E.T.s bringing in the oxygen sucking machines

My fellow Americans, stop wasting ammo. When this happens the rest of the world will be depending on us to kill the E.T.s

Anyone can do art.

Art can be a discipline, therapy or just for fun depending on your needs.

If you really want to get into doing art, the more skill you get the better. It’s like playing a musical instrument. You have to spend a lot of time practicing but anyone can pick up an instrument at any time in their life and if they live long enough to keep practicing they can see an improvement and possibly even master it. It’s not something an artist is born with. To think that is to ignore the time the artist has actually worked on it.

But not every artist wants the discipline. And they don’t have to have it in today’s art world. Self expression is valued even more highly than skill.

A lot of people just need to distract their minds from a problem and art can help with that. If you have some fun doing something with paint, that’s a couple hours that your brain took a break from whatever is eating you. What if you’re stuck at home and you’re tired of Netflix? What if you’re stuck at home with a tyrant and you can’t escape to your job like before? What if you have to home school your kids and you don’t know how to teach? Art will help in all of those situations. Any art, any project.

Art as therapy:

I wasn’t always sane, but now I am. I can’t say for sure how I got my mental health because there might be more than one reason but I think art helped. It didn’t happen suddenly. I didn’t get my head shrunk or take meds for it.

And simply not dying might have helped. Like the cliche, Time heals all wounds. That’s why I tell young artists who are suffering to stay alive. If I lived long enough to enjoy my retirement you can too.

This art therapy project:

First, think of the thing that bugs you the most. Do a rough illustration of it (stick figures or blobs will work for this). For me, the thing annoying me is the global pandemic so I threw some yellow watercolors down on the paper and then scribbled in some red lines with my Inktense pencils to make rough corona virus waves and hot spots. If I didn’t tell you my E.T.s started out as corona viruses would you have recognized it from the pictures on TV?

You can do corona viruses too or some other subject.

Second step, Think of something much worse than the original problem and add that thing into your picture. Like, what if those yellow dots with red lines aren’t corona viruses? What if they’re aliens coming to rob us of our air?

It could happen. Then we’d feel nostalgic for the days when all they talked about was the virus because suddenly they forgot all about the virus and then it would be E.T.s 24/7 on the news and our president might not be able to strike a deal with them.

Third step, Put the more scary thought’s picture in the brains of 100 people on your blog. Now 100 people will have a new perspective on corona. It’s possible to live through the pandemic without ever getting sick but impossible to live without our atmosphere.

We have a lot of brave guys who would volunteer to fly up there and destroy the oxygen sucking machines and kill the E.T.s. They’re going to need bullets and bombs.

That’s today’s art therapy project. I’ll leave it to the mental health professionals to explain how that made me feel better.

It’s raining again. I’ll go back out to draw in plein air as soon as the weather clears up.

16 thoughts on “E.T.s bringing in the oxygen sucking machines”

  1. I suppose it all depends what art is if we say that anyone can do it. You have practiced and are schooled for it and have practiced and tried and have thought about it and spend time, money and effort on it.

    But so much is now included in ‘art’ that, the way it is described, anyone can do it now. I am frosted, myself, with the vast increase in the art generally described as ‘mixed media’: substances put together and presented as art, sometimes with near-incomprehensible statements. Paintings with nothing on the canvas but paint. I could go on.

    As much as I am for the democratization of everything, I think art and poetry are in their own categories. Their real practitioners are both gifted and technically proficient.

    Glad you are back to stir my morning brain waves!


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    1. Oh yeah, I feel the same about canvases with paint slapped on and no thought showing, and art statements that are incomprehensible are so annoying, and fake. Those “artists” have a reason why they want to confuse people. There are a lot of posers taking advantage of credulous curators, con men in the art world.

      I like primitives though and I think you do too. And self taught artists and craftsmen who don’t know the rules of the academy but have passion and inspiration that I can see in their art. I can’t say, no that’s not art and be sure of my decision. And the experts could disagree with me on things like abstract expressionism, where to draw the line, because that’s one of those styles that I’m unsure of in some cases.

