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Jewels in the Water

Smooth Rocks from Lake Superior

Smooth rocks from Lake Superior carved by the waves of that powerful water.  A crystal clear cold water, always causes a little shiver to run through my body when I dig my toes into the sand and pebbles that line it’s shore.  That water is so powerful it naturally tumbles...
Crash Greyling by Christine Alfery

What a Shame

Copy – Sameness – Universal There are places within art theory and discourse form where the words “copy” and “sameness” appear. I have been reading a book called “Pattern and Decoration” that outlines that perhaps these ideas could fit into art theory and discourse.  The idea is that many crafts...
Spirit Of The Land by Christine Alfery
Size: 14 x 14
Media: Watercolor on paper

Take me Home, ToTo

Put on your ruby slippers, click the heels together, close your eyes and make a wish.  Take me home ToTo. The Journey Series.  Christine Alfery  Life is a journey. It’s full of ups and downs.  I frequently describe it as a roller coaster ride.  We are in it for the...

Free from Limits

Art is an idea that should be LIMITED by NOTHING at all.  It’s an idea that is filled with freedom and creativity. Art is an idea, an idea that comes from an artist’s mind which should never be fenced in or caged.  An artist’s mind needs to be free.
Rocks, Rocks and More Rocks 14×14, Watermedia on Watercolor paper

Fluid, Flow, Freedom

I think the hardest thing to do as a person and as an artist is to understand yourself and your soul. It’s hard to truly understand who you are, instead of what someone else thinks you should be, or what they think you are.  How someone else thinks an artist...
Dragon Kite

The Majestic Pine and the Squirrel

I watched a squirrel this morning as she climbed almost to the top of the tallest pine tree in our woods.  The pine is a very stately tree that has survived windstorms, tornadoes, heavy wet snows, and freezing rains.  Freezing rains and heavy wet snows are the worst.  Freezing rain,...

Sameness is Universalness

I have never wanted to be like another. So, when I began thinking about just what was the concept of universalness, I was surprised to come to the conclusion that sameness and universalness are the same thing.   I used to think about universalness in this way, through my faith.  We...
Falling Water Spirits

Finding Meaning

Life is full of the known and unknown. What could be more exciting than a life that is filled with ups and downs, the knowns and unknowns, and finding a meaning for your life and then following it. It makes no difference if your meaning  isn’t like what others are...
Never Look Back

Just What is an Artist?

I believe an artist is never just one of the sheep in a herd of sheep. An artist should never feel that they are one in many but rather, they are one within themselves. They should know they are an individual, unique and one of a kind.  If artists don’t...
The Healer

Getting Back to Unique

Aesthetic – the word aesthetic throughout art history has been highly debated because the meaning behind the word was beauty.  The question became, whose beauty. Which beauty was the most beautiful? In the 60’s, artists presented anything but a uniform understanding of aesthetic.  There was never the most beautiful –...
Sisyphus-On-The-Beach-Sarasota by Christine Alfery

Arts Value Part 3

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true and true science.  Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.”  -Albert Einstein...
Swing by Christine Alfery

Is Objectivity in Art Possible?

Is Objectivity in Art Possible?   Can we eliminate all the senses and ever look at art objectively?  What is objective thought? Isn’t objective thought based on theoretical rules that have formed a truth?  Like 3-4=1? But then who makes up the rules? Who creates the theory that becomes a...
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