“Walls become alive. What color is happiness? I learn to see again.”
Ese of Ese’s Voice and I decided to have some fun this week collaborating on the Weekly Photo Challenge “Color”. That’s her lovely Haiku opening this post. To see more of her work, click on this link. For my part, I’ve chosen a number of colorful photos from a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina. There, the streets are alive with wall art which, as far as I could tell, if not actually encouraged, is certainly not discouraged. In fact, many of the underground passages were decorated by local artists – such as the tiles in the photo below.
“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
Interestingly, most all of the art we saw seemed to express genuine joy, or some level of spirituality.
“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God”
While we didn’t actually see any of the artists at work, we did see some of the tools of their trade, which were pretty striking too!
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
Henry Ward Beecher
Some call it graffiti, others call it art. Here in the states you can incur a fairly significant vandalism fine if you’re caught. On the other hand, in places like New York City there is a recognition of grafitti’s artistic value, and several well known galleries are now featuring some of the most creative street artists. Remember when they said impressionists were radicals who violated the rules of painting?
Personally, I say here’s to art, wherever and whatever, by whomever. What do YOU think?
To see more colorful weekly challenge entries, go here.