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Beauty as a Force of Energy

Thu Apr 18, 2013, 12:03 PM



































Louie Schwartzberg has made it his life’s mission to use his cinematic artistry to raise the alarm for public awareness of the dire situation we are facing in the possible collapse of our taken-for-granted natural resources. The “colony collapse disorder” currently decimating our honeybees was the prompt for Louie’s new movie, Wings of Life, which at it's essence, is a love story that feeds the earth.


Disney is releasing the film on multiple formats and portals everywhere this week. The film is a cinematic wonder of beautiful camera work capturing natural beauty— the finest example of a “dialogue” between nature’s own “narration” and the “journalistic” skills of an artist with a true poet soul. The pure magic of this mesmerizing film is the fruit of such collaboration.











Anyone lucky enough to spend a little time with louieschwartzberg and become caught up in the spell of his desire to save humanity from itself will be familiar with his profound dictum: “Beauty and seduction are nature’s tool for survival, because we will protect what we fall in love with.” He refers here not only to people falling in love, but to bees, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds being attracted to the beauty of the various flowering plants that need to be pollinated so that their bounty (like honey and fruits and nuts, etc.) can continue to support human survival. I found the correlation of this idea to the very mission of art to be startling.




Could it be that because the indescribable beauty of nature’s seduction rages just a bit too far beyond the edges of our daily perceptions to be noticed, we will let that engine of human survival finally fail— a victim of our blindness to its beauty?










Joshua TreesReaching the Stars









Could it be that works of art— like Louie’s documentary— can “seduce” us into loving nature’s beauty, really seeing it for the first time, and thus finally gain our urgently needed protection?




Louie Schwartzberg is not only a poet with a camera, but is proving himself to be one of the most important guides to the survival of humanity on our rapidly depleting planet. When an artist could easily simply rest on his or her laurels for their achievement in artistic innovation and excellence, it is truly heartening and inspiring when that artist chooses to take it that step beyond into advocacy for nature and humanity and use his or her art to educate and help heal the planet. This is the extra dimension to Louie’s life that makes him someone whose spirit we should hope to honor and emiulate in our own artistic endeavors.


Beautyas a Force of Energy


That’s another Louie maxim I keep twisting round and round in my head, endlessly considering all its possible dimensions. The beauty of nature, the beauty of art, the beauty of love are what energize us and keep us forever wanting to preserve life – every life, including animal and plant life, planet life.










Mooseon the Loose










SerengetiSunrise










A Galaxy Inside aFlower










BronzedForest










Heaven atBig Sur










In honor of the message behindWings of Desire





Louie is proposing that we do our best to create or curate artworks or other images that best illustrate this idea:


“Beauty as a Force of Energy.” Louie will soon share his vision for a project he will be curating around just this thought with the deviantART community, the depiction of Beauty, Kindness, Love, Joy, etc. as a force of energy could not only have an impact but change the world. I just thought I would get the ball rolling early! Louie is thinking of a collaborative project built around artworks that best depict the idea of Beauty as a Force of Energy. He will reveal more details on his page soon. If you have any ideas for him about what might make a project like that soar and really deliver the message around the world please send him a note as he is in early stages of building the project.

















On Earth-Scriptures Groupby louieschwartzberg





I love the Jumping Spider photo by dalimas. I once filmed a baby caterpillar being pounced upon and consumed by a jumping spider. The good news is that millions of Monarchs survive their caterpillar phase with a mass quantities strategy beneficial to both butterflies and spiders. Natural beauty may be savage, but it is purposeful and balanced.


In the "Closer Gallery", the Purple Dahlia by Coatlique touches the deepest part of my soul as I recognize the universal pattern of radiant symmetry and composition. Such are nature’s tools for creating a resonance within us. I believe that beauty is nature's tool for survival because we fall in love with what is beautiful and so we seek to protect it. Nature's operating instructions motivate our behavior to move our DNA forward – which is why Life is a force of energy.


