Weekend Inspiration–Looking to Each Other

“You can look anywhere and find inspiration.”  Frank Gehry  (from The Painter’s Keys) Dry spells, days without inspiration, lack of incentive can happen at anytime to any artist.  You show up at the studio, sit in front of an empty canvas or paper and nothing happens.  Nothing is working.  You looked to all your usual… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Looking to Each Other

Weekend Inspiration–Watering the Drought

“The best cure for a dry spell is simply to keep at it.  Good things are happening, soon to be revealed.”  Eleanor Blair (from The Painter’s Keys) Those first thoughts of panic when you find yourself in a dry spell can take over and consume you.  What if you are never inspired again?  What if… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Watering the Drought

Moving the Barricades

“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.”  Mark Rothko (from SusieGadea.com) Capturing what is in the heart and splattering it all over canvas or paper is what artists do.  Facing what others say about that heart is what happens with… Continue reading Moving the Barricades

Weekend Inspiration–All we are saying…….

This 20- minute lecture by Dr. Gil Dekel is worth a listen.  The feeling at the end is, “How awesome creativity is!”  What is the artist really saying in each and every painting?  Dr. Gekel tells us.

Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.”  Aristotle (from Thinkexist.com) Discussions of the origins of Indian Yellow vary though most authorities believe it to have arrived in Europe from Asia in the Fifteenth Century.  Conflicting accounts exist as to the truth of a 19th century investigation into the process of creating Indian Yellow.  The disgusting smell… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

Artfully Senseless

“Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”  Leonardo da Vinci              (from The Art of Artificial Evolution) Does participation in the arts increase knowledge?  Since the publication of “The Mozart Effect” study, scientists have been asking this question.  Artists already know… Continue reading Artfully Senseless

Weekend Inspiration–Block Medicine

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up.” Chuck Close  (About.com/painting) Artist’s block is a subject worth repeating because we all go through it.   Each time it rears its ugly head is a cue to seek some kind, any kind of solution that will break the back of the evil block.  There could… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Block Medicine

Colorful Friday’s–Rich Man’s Blue

“When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness, also.” Paul Cezanne (from The Painter’s Keys) From King Tut’s tomb to 14th century illuminated manuscripts to the luxurious robes of the Byzantine Madonnas, ultramarine blue has been used illustrate the importance of the person or object depicted. Ultramarine blue earned this place in art… Continue reading Colorful Friday’s–Rich Man’s Blue