Likenesses in Art & the Church? Can Art have purpose? ( a response)…

I once asked a Cardinal in training how the Church allowed likenesses in art...He gave me a letter from the Pope (printed booklet), that explained 3 exceptions... Veneration, Education, & Decoration....These have been useful to me in a broader sense when making or pondering art...
  I feel this discussion has at its core, a tiny detail that spins the artist's core...
  That art should not be craft, & that craft has purpose...A mug serves the purpose of holding tea or coffee, & this usefulness is somehow abhorrent to artists & art educators...
  In a broader sense, if art is serving the community as a purpose, like holding tea, is it not then craft?
  This distinction holds artists back from making useful things...That purpose could sully the purity...
  I don't necessarily agree, am just putting a microscope to the problem...

http://www.artsjournal.com/jumper/2014/03/can-arts-organizations-be-both-art-focused-and-community-focused/ (The discussion that prompted my reply can be read here…)(can-arts-organizations-be-both-art-focused-and-community-focused, was the question)…

An Observation about the MFA or PHD in art or Not conundrum: I have noticed something, while investigating the “should I get an MFA or not”? question…Perhaps this will help some…(the PHD in art is a new thing…)

Here is my observation:

MFAs show great technical knowledge…They know how to do complex things…Their work is complicated technically…They know tricks & skills that might be harder to learn alone…Pouring metals…Lost wax method…Silicone sculptures…Chemicals & whatnot…They know things…They can move from one medium to another & do…Emotionally, & maturity wise, I find much of the work is immature…Think of a giant Jeff Koons dog-very complicated technically to build, but rather simplistic in message…

People who say they don’t have degrees have great maturity…They have ethical angles…They consider family & community & religion…They read books on their own…Their work has great emotional depth & maturity…They touch upon difficult subjects…These are people who have had time to mature…The work stimulates intellectual thought…Often the technical aspect is relatively simple…Many self-taught artists will learn one technique & stick with that, while using the intellect to vary the output…This is probably why so many self-taught artists fall back on painting, & that in acrylics…It is easier to learn…But the message can be powerful…

Conclusion:Know both…Understand both…Know what you need, either more technical skill or more emotional depth…If you have been painting in acrylics for years, you may need some technical instruction on how to do other things…If your work is about farting or penises or barfing, you may need to get out of school & gain some emotional maturity…

Resources:

Zinepal:slurps your blog & spits out various neat formats

free or $5 if you want 50 posts in one PDF

BlogBooker:slurps your blog(WordPress, Blogger, LIveJournal)

free or you can donate 10 Euros if you are polite

Blog2Print:Can handle a Typepad blog(which is why I used it)

$7.95 for a really beautiful digital book(nicest feel)

Thoughts on copyright infringement:

One way to ensure any knock offs of your work aren’t competition for you is to only post “homey” photos of your work…Yes those mediocre dimly lit crooked messy pictures are the ones least likely to get copied…The only times I get copied is when my pictures have been gorgeous…The slob in me loves this because it justifies further sloppiness…Also, since internet sales have never really competed with live warm human body sales, the prerogative of only showing perfect photos online doesn’t always add up considering the camera investment versus internet sale revenue…( a cogent rationalization I think, smile)…

Open software always always gets updated…It is updated daily…Or at least it feels that way…Blender 3d animation software has gone through what 6 iterations since last year? The result is an entirely perfect up to the minute program…That no one knows how to use, because with every improvement the button sequences change…So all the Blender books, tutorials, blog posts, instructionals, become obsolete…Depreciates as fast as cars…Soon as it is out of the lot it is worth 10 thou less…I feel a little odd with a pile of tutorials only from last year on this Blog, about Blender, & if just one keystroke has changed, it will gum up your, my, anyone’s work…Wanted to buy the discounted 50% off DVD set Blender instructionals, but hey, realized why they were discounted…One comma in code, programming, as you know, & burn baby burn you are s.o.o.l.(sh-t out of luck)…So I’m a little on the fence about all this updating…When is it going to stop? or is it on purpose because as soon as you change a keystroke you can sell a brand new tutorial video? (Same tutorial but name it 8.66a instead of just 8.66)…You can’t make money on freeware but you can make money teaching how to use it…Hmm…I am sounding ungrateful & cynical here…Maybe I should eat dinner & rethink my inner cynic…I apologize…

NO NO NO NO NO, fixed the Mobile App for readability & am learning what things mean in codeland…

So…

Late last night I go to check our new Mobile App I’m so proud of…

Realize…Can’t read a thing…

Icons are pretty but words are microscopic…

ARGH!

