Falling Chips

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” Hugh Nibley (from The Painter’s Keys) Suppose your goal is to create “beautiful” art. The first thing you might set out to do is define, “beautiful.” Good luck with that! Volumes have been written about what is and isn’t beautiful. The subject was examined in a movie documentary starring MathewContinue reading “Falling Chips”

Eyes of the Heart

  “I shut my eyes in order to see.” Paul Gauguin (from Skinnyartist.com) How can one create with eyes shut? Gauguin’s statement would seem to not make any sense. Does he mean painting with a blindfold on? Many paintings out there look as though they have been painted with a blindfold on. Many more lookContinue reading “Eyes of the Heart”

Hurdling Hurdles

“I like the fact that there is challenge.” Keren Ann (from The Painter’s Keys) The latest sales figures, in an article by Melanie Gerlis, for The Art Newspaper, reveal the online art market to have reached the one billion dollar mark. While the online art market continues to grow, as the same article discusses, itContinue reading “Hurdling Hurdles”

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-indulgentContinue reading “Crashing Matters??”

Colorful Fridays-Accidental, Grandmotherly, Dusty Purple

“Mauve is just pink trying to be purple.” James McNeil Whistler In the nineteenth century, the color mauve became all the rage in more than one country, so much so that the 1890’s were called The Mauve Decade, in a book by Thomas Beer. The rage started with two royal ladies, Queen Victoria of EnglandContinue reading “Colorful Fridays-Accidental, Grandmotherly, Dusty Purple”

Coming and Going

“The only way to say what abstract art is, is to say what it is not.” Ad Reinhardt (from The Painter’s Keys) The work of two very different blog posts jumped out this week for what each represented.  Bloggers Elena Caravela and JF of Close to Eighty unintentionally demonstrated the past and the future ofContinue reading “Coming and Going”

Brushing up Adventure

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” Ovid (from The Painter’s Keys) Suddenly the realization dawns that things have gone stagnant.  The same direction is going on and on, endlessly.  Everything is feeling redundant.  It’s a circle going round and round.  What can be done to stop this looming boredom?  Maybe its time to go forContinue reading “Brushing up Adventure”

Tweak, Tweak, Tweak…..

“What is once well done, is done forever.”  Henry David Thoreau (from Brainyquote.com) Is there a little bird who says when its time to stop tweaking a work or a subject?  When is enough, enough?  Many creative people have a difficult time knowing when to stop.  A tweaky little tweaker flitting in to let outContinue reading “Tweak, Tweak, Tweak…..”

Slapping the Storm

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.”  William Shakespeare (Hamlet) Sometimes the force of changing directions jumps up and plants a big ole slap across the face.  After the stinging subsides a bit, a little need to checkContinue reading “Slapping the Storm”