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-indulgent… Continue reading Crashing Matters??

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! Maybe… Continue 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 person… Continue 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 some… Continue reading Vexing Vexations

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 Searchquotes.com) 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 social… Continue 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 Quotegarden.com) 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 to… Continue 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?  These… Continue reading The Artfully Unique Brain