The Rogue Speaks:
Several months ago, we received an invitation to a party at the home of a couple who are a little more than acquaintances, but not really friends. They are a nice, cheerful couple, and we have gone out to dinner with them a few times in the past.
I declined their invitation, even though I knew the food would be fabulous. The reason I declined is that they had a guest of honor--a fellow who is running for the U.S. Congress, against a person whom I helped vote into office last time around. He was expecting a donation for his war chest. I have a firm and fast rule about NOT discussing politics or religion with anyone who is not either an artist friend, or someone who views life the way I do, and I have an even firmer rule about giving money to people who don't need it to put food on their tables, or clothes on their backs. People seem to have become pretty vicious about politics these days, and I don't need that meanness in my life. It destroys my creative spirit, and makes me want to slap that meanness right out of those vicious folks.
I have found that when a certain brand of politician is voted into office, the muses suffer. Art and music programs are dropped from the schools, and grants for non-profit art organizations seem to just go up in smoke. Young people NEED the arts in their lives in order to become well-rounded adults. We had art and music classes in school when I was a kid, and I still remember just how interesting and fun they were. I cannot say that those classes made me normal by any stretch of the imagination, but I do feel that I am well-rounded, and not from eating pizza, either.
If you are not an artist, and you are reading this just because you are a friend, and if you have children or grandchildren in a school without an art program, don't despair! Your progeny can still reap the benefit of having art in their lives. On the right side of my blog is a spot labeled "links." Click on the link for Toscana Studio and Gallery, and you will find wonderful classes for not only children, but adults as well, and if you happen to live somewhere other than here, please check out your town's art galleries and museums. They just may offer classes, too.
Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life."
Our lives have become pretty dusty these days, and not only from greenhouse gas emissions, and oil spills, or fights over who can build what where, and which religions are excluded from our Constitutional amendments. All the dirt that the politicians are throwing around is polluting our souls, and making us sick at heart and unhappy with the state of affairs. Do something healthy for yourself--make art a part of your everyday life, and see just how much better you feel.
If you thought that this post was going to be about the mating rituals of artists and politicians, so sorry to disappoint you. I’m off to the polls—maybe I’ll see you there