Friday, January 9, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things: Chisel in Hand

 "It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand."   Michelangelo


I have never seen the works of Michelangelo. Have you? I would dearly love to see his Pieta and David, or his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Heck, I just want to see Rome and that part of the world, period. Someday....

 I was first introduced to this artist in Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy. I wonder how many of you remember this novel. It was like reading one of James Michener's novels. Seven hundred pages plus and you were lost in thought for weeks at a time. Did you know that Michelangelo was also a talented poet, architect and engineer? He was truly a Renaissance man. 

Reading the above quote I also thought of the commonality of all artists (yes, YOU), the desire to create something from the heart. Whether it be with chisel, pen, pencil, paint brush, chalk, keyboard, needle, scissor, chisel, fiddle, voice, or shovel.....it makes no difference how we go about it, the goal is to create something memorable and worthwhile. And it's true, isn't it? We are more complete when we do.


HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!



Thank you Lexa Cain for hosting this blog hop!
And co-hosts: L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge  
and Katie @ TheCyborgMom


26 comments:

  1. I don't recall if I've seen anything by Michelangelo in person, but I'm familiar with much his work as well as great works of other great artists of the past. The thing is I think is that back in those times the artists had less distractions like TV and technology so they were able to focus better. I believe patience was just a part of life and not something people tried to achieve more of.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You know, it would interesting to see what would happen if all bloggers stopped TV for six months, or even a month, and maybe even limited themselves to an hour on line 5 days a day. Ooh....now there's a potential blog hop. It boggles the mind to think how much more productive we might be in our goals. Hmm.....

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  2. I've seen the works in the Sistene Chapel and they are spectacular. I just wish there hadn't been so many people there and that they hadn't pushed us through so quickly because I really wanted to stand and savor the beauty.

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    1. So if I go, maybe show up early before the crowds arrive? Is that possible? Really want to do this :)

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  3. I love your take on this celebrate the small things! Celebrating others! YAY!

    Rome is on my list, definitely. While I've lived in Europe several times throughout my life, I've never managed to make it there. I do hope to one day! The history and the antiquities!

    Keep smiling!
    LadyJai

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Nice to meet you! I guess we just have to make Rome a goal. I wonder if the American dollar is worth anything anymore overseas.

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  4. Hi Sharon .. I've seen work by Michelangelo .. really before I was registering what I should be looking at ... though I have seen David in all his glory in Florence. And recently I bought Irving Stone's Agony and the Ecstasy ... something to read ...

    Celebrate everything we create .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh my, you mean you haven't read it? You are in for a treat, Hilary, but give yourself time to read. It's long, really long.

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  5. You're absolutely right - some of us need to create and seek out any field of art where we can do that. I've been a professional singer, dancer, clothing designer, and now writer. I'm not happy if I can't create.

    I’ve taken over hosting the Celebrate the Small Things hop, and we have a new linky for 2015. (Vikki will discontinue hers shortly.) You can sign up on the new one on my blog, so hop members can see your link and continue visiting you.
    http://lexacain.blogspot.com/2015/01/celebrate-small-things.html

    Thanks!!

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  6. Wow, you really have been creative. So cool. I think it has been the experience of most of us. Also....took care of the blog boo-boo. Looks like others did too :) Thanks!

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  7. What a lovely post, Sharon. I love to paint, cook and sew. I shut the TV cable off three years ago, and haven't reconnected. I prefer internet. No regrets.

    I would love to travel. Physical restrictions hinder that but it may not be forever. I'm hopeful.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Good for you, Dixie! Would never work in my home (although I tried early in my marriage to forego the TV. Ha-ha, my husband thought he'd married an alien) . I hope you can travel again and you are healthy enough to do so. Prayers for that!

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  8. Ah yes, when the writing is going well then I'm happy - and if I can't write for any reason it feels as though there's something missing.

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    1. It always comes down to that for me too :). Thanks for stopping by, Patsy.

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  9. I've never seen Michelangelo's work in person, but the images I've seen of it are so spectacular, it would no doubt be a breathtaking experience.

    And I can definitely relate to that desire to create. Can't ever imagine living without it!

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    1. I know, we all seem to share the same desire. It's nice to belong to this community. Thanks for commenting, Heather!

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  10. I would love to visit Italy some day. If I had a bucket list, that would be on it. Great post on creativity! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, and nice to meet you! Definitely a good bucket list item, although my list is probably too long for a lifetime.

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  11. In my case, I guess my chisel is my MacBook Pro! I would love to see the Sistine Chapel someday.

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    1. Nice chisel too :). Love the new Macs out there, but my PC will have to do.

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  12. Oh it pains me to say this but I missed the special exhibit at the AGO in Toronto on his drawings. I so wanted to go but I missed this great opportunity. He was a marvel and ahead of his time just like Da Vinci

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  13. Hi Birgit. That really was a missed opportunity. Hopefully you'll have another chance someday.

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  14. I went to St Peter's when I was 17, many moons ago, but it's on my - just created - bucket list as I would love to go back with my 'mature head' on as I'm sure I would appreciate it all more :)

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  15. I think it's time to create a bucket list too. I have dreamed of seeing that part of the world. Hopefully I can afford it someday. Thanks for stopping by, Susanne.

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  16. This is a little late, but I just read your post. I find it inspiring because I'm an artist as well as a writer. I have had the good fortune to see The Sistine Chapel and The Pieta in person, but I was unable to see David. :o( The Pieta is smaller than you would think, but it's amazing. I hope that you will someday be able to make it to Italy to see all the beautiful artwork and architecture. Have a great weekend!

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  17. Hi, Kimberly. I'm so glad you visited late. I knew there were some artists/writers out there that combine their talents. Sigh....I would so like to visit Italy right now. Thanks!

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