“There are some very good interpretations of art listed in the above comments, however, rather than ask myself what is art, I ask; what isn’t art?

Where do we draw the line or do we even have to draw a line? Is it truly art when a person takes a photograph of the mess in their bedroom?”-Friday Philosopher

Ok… so this topic is so totally my bag. I spend the majority of my life dedicated to creating art, enjoying art, or supporting someone who is both creating and enjoying art. So to ask myself this question really pulls me back to my core self.

Why do I care about this thing that seems so undefinable and so intangible, and yet so incredibly moving and something that expresses so much about not only a person, but all of society as a whole?

I asked my friend Lama Tenzin Dhonden, a Tibetan man who chose to join the Buddhist monastery at the age of 9, what the definition of art was. And he smiled and replied to me that art was simply a tangible expression of you.

“It is you,” he said. “It is your essence in material form.”

This struck me as incredibly profound. It’s like your insides turned out. Then I began to inquire a little more about the Buddhist traditions in art. Lama T told me that art is a very important part of the Buddhist culture. The art itself, as well as the process in which the art is created, have huge symbolic meanings to the people who practice this ancient faith. The art projects are also used as tools of teaching and ways to instigate further self-exploration and find a deeper understanding of the teachings.

Now, not being a Buddhist myself, I knew nothing about this type of practice and was very unfamiliar with any style of Buddhist art. So, Lama T continued to explain:

Since the Buddhists believe that it is our attachments (to material things, results or effects in the world, emotions and even our physical forms) that stop us from being fully present and joyful, the art and the rituals surrounding the art represent the letting go of all that you create.

So, they carve sculptures out of butter. They hike the tallest mountain to obtain sand, bring it back down the mountain, create paintings using the sand, and when they have finished they pour the sand and the painting into a bottle and throw it out to sea.

In the Buddhist culture, it’s the process of creating the work that is the true art form. The result of what is created is used as a tool to understand the process of letting go of attachments. The true purpose of art, in this culture, is to understand oneself and one’s own reality on a deeper level. This speaks to what a lot of you were saying about everything in life being art.

I thought this was beautiful. Way way way over my head, but beautiful.

I think my own personal and honest definition of art falls somewhere in the middle. I believe the process of creating is one of the most incredibly challenging, exciting and invigorating processes possible; I seek to go further and deeper with it always.

I also believe that art is meant to move, inspire, communicate, and resonate.

I am not Buddhist and I am not yet enlightened; I’m still attached to things. I rely on the things around me for inspiration and encouragement. I look to a painting to spark clarity and I feel sadness when I lose the opportunity to experience these things.

I think it is interesting that I want to put rules around what is or is not art. In truth, there is a difference for me between a tree in nature and a Rodin sculpture. I recognize this as a confusion of mine because I see how, realistically, we are always creating that which we see. This is the reason my “blue” is different than yours. So ultimately everything we see is our own creation and therefore everything we see is art. But is feels different when the intention is to capture an emotion and encapsulate it into a translatable experience for someone else to try on and learn from.

So I guess, after this long winded entry, I would say art is the communication of my emotional experiences and my internal being. It is married with intention to share and a deliberate focus on singular emotional experiences expressed in a way that is intended to evoke another singular emotional experience; thereby, encouraging you to feel what I feel in your own way.

This spawns the recognition that the thought of segregation and separatism is delusional. We are all humans, experiencing totally different worlds in completely identical realms.

Whoa, Heady! I have no idea of this made sense. Thoughts?


Add yours Comments – 45

  • taylor nikole

    on September 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    awww yay friday is amazzingg 🙂

    art does move and inspire, no matter the art form.

    ‘thereby, encouraging you to feel what I feel in your own way.”

    taking your art and putting it in our own perspective? not exactly perspective, but taking your art and not just trying to analyze your feelings while creating the art, but create our own?
    now im confusing myself.

    In a way I guess I can relate… when people look at my photos or whatnot I don’t want a compliment, but my ‘audience’ to understand me through my art.
    its my expression without words, and my pictures aren’t worth, but speak a thousand words…. if one takes the time to understand of think.
    but how can they understand my art if they don’t have their own opinion or feeling of the piece first?

    I guess it kinda goes to the fact that you have to learn about yourself first to be able to learn about others.

    thats why I think art is important… Its a self exploration, a self evaluation and a self expression.