Confirm with Joseph…He’s like:”Can’t read it”…

“I know”…

So late last night I’m creating all new Icon assets in high contrast black text on white snowy backdrops with some ice for texture…

Thank God my Mum took that awesome iPhone pic of me with the two swans last week!

I needed some blue light, Northern, sunny, & the look she took was perfect…

Used this for every icon backdrop…! Yay MOMs!

Loaded it all up, republished the APP, went to sleep…

Woke up 6:30 am…OH NO…Have to re-record the contest submission video…Redo whole thing…Resubmit all…

Waaah…

But did it…(I actually stuck it in the APP after…It’s a good video I did…You can see the video within the APP if you do the first QUIZ, click SUBMIT, the page then whisks you to the entry submission video with an awesome SONG(by Ryan Huston, called Do what you love, from the album THIS LIFE)…

The APP is at bwell.mobi/grove

Now if you go to the APP on a desktop you get this page on the internet…

It has a Flash Gordon Icon, it has a description of the APP, it has a screenshot which is buggy & is not showing right now, & it has some weird choices which I am trying to figure out…

Ok first choice is DOWNLOAD the APP…

I got something called an APK file…Couldn’t open it…It was labelled grove.apk

Found out if I just change the apk to ZIP I can open it…

I’m on a Mac snow leopard desktop…10.6.8

So just change the name of the ending of the file from APK to ZIP…

Double click now it opens & you get all the ASSETS of the APP…

Neat…All my custom icons, their custom icons(their is Infinite Monkeys the App creator service I use…)

next choice is…

email link…

That one opens up my email server on my computer & puts a whole message in it…

You can see in the picture what it will say…2nd picture from the top…

The third choice is send link by SMS which means short message service, or something like that…

I don’t use SMS so I am not sure what to put in the box…Their phone number? Their email address? I’m guessing a phone number maybe that this is a text message thingy…

I will update this post when I doublecheck that…(ok, yes…From a desktop computer, just type in the cell phone number of the person you want to send the SMS to…That will send them a text message with a link to this awesome App…)

Last choice is View HTML APP…

That gives you the whole app but you can see it right away, from your Safari or Firefox or whatever browser you are on & it is totally interactive & totally works just like the app will on your iphone or other mobile device like Ipad or tablet or Android like your Samsung Galaxy phone…

So that is neat…

grovebodypartchart app

bwell.mobi/grove

sari grove

joseph grove

“The award winning film based on the bestselling book”

How to put a PayPal button on WordPress.com or in an email, like in a MailChimp mailing…

First you need the EMAIL version of the button code that PayPal spits out when you create your button…It comes out as a link…

(Make sure to click when making your PayPal button the “Save button at Paypal” choice in Step 2 of button creation…)

Then you need the IMAGE code for whatever button you want…I took the Make a Donation button code & used it below…

Then put that image in…The code…

Then in the Visual editor, not html or code editor, LINK that Image with the PayPal button link code you created in the create a button section of Paypal…

It works…Both on WordPress.com & if you send yourself an email…The only thing is you may have to click on “Load Images” for the Image of the button to show up…

Here is the LInk to the original post about how to put a PayPal button on WordPress.com http://en.support.wordpress.com/paypal/

Here is what the code looks like in WordPress.com if I put it in the Visual editor instead of the Text editor…

It also works in an email…(My email provider fastmail.fm has an html or Rich text setting choice-I’m guessing most do)…

<code><a href=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id=63KXJ2SQ44L3E”><img alt=”Make a Donation Button” src=”https://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-but21.gif&#8221; /></a>(if you appreciate being able to read our book online, say so by sending us a monetary thank you!Sari Grove)</code>

Here is the button when I put it in the Text editor…(I hit “code” before adding any code in here)

Make a Donation Button(if you appreciate being able to watch our movie online, say so by sending us a monetary thank you!Sari Grove)

A way better version of our book…(Who knew editing was like a year’s worth of finickiting?)

