Beautifully Purposeful

“Create we must, and respond to this dark hour.” Makoto Fujimura The artistic process for many can be a compulsion, striving to express an idea, a thought, a feeling bubbling up from deep inside. The expression is often not consciously mulled over before erupting into reality. How much time is spent reflecting on the purposeContinue reading “Beautifully Purposeful”

Weekend Inspiration–Nature Inspired Inventions

Fun and amazing inventions inspired by the humble gecko and other small creatures.  Nature is so amazing and always a great source of inspiration and information.  Its fascinating to me to see how inventors come up with their ideas.

Pathway to Purpose

  “Find purpose, means will follow.”  Mahatma Gandhi (from The Painter’s Keys) Do artists need to have a purpose?  Many artists will say they just want to make art.  Purpose doesn’t matter as long as they can make art.  But is that really true?  If an artist is jumping from one subject to another, oneContinue reading “Pathway to Purpose”

Chancing the Serendipitous

“Serendipity is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Author Unknown (from The Painter’s Keys) Everyone wants to lay claim to serendipity.  Search for artists and serendipity and the return is pages and pages of artists using the term “serendipity” in association with their work.  A number of art galleries also go by the name “Serendipity.”  IsContinue reading “Chancing the Serendipitous”

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”

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 onContinue 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”

Weekend Inspiration–Gratitude

Do we, as artists, reveal to the world what there is around us to be grateful for?  We see, hear, and feel the beauty that may be missed by others, especially those caught up in the rat race of the busyness of life. For myself, I forget to approach each canvas as an opportunity toContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–Gratitude”