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Four Times of the Day is a series of four paintings by English artist William Hogarth. Completed in 1736, they were reproduced as a series of four engravings published in 1738. They are humorous depictions of life in the streets of London, the vagaries of fashion, and the interactions between the rich and poor. Unlike many of Hogarth’s other series, such as A Harlot’s Progress, A Rake’s Progress, Industry and Idleness, and The Four Stages of Cruelty, it does not depict the story of an individual, but instead focuses on the society of the city. Hogarth intended the series to be humorous rather than instructional; the pictures do not offer a judgment on whether the rich or poor are more deserving of the viewer’s sympathies: while the upper and middle classes tend to provide the focus for each scene, there are fewer of the moral comparisons seen in some of his other works.

The four pictures depict scenes of daily life in various locations in London as the day progresses. Morning shows a prudish spinster making her way to church in Covent Garden past the revellers of the previous night; Noon shows two cultures on opposite sides of the street in St Giles; Evening depicts a dyer’s family returning hot and bothered from a trip to Sadler’s Wells; and Night shows disreputable goings-on around a drunken freemason staggering home near Charing Cross. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story where the setting is the primary character and follow it through the day.

Journaling Prompt: Write about the four times of your day.

Art Prompt: Four times of the day

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about your favorite painting.

Photo Credit: Four Times of the Day on Wikimedia

Create whatever this visual prompt inspires in you!

Photo Credit: Jan Vermeer – The Art of Painting on Wikimedia

The developments of graffiti art which took place in art galleries and colleges as well as “on the street” or “underground”, contributed to the resurfacing in the 1990s of a far more overtly politicized art form in the subvertising, culture jamming, or tactical media movements. These movements or styles tend to classify the artists by their relationship to their social and economic contexts, since, in most countries, graffiti art remains illegal in many forms except when using non-permanent paint. Since the 1990s a growing number of artists are switching[citation needed] to non-permanent paints for a variety of reasons—but primarily because is it difficult for the police to apprehend them and for the courts to sentence or even convict a person for a protest that is as fleeting and less intrusive than marching in the streets. In some communities, such impermanent works survive longer than works created with permanent paints because the community views the work in the same vein as that of the civil protester who marches in the street—such protest are impermanent, but effective nevertheless.

In some areas where a number of artist share the impermanence ideal, there grows an informal competition. That is, the length of time that a work escapes destruction is related to the amount of respect the work garners in the community. A crude work that deserves little respect would be invariably removed immediately. The most talented artist might have works last for days. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use graffitti as a plot device in your story.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about graffitti?

Art Prompt: Graffitti

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of the history of graffitti.

Photo Credit: Bethlehem Wall Graffiti on Wikimedia

Painters in Winter in Russia

Our drive to create art is so powerful that we find ways to do it under the greatest hardships. In the concentration camps of Germany during World War II, many prisoners spontaneously wrote poetry, composed songs, and painted–activities that, according to Viktor Frankl–gave meaning to the lives of those miserably interred there. Frankl and others have noted that such creativity under exceptional circumstances is not typically the result of a conscious decision on the part of a person to improve his outlook or his life through art. To the contrary, it presents itself as an almost biological need, as essential a drive as that for eating and sleeping–indeed many artists, absorbed in their work temporarily forget all about eating and sleeping. –The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature by Daniel J. Levitin

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of someone who finds healing through art despite their circumstances.

Journaling Prompt: How does creating art of any kind help you in your everyday life?

Art Prompt: Art is Healing

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the creative drive and how they can use it to improve their lives.

Photo Credit: sovraskin on Flickr

Delaware Art Museum

Given the considerable risk of being caught, or not being able to pass on stolen paintings with obvious recognition value, like the Turners, there is a genuine puzzle as to why this type of crime is undertaken at all. Making money, combined with a certain level of bravado, is the simplest answer. Because after a successful theft each stolen work of art acquires a new ‘value’ in the underworld: perhaps only 10 per cent of its commercial value, but still potentially a large sum. This is value that can be utilized as collateral in criminal deals. Such motivation for thieves has significantly increased as the values at the top end of the fine art market have shown stupendous growth.

Specialist criminologist Professor John Conklin analyses this financial desire of the ‘motivated offender’ through the Routine Activities Theory, which breaks theft down into five subcategories. First, there are those who steal art in the hope of selling on to a dealer, either directly or through a middleman or fence — although this does not generally relate to high-value works, which by defini­tion cannot simply be sold on. Secondly, there are those who are paid to carry it out, who steal on commission. Thirdly, thieves may steal with the intention of ransoming the work to the owner, seeking a buy-back from an insurance company or doing a deal of some indirect kind. And, fourthly, those who steal to keep the work for themselves. Occasional symbolic or political acts constitute a fifth category. … The fourth and fifth categories are very rare and seen only occasionally in recent times. It is clearly financial considerations that are uppermost in the minds of most criminals, sometimes with an added element of competition. -Sandy Nairne, Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about an art thief.

Journaling Prompt: If you could have any famous piece of art on your wall, which would it be and why?

Art Prompt: Art Thief

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about a famous art heist.

Photo Credit: -Jeffrey- on Flickr

Welcome to the Carnival of Creativity for March 4, 2012. All links will open in a new tab or window, so feel free to click through and leave some love in the comments. Once you close that window, you’ll be right back here for more linky goodness.

The Creative Mindset

Chandrasekhar presents Make your own Music posted at Latest Updates.

Sharing Our Work

Roger presents Speaking Of Blackberries posted at My Secret Cabin In The Woods Of West Virginia.


Writing Quote of the Week

You must stay drunk on writing so reality can’t destroy you. -Ray Bradbury

Writing Tips and Prompts

Chrys Fey presents Bring Characters To Life! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writing a book is not just about the plot. The characters in your book are equally important, and character building can be is easy. It can also be fun!”


The folks at Writing Excuses are giving answers to questions they get asked on Twitter in this week’s episode, Microcasting.

Visual Arts

Wendy Campbell presents Brian Dettmer: Textonomy posted at Daily Art Fixx.

Spam of the Week

You are my inhalation , I have few blogs and occasionally run out from to brand : (

Yes, well, thank you?
That’s all for this week. Be sure to submit your article for next week’s Carnival of Creativity by Friday at midnight!

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Art is one thing; science another. But scientists are closing in on ways to objectively define art and beauty. As it turns out, it really is in the eye (or actually, brain) of the beholder.

Professor Zeki adds, “Almost anything can be considered art, but we argue that only creations whose experience correlates with activity in the medial orbito-frontal cortex would fall into the classification of beautiful art.

“A painting by Francis Bacon, for example, may have great artistic merit but may not qualify as beautiful. The same can be said for some of the more ‘difficult’ classical composers — and whilst their compositions may be viewed as more ‘artistic’ than rock music, to someone who finds the latter more rewarding and beautiful, we would expect to see greater activity in the particular brain region when listening to Van Halen than when listening to Wagner.” –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Add to your character sketch. What does your character find beautiful? Include all the senses. How does this shape him or her in ways that create drama or tension in your story?

Journaling Prompt: Write about what you find beautiful. Include all your senses.

Art Prompt: Beauty

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about what you consider beautiful and what you consider art.

Photo Credit: shannonkringen on Flickr