I am sure I am not alone in thinking there are some paintings in galleries throughout the world that I could have done with my eyes shut! I am not anti-art or without an interest in these things, but I wonder what criteria makes some art works GREAT and some just, ordinary.
I have watched shows on art fraud where even the specialists in the field find it difficult to pick out the fake. If I had a fake painting hanging on my wall (and didn’t know it was fake) would I enjoy it any less than the real thing?
Then there are the plethora of prints of original works. I support the concept that artists should be paid for their creations, however, why would I buy the original for $5,000 when I could have a beautifully framed print of the same for $200.00 maximum.
Can you pick the originals in my slide show?
What are your thoughts on the $ value of art?
I wrote a poem this morning as part of the writing course I am doing.
It just so happens that my school experience links with this week’s photo challenge. As it is a PHOTO challenge, I have chosen an old school photo to match the theme. I really DID feel abandoned on that day. It didn’t take long to get used to school, but I still didn’t enjoy it. I have only learned the joy of studying in recent years 🙂
I didn’t like school at all!
Mum left me in a big room
Boys, girls, Sister Kevin
I struck out in fear
I had to stay – Mum left me
Boys, girls, lunch boxes
The stale smell of unwashed flannels
Banana sandwiches every-day
Awful warm milk at playtime
Spelling is fun h I p p o p o t o m u s
Cuisenaire blocks – to add up and take away
A prize for top of the class
Maybe school is OK
Latin Mass, First Communion
Rosary beads, confession, and penance
The smell of incense
Not at Mass? Line up for the strap
Decades have come and gone
Back to the same church
This time it is saying goodbye
To my loved ones and to my past