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

Grove Body Part Chart:A Medical Arts Innovation

Sari Grove:regarding Cruelty testing on animals, humans or plants…

First do no harm…The tenet has been broken…They should have their licences revoked…

“Feeding rodents bad food that is laced with pesticide is called cruelty to animals…

Healing rodents who have already eaten bad food laced with pesticide is science…

Know the difference…

The object of science used to be to heal…

That was the goal…

To have twisted this mission into justifying cruel & unusual experiments on animals or humans, as science, is a perversion of what was once a noble profession…

Know the difference…

These are not scientists, they are vivisectionists…

The “Brown Shirts” did some wonderful testing on humans too…

Shall we applaud them in the name of science?”

The answer is no…

Cruel laboratory testing on animals, humans & plants needs to stop…

Any doctor who participates is violating the oath they took when they got their licence as such their licence should be revoked…

Those who do not know about the oath, First do no harm, need to shut up…

Regarding the Sacred aspect of art relationships:

The buyer has to be sacred too…
I mean, choose wisely who you are going to allow to buy your work…
A special repeat collector left her coffee cup in my studio after buying several works…
I was about to throw it away, but noticed it had writing on it…
Apparently Starbucks had been putting deep thought quotes on their outer cup…
I kept that cup & still have it today in my locker area…
The quote itself moved me at the time, enough to have sacred feelings once again for this collector…
Some sort of sign this lady was holy…
God is in the details…
Remember also to be a sacred collector…
A gallery owner who is now a PHD & teaching gender issues in a university here smelled so nice while I was being introduced…
Squeaky clean too…Tall & cool & fresh from living in Colorado air…
I remember that sacred quality about her…
The very first time I asked Art Biz Coach what she thought about my work, she wrote back “handsome”…
How many times had I asked the very same question to new possibles, only to get a dumb answer…
A compliment right at the beginning of a relationship is so important to confirming future direction…
So many years later, I ventured forth with pictures of some new work in the medical arts field…
Art Biz Coach encouraged me in that direction…
Without that support, I might still be looking only at pure aesthetics…
But emboldened once again by a compliment, I have another decades worth of gas in my belly to move forward…(that came out wrong! ha!, & once again, worse!-sounds like I am flatulent!)
Another sacred relationship…
Of course, Ariadne(I love mythology so your name brings me back) the gentle wise spider here has been sacred from the beginning…
The web of silvery dust sprinkles gets woven here with toil & muscle…
It glistens in the sun…Ah, sacred writings…
I can only be good as an artist because of those who have been good to me…

http://smartistcareerblog.com/2013/10/weekly-smartips-why-selling-art-is-sacred/

What venues have I shown in & how did that all go?

So I’m an artist…I say “Vase”…Visual Artist Self-Employed…

I have shown my work in a whole lot of different places…

Mostly on purpose…

On purpose means that I on purpose chose to show in all these different locations because I wanted to ‘feel’ all those different experiences…

I have always felt that that was important…

In school I liked to make friends with all the different groups of people, to be able to move from one group to another without getting trapped…I saw myself as an ombudsman or a bridge…

Plus it was more interesting…

To get up close to the girl who wears black lipstick, then later, hang out with the squeaky clean football player…

Something like that…

I like to observe people & situations & you just gotta be able to move through them…

So far in my art career I have shown with or in:

My own studio, vanity shows…

An art gallery in the corner of a giant carpet & furniture store…

An artist co-operative gallery, group show but really retail gallery…

A tony Yorkville fine frame shop…

A “pay to play” vanity gallery that only showed works on paper…(Yes, I did pay to play…I wanted to feel how that felt & how that went…I didn’t want to be the person who said the Last Temptation of Christ was awful but I didn’t see it…)

A Cafe & Gallery also with some work studio space I used in their basement…

A real artist co-operative…

A dentist’s office…

A UPS store…

A Persian carpet store in the fanciest mall in town…(Yes the abstract nature of Persian carpets combined with their on purpose asymmetry & geometric mathematics does captivate me)…

The Grand Opening of a New gallery on an excellent art street in town…(perhaps what one imagines when one imagines being with an art gallery)…

An art gallery off the beaten track run by an art teacher…

An arts organization-in their gallery, in a library they show with(solo), in a big juried show they run in a fabulous restored heritage museum…

I’ve also shown online in a plethora of locations…Soon I will be featured on the WAMSOC website (Women’s Art Museum Society of Canada)…The Wamsoc site differs from most online sites in that their goal or mission is to one day build a real museum for women artists in Canada…For me, the conversion of online to real is important…That possibility…

I also have a book now that can be bought on Amazon…Again, the possibility of converting that online experience to a real paper & ink book in your hands makes it feel real…

So…After all these years & all this different type of showing, & all these new people & places, what did I bring home about all of this?

Well…Sigh…

It turns out that the very very first thing I did when I started my career as an artist, the renting of a studio & having my own shows there, that was my all time favorite way to play…

You get the most control…

Gallery owners like to come to your studio to see work…They are nicer when they come to you…They spend more time & energy with you when they come to you…

All your money stays in your own hands…The entire show is your decision from beginning to end…You have a nice big space to work in…You feel like a real artist…People think you are a real artist when you have a studio they can come to…

You don’t really need galleries…But they will want you…But you don’t need them…You can sell yourself…

You don’t need a contract…No one disappoints you…

The only thing is is you have got to pay the rent on a studio…It is a luxury…

I found my art really grew well when I had my own rented studio…I was banging away at huge alabaster stones…Making giant pointillist oil paintings wearing gloves & painting with my fingertips…

I felt gorgeous & alive…

I wore what I wanted to wear (which at the time were all in one catsuit jumpsuits from Malabar the dance supply warehouse)…

The bakery downstairs supplied the fresh baked cookies for my shows…

Though I probably needed to go down the path, to try all the other places, in order to know what was best, I would still stick with having my own studio shows as being the most fun of everything…

I’m not going to go into the negatives about all the other venues…

Because I just want to tell you that if you are wondering about what it’s like to show in fancy galleries, or juried shows, or co-operatives or cafes, that personally I liked having my own studio shows totally the best of everything after all is said & done…

Oh I did a whole bunch of charity shows for all sorts of different kinds of charities…(But I don’t like to talk too much about charity shows because then you lose your bonus points in heaven if you talk about all the great things you did…-My understanding is you get Christian bonus points for not telling if you did a good thing…Obviously I am still working at that!)

swan sari