The Courage of Gratitude

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche (from The Painter’s Keys) Courage is an essential part of art.  It takes courage to engage in the act of putting what is inside the heart outside into the world in some form. Whether the art is writing, painting, sculpting, photography, dancing,… Continue reading The Courage of Gratitude

Missing the Muse Point

“O! For a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention.”  William Shakespeare (from The Painter’s Keys) Much has been written and will continue to be written on what the muse is or isn’t.  Do all artists have one?  Is it a person?  A place? A thing?  An idea?  Many writers on… Continue reading Missing the Muse Point

Weekend Inspiration–The Geometry of Art

Is there a numeric formula to art, conscious or unconscious?  Possibly.  Having never thought much about this idea, I am going back to look at paintings to see if I do it unconsciously.  As I operate mainly in the right brain and don’t think much about left brain activity like numbers or numeric formulas, I… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–The Geometry of Art

Weekend Inspiration–Artpromotivate.com

Artpromotivate.com has a fabulous article for inspiration titled: 20 Art Inspiration Ideas for Creativity.  All 20 are great ideas.   One favorite for me is number 19, Making Art for Art’s Sake.  The premise behind number 19 is to simply create outside your usual comfort zone.  19 suggests trying something new or different, not focusing on… Continue reading Weekend Inspiration–Artpromotivate.com

Taking Inventory

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.” Bill Hicks (from Brainyquote) Suppose you are stranded somewhere without any art supplies. What do you do? You could dissolve into a quivering lump of uselessness or you could look around and see what’s available. Sit down, think about it and have another cup of coffee.… Continue reading Taking Inventory

Year’s End Thank You

The Painting Pundit started out as a blog for art commentary. As I soon learned, there are many bloggers out there. Instead of shunning a new comer, these fellow bloggers have willingly lent a helping hand. They very quickly jumped right in with encouragement and feedback. I have learned so much from each one. And… Continue reading Year’s End Thank You

Colorful Fridays–Everything’s Coming Up Orchids

“A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great love, joy and health.” Leatrice Eiseman executive director, Pantone Color Institute Frantically searching through paint boxes, “Radiant Orchid” is nowhere to be found. No “Radiant Orchid” in the watercolor box or the oil box. Can’t find it in the pastels either. Horror… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Everything’s Coming Up Orchids

Pearls of Rebellious Creativity

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” Albert Einstein (from Goodreads.com) Where, oh where is today’s creativity? Is creativity the new buzzword so mainstream it has lost its true meaning? A number of town criers are raising the alarm of an acute loss of innovation due to an epidemic… Continue reading Pearls of Rebellious Creativity