Spiral II by abey79 and Color Explosion by IngoSchobert reveal that from the micro to the macro the universal patterns and rhythms of the Universe are reflected to us daily in these mirrors deep inside of every cell of your mind, heart and soul.





All of the work in EARTH-SCRIPTURES speaks to the shift of consciousness that is happening as artists unite to inspire people to the truth, beauty, and intelligence of nature. We humans may lack the vocabulary to communicate with nature, which speaks to our own inadequacy. Artists at EARTH-SCRIPTURES have their antennae tuned into scanning beyond the surface of nature to capture the spirit of nature that touches and opens our hearts to be present, conscious and connected with our friends, our families and most importantly, with ourselves.

























QuestionsFor the Reader





  1. Is it a responsibility of artists to participate in environmental and social justice causes? Do artists have any excuse for not participating?
  2. Artists have a gift in representing the beauty of the world. Should this necessarily become a contribution to saving the environment?
  3. Were you already aware of the honey bee “colony collapse disorder” syndrome before being alerted to it through this article or Louie's documentary?









Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg has made it his life’s mission to use his cinematic artistry to raise the alarm for public awareness of the dire situation we are facing in the possible collapse of our taken-for-granted natural resources. The “colony collapse disorder” currently decimating our honeybees was the prompt for Louie’s new movie, Wings of Life: A Love Story that Feeds the Earth.

Writers: techgnotic & louieschwartzberg
Designers: marioluevanos

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ilvbrownies Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I first of all want to say that I am just as guilty as many when it comes to taking nature for granted, both directly and indirectly due to my choices. I say this so that anything that follows does not seem (quite as) hypocritical as it would be if I immediately started in on the offensive. 
OK in regards to the first question; I have a hard time saying its their responsibility because that kind of implies that I am very active and vocal when it comes to these issues which is not the case. Are there any excuses as to why artists aren't more active when it comes to these issues? Let's face it of course there are excuses, what one has to ask is of all the excuses, which ones are viable and which ones are merely in the vein of (*my dog ate my homework*).
In regards to the second question; I think it boils down to what the artists goal is, for some its merely a means of making money or achieving fame. On the other hand there are artists who take an interest in spreading some kind of message, or reaching out to make an impact in some way. I think it would be great if all artists shared the same kind of enthusiasm that Mr. Schwartzberg has for making beautiful art and at the same time trying to do something to save our planet even if its not in the immediate future. But as I stated, some people only become artists because of the (in my opinion) misguided belief of fame and fortune. 
and lastly in regards to the third question; No I was not, I know a little bit about honey bees and their extremely tight-knit communal life-style, but I was not aware of a "colony collapse disorder". 
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Insane101X Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
As a photographer myself, you are the type of person I aspire to be. Your shots are amazing! It has the most perfect composition and contrast! I hope I will someday travel the world, taking photos just like these!
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tushar90 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
thank you for sharing,i dont have words to say thanks to you..
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VarietyARt Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A great food for thought 
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Domy008 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
What wonderful emotions, thank you very much for sharing with us these wonders yes we live in a wonderful world that we must preserve at every moment, thank you again for this fantastic look and please give us more
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Oldpaladindeviant13 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014

It would be desirable to look long-long!

Thanks!

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Zedrayas Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This page is worthy of an award, bloody amazing work, breathtakingly beautiful images, well done!!!
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old-doc Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I support this idea and concept strongly. All things and opposites are held in tension, which creates energy, within the One.  Some call this the Tao, others God or Brahma - elan vitale --whatever, but here is a Centre- a Harmony - the Yin-Yang symbol encapsulates this truth.
 
As artists some of us seek to express this energy because it seems that man and womankind may have broken this amazing balance by the erroneous sense of separation from nature - alienation due to the false idea of self - us versus them or it. True Self is identity with the One.  monistic, not dualistic - the great mistake of the western enlightenment.