    I’m always pondering over whether we create art for the benefit of others or ourselves… and i think it is:

    that sure we create to inspire and please… or we tell ourselves, but ultimately who do we really create art for? and my answer is… ourselves…
    in a way its our way of finding ourselves and making ourselves content….
    and we first need to do that to be able to please others.

    and totally flipping the script here….
    ” I rely on the things around me for inspiration and encouragement.”

    So do I…. I’ve tried to search deep inside myself for encouragment and not be so dependent on others (in general)
    but it seems like, even after all that searching… my courage that i dig up is based on things around me… past or present. It almost seems inevitable to search for ‘real things’ and a problem to be able to just bring out the feeling of courage without trouble, and naturally.
    bahhh i have no clue if im actually making sense hahah

    as for photography… i do look to my surroundings for inspiration, but i also bring out my own creativity and vision in hopes of making my picture more interesting…
    afterall you can’t snapshot the pictures you form in your mind… but you can paint them

    haha i really went off on a tangent, but its due to lack of sleep… i swear 🙂

  • taylor nikole

    on September 10, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    “Whoa, Heady! I have no idea of this made sense. Thoughts?”
    by the way we are on the same boat,
    but i think yours makes more sense then mine (trust me on this one).

  • Jendi

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Okay this will be fast as am on phone but I’m waiting for a plane and I have had a crap day at work, I screwed up others let me down and it got me thinking about all this art talk and what art meant to me….

    So here goes

    Art to me is a balance, it balances my mind and my body and my perceptions! Its a balance because in challenges a part of me that running or work or family or friends can not challenge or touch! Its hard to explain infact I think that explains it best, set is unexplainable, again it comes back to ones beliefs, ones perception, ones feelings?

    Its unique to me, how I view it learn from it discard it, its me! Its like a balance of good and evil, art to me is the grey area!

    Life is art in away because one person can look at it and see one thing and someone else can see the opposite! Hhhmm its like music, what I take from a song maybe the opposite to your take or the intended take?

    Take care all! David sorry for your crap time but remember without the crap you wouldn’t understand the smell of perfume when it floated bye!

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Thank you Taylor, you’re pretty amazing yourself! Confusing but amazing 🙂

    I would consider my art or expression of oneself to be writing, yet I seem to write through disassociation. This basically means that I will sit in a dark room in front of my computer, pick a subject and write. They always start not making much sense as my train of thought tries desperately to find the right track, but when it finally manages to get into the groove my consciousness seems to take a back seat.

    I usually come round about an hour or so later, not remembering anything that I have written. My friends don’t get how I can write something that could be anything from 10 to 40 pages long and not remember a single word that was written in it! I don’t exactly understand myself, but my stories reveal something about me that I may not have previously known; if I did know it and it comes again, it’s usually because I really need reminding!

    I believe that art is the subconscious expression to communicate the way we feel or think to other people. I also believe that those who criticize the art forms are people who just don’t understand why the creator feels the need to create. It’s this belief and my own self realisation that makes me believe that true art is for the benefit of ourselves, even acting! Despite the purpose of acting being a performance for others, I believe that the value of the actor’s performance itself is always for the actors own benefit. I’m not an actor of course, so perhaps Allison and the other actors who comment on this site can confirm or deny this.

    Anyway, thank you Allison, for commenting on my post and thank you Taylor for your kind words.


  • Jendi

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:37 am

    Oh hell yes Allison your last paragraph about living in the same relm in different worlds hits the nail on the head of art! Brilliant go put some doors music on all! A bit of people are strange? Seems appropriate!

  • Puffy

    on September 11, 2008 at 4:06 am

    “There are no facts, only interpretations.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

    I like your thought on different worlds in idential realms. Or my response when people believe they are unassailably right… there’s one true reality that we can never truly see.

  • Lou

    on September 11, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Pretty cool stuff. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Buddhist philosophy.
    You did make an interesting point, though, Allison. Can culture be art?
    I don’t have an answer. I doubt I ever will. No doubt traditions can be artistic, but the entire culture of a people? I guess… I can’t rule it out.

  • Adi

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Being Hindu (which is related to Buddhism much like Judaism is to Christianity), I follow your friend’s definition of art myself.

  • gaylady

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:24 am

    There is no “real” world, only each individual’s interpretation of it, and I believe the same goes for art. The process of creating art is very personal and individual. I understand the buddhist beliefs but I also believe art should be shared. How many moving, inspiring, beautiful pieces have you seen? And if the artist had let them go… I believe part of what art is, is sharing.

