Word Games

“Criticism is easy, art is difficult.” Destouches (from The Painter’s Keys) Why do artists need guidance and assistance to write about their art? It’s a fact for many artists. Creating a painting is one thing, describing the process of how that happened is another. An artist knows, usually, why a subject or theme moves himContinue reading “Word Games”

Week End Inspiration–Get Physical

“Stop talking.  Start walking.”  L.M. Heroux  (from Skinnyartist.com) New research is proving that the best way to get the creative juices flowing is regular participation in exercise.  Making time for a regular walk may be just the ticket to new inspiration.  Walking clears the head and starts the flow of endorphins.  Everybody loves endorphins.   EndorphinsContinue reading “Week End Inspiration–Get Physical”

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 usualContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–Looking to Each Other”

Sunday Slideshow–Backyard Butterfly Theatre Company

Backyard Butterfly Theatre Company During the hot summer days, the butterflies in the backyard got bored and decided to put on a few theatre productions to entertain the caretaker of the backyard.  Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was the first production.  That was because the Monarch felt he could only play a part worthy of hisContinue reading “Sunday Slideshow–Backyard Butterfly Theatre Company”

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 ifContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–Watering the Drought”

Entitled Vision

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” James Abbot McNeill Whistler(from Brainyquote) The main question most artists are asked is “What is your vision?” Artists are expected to come up with some lofty description of a complicated concept spoken in a manner intended to deliberately confuse, hopefully with a snobbyContinue reading “Entitled Vision”

Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.” Washington Allston (from The Painter’s Keys) Whether or not competition between artists is a good thing is the subject of opinion.  Some believe competition inspires creativity.  Others do not.  Rivalries among artists are not new. Perhaps, it is human nature for some to beContinue reading “Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler”

The Language That We Speak

“Art is a basic human language that is universal among cultures and across time.” –Peter William Brown (from The Painter’s Keys) The well from which visual art arises in the soul is a place difficult to put into words.  Artists express what is in this place through what they put on paper or canvas. ItContinue reading “The Language That We Speak”

Magnetic Obsession

“Most inner-oriented artists share a common characteristic, a certain quality of obsession.”  Kenneth Coutts-Smith  (from The Painter’s Keys) Much has been written and will continue to be written about the strange story of Cornelius Gurlitt and the hoard of some 1400 works of priceless art in his Munich apartment.  How much of the art legallyContinue reading “Magnetic Obsession”