True religions and true art are about restoring this balance  and this may be vital for saving the planet or even more.  The word we seek I think is LOVE.  To express love in our whole being - art and life- is probably beyond us much of the time but at least creative folk have a way and a means - a gift at our disposal.

So our art may well be the vital way of restoration, especially now that 'organised' religions have proved so disastrous.

I will follow this whole project with interest. 
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pokemon22255 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Mother of God!
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umbreonLover56 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
awesome
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NicksFluffyShit Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YEAh, you are so right
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Arcolm Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
That depends on what you believe in. True art dose give us freash eyes about what is around us though the perseption of another. This has its limmits though. An artist and philosohper may or may not agree with eatch other. The same goes for anyone else. Eatch version the artist creates three or more people pop up in there place haveing there own opinion or intepitation of that peice of art.

So representation of the enviroment could very well be skued in hind sight.
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Akatsuki313 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I am completely speechless..
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suezn Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I believe beauty is represented in so many ways. As human beings we are are attracted to beauty of the flesh and the much deeper, and what I call the "healthy" kind of beauty. That is, the beauty of kindness, forgiveness and unconditional love. Nature is too. Therefore. We have karma. To me, the beauty and force of nature, is kindness. That's what ultimately gives all the ability to live their full or destined lives. The bees, the birds, and the earth. Expressing beauty in art is so diversified and those artists that feel the need or the call to help spread this force, will. Thanks for reading.
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Isen-Tsveteniye Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hamburgers
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NorbertLieb Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed.
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jlyvers Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Other; The question, "Should this necessarily become a contribution to saving the environment?" Is based on the opinion that art is not inherently a contribution to the saving of the environment. To express a view of any experience in life, therefor, environment, is a contribution to the environment. If the question is, " Should art make a positive contribution to the environment?," like any expression, the recipient must hold some responsibility in the communication.
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WindSwirl Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been to the Antelope Canyon and it's a really beautiful place ... :heart:
This is one of the pictures I took back then: [link]

I'd love to see more places like this. Nature is such a beautiful force ...
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Symphony-of-Ice Featured By Owner May 12, 2013   Writer
Artists have a gift in representing the beauty of the world. Should this necessarily become a contribution to saving the environment?

You mean is anybody going to stop harming the environment after looking at beautiful nature art? I'm afraid this is a very naive and optimistic question, whose answer is a big, heavy, echo-inducing NO.
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MayoPencil Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* I wish that weren't true...
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MayoPencil Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish
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MsGeekNerd Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But that is the whole point, we all know that the world is screwed up, we all know that it won't get better unless everyone in the world made it happen, but we all will try to fix it even though we know that we can't because that is the whole point of being human, being unreasonable, weather you use that for good or bad or nothing is your desision
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DupleSnowflake Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
So you think that an artist or photographer who uses their work to be an activist about the environment could never make anybody stop harming the environment? If anything, the art can show us what we have and what we might lose, further invoking viewers to think about the environment. It's not easy, but it's something worth fighting and working for.
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arb-deviantart Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
This is exactly what I was going to say. Thank you for saying it for me. As for ~Symphony-of-Ice, stop being so pessimistic and think about how less we actually see "Nature" in our daily lives. If works like this bring us closer to harmony with it, a natural progression of that would be us trying to *actively* save the environment and taking heed of conservation processes.
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kamcpb2000 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I truthfully believe that nature is its own thing, and when conquered, it recedes.
Artists are well known for conquering the beauty of nature, and so push it back more, but with the right skills and mind, an artist can truly make nature be as beautiful as they wish, and so can help contribute to the struggle to keep green by showing everyone that Mother Nature is really almost all we have, and so is something we need to keep.
Because artists can so well portray this beauty of nature, they can help anyone believe it is great, and so deserves to be conserved and protected as much as possible. Otherwise, we'll lose the only thing all artists can show:
Beauty.
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
My only problem with the survey question is the word "necessarily." Certainly art can be a powerful force for any cause, and the above art is a strong argument for it's use in protecting nature. It's a cause I can agree with, but I don't think I can agree with "necessarily" since there is a lot of art that would not be suitable and many other fine causes that art can also help. Sorry but I had to answer "No" on this survey.
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skullanddog Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever is represented as beautiful, I think the purpose of the art varies. It may be to highlight environmental issues, true. But it also may just be a representation of the state of things, or a particular virtue, without the artist ever seeing the issue, or wishing to raise awareness. The meaning the audience takes lies in each individual's interpretation. There is no guarantee what you illustrate that it will get across your intended meaning - even a graphic depiction of the problem could for instance be taken metaphorically.

