Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Art Gene

My brother and another relative had a discussion at to where all the art genes in our family went. We had a couple of older aunts who were fair painters, and a cousin who is a musician . I am not sure if they were just considering drawing, painting, and sculpture or included photography, music, and dance. I am not very sure that any art ability is genetic in the first place. I mean Picasso and some of the other classic artists could have fathered (or mothered) ditch diggers instead of an heir to their art - at least the artists that were interested in women instead of young boys. I’d also read a theory that the father doesn’t pass much if anything along gene-wise. The presence of an art gene seems rather shaky.

At any rate, I don’t think the art genes, if indeed there are any, have totally abandoned my family. My brother learned the guitar, we have a cousin who is a fine musician, my father took some excellent photos, and I can draw and paint a bit. Even had a painting in a show once, though I haven’t done anything since. I wonder if it isn’t so much a genetic deficit as it is a time deficit. You have to make time for whatever art you wish to practice and I find time is in short supply, especially as I get older. I would love to sit and paint, but that just isn’t going to happen. I have even gone so far as to buy some paints, which have been baking for several years in our garage. I suspect the consistency of that paint has suffered somewhat because of the heat.

In conclusion, I would like to say I believe art isn’t dead in our family, just on hiatus. I hope that some day I will be able to retire (as if that’ll ever happen), buy some new paint, and slap it on the canvas. As kind of a bonus, I will probably be too old to see very well so that everything I paint will look great to me.

12 Comments:

At 4:16 AM, Blogger fairscape said...

PK

You could always paint a picture of the birdie at the feeder with the broken flower...

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger Becky said...

I got the art gene, but none of the talent, it's a cruel trick on me.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger crallspace said...

Get painting now!
Tomorrow could be too late.
It's now or never. My love won't wait.

I always like your poetry, at least. Quite frankly, I am an icey poetry critic, but in all honesty have enjoyed yours.

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger KyuBall said...

I agree with Crall...Poetry is art...so, the art gene didn't miss you, it just mutated to give your art side the ability to heal quickly with metal bones and 12 inch metal claws that eject out of the top of your hands...er, something.

 
At 10:01 PM, Blogger Sugarfoot said...

I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like.

You should at least dust off the ol' art genes and give painting a try. You have an eye for art judging from the photos on your blog. Perhaps take a college class, great way to explore your talents.

 
At 6:03 AM, Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Cooking, photography, poetry, writing - aren't these all forms of art? I have to agree with the others - I'm thinking this is a case of "can't see the forest for the trees"!

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger nanuk said...

Re: your delayed retirement.

By my most recent projections I can now comfortably retire at age eighty-eight, assuming I'll live only two months beyond that date.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all! I am a bit behind in chelking all the posts, got wrapped up in stuff the last two nights...

There are many art forms. Can Crall's Photos of Oregon, Jin's cakes, Sugarfoot's way cool Demo Tiki, Gnat's glass, Fairscape's poetry, and Foodcrazee's extreme Oriental cooking. Even the Blogs have become personalized artistic expression. I suspect anyone that Blogs has the "A" Chromosome buried in their make up somewhere. All right, there may not be an "A" or art chromosome, I just made that up.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger Die Muräne said...

Writing is an art as well and you definetly have it, phosgene kit!

And I just thought about cooking. Is cooking an art? I think yes.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

DM: Thanks!!

 
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