Hi Friends and welcome back to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 where we are given 4 questions each week to ponder and answer. It also gives you a chance to see how other Bloggers feel about things and an opportunity to make new friends.
This week we are talking about art.
1. Are you artistic in any way and if so, how so? Knitting, crochet, drawing, painting, writing lovely word art, home décor, lovely meals? There are many ways to be artistic.
I've never considered myself an artist as in painting or drawing. I do however use my hands in other ways that I enjoy such as knitting, crocheting, sewing, a bit of home decor. Oh and don't let me forget photography. I also like to cook but only from time to time. I took up many of these activities out of necessity or boredom rather than having a great affinity for them.
2. Does any art hang on your walls or grace your tables or shelves at home? How about your front door or windows. What about your yard?
I have a number of art works on my wall, some of which are unique: African women carrying baskets on their heads (done in cloth and framed), a detailed black and white print of a drawing of a Navajo couple in a wagon. It was done by an American artist who had lived amongst the Navajo peoples for many years. I have another framed print of a North American Indian on horseback set in the old west days, a carved West Coast painting in wood (a gift) and a very special piece called "birch bark" biting done by a woman who is now passed. Birch bark bitings usually depict insects or designs in nature and are made by folding the birch bark and biting into it until you have a design. This kind of work is extremely rare and I feel blessed to have such a piece. I'm finding the natural light is already much reduced since the heat of the summer has ended and I've taken these photos very late at night so my apologies for the quality of them.
|African women with baskets|
|Birch bark biting with floral design|
|Print of a detailed pencil drawing|
3. Do you have a favorite artist or artists and do you have a favorite piece of art?
I have favourite artists who are well known and long gone such as Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. I also like Gustav Klimpt for the use of gold leaf in some of his works (The Kiss, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer). I love the works of these famous artists and others but in my own home my favourite piece is the Birch Bark Biting I have.
|Woman with a Parasol, Monet|
|The Kiss, Gustav Klimpt|
|Cafe Terrace at Night, Van Gogh|
4. Home décor can be art. When you bought things for your home did you plan out the décor or did it all just fall together. Was there a theme?