First off I would like to say that the people who sit in front of computers and edit videos are very unappreciated. In order for someone to edit a video, it takes skill and is a craft.

For example, as you can see in my video it is not the best of sound quality, voice overs are not matched perfectly and I jump with the camera.

I spent hours in front a computer screen after shoot my video of a class project. The people that have mastered the craft of video editing can start and finish, in what I feel like is quicker than a blink of an eye.

Think about all of the videos we see on television, they look flawless. Everything matches perfectly, that takes practice, skills and understanding of how computers and video’s work.

If anyone thinks that editing is easy or not art, then I challenge them to shoot a video on their own, then edit the video and then share it.

It sounds easy in theory, but after having done it first hand, i now have a greater appreciation for the artists that takes pieces of films and turns them into shows, movies, commercial, etc.

Over the semester I have been to concerts, galleries, tattoo shops and just talked to artist on campus. What I have learned is that everyone can be an artist if they want.

Some people can look at something and re-create it on paper, on flesh, on canvas, and with clay. Other people can make images pop off of walls with spray paint. And then there is people like me that melts Crayons together to make a rainbow.

People look at art through music, writing songs and then playing them. Some people can write poetry and books, telling stories that they made up off the top of their head. That is art to them.

I have seen people in Johnson City create people on computers, edit videos in seconds. To them that is their art.

The point here is art is everywhere, anything, and anyone can do it. Artists might not agree completely, but for the most part, one of the things that I have seen is artists just like to express them selves. Passing judgment is not one of their characteristics.

Crafting to make Art

This is what I call Crayon Art, also a really good stress reliever. How many people out there get mad, sad, happy, excited or some other emotion that makes you want to do something?

Doing art is a good way to take time for yourself. Grab a piece of paper and doodle, paint something on a rock; make a pet. Its not something that you have to go out and show the world but art that you can enjoy for yourself.

If you like to play with fire then start melting things, like I did here with Crayon’s. I was angry one night so I glued some Crayons to a canvas and used a hair dryer to make them run.

When I was done with my art, I sat it in my living room so that when I look at it, all I see is beautiful colors and I smile. Art does that sometimes.

My favorite form of art is photography. Everything can be captured with a click of a button and a flash of a light. Photographs can capture moments when they meant to be captured.

How many times have you wanted to re-live a moment, then you look at a picture and you get to re-visit your memory again. If it wasn’t for photographs people would not know the damage of warfare while at home. We would not be able to travel through books to countries or to outer space.

Photograph is an art from that keeps history alive and people together, memories alive and stories to still be told. Think about all of the great times you have had in your life, the ones with and with out photos.

Now, look back at the times that you had a camera and how it is easy for you remember that moment and how much that photo means to you. Then, think about all of the times that you wish you had a photo of a time in your life. See the difference?

Art in photos are memories people have made. They are the things people have accomplished. But the good thing about living in the world we live in today is that cell phones can allow everyone to a photographer and never miss another moment. Unless your phone dies.

 

 

Last year, 3,000 people attend the Urban Art Throwdown at the Blue Plum Art and Music Festival to watch artist work while music played in the background. Graffiti artist competed for $750. This year, artist will be competing for $1,000, so the stakes are higher.

Eva Hunter says that the throwdown is so much fun to watch and it educates the public on urban art.

The throwdown is sponsored  by Mellow Mushroom. It is helping to raise awareness toward graffiti and the difference between it and urban art.

Anyone can attend Blue Plum and The Urban Art Throwdown. You can enjoy food, drinks and local art while listening to live music. The festival attracts people from all over the region, this way everyone can experience the new urban cultural.

The difference between graffiti and art is permission.

When you are driving through Johnson City and you look under the bridges, on the side of buildings and dumpsters most of the time there are random words and pictures. That is graffiti, someone did not have permission to put it there.

Now, behind Nelson Fine Art there is a colorful piece of art that says Nelson Fine Art. It looks like graffiti because of the block letters, but that is art, urban art. The artist was giving permission by Dick Nelson, the owner, to do the piece.

When someone doesn’t receive permission to spray paint a building or something it is then defacing property, that means it is illegal. So why do so many people deface property.

A lot of time the people doing graffiti are teenagers and are looking for attention. And a lot of the times these teenagers are not very good artist, they just want to doodle.

Ask permission if you are an artists, that way you have art work and not graffiti.

Writing on the Rocks

Is this art? It could be as well as a graphic diary. People from all over that visit this mountain in Georgia, write something on the rocks. It’s almost like they are making history.
This might not mean a whole lot to people, but it does mean something to others. And art is that, art isn’t for every one but not everyone’s art is their art

Here in Johnson City, the campaign, Keep America Beautiful has become a part of the community. Not just with graffiti, but with recycling, planting trees, The Great American Clean Up, and helping to perserve old buildings.

http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/jul/18/keep-johnson-city-beautiful-helps-ktnb-keep-streak-ar-1179923/

This website explains all about what Tennessee is doing to keep Johnson City Beautiful.

What is something that you are doing to keep Johnson City Beautiful?

Look at it this way, if one person planted a tree or a flower, or picked up trash on the side of the road, would your community look better. Personally, I feel like people might take more pride in there homes, it could increase the property value of their homes and buildings. Taking pride in something like yards and gardens put off a positive image for towns and countys.

 

Here in Johnson City, the campaign, Keep America Beautiful has become a part of the community. Not just with graffiti, but with recycling, planting trees, The Great American Clean Up, and helping to perserve old buildings.

http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/jul/18/keep-johnson-city-beautiful-helps-ktnb-keep-streak-ar-1179923/

This website explains all about what Tennessee is doing to keep Johnson City Beautiful.

What is something that you are doing to keep Johnson City Beautiful?

Look at it this way, if one person planted a tree or a flower, or picked up trash on the side of the road, would your community look better. Personally, I feel like people might take more pride in there homes, it could increase the property value of their homes and buildings. Taking pride in something like yards and gardens put off a positive image for towns and countys.

 

In like most cities there are people that think painting graffiti on buildings is a fun, when really it hurts. The buildings in Johnson city are beautiful the way they are, so why is there the need to spray them of all. Well, one group is doing there best to keep the graffiti to a miniumum and using the people that are caught tagging to better beneift Johnson City.

Graffiti hurts is a program that takes kids that are caught tagging and makes them clean up thier graffiti. After, these kids or taggers are put into a program that lets them paint on buildings with premission. Some of these kids are even helped and sent to art school, using thier talents for a greater good.

This website is sponsored by Blue Plum and highlights Graffiti Hurts on June 1 and 2

http://www.blueplum.org/index.php?id=42