Art isn’t just about memorizing names and dates.  It’s a lively, thought-provoking, fascinating world to become involved in, but unfortunately too many people think it’s beyond their grasp.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Art is a part of what makes us human, so assuming you have two opposable thumbs there’s bound to be something to interest you  You just have to find out a bit about it.  That’s what I hope to help with.

So where did you get the title?

The name comes not from painting or sculpture, but architecture, and is symbolic of the whole reason I started this blog.  Art can be so much more fascinating if you take the time to learn just a few small details.  One such detail, often ignored by visitors to the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, is the humble flying buttress.  This simple little piece of masonry allowed cathedrals to be built with higher and thinner walls, creating the gorgeous, light-filled interiors we still see today.  We may take it for granted, but at the time it was a major accomplishment, and one we can still appreciate.  It just takes a little knowledge.

And you are…?

My name is Kathleen and I’m originally from Indiana, U.S.A., but spend my days in Munich, Germany as an art history student at the university here.  I guess in that way I am an “Art Person”, but even I have days where I want to look at some of my classmates and say, “Get over yourself!”  I just find traditional art circles to be a bit stuffy sometimes.  My personal area of interest is the history of ceramics.  I like the idea that every civilization has made some kind of pottery, and some of it can be absolutely beautiful.

And before you ask, no, I can’t draw, paint, or even create ceramics.  I appreciate it, that’s all.  I have spent a good part of my life trying to find some kind of creative outlet, and so far knitting seems to be doing the job.  So what if it’ll never be shown in a gallery?


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