  • Jennifer

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:40 am

    “Whoa, Heady! I have no idea of this made sense. Thoughts?”

    Yes you made complete sence Allison,as for thoughts I have non today as I’m kinda zoning out. I have alot on my mind today and didn’t sleep much last night. Hope you day is going better than mine.

  • Gabby

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Art is purely a POV. It is one’s own interpretation. One can think a messy room picture is a masterpiece while the other thinks it’s stupid. Because Art is a POV it means everything is art, it is up to you to find the line. Like that one artist who used Poop as their art material, to me it was just a pile of shit. Others thought it was beautiful.

    Now here is how I see the line, if you can see the other side and be surprised by it, IMHO is art. If you can see it in the other’s POV that is true art. If they showed me the beauty in the pile of shit, I would call that art.

    The line draws where you can see the other side of it as easily as you saw yours.

    Art does come in different forms too, pictures, plays, hell TV Shows can be considered art. If they have the proper flow and inspire the mind, IMHO it’s good art.

    Of course if they have lightswitches and have retconned development and such, then it isn’t art, it’s just depressing.

    Sorry for my bitterness at the end, I just decided I won’t be watching your show anymore Allison. With all the news and spoilers about it, I just feel utterly screwed by where it’s heading. So to save myself the stress and heartbreak I am not watching it. Good luck though!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:08 am

    “Thank you Taylor, you’re pretty amazing yourself! Confusing but amazing ”

    awww well thanks
    I’m always a little confused myself :p

  • Lydia

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:28 am

    You have a pretty amazing circle of friends.

    Yesterday, I went to the hairdresser to have my hair trimmed. But, I asked her for a total new look with highlights. I wanted something fresh, sassy, unexpected and cool!
    When I looked in the mirror…uhm…oops…I thought she was going to add some brownish or redish highlights but she used a lighter color, almost blonde. Now, I have this sassy pixie short haircut with light highlights running through my brown hair. It is different, I have to get used to it but, I like it. And, that is art too…an expression of my feelings and mood… I wanted to put spirit in my hair because I feel giggly, cheerful and empowered because of my upcoming trip to Vancouver. Now, my hair is reflecting that. Yay! 🙂

    At the same time, I did a scary thing because you never know how a different look is going to turn out.

    Cool huh? :-)LOL

    When I started cooking, I had potatoes in all shapes and sizes on my plate. You know what I said in reply to funny comments? “I’m not just cooking…I’m also creating art!” :-)LOL

    No, seriously, you said it beautifully and I totally agree.
    Art is everywhere and it is different and unique for every person.

  • Vegas911

    on September 11, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Making art for the sake of making art??…. I used to LOVE to draw and paint…I think I did it more for others than myself. People would see my work and love it…So I would just give it to them, no prob bob….My mother would get so mad because she would say that if I gave it all away then I would have nothing to show….I just liked that others enjoyed my work…it was more important to me to paint and sketch than to hord it all in a closet (which is were most of it was)…I did save her one sketch and it’s about 11 years old and it hangs on her wall to this day.

  • Amanda

    on September 11, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Art is not my bag. I never really appreciated art until I was touring The Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art with Mr. Jack Warner. As he was taking us through the museum he would stop and talk about certain pieces. He came alive as he spoke about each piece. That’s the same feeling I have when I hear a song that perfectly articulates how I’m feeling at that time. Or, when I read a book that takes me on a journey and makes me feel something. It’s a connection. And I still don’t get Picasso but other people do. They see something they connect with and that’s the beauty of art.

  • Corrie

    on September 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

    What a beautiful post, Allison! You did an excellent job not only of expressing your thoughts but also of briefly summarizing the Buddhist perspective on art. I’m a Jodo-Shinshu Buddhist (Japanese sect of Buddhism VERY different than the stereotypical Buddhism to which people usually refer), and I had honestly never thought about art’s relationship to Buddhism. I’d like to respond to that last paragraph, but I’m a little unclear as to what you meant by “segregation” and “separatism.” Do you mean that we each may believe, perceive, and experience things differently when, in reality, everything in themselves is the same? I guess that’s pretty much what your final sentence in that paragraph says. That makes sense, and I think about stuff like this a lot, being an undergrad psych major and Buddhist. It’s interesting to think about how subjective our individual points of view are and how impossible it is to understand and interpret things from exactly the same viewpoint as another. Humans are so fascinating, although of course this can be dangerous as well since not being able to completely understand each other could result in conflict.