So worded as the poll was, no, I don't think art should be necessarily contribute to saving the environment. Not because it can't, not because it can't represent issues, not because it can't raise awareness and put across a unique point of view or even a widely held point of view to a different audience, but because you can't force it to. You can't necessarily make it mean what you intend.

As for the questions, why should artists participate in social justice causes? Should too every journalist report social justice issues? And I believe there is a difference between social justice and environmental issue. It may be an environmental issue that we're farming tuna to extinction, but where is the harm to human society in that? We eradicated the dodo and no one is claiming to be persecuted over that. It is undeniable that as damaging as fossil fuels are, they are beneficial to human society. I personally disagree with the use of fossil fuels, but I would not agree that coal, natural gas and oil are useful commodities. So just because something is a amoral in an environmental sense does not mean it is not beneficial to human society, and therefore social justice - in fact the argument could be made that all infrastructure dedicated to human society (and not environmental conservation) and homogeneous agriculture is pro social justice, con environment.

So then, why is it the responsibility of an artist to participate? We are all part of the environment. Should then white goods makers and oil tycoons and kindergarten teachers participate? We all have a voice, an opinion. Should every singer necessarily sing about environmental issues? Should every orator dedicate their speeches to it?

I am aware of the disaster facing honeybees. The fact that this is almost worldwide begs the question why we waited for so long when we have known so long the adversity faced by this resource (sorry bees to call you a resource, but in this case you are, and if it were a species of hornet facing sudden death half as many people wouldn't care half as much). I am however unconvinced that we should all be drawing and photographing honeybees rather than taking actual action towards helping. Some artists may illustrate the issue using their talents and their reach, but to say it is necessary for artists to do so is a statement with which I fundamentally disagree.

Thank you for providing such a thought-provoking article.
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Vawi Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is lovely. c: I wish I could visit such places sometimes, as it would be such a unique experience to me.

Although...
Problem is, big industries and stuff detach themselves from the natural world, in a sense, so that they can avoid feeling remorse. They may very well find the world beautiful, but they do not feel it because they do not allow themselves to. It would mean feeling negatively about all the big money they made, which they don't want. That feeling is a burden to them, so they shut the world out.
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Dessins-Fantastiques Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful. But unfortunately, I think that the people who are really responsible of the energical problems, of the pollution and the global warming don't care a lot about the beauty of our planet... =/
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mistersingh Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
fantastic!
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moopsybear Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTY... *sigh*
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GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... the beauty of the artwork here literally sent shivers down my spine. This man is a genius! o3o
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Genna-Cider Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
What beautiful work 08
It certainly captures the importance of what we risk losing by treating our environment without care.

1.) I would say that all people have a responsibility to support just causes, not artists alone. It is not being an artist that makes one obligated to care about their world, but simply being a good human being. Artists simply have the power to make political statements in a beautiful way.

2.) Not all art is beautiful, and art serves many different purposes. We cannot fairly say that artist must contribute to the environmental cause with their art, because that isn't necessarily what art may mean for them. To make political demands of art outside of it's realm warps what it is meant to be.

3.) Yes, I was previously aware of Colony Collapse Disorder and the danger it means for the ecosystem, since bees are a keystone species.
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S-Braveheart Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Really stunning pictures !

