Crashing Matters??

  “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-indulgentContinue reading “Crashing Matters??”

Cooking With Art

“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Harriet Van Horne (from Brainyquote) An art theft in the 1970’s has finally been solved. The story is told by the Los Angeles Times of the recent discovery of two paintings stolen from a private residence in London. The thievesContinue reading “Cooking With Art”

Hatching Art Eggs

“Hibernation is a covert preparation for a more overt action.” Ralph Ellison (from The Painter’s Keys) It’s easy to think art just happens. An artist sits down at the easel and paint flows into something beautiful or meaningful or whatever. This hand, holding a brush, flows across the canvas and a painting appears. Presto! MaybeContinue reading “Hatching Art Eggs”

Who’s an Artist?

“I never said I was a genius.”  Orson Welles  (from Brainyquote) Is there a set of characteristics that must be possessed in order to be worthy of being called an artist?  Many people are hesitant to call themselves artists even though they are actively engaged in creating some form of art.  When asked, a personContinue reading “Who’s an Artist?”

Vexing Vexations

“Expectation is the mother of all frustration.”  Antonio Banderas (from Brainyquote) All artists experience frustration at some time or other.  It is a fact of life.  How one chooses to handle the frustration can make a huge difference.  Or not.  Fantasizing about destruction of another’s artwork may have occurred in the thought processes of someContinue reading “Vexing Vexations”

300,000 Clues for the Clueless

“Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.”  David Hockney (from Brainyquote) Why does anyone have a “summit” on a topic?  Usually it is because they have discovered they are clueless and hoping a summit will give them a clue.  It happens in all fields.  When something has goneContinue reading “300,000 Clues for the Clueless”

Outside Inside

“It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling (from Skinnyartist) What happens when the Insiders become stale and must seek new inspiration?  The only option is to look outside.  It has always been so and now more than ever.  Insiders jump from fad to fad, novelty toContinue reading “Outside Inside”

Selfie Saturation

“I love how the most insecure people on Facebook are the ones who post a new self-portrait every 6 hours.” Unknown (from Who hasn’t been bombarded with selfies lately?  Everywhere you turn someone somewhere is posting a ridiculous image of him or herself doing something amazingly unentertaining.  Selfies are the visual counterpart on socialContinue reading “Selfie Saturation”

Matters of the Artful Heart

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”  ~Schumann (from As research continues into how the brain responds to art, one journalist is questioning whether art is being reduced to a basic scientific formula.  Why do we need to know how the brain responds toContinue reading “Matters of the Artful Heart”

The Artfully Unique Brain

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” Oscar Wilde (from Brainyquote) Does art have the power to reach the brain in unique ways?  Do certain artworks directly connect with the deep inner recesses of the brain?  Does art have a brain pathway to who we are as unique individuals?  TheseContinue reading “The Artfully Unique Brain”