  • The Friday Philosopher

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:03 am

    As Vegas911 said, I also love to draw and paint. I don’t have children of my own yet, but I have three nieces that I look after sometimes. Every time I do, we always sit on the floor with masses of paper and paint and pretty much make a mess.

    I have noticed however, how each individual child’s paintings have changed as they get older. When they were younger, their images would normally be a child’s copy of whatever I would paint; now they paint their own images and take turns in telling me all about them.

    Maybe art is an extension of our lives. A part of us that spawned during our childhood, we each nurture it in different ways, which is why art is so diverse. Maybe true art isn’t what we do, but who we are. Maybe the artist is the art!

    Then again, maybe I’m talking out of my… Well you get the picture!

    Friday 🙂

  • Cindy

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I’ve always found the definition of “art” rather intriguing. I think the definition of the word “art” is very unique and personal to each of us. What we consider “art” is probably part of who we are and influenced by the life experiences we’ve had. It’s something that gets shaped and formed from the day we are born which, must explain why each of us are attracted to different forms of art and why we have such differing views on the matter. It is constantly evolving and changing within us – it’s a part of you that is constantly being added to and the older we get the richer and fuller our view on the subject can become. Or at least I hope that is the case.

    I’ve always been amazed by the fact that when I come across a piece of art or some sort of expression that “speaks” to me on some mysterious level deep inside my soul, I sometimes find myself having an actual physical reaction to it – at times it can evoke quite profound emotions inside me. Sometimes to the extent that I’d start to cry – which is so weird yet so amazing all at the same time. I’ve always tried to figure out what exactly is required from a piece of art in order for it to have THAT kind of affect on me. Is there some sort of formula for it? Do I have these tiny little boxes somewhere in my psyche and when all of them get ticked all at the same time IT just happens?

    I remember the first time I was in the Louvre Museum in Paris (awesome place), I came across this painting called “The Entombment of Atala” by the artist Anne Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson. I don’t know exactly why but for some reason this painting touched my soul – I remember getting goosebumps just looking at it. To this day that painting still has this almost magical attraction for me! I had a similar experience when I first heard the song “Con te partirò” performed by Andrea Bocelli or, the time when I was still in school and my art teacher read us the story of the Erik and Christine in the Phantom of the Opera.

    I’m still no closer to figuring out why some things move me more than others and, if I’m honest, I hope I never do. I hope there are many more experiences like that in store because it reminds me that I’m not in control and that life has not yet lost the ability to surprise me. It somehow has the ability to re-focus my outlook on life a little bit and reminds me that life is beautiful and complex and that there is so much more I need to learn and experience. It makes me feel so excited and inspired and appreciate my life experiences.



  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I followed this blog all the way through and you made perfect sense Allison…your conclusion: “So ultimately everything we see is our own creation and therefore everything we see is art. But is feels different when the intention is to capture an emotion and encapsulate it into a translatable experience for someone else to try on and learn from.

    So I guess, after this long winded entry, I would say art is the communication of my emotional experiences and my internal being. It is married with intention to share and a deliberate focus on singular emotional experiences expressed in a way that is intended to evoke another singular emotional experience; thereby, encouraging you to feel what I feel in your own way.”

    This resonates as much as the Ansel Adams quote in the next blog!

    It is always cool when one can find a quote that echoes so precisely what you are feeling!

    And thanks to both you and Ansel…I now have two!

  • Grace

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

    The Friday Philosopher Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 3:30 am
    “I believe that art is the subconscious expression to communicate the way we feel or think to other people. I also believe that those who criticize the art forms are people who just don’t understand why the creator feels the need to create. It’s this belief and my own self realisation that makes me believe that true art is for the benefit of ourselves, even acting! Despite the purpose of acting being a performance for others, I believe that the value of the actor’s performance itself is always for the actors own benefit. I’m not an actor of course, so perhaps Allison and the other actors who comment on this site can confirm or deny this.”