A very good way of raising awareness and demanding attention to the beauty and importance of nature.


1. Artists express there thoughts by using their art and it's more then beneficial for the causes they support.

2. It doesn't have to, but when they do, it will help to make people more aware and willing.

3. Yes, I allready am aware that there is a serious problem concerning the survivl of bees, not only by this syndrome, but for example also by the
Varroa mite. And to my opinion, the cause of the problems under which the bees are suffering is mostly to be found in our interference, abuse
and exploitation of this wonderly species.
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Blue-Starr Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I believe art can be used to save/protect the environment, but if someone sets out to portray a controversial issue (such as oil drilling, for example), the artist should be well informed, instead of creating simply based off of rumors or false information. Do your research thoroughly for anything before using art to portray your opinion on it, or portraying an opinion at all. If you are well informed, then you're also prepared to defend your side in an educated and adult manner. :)

As far as portraying the beauty of the world in general, then go for it! Create something beautiful that shows how amazing nature and all the critters on this Earth are, and feel proud of it! =D
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RDStewart Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Is it a responsibility of artists to participate in environmental and social justice causes? Do artists have any excuse for not participating?
Not necessarily all artists but particularly the ones where nature plays a massive role in their work. If they want to use nature, they mustn't take it for granted but instead spread an awareness through their work that it needs protecting.

Artists have a gift in representing the beauty of the world. Should this necessarily become a contribution to saving the environment?
If they can't do it themselves (though there'd be little reason why they can't) then at least encourage their audience to make a contribution.

Were you already aware of the honey bee “colony collapse disorder” syndrome before being alerted to it through this article or Louie's documentary?
Yes, unfortunately it's effects are already noticeable even in just people's back gardens. In the UK, this years unusually prolonged winter has killed many bees already before most plants had the chance to blossom. It will cause a concerning chain reaction where crops may fail because of reduced pollination.
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InnerDragon0475 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
They deserve a metal!!!
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newbould Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Talking about the destruction man is wreaking on the world is a great start. using images such as these to inspire such talk is worthwhile. Yes this discussion is within an on line community, but that is a far wider community than we have in "real" life. If we can inspire each other to talk more of this outside of this community (how many other online fora do you belong to?) then we start to gain traction. Change comes from every direction. Make it change for the good. Human induced extinctions are making this period in the earths history one of the worst for our planet. Look up to the stars. They don't care about this little blob of a planet. But we have to. Check our 350.org, read "6 degrees, our future on a hotter planet" then start talking. If you don't have time to read check the you tube [link]
But take the time to read the book.
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faeorain Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
There seems to be a pattern developing here as of late. A recurring theme of questioning whether artists are more obligated to " help the world " than any other human on this planet, going off some recent journals posted by DA staff. My answer is an emphatic, NO. They are no more obligated than any other person, of any other occupation on this planet. We all share the planet, we are all responsible for taking care of it or doing what we can to raise awareness, artist or not.

As a person who regularly buys honey from local apiarists, I was well aware of the problem with the honey bees for some time. As I understand it, there are several loose theories floating around as to the cause, but no concrete explanation. However, they believe the most likely cause is pesticides. What can we do? I'm not sure, but I think it will take more than artists to make something happen. I can draw or paint an image representing this issue, but if it never reaches any farther than a few art communities online ( and only seen by a few handfuls of people on said art communities), it's really not going to make much difference. You really need to reach the masses...the people who are not artists and don't belong to online art communities, in order to get the numbers needed for change. And how do we do this alone? I don't believe that we can. It would have to be a combined effort of people from many backgrounds, not just those of an artistic nature.
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skullanddog Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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segura2112 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great piece. Thank You and I'm going to put him on my watch list.
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Spielodia Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This article presents a very romanticized vision of nature, and I don't know if it doesn't do just as much damage as it helps :/ Nature is not all pretty and nice. It's ugly and cruel as well.