      You have to go with your gut feelings on this one. You know the art world better than I do.

      I’m all for people under stress to have the healing experience that art can give. It’s a place to start to get into art too.

      As you probably know, I gave up showing my work in real life because I don’t want any more to do with that corruption in the art world. It’s fubar from the top to the bottom, nothing I can do about it except complain on my blog or another blog. But I also think that eventually the public at large will completely reject the art world, tax payer money will get cut off, artists will stop paying into the system. It will be devastating for a lot of artists but not me or other skilled “amateurs.” But I prefer to call myself an amateur when I see what the “professionals” put out there. And I am in fact doing art just for the love of it which is the real meaning of the word amateur. Then maybe there’s a chance when a rebirth happens, and it will, the art world will stay honest for a little while, without the giant egos who have nothing to back it up, and without the big bucks going to con men. I’m not psychic, but I trust my intuition on it. The general public is alienated from the ivory towers. And the art establishment can’t see why.

      Thanks for your thoughts and the conversation about art, as always, Sarah.

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    2. I agree, Sarah. There’s a difference between skilled and gifted. If I practiced for the rest of my life, I might be able to play some simple tunes on the piano, but I’ll never play a concerto. I have no finger dexterity. Were I tone-deaf, I might not be able to play “Chopsticks.” Ditto with poetry. I wrote a lot of it many moons ago, and it was above-average compared with that of my fellow students, but I could never touch a gifted poet’s work. I believe that true artists are born, not made.

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  2. What a great prompt! I’ve done similar things with my writing. Once a bad experience at the DMV turned into a short story, and a scary experience with tests turned into three terror haikus. I never thought of doing something similar with art, but I’m sure going to try it.

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    1. Great! The story from DMV and the terror haikus sound like a real inspiration! They were just talking on the news about an online art therapy class starting up here. I’m glad to hear you can relate to it. Authors have that creative spark and it can be channeled into another art form, like I can write, kinda. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. I agree with what you say, in the main.

    I think very highly of those artisans – in any medium – who hone their art. People who paint and sculpt because they want to say something whether they have or have not been trained: I find this moving from the Rock caves onwards.

    But, when you have art become a commodity for harboring money; when you have artists who have made the big time for reasons that don’t have to do with their skill, this corruption I don’t think is going away simply because so many people earn their living in this complex. And so much money is wrapped up in this.


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    1. Yeah, it’s complicated, and big dirty money is being laundered in the art world. I still have hope for it to end. I might not live to see it though. It might take a serious social and economic upheaval across the world for that to happen. These are dangerous times. I read some predictions of doom and can’t tell who is right about it. When the pandemic is over we’ll probably go back to the old normal, but maybe we could see some big changes because of it. Thanks for your take on the situation.

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  4. That’s an interesting approach to expressive art! It definitely can be a useful therapy at times. Whenever I take my frustrations out in art, I just end up with muddy messes of ruined watercolor paper or ugly canvases. I guess that’s part of the process, too. I hope your weather clears up soon so you can get back outside to your plein air painting. Our weather here is nice today. I might take some watercolors and play outside.

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    1. Thanks about the art therapy project. I sure haven’t mastered watercolors either. Don’t worry about mud. My attempts get tossed eventually. Sometimes I can use the back of the paper for testing colors. It would be great if we could wash the color off and reuse the paper. I need to keep practicing. And if it gets frustrating, do something else and go back to it later.
      We have more rain coming today. Enjoy your outdoor watercoloring!

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      1. I’ve been making some changes to how I approach watercolor so right now it is FUN! Not sure how long that will last, but I’m enjoying it immensely at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you’ll begin seeing some improvement as I continue posting watercolors on my blog. Oh, I do often wash off one of my messy old watercolors, dry the paper, and mess it up again. I guess that’s part of my “art therapy” LOL… ’cause it feels so good to see that mess of color go down the drain.

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