and awful week which began with the worst 2-day bout with food poisoning I have ever heard of, I had thoughts of “if I die will I be remembered”. Once I got my head out of the toilet and thought rationally I realized I will.  I will because of the work I have produced, the work some of you have collected and now resides in your homes and offices around the world (and I thank you).

I may not be as famous as BB King – yet ;} but I will live on and I know my work won’t end up in the garbage cause my friend MJ has asked for what remains when I do die.

I reached the bottom of “projects in progress” bin for the jewelry. Ah, what a great feeling and whew what a lot of pieces that now I must get photographed-this weekend.

Personal ethics seem to be a thing of the past!

I was reading this morning an article on the despicable, cowardly and utterly unredeemable act of University of  Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes who was caught on camera purposely attempting to eye-gouge his opponent. As far as I am concerned, he should lose all respect by the fans and the populace in general and be suspened for the remainder of the season and required to do public service.

Now not only is his action disgusting but I am undecided which is is more so his act or the reaction of coach Meyer ,with his less than a slap on the wrist penalty, and his teammates as they seem to condone the behavior and try to justify it as “other guys do it too”.

Have we really sunk so low as a society and a people that we really believe it is okay to steal money from investors; play dirty in sports; cheat on tests; have extramarital affairs; kill with abandon; maim for the fun of it; and just generally do anything and everything we want to get what we perceive we need or desire and damn the other guys just to come out on top or the winner? I sure hope not.

I think that we are better than that, I think that we can have all we want and still be respectful of others and not use them as stepping stones to climb our personal ladder to success or make our team win. I think we each have inside us the ability and desire to be a better person and set the example for others. I hope we all just realize it soon and start doing that instead of the crap we are doing now.

So Brandon Spikes, be the better man, stand up and take responsibility for what you have done. Admit out loud to all that you got carried away with the emotion of wanting to win and be number one and it led you to the depths of unsportsmanlike behavior and impose a penalty on yourself befitting your despicable act. That would command respect.

It has been awhile since I posted and I have been busy in that time.  The pieces for my upcoming London Fashion Show-did I tell you about that? – are coming along.  If I forgot to fill you all in here are the details.  There is going to be a fashion show during an art festival in London in August and the designers are going to make an outfit each to go with my pieces of jewelry.  What an honor!

In addition to all this I am teaching basic wirework classes here in San Diego.  If you are in the area plese come and take a lesson with me at the Gem Mall (619-523-8940) Monday or Wednesday afternoons.  It is fun and you will go home after a 2 hour class with a piece of jewelry you made yourself!

With all this going on there will only be sporadic posts until I get all the pieces completed and on their way to London, and as I am behind a bit I am sure you will understand.

How are you perceived by others, or how do you perceive others in value or worthiness to be a friend or lover? Do you judge a person by the body they present to you, the material objects they possess or do you reserve judgment until they show by their words, actions and/or deeds themselves?

A body is really nothing more than ID symbol that is convenient for us to recognize each other by – you know “oh, that’s Joe I recognize his cute ears”. Material objects are just other symbols, usually of the indebtedness of the other person if we take a look at the recent housing market and Wall Street crashes. I try and admit I am not always successful to reserve judgment until people reveal themselves.

However, in the dating world and other places as well in today’s society, we tend to gravitate towards the symbol first and get the truth of the person later. This is quite opposite of times as recent as the 1950’s where the substance of a person was considered first and if that great successful person also was quite cute, handsome or pretty all the better.

This change in societal values of determining the value or worthiness of a person, in my opinion, is and has been driven by the media with some agenda and the marketing gurus trying to sell us stuff. Will we ever be able to return to those other times, I don’t know. Hopefully we have as a society learned something through the recent and ongoing economic roller coaster. All I can do is not be quick to judge someone by the body presented or the material objects they own until they reveal with their words, actions and deeds the truth of themselves.

There are many in the field of artistic endeavors that take great umbrage when their “Art” is referred to as “Craft”.
I can understand because in society today it seems we label everything and give it a meaning not necessarily based on origins and we tend to lump things together not differentiating between items.

