Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Do artist have an economic value?

In the recent weeks I have listen to some people in the media make flippant statements about artist and their lofty unrealistic attitudes. Saying we contribute very little to the community and to our economic well being. Furthering their attack with contorted facial expressions and giving the sense of being in a continuous drug induced state. At first I found it humorous because these people certainly do not know the artist I know. These artist are hard working, humble, highly motivated and extremely intelligent individuals who are passionate adventurous entrepreneurs and a main stay in our country's and society's economical recovery. 

Go online and do a search and you will find 10's of thousands of artist, all levels of ability ,producing and selling their art. Professionals who sustain and care for the spirit of humankind. Most people do not understand the way we process our work nor do they understand the sacrifices and struggles we endure in order to create the work. All work great and small is an essential part to the worlds well being. It does not change because one artist is more skilled than the next. The process for each and every one is still the same. 

Then there is the spirit of all mankind I refer to which is very different than the soul of an individual. It is that part of us that dreams and sees possibility where there is little to be found. Spirit is the creative energy that compels humans to think outside ourselves and to show the world the good and the ugly. I feel artists are in tune more to this type of energy so we see things differently. Just as a person has to breath ,we have to  create. It is our contribution to this world and we make it a better place to live and to thrive.  Where would society be if there were no artist, no muse to inspire?

Think. Would there be this computer page designed by a software artist or an Apple IPod or IPhone with all those fabulous inventions? Would you have a beautiful home or would you be living in a cave still? The clothes you wear and the cars you drive are in part thanks to an artist. And then there are all those wonderful museums filled with centuries of artist' work that would not be there so you could spend a rainy Sunday afternoon exploring.

What about today, the artist sitting diligently working on a piece hoping to sell so they can buy food, shop in the mall or buy the next IPod. Are they not also important to the economic stability? Do we not have the same value as the plumber or electrician or the nurse or the corporate sales manager or even the media who so eagerly put down a whole profession?

All that said I am proud to be an artist. I have been given a very important job. All artists have been given this job by the greatest artist ever known, the creator of all things. So fellow artist pick up your brushes, your pens, your chisels, your instruments  whatever tool you use and create and never stop because we have a purpose being here. The same purpose for many millenniums to inspire humankind to be better than they were a moment ago. Oh and you media folks that is pretty huge.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My shop The Painted Cottage Home is set up.

Welcome and Come On In to The Painted Cottage Home...

I have taken over the foyer and part of my living room with a work area in the back so I can work and talk to visitors as they browse. The screened porch is off the shop area and will feature garden theme items for sale. It is a combination of fine art, painted furniture, gifts, and antiques. I have had a blast putting it all together. All I need now is a sign out front.


Tuck is on the rug making sure I am doing everything right. He always has to get into a shot. The table has painted china and my Hand Painted Keepsake Box.
Another angle of the shop with a rocker I refinished and a canvas pillow I created. The end table I painted and crackled, great vintage piece.







Behind this is my work area which is quite large with a love seat and chair grouping for people to join in and see me work.
Most of my things you can purchase on line in etsy zibbet or my web sites. I really wanted to do this because I think I can contribute something special to my neighborhood and my town. 

If you are in my area and would like to visit Laurie Rohner Studio or The Painted Cottage Home please just come on by at 383 Hawthorne Rd. or call 336-835-1825.

Monday, March 7, 2011

We are expanding 2 new sites.

I have expanded Laurie Rohner Studio and now have added 2 new sites. 

The first site is for my painted cottage furniture and more under the name The Painted Cottage Home found @ www.thepaintedcottagehome.com Click here. I hope to share how you can decorate and inject some fun into your home with my style of cottage.

The second is called Between the Weeds found @ www.betweentheweeds.com Click Here. This site is for the magic and beauty I see in nature and features my Birdie Abodes and my unique Fairy Houses. This site will explain and discuss what I gather about the world that has been long forgotten but is never the less still very much present. 

Please join me and I do hope you  enjoy the adventure.

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