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my name is lary kennedy...

i decided to sell my house and belongings, buy an Rv and hit the road...

my dog wolf and i will be going on an adventure of a lifetime, letting the wind decide our direction...

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national gallery of art…

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day ninety nine


the arts… ahh yes the arts… when i was old enough to conceptualize, or at least pretend i could conceptualize art i assumed it was necessary to take on an air of snobbish acceptance and affected understanding of all things considered artistic…  i remember thinking that the aristocrats where the ones who understood art… the rich, elite and creative had the inside track when it came to interpreting the classics… whatever that meant… what was considered a classic… what made it so… being from a farming community in the midwest it was doubtful i could ever appreciate a monet, manet, van gough, mattisse, or even an andy warholl…  whoever these people were… my exposure to painting was very limited… i could barely even draw a tree… i could and still can draw a round sun with the straight rays coming out of it… thats pretty much the extent of my artistic ability… i remember seeing some ads in magazines my parents had that would show an intricate pencil drawing of a horse… the ads promised that after attending their college i could draw figures such as these… i could even go on to become a world renowned artist… cool i thought… id love to be able to do that…

 i actually applied to that school when i was about 12… i applied to a lot of different schools around that same time… all you had to do was fill out the enrollment forms located in the backs of the magazines, mail in the pre payed postage postcards and wait for a representative to contact you… i dont recall anyone ever getting in contact with me from the art institute…  i did have to send in a drawing  of my choice… i sent in my sun drawing… im sure they felt no matter how much cash i had i was a lost cause….   i did however get a response from an airline company… they sent me a letter telling me they were going to be in my area on the 16th of sept at approx 4 pm and that they would stop by my house for a quick interview/get to know you session… i threw the letter away… i was 12 for gods sake… i was way too young to even be considering a job… i forgot all about it till one day in september i heard the doorbell ring and my mother answer the door… the man introduced himself and asked for lary kennedy… i knew he was from the airline as he stated he was and as my mother went to get my father whos name is also larry kennedy, i snuck out the back door and ran for the hills…  damn i knew i was gonna be in trouble… i had lied on the enrollment form indicating i was 18 and graduating from high school… i hid out in the fields till i knew he was about to leave… i could hear my mother apologizing all over the place… the rep said oh no worries i had other people i needed to see in the area … no worries… 

when i finally walked back into the house my mother was furious… my poor mother had no sense of humor… too bad, she missed out on a ton of funny stuff… anyway i was punished… my parents took away my privilege of wearing colored fingernail polish…  ouch…  i believe that because of being denied of a color palette at a young age it stunted all my creative urge/instincts to paint… what a shame… i could have been a rembrandt… rembrandt kennedy… 

as i grew older and wiser i realized that art is art…  that art is subjective and can only be interpreted by our own individual eyes… that while art may strike an emotional chord that strikes many others in the same way , art is truly appreciated by the single viewer… art has the ability to invoke emotions, to describe beauty, to display harmony, to explain discord, to confuse the senses, to create controversy, to unite a nation… some art is self explanatory, some needs great description to understand, some is just out right incomprehensible … yet who am i to evaluate art… i have no art degrees… i have done a few tours of some of the famous impressionist painting that gave me a deeper understanding of what the artist was thinking at the time… some of the events of his/her life that shaped the way they looked at the world… it was cool to get an insight of who they were as people and what they were dealing with as they sat and exposed their inner thoughts and feelings with the world… how they bare their souls for all to see… this is what i feel when i look at paintings… the masterpieces that call out to me are the ones where the artist has barred his soul… has shared his view on life… has shone  a light on the pain, heartache, joys and accomplishments hes lived… the ones where the artist has let me in to his life if only for the briefest of moments… 

i have in my lifetime seen a lot of reproductions of many great pieces of art… i have had the privilege recently of seeing some of these amazing pieces up close and personal… it does not take an art critic, nor a masters degree in art history, nor any knowledge of whos work of art you are viewing to recognize the quality of what you are seeing… some pieces may invoke emotions while others leave you cold… once i looked at art in this manner i started viewing these magnificent pieces of human expression from my perspective… it was only then that i could truly see the beauty that was in front of me…


today’s “must have” fun facts…

Art history spans the entire history of humankind, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century. Whether you like to observe caveman paintings or Botticelli angels, you can find visual arts that challenge your creative side and inspire you to find beauty in manmade forms. 




In modern times, art history has emerged as a discipline that specializes in teaching people how to evaluate and interpret works of art based on their own perspective. Art history has frequently been criticized for its subjectivity because the definition of what is beautiful varies from individual to individual. Learning to evaluate what you see by building on the art forms you already know can develop your aesthetic understanding. 





Claude Monet once said, “It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” 





In keeping with Monet, consider how to observe as many works of art as possible. You will develop a sense of your favorite styles and time periods, and you will be able to use the vocabulary of art to discuss your appreciation of art with others. If you love Botticelli, you will be able to recognize the theme he chooses for each painting and which symbols and figures he uses most often during the Renaissance. 





Combining exposure to art history with the desire to foster art appreciation in others represents a happy medium. The art teacher or art historian can inspire you with a survey of the many time periods in art history. For example, you can become a huge fan of the Renaissance because, like the French, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish masters, you share the same desire to reconcile humanism with human religion. 





Art history requires you to study and describe what you see in terms of the design elements of line, shape, color, value, and texture. Once you write a response to one work of art, you can compare it to another work of art. An alternative is to make comparisons and contrasts between artists and their artistic works with the mind’s eye. As you explore the fascinating world of art, a beautiful collection of thousands of years of human experience, you will want to travel farther from your home to see works of art in person. 





The great thing about the Internet is that the world’s art repositories bring famous works of visual art to you through online exhibitions and virtual tours. However you decide to develop your sense of art history and appreciation, look for every opportunity to enrich your life with paintings, prints, mixed media, sculpture, and drawings. 





Don’t forget to share your art appreciation with others because art makes every ordinary life just a little bit more exquisite! 

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national gallery of art

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smithsonian national gallery of art

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smithsonian national gallery of art…

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