Make a Donation Button(if you appreciate being able to read our book online, say so by sending us a monetary thank you!Sari Grove)

grove body part chart, sari grove, joseph grove, grovecanada, anatomy, medicine
As a for example of how the grove body part chart works

*DO YOU WANT TO LET YOUR READERS BE ABLE TO TRANSLATE YOUR ENTIRE WORDPRESS.COM BLOG? HERE IS HOW TO DO THAT…

For WordPress.com (not wordpress,org!)

ADD a NEW PAGE (to your blog)

Name that page “TRANSLATE”

In the Post part, switch to the text mode (Not the Visual mode)

Click the tiny “Code” button because you are adding code

Now paste this code into your post…(start at the word <code> below)!

*(Last step, CHANGE EVERY TIME YOU SEE MY BLOG ADDRESS “GROVEGROVE”, TO YOUR BLOG ADDRESS ie: Imsogreatblog.wordpress.com INSTEAD of grovegrove.wordpress.com) in every line below…)
<code>Translate this blog into different languages…</code>

<a title=”Arabic” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|ar&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>العربية</a>

<a title=”Bulgarian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|bg&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
Български</a>

<a title=”Chinese Simplified” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|zh-CN&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>中文(简体)</a>

<a title=”Chinese Traditional” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|zh-TW&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>中文(繁體)</a>

<a title=”Croatian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|hr&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com”>Hrvatski</a>

<a title=”Czech” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|cs&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Česky</a>

<a title=”Danish” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|da&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Dansk</a>

<a title=”Dutch” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|nl&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Nederlands</a>

<a title=”Finnish” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|fi&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Suomi</a>

<a title=”French” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|fr&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Français</a>

<a title=”German” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|de&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Deutsch</a>

<a title=”Greek” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|el&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Ελληνική</a>

<a title=”Hindi” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|hi&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
हिन्दी</a>

<a title=”Italian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|it&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
Italiano</a>

<a title=”Japanese” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|ja&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
日本語</a>

<a title=”Korean” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|ko&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>한국어</a>

<a title=”Norwegian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|no&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Norsk</a>

<a title=”Polish” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|po&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Polski</a>

<a title=”Portuguese” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|pt&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Português</a>

<a title=”Romanian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|ro&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Română</a>

<a title=”Russian” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|ru&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
Русский</a>

<a title=”Spanish” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|es&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>
Español</a>

<a title=”Swedish” href=”http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&amp;langpair=en|sv&amp;u=https://grovegrove.wordpress.com/”>Svenska</a>

The idea &amp; code for this page came from the author of this WordPress.com blog <a href=”http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/</a> Thank you!

If your BLOG is NOT in English, you have to CHANGE THE CODE ABOVE…The picture below shows maybe someone with a SWEDISH BLOG…So the example shows swedish to english…You change the first code letters to the language code of your language, ie: Sv is for Swedish…

If you want it to translate into English, the code for English is EN…

So, you put SV  then after the line, EN…for Swedish to English…

You can figure out the codes by looking at the script above which is English to other languages…Just look for the two letters after the En, that is the code for whatever language is mentioned…

http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/how-to-add-google-translator-gadget-to-my-wp-blog?replies=32 This is the original forum post where ISMAILI explained his method…There is a link down that page to a newer post about it, where someone coded with flags(not perfect though yet!)

http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/translate-your-blog-into-different-languages?replies=2Here is the direct link to the newer post (with the flag code too)

coding wordpress.com