Monday, September 8, 2014

What is Art

Doesn't this look like a chevron pattern?
Wayne and I are avid movie watchers and collectors.
This is just a bit of our DVD collection.
I just had to take a photo to share that you can find inspiration in anything.

I have a bit of a….not sure if I want to call it a rant, but some may consider it that.
Before I begin, I just want to say that most of the comments I receive on my YouTube and on my blog are all so positive. They put a smile on my face and warmth in my heart…they really do.
But maybe 2% of my comments are negative.
When I get a negative comment, I just brush it off.
Or sometimes I will ask the poster, what they meant by that comment. Because we all know that words typed out can be perceived differently then they were meant to be.

I received a comment on "My Copic Markers and how I store them" video.
Here was the comment:
"Wow. All these stampers on youtube and wasting money on copics. Stamping is not an art so get out of her. Stamping shows you have no artistic ability so you rely on ink and print to do something."

They went on to say how we are not artists as Di Vinci and such didn't use stamps.
We are wasting our time and money on these markers as they were meant for artists, not for us stampers.

I left a really good response, but when I went back to copy their comment and my reply they were both deleted.
I only got to copy the small part of their comment as it was still in my e-mail.
Here is my response … or at least as close as I remember replying as it was deleted as well.

"I have never claimed to be an artist for one thing.
But, Who are you to say what is art and who is an artist.
What is an artist?
Someone who can draw, paint, sculpt, quilt, work with wood or a doll maker.
Are these not artists?
How do you know I don't do some or all of these?
What about the colourists that colour the drawn images at Disney, I would consider them artists.
Have you not seen how beautiful some of these stamped images are coloured? Have you not noticed how much detail is in the shading.
On another note, who are you to judge us crafters on what we spend our money on?
I say if it gives us pleasure or joy, and no one gets hurt, all the power to us."

So my question to you, all my Crafty Friends, what do you consider to be art or an artist.

And now to give you a smile.
The wonderful life of our kitty Luna ;)

Hope you all had a crafty and artistic Day :)

Tracy :)


  1. Some people have nothing better to do with their time than to leave negative comments. I never said I was an artist either but people will leave negative comments for me as well.

    I love your work and its inspiring.

  2. Although I do love scrapbooking and such, I've never really considered it an art form either. I tend to keep my crafting separate from my more art-like activities(sculpting, painting, costuming, etc). This is because I do art with a different mind set, while crafting for me is more of a way of journaling/ preserving memories in a cute way, but I guess it's different for everyone. Plus, who's to say copics are only for drawing. That's dumb. No matter how expensive they are just markers at the end of the day.

  3. I like that you can find inspiration in anything :) as for what I think is an artist, I guess I've never really thought about it. That commenter must have re- thought what they said if they deleted the comment!! Love your Luna, so pretty :)

  4. so sorry for the bad comment. i think some people just love being rude! great response though

  5. I am sure that there are people who spend their days, just looking to put people down and leave these absurd remarks on peoples blogs and such. What a really sad life they must live. I love your response and any comments that come up like this I would just delete, they are not worth the time or the effort. Love the picture of Luna and so happy she has settled in with you all :-)

  6. I feel bad for these negative people. They need a lesson in "promote what you love, instead of bashing what you hate". They'd be much happier. :-)

  7. Trolls! These internet bullies really need to get a life!

  8. I cannot believe someone wrote such a negative comment on your blog. How rude!

  9. It's such a shame that people feel empowered by hiding behind the anonymity the internet provides. So glad that you are able to shrug off any unkind remarks, but I wouldn't expect anything less from you, Tracy! Yup, art is everywhere, being created by everyone, self-proclaimed artist or not, and it makes me happy! :)

  10. I'm so sorry someone left such a rude comment. I love your response though, it was so well thought out and very clear and calm and fabulous! I hope the person who commented saw it and realized how rude their comment to you was.

    Now I have to think about what and who I think an artist is. But I do think art is anything anyone I guess an artist is anyone who does the creating!


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