NaBloPoMo III: The Extraordinariness of the Ordinary

NaBloPoMo_November_blogroll_largeI ought to have added this NaBloPoMo badge to yesterday’s blog post, but forgot.

What it means is that I’ve committed to writing a blog post per day for 30 days (like NaNoWriMo but it’s about blogging every day for a month rather than writing 50,000 words of a novel in a month). As I’m revising a manuscript (The Laurel Grove Mysteries: Book One: Flint & Feather) and I have started a second, I don’t want to end up with a third (mess) to have to sort out.

I’m pleased I decided to do this challenge as I’ve already cyber-met a couple of fellow NaBloPoMos. I’m looking forward to colliding with some others.

I’ve decided to try to write something useful and uplifting every day. Who knows? By the end of November I may have saved the world. Perhaps not. I’d settle for … a bit more cheerful. I cannot abide being miserable. I have little patience with Dementors. You don’t think Dementors are mere fictional characters in the Harry Potter books, do you? Think again.  Check this out (Remus Lupin describing Dementors to Harry):

“Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them… Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself…soulless and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life.”

I bet if you think for … about a second, you’ll realise you are on first name terms with at least one Dementor right now.

Here’s an announcement: this blog is a Dementor-Free Zone. If you’re a Dementor, don’t even think about stopping by.

Here’s my useful and uplifting thought for the day:

“Art is the demonstration that the ordinary is extraordinary.”  Amadée Ozenfant (1886-1966)

Portrait of Picasso

Portrait of Picasso (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ozenfant was a painter and writer. He founded a magazine – l’Elan – contributors to which included Matisse and Picasso. He became friends with painter and influential architect Le Corbusier (inventor of the Modullor method of building social housing, though I don’t think it was ever adopted).  Ozenfant and LC wrote together Après le Cubisme (After Cubism) a manifesto setting out the principles of Purism. I find these points in the manifesto interesting:

Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber Museum) in Zü...

Centre Le Corbusier (Heidi Weber Museum) in Zürich-Seefeld ( ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

… Cubism has become a decorative art of romantic ornamentism.
… Technique is only a tool, humbly at the service of the conception.
… Purism does not believe that returning to nature signifies the copying of nature.

Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), Natura Morta, oil...

Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), Natura Morta, oil on canvas, 1956, private collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Purism arose out of Cubism, was a variation of it, but if the goal of Purism was to demonstrate that the ordinary is extraordinary, then it’s Cubism with the added ingredient of Soul. Maybe that’s why when I look at Ozenfant’s still lifes, I am a little reminded of  the still lifes of Giorgio Morandi. I don’t know if they knew each other.

I do believe the ordinary is extraordinary, and I’m not talking about surfaces and it’s just that we forget to look and notice.

Slide Rrr - CopyShould a big part of the job of an artist be to remind people of the reality of the extraordinariness of the ordinary?

That would cheer us all up!

What do you think Ozenfant meant by extraordinary?

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