    I would like to comment on this from an actor’s perspective (despite my lack of experience). I enjoy acting and do believe that I do it first for my own benefit, but part of the enjoyment is entertaining others and giving them something to enjoy. I feel that acting like all art comes from the soul. Even if an actor is saying someone else’s words from a script, part of the character comes from his soul. If any actress other than Allison were playing Chloe, the character & her personality would be very different than what we are fortunate to see. That is why I am a fan of Allison, because I love the character that SHE HELPED TO CREATE. I think the same is true for Michael, Tom, & Erica even though they are playing iconic characters. The characters are recreated every time a different actor plays the part and the characters gradually change throughout the time the show is produced just as we as humans gradually change throughout our lives.

    In short, I would say, yes, we do act for our own benefit. But many things humans enjoy doing for their own benefit can benefit others at the same time.

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:36 am

    And you guys should really check out Taylor Nikoles photgraphs on the forum…VERY beautiful…

    Allies too..

    And so many others! So many creative and talented people here!

  • Robin

    on September 11, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Woah…what a powerful blog addition Allison.

    Way back last year you kindly invited us to ask you questions from which I was lucky enough for you to answer one of mine, unfortunately I didn’t make my question specific enough but basically I had wanted to know whether as an actor do you commit to create art for the PROCESS itself or for the RESULTING work of art and it’s effects , I guess I should have just said why do actors act?

    This latest entry has somewhat answered this , so thanks, I guess it’s a little of both.

    Of all art forms I guess acting is one of the most ephireal and tempory, yet its because of this it’s so intimate and emotional.

    Do actors enjoy the day to day challange of creating scenes with fellow cast and crew members, or watching the results their efforts in being successful at stimulating the emotional response from an audience?

    I guess ART is in all things and yet so much of what we do in everyday life is so quickly forgotten, sometimes it is satisfying to know that what we achieve can occassionaly have a wider lasting impact on other people.

  • Grace

    on September 11, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Wow, I feel so connected to this discussion and there is sooooo much I want to say that I’m not getting much work done today.

    Allison’s Tibetan friend’s explanation about Buddhist art is very eye opening for me. I have been learning about different religions and how they relate to my recently expanding spiritual beliefs. My focus for the last few months has been to be fully present in everything I do. This has proved to be extremely difficult for me. I am not a very materialistic person, but I do tend to think about the future too much and I tend to worry about it. As I have begun to study acting, I have realized that I have to learn to let go of thinking about the future. I can’t relax and give a good performance if I am busy wondering about the feedback I will receive.

    I have always thought that I would prefer film acting over stage acting. I feel that film gives everyone involved a chance to “perfect” the production. On stage, you have to get it right the first time. That is very nerve-racking for me! I have always been very detail-oriented, bordering on perfectionism. But art is not supposed to be perfect, is it? Mistakes are part of art and they are also what make us human. I suppose stage acting is closer to Buddhist art than film acting. You have to be in the present to watch it as well as if you are performing.

    Whenever I go to see a play, I find myself wishing that I could have the performance on DVD so that I can see it again. I worry that I won’t remember it well enough if I am not able to watch it at least a second time. The downside is that the second time viewing a film is never the same as the first. That doesn’t mean that it is necessarily worse, but we can never have the same experience twice. Isn’t life about our experiences? That is my ultimate goal – to be in the present moment so that I can truly experience life. I think I will focus on that the next time I go to a play…

  • Sherann Johnson

    on September 11, 2008 at 10:53 am

    My work as an artist is mostly trying to capture the world around me. I don’t do very many pieces of work that descibe myself in some way. I constantly observe the world around me for inspiration. When something inspires me it’s like I try to breath it all in. People serve as a big inspiration for me. I am so intrigued with the way people are and the things they have to say. They stimulate my mind so much.

    Another inspiration for me are superheroes. I know it sounds somewhat geekish, but there is something about superheroes that intrigues me. It’s interesting to think about there being someone who is far more powerful than ourselves. Someone who people can look up to and rely on. Also the…almost majestic if you will, and bold appearence that superheroes give off inspires people to look deep inside themselves and be courageous, brave, stronge, or whatever it may be they want to accomplish. Heroes serve as an inspiration for others.

    I just got totally sidetracked there haha. Anyway, I was just really intrigued with the broadness of your topic. You intrige and inspire me as a person Allison.

  • Sherann Johnson

    on September 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

    srry if my writing is not extremely proper sounding i guess. I’m a little amaturish in that area. I’m working on it though:)

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Grace: I hear you! I understand this “wrestle” if you will.

    Back in my university days…I discovered that I needed to take an acting class as part of my progress towards graduating.

    Now, I ALWAYS wanted to act. But it was scary to me as well.

