The Power of Artists to Change the World

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Artists are the real revolutionaries. Their power to speak to the minds and hearts of the world threaten powers of authority. Truth seekers and truth speakers are exploited for their ability to change people's perception. Throughout the ages art was used to harness protest power and to mislead people through propaganda. We can only be truly free when our minds are free. Artists have the power to set free the heart and mind of humanity.

To some their artistic journey is a sacred mission to spread seeds of enlightenment. Seeking to find and spread truth through a dedication to the craft of producing artwork. It takes a lot to effect change. It is not enough to dream, we have to put our actions towards realizing our dreams if we want them to come true. When we unlock our creative abilities together our work can inspire a new world of independence and freedom.

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Queen Victoria was an Artist

She ascended to the throne as a teenager in the late 1830s and reigned for 63 years! Victoria Dressed in Black for Nearly 50 Years. She was determined not to show any emotion in public after her husband Prince Albert died when he and Victoria were both 42 years old

She Gave The United States the Presidents Desk in the Oval Office

The US Navy found an abandoned Royal Navy ship that had been frozen in ice and returned it to England. To show her gratitude, Queen Victoria had a desk made from parts of the wood of the ship called The Resolute. She Then gave The Resolute Desk to the white house as a gift.

The desk is still in the Oval Office today and can be spotted in countless pictures of historical Presidents.

From Wikipedia

The Plaque Reads:

H.M.S. 'Resolute,' forming part of the expedition sent in search of Sir John Franklin in 1852, was abandoned in Latitude 74º 41' N. Longitude 101º 22' W. on 15th May 1854. She was discovered and extricated in September 1855, in Latitude 67º N. by Captain Buddington of the United States Whaler ‘George Henry’. The ship was purchased, fitted out and sent to England, as a gift to Her Majesty Queen Victoria by the President and People of the United States, as a token of goodwill & friendship. This table was made from her timbers when she was broken up, and is presented by the Queen of Great Britain & Ireland, to the President of the United States, as a memorial of the courtesy and loving kindness which dictated the offer of the gift of the "Resolute'

Queen Victoria was an Artist!

As a child she began drawing, and throughout her life she continued to sketch and paint. She produced both drawings and watercolors to record things she had seen.

She enjoyed writing and her daily journals eventually spanned more than 120 volumes. Victoria also wrote two books

Watercolor Landscape by Queen Victoria
Watercolor Landscape by Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria's Artwork was Leaked in the 1840s!

Queen Victoria didn't always want the world to see her artwork. She was furious when a series of her family sketches were leaked to a journalist in the 1840's.

She sought an injunction and had the courts stop the publication of the drawings.

After being hidden for 150 years the world is again viewing her sketches. Six rare copies were recently sold in an auction.

Read more: dailymail.co.uk

Rare family portraits drawn by queen victoria
Rare family portraits drawn by queen victoria
Queen Victoria by Bassano
Queen Victoria by Bassano
Queen Victoria by Heinrich von Angeli
Queen Victoria by Heinrich von Angeli
Barack Obama sitting at the Resolute Desk
Barack Obama sitting at the Resolute Desk
Resolute Desk Blueprint
Resolute Desk Blueprint
Plaqe on the Resolute Desk
Plaqe on the Resolute Desk
Queen Victoria Self Portrait from 1835
Queen Victoria Self Portrait from 1835
Sketch by Queen Victoria
Sketch by Queen Victoria