1. Not any more than "less aesthetically creative persons". They don't need an excuse, no one needs an excuse to not do what they don't want to. _ Srsly devianTART. You ever considered some artists don't even agree/believe in environmental and social causes?
Personally I am allergic to social justice (the way it is done nowadays, meaning the social justice warriors).

2. Whu? This is all wrong. It's not a gift. It's work and study. And what do you mean by beauty? You do know of horror artists right? Of caricature? What is this question I can't even
And no of course, no one should necessarily do anything.

3. Yes.
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ThaBleakUgly Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
"Nature is not all pretty and nice. It's ugly and cruel as well."

also people are different so ugly and beauty are just opinions
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Spielodia Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
yep!
Though if you ask people if they'd rather save a dolphin or a blobfish, or even a thousand worms, which do you think most people would choose? We are so superficial. That includes me of course, but I least I'm not pretending I'm noble for liking pretty trees :P (not accusing anyone of that!)
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skullanddog Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd probably pick the thousand worms. Good for the soil.
But yes, I agree with your point. Not everyone is interested in representing the environment, so why should we necessarily do it? It's like saying everyone on Earth should vote in the American elections - even people who aren't American. Why? Why would we? Some people care and some don't, and who wants to look at six billion voting slips/ pictures of honeybees?
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ThaBleakUgly Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
it is good because you are not pretending...you are not hiding under a security blanket :D
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NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
really cool, i'll have to favorite this so i can look at this sometimes
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lilithjoy Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
All the pictures are awesome such beauty should not go unnoticed, truly a wonderful job
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brianwagner58 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In my lifetime, I have witnessed the quickening of the self realization of planet Earth. Art is becoming more relevant during this time as the need for communication increases exponentially. Art is our most uniting force in a resource challenged world.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1. I've always loved animals and nature and I've occupied myself a lot with environmental and social justice issues, but I can't make donations or become an activist at the moment, so the best I can do is to live modest, buy vegan organic food and try to raise some awareness with my paintings and drawings.
There is no law that forces artists to participate, so even though everybody should inform themselves about the threats that surround us, it's still a question of interest. It's sad and hard for me to understand, but some people just care about themselves and don't want to change anything about their way of life, so there's often not much an artist can do, no matter how drastic your artworks are. Important changes can only be made when many different people get together with the same interest.
Still, creating inconvenient artworks is important. It requires courage and readiness to take risks, but it shows that you care about others. I think it's always worth a try when you live in a country that allows free speech, where you merely have to fear a few silly online comments instead of being thrown into a van by government spies as soon as you criticize someone.

2. Since artists are also watchers and chroniclers of the here and now, I think it makes a lot of sense to try and make a contribution to conservation. I'd very much like to donate artworks for good causes one day, for example. At the moment, buying organic vegan food and clothes is the best I can do for saving water and important resources.
To me, it sounds logical for artists to be interested in nature. Painting outside, on location ("en plein air") is a very intense experience, after all, but, as mentioned above, still a matter of interests and possibilities. (Have you tried it before?)

3. I watch a lot of nature documentaries, so I knew about CCD already. It's a very sad and dangerous phenomenon, but it's also obvious that something will go wrong one day when you put many generations of bees into dull monocultures full of pesticides - such as the almond plantations of California - where they have no food variety and need antibiotics and food supplements to stay alive. (But this probably isn't the only cause of CCD and the honey bee is only so important to us today because many wild insects lost their habitats to industrial agriculture which made the world's human population grow enormously.)

I'm glad that there are already many talented people out there who work hard to raise awareness, but it's important for artists to work together with others to spread the message and inspire others to change their daily lives.
I don't know if "the environment" can be saved, though. Dramatic changes await us in any case, whether we care about the current situation or not, but there are many dangerous developments that can't be ignored and provide endless inspiration for artworks with a message.
Even if it feels like you can't do much now, doing a little always feels better than doing nothing at all.

To love Earth means to love people, after all, even though they can be stubborn and difficult. :)
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