    Within mere days I felt I was far behind the progress of others in my class.

    Then my professor informed us that we would get extra credit for auditioning for plays…and even more credit for being cast.

    I IMMEDIATELY dismissed the whole “being cast” notion and focused like a laser beam on the “auditioning” part.

    It seemed all I had to do was SHOW UP!


    So I did.

    Everybody else was frightened and fretting and worried and tense…but not me. Because being cast was the furthest thing from my mind. I was there to get points for class. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    And then they cast me.

    What the heck?

    I realized immediately it was because I was soo relaxed.

    My second play was a faculty production directed by an Emmy award winner. And it was a MUCH longer run than my first play.

    We each played several roles progressing through the history of film from the silents to the 70’s.

    In the gangster movie part…I was to step onstage and machine gun one of the characters. One night…as he stepped back when I stepped onstage…he got his foot caught between that section of the stage and the next riser up.

    So I was shooting him…and he was not falling.

    Curious…I thought.

    I saw the problem.

    The sound effects guy managed to get the machine gun effect extended…so…while continuing to shoot him…I walked towards him and kicked the board which trapped his foot.

    He pulled his foot out and fell.

    And the extended shooting worked well as it WAS a comedy.

    But it brought home the importance to me of what you said…about being in the moment.

    The sound guy was in the moment…the guy with his foot stuck was in the moment…and I got to help…because I was in the moment.

    But it would have been SO cool to have that (and so many other things) on film to be able to recall more vividly.

    But of course with film…there are SO MANY MORE things that can go wrong.

    So it is IMPORTANT to be in the moment on a film set as well.

    The BONUS is…you have outtakes to laugh about later….which you can share.

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Sherann Johnson: Your writing was sufficiently proper! Thank-you for sharing.

    And your point about super-heroes is well made and appreciated.

    In book or television or movies…I always sought out the characters people could look up to and rely on…as you said.

    My parents were people like this. And My grandparents. And so many others in my family. So it is deeply personal to me!

  • Grace

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Great stories, Darwin! Thanks for sharing them.

    It’s true that being in the moment is important for film as well, it’s just not the same type of experience (there I go again with that word). But then again, being in the present is important with any job, as well as life in general….

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Grace: *laughs* Except when I am writing…then I am somewhere else in THAT moment!

  • Grace

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    LOL – the same could be said for acting!

    Now, (in this moment) I’m getting confused!

  • Maria

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Honestly, I don’t think I can add anything to that quote Allison!! Beautifully said and I don’t think I couldn’t said it better myself!!

  • Darwin

    on September 11, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Grace: Exactly! It’s the duality thing! It’s the whole “candy-mint…breath mint” stuff we get to balance!
    Prayer helps.

    When I am writing about …say…the old west…or knights of the round table.. I still have to be aware that on the stove the potatoes are boiling over. Or maybe out the window there is a bee aproaching someone who is deathly allergic.

    And of course in acting…as a guy shooting another guy it should not matter that his foot is stuck…but as an actor doing it…the stuck foot DOES need attending too!

  • taylor nikole

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    “And you guys should really check out Taylor Nikoles photgraphs on the forum…VERY beautiful…”

    awww thank you so much im glad you like them!


  • EVAN

    on September 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    It makes perfect sense! I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • paul

    on September 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    “I think it is interesting that I want to put rules around what is or is not art. In truth, there is a difference for me between a tree in nature and a Rodin sculpture.”

    I agree; there is a difference. There is a difference between found art and created art, between ephemeral art and permanent art, between high art and low art.

    Categories can be very useful. “Rules”, if you will. Precise definitions can help us understand and comprehend. The Buddhist model of transcending boundaries can be amazing; on the other hand, the Western model of categorization can be just as amazing.

    “encouraging you to feel what I feel in your own way.”

    Eloquently put! And I really have felt this coming across in your performances on Smallville. I got hooked on the show because of your and John Glover’s performances; let me tell you, it is an absolute delight to see actors who are masters of their craft do their thing. The sheer expressiveness is a joy in itself!

  • David Hayes

    on September 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Too bad I was away today. Moron Art is my particular niche.

