Tag: art inspiration
Shining the Artistic Light
One of the most rewarding things about teaching art workshops is the wonder of how unique artistic talent is to each individual. I don’t teach workshops where everybody expects to paint the same thing and have them all come out looking like a row of cookie cutter canvases. The freedom for each artist to express…
We could all use a little more joy in our lives!
Art and Soul
Realizing all art came from a Creator much bigger than us little humans forced me to look at art in a way I never had before.
“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” Coco Chanel (from The Painter’s Keys) One writer sees the culture of creative people as “crashing” leading him to lament about the state of the current art world. He believes artists are seen as “cultural elites” “idle dreamers” or “self-indulgent parasites.”…
Persistence to Transformation
A rubber chicken becomes a beautiful hummingbird! One of the most wonderful parts of teaching painting workshops is when you get to be in on a magical transformation. This past Saturday’s workshop participants, like so many other workshops, consisted of a mix of the never painted before, rusty haven’t painted in years, and experienced artists expanding…
The Captivating Amaryllis
Symbolic of success, strength and determination, the Amaryllis’ name means “to sparkle” and so it does!
“Create we must, and respond to this dark hour.” Makoto Fujimura The artistic process for many can be a compulsion, striving to express an idea, a thought, a feeling bubbling up from deep inside. The expression is often not consciously mulled over before erupting into reality. How much time is spent reflecting on the purpose…
Weekend Inspiration–Nature Inspired Inventions
Fun and amazing inventions inspired by the humble gecko and other small creatures. Nature is so amazing and always a great source of inspiration and information. Its fascinating to me to see how inventors come up with their ideas.
Pathway to Purpose
“Find purpose, means will follow.” Mahatma Gandhi (from The Painter’s Keys) Do artists need to have a purpose? Many artists will say they just want to make art. Purpose doesn’t matter as long as they can make art. But is that really true? If an artist is jumping from one subject to another, one…
Chancing the Serendipitous
“Serendipity is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Author Unknown (from The Painter’s Keys) Everyone wants to lay claim to serendipity. Search for artists and serendipity and the return is pages and pages of artists using the term “serendipity” in association with their work. A number of art galleries also go by the name “Serendipity.” Is…