Eclipsing the Brain

Better be without logic than without feeling. Charlotte Bronte (from The Painter’s Keys) The purpose in art is frequently directed toward the rational, the brain. Many artists seek ways to make the meaning clear so that others may discern the intent. The purpose is for people to appreciate the art because they have grasped theContinue reading “Eclipsing the Brain”

Routine Eccentricity

“Its important to keep the eccentric spirit alive, because when that goes, the work will go.”  Nicolas Cage  (from The Painter’s Keys) Do all creative people have eccentricities that stimulate the creative juices? Some artists have elaborate routines they must go through before they can create.  To others it may be as simple as alwaysContinue reading “Routine Eccentricity”

The Elusive Muse

“Often the muse will not respond to direct and logical requests.  She must be lured in with the playful and the gentle.”  Jill Badonsky (from The Painter’s Keys) One of the most painful issues for anyone in the arts is the feeling that the muse has gone.  All inspiration has dried up.  The art isContinue reading “The Elusive Muse”

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, IContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–The Geometry of Art”

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”

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–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.

Week-End Inspiration–Slogging through the Wasteland

“The Muse visits during the act of creation., not before  Don’t wait for her. Start alone.”  Roger Ebert It’s been a long week and you are counting on having some time to create art this week-end.  You are pumped, you are ready, all your