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Art: If no birds sang

“Use the talents you possess — for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best.” ~Henry Jackson Van Dyke
heron fine art ©Diane M Schuller


"trio" ©Diane M Schuller

 “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” ~Pablo Picasso
“One can do such lovely things with so little.” ~Camille Pissarro

I have been making art out of some of my photographs lately. But after I finished, I was wishing you (plural) were sitting alongside me, doing your art, and while we worked away at our art-making we could chat, embrace the natural silences, and pick up again with conversation. It wouldn’t matter what the subject may be (of our art or our conversation), but it would be pleasurable don’t you think?



 “To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive, … and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own.” ~Henry Green

autumn equine ©Diane M Schuller


the old Customs Building in Victoria, BC

the old Customs Building in Victoria, BC

“Use the talents you possess — for the woods would be silent if no birds sang but the best.” ~Henry Jackson Van Dyke


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Susan - November 15, 2013 - 11:49 am

Now that to me would be a perfect day, chatting with you while making art! And wow, you’ve certainly produced some magnificent works here! I especially love the last one…I have a thing for windows!

dinahmow - November 15, 2013 - 2:53 pm

I love the old, shuttered window.

lisa - November 15, 2013 - 5:23 pm

It truly would be wonderful, Diane, and these images are so beautiful.
Really, really magnificent work.
Have a great weekend!

Candace - November 15, 2013 - 9:24 pm

They are all so gorgeous and the textures are stunning and well-done. Very fortuitous to catch a bird on each lamp.

Laurie MacBride - November 16, 2013 - 9:47 am

Gorgeous images! I especially love the two bird photos, and the Customs building window.

Sherry Smyth - November 16, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Oh my gosh — the amazing art you have created from your photography. Photography is stand alone art. But using textures and filters to take it beyond what the eye saw originally to what it can become? Amazing. And yes, it would be such joy to sit side by side with tea or coffee, to talk, to create art and to be in that same time/space.

Michele at Sweet Leaf - November 17, 2013 - 8:21 am

Thanks for this posting, Diane. I used to be part of a wonderful Fiber Arts Group (Google Conversations in Cloth) that met monthly. I looked forward to the companionship,creativity, support, sharing, and new ideas. Another great thing about it was the problem-solving aspect. Everyone did such different things–quilters, surface design, weavers, doll-makers, art quilters, mixed media, beaders … If I was ever stuck on a certain step of a project, these ladies had 10 different ideas for how to proceed and get unstuck. Oh, how I miss that community … I haven’t quite found the equivalent online. But this post reminds me that it’s possible. Thanks!

Sherry at Still and All - November 20, 2013 - 5:06 am

Art can be such a solitary activity…wouldn’t it be so much fun to do it together, like you say? Your textured creations are so very beautiful. That horse has my heart! And Pearl too. Oh, all of them!