Frist, lets look at the word craft. Orignally there were craft guilds where skilled artisans of the various arts, silversrmithing, painting, musicians, etc. gathered together as an association. The more skilled and experienced would apparentice the new to the craft and the masters in each guild were well revered by society as a whole. There was no stigmatism admitting one was a member of a guild or that one practiced a craft, in fact just the opposite. Guild members were always viewed as those having artistic skill. As being able to plan and make something the general population could not, using their artistic craft skill.

In todays society we have gotten to calling macaroni covered boxes, and altered books art. Now don’t get me wrong, I think those things have their place, but I do not consider them to be truly art, they are hobby skills. They are things made following a pre laid out pattern, there is no artistic skill as there is in planning and executing a work of art. Just as you would not call a paint by numbers painting a brilliant masterpiece these hobby items are not art.

Let’s stop calling them arts and crafts and refer to them as (possibly) well done hobby items. Arts and Crafts was a movement in the art world in the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century. It did not include macaroni covered boxes. It was a reformist movement against the revival of the heavily ornate styles poplular in the Victorian period.

And my fellow artist, if your work is referred to by some uninformed person as a craft, shrug off any negative reaction you may have. Consider it a compliment recognizing the fact that your work is of craft guild member quality, smile and say thank you!

What inspires and motivates you? I am curious so hope you all respond with comments to this post. As an artist, I find inspiration in a variety of things. A child seeing something and laughing uproariously; a sunset that takes your breath away; a flower bud on a seemingly lifeless tree. But there are times that livingness seems to impinge so heavily it is hard to see an inspiration anywhere. It is times like these that I look to my quotes on one wall of my studio. I have collected several quotes that spoke to me in some manner and it is in these times lacking inspiration that I read and reread them to remind myself of why I create art.

But the artist is not the only person that needs inspiration and motivation, we all do. So what is the inspiration for what you do, and what is it you turn to for motivation in those times when you just seem not to want to do it?

I missed posting yesterday, it was just a terribly hectic day. this is a long weekend as Monday is Memorial Day. No postings until Tuesday as I will be on a marathon Art Out all weekend to get some projects done and ready for purchase.

This morning I was sent a link to this Britan’s Got Talent posting on youTube. I just had to share it with you all, it made me smile and was so joyful. I want these guys as my friends, they have such great fun doing this.   If the video does not play below here is the direct link to paste in your browser     Enjoy!

This has been one rough day and I was a bit bushed from all I had to accomplish today already.  I ran across this photo of a baby black rhino on the Internet

A newly born baby Eastern Black Rhinoceros calf sits with her ...

He is just adorable and I began to smile and my feeling and mood began to lift and lighten.  It is interesting to realize just how connected we all are on this planet.  Imagine if we had already ruined the place and there were no more baby black rhinos to be born?  or butterflies?  or whatever is your favorite animal?  The point is we should maybe all take a little moment of each day to stop and recall the importance  of that connection, what it gives to us and what we are doing.  And if we realize there is something we are doing that is not helping or is hurting, how we could change that. 

Tonight I will be enameling and making some more, new pretties-yeah!

This month in one of the art magazines there is an article entitled “How to Look at Art”.  Excuse me, but I don’t need anyone to tell me (or you for that matter) how to look at art.  It is simple and pretty instinctive I think.  You go where someone is got stuff they call art, open your eyes and see what is there. 

There is a segment of people in the art world that seem bent (and this is nothing new) on telling the public at large what is art and what is good art.  Well I am here to tell you and anybody else that will listen that you do not need anyone to tell you what is art.  Art either communicates to you or it does not.  If it communicates to you then you will likely percieve it as art, if it does not well then it isn’t-to you. 

So don’t listen to anyone but yourself, go where there is some work that is being proffered as art, take a look, a good look and decide for yourself whether it communicates to you and if to you it is art.

There is some really great art, in my opinion, online at the Getty Museum  Check out the sculpture of a standing woman with crossed arms that is from the Neolithic period, that is 6000 B.C. I think is is quite beautiful and very expressive, it really communicates to me.  Want to see some of my offerings and their communication you can check out my store here at www.artistsmall/stores/ljrosen