  • Bouroux

    on September 11, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Allison.
    The art of acting.
    There are several kinds of art.
    The movements of the actor, he walks, he runs, he dances, he moves his head… What attitude at it when he does these movements. His approach gives us a feeling it. For example the step of Chloe when she runs is adorable.
    The facial expressions can provide a multitude of feelings without having to pronounce a word. An extraordinary communication tools. That’s what fascinates me the most among players. We appreciate this art in scenes close with this little blinking eyes, mordillement of the lip, wrinkling of the forehead. Everything is done in subtlety. These are not words write in a scenario. It is the actor who draws the bottom of himself to give the image of sentiment. Imagine this kind of scenes on a giant screen in 3D.
    Allison, you’re one of the best actresses for this type of art. It’s incredible.
    The smiles and laughter.
    It is an artistic expression of each players. When smile transmiting emotion, warmth and is contagious, It’s a great art and it’s not a fake. Allison, when you smile and when you laugh, it’s really fabulous.
    Makeup and hairstyle.
    It is the art of give different appearances at the same actress. I think this is a gift because it is not all actresses who can change her appearance so easily. Allison your head is perfect for makeup artist and hairdressing. The art is in you.
    The dialogues.
    In the scenario, the actor must say its wording as the most realistic, moving and authentic as possible. It must feel emotion. The actor must give a soul to his character. The artistic instinct and the sensitivity are valuable companions work for the actor.
    Allison ,you have this instinct, this sensitivity and your dialogues are amazing.
    Allison, making art for you is as natural as breathing and walking.

    Have a good night.

  • Brittny

    on September 12, 2008 at 12:52 am

    WOW! I really cherish Lama Tenzin Dhonden’s definition of ART. I think that is the perfect definition! “Your essence in material form.” Wow.

    That definition gets REALLY fascinating when I think about creating something as a group. Theatre and film for example are collaborative arts.

    I think it also makes me think about the difference between art and artifice. Maybe the further away from your true essence art gets… the more artificial it is.

    Another thing that struck me was the process being valued above the product. That is so important. Not just in art but in life too. That goes into what another person was saying about worry.

    This entry has really illuminated times in life and art when… I haven’t been true to myself.

    Thank you for sharing that! 😀

  • Vegas911

    on September 12, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Friday I think that you hit the nail on the head…the art is the artist….an extession of ones personality….very thoughtful.

  • Ralph

    on September 12, 2008 at 10:36 am

    I understand what you are saying and i especially liked: “totally different worlds in completely identical realms.” I am always telling my friends that just because they are standing next to me we are not seeing the same things. It is how each and every person’s perception of things is different. If i say i see red and you say you see red it does not mean we both see the same color we may call it the same color but it is all about about what we perceive. I believe the same thing can be said about art.

  • Sherann Johnson

    on September 12, 2008 at 11:35 am

    thanks Darwin! that makes me feel so much more self-confident about my lingo. It’s always nice to be complimented about my opinions also:)

  • Darwin

    on September 12, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Sheran Johnson: You SHOULD feel confident! You are very eloquent!

    And I agree with your opinion whole heartedly because the world WOULD be a better place if we all were inpired by heroes to look inside ourselves and
    to develop heroic traits we need to help the world be a better place.

  • Brittany

    on September 13, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    WOW. Great entry! Allison, you have such amazing friends and I’m so happy that I read this post! It made perfect sense and I can completely relate to your meanings of art. Amazing, I am truly blown away! Goodnight! BrittXOXO

  • colin nasseri

    on September 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    hello, ms. mack.

    i wanted to say that i read this post and was extremely happy to read “you.” i didn’t know much about you personally, but have enjoyed your work for several years (and was the 3rd person in line to meet you in 2003’s SDCC).

    anyway, the thoughts contained in your post are thoughts i have also had many times in my life.

    art is so, so subjective. yes, my “blue” may not be seen the same as your “blue.”
    what could be a work of art to one person is a waste of space to someone else. that’s the most incredible thing about it. so much diversity of opinions and room for much creative thinking and discussion!

    i also liked the thought that “art IS you.”

    as a writer, i do feel as if you are displaying your “guts;” that you are truly turned inside out for the world to view. you’re open to judgment, criticism, adoration, loathing. it’s a sort of nakedness and bravery that sadly isn’t embraced by more people.

    i’m glad you posted this topic and that so many people have shared their thoughts.

    it’s a beautiful thing!

  • Jessica_M

    on September 15, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    It totally made sense Allison and I love your definition of art. I can only hope that what I make and what I create can make people feel what I am feelng at that moment, but in their own way, because it is true that while we all live in the same world we all have different perspectives and different ideas of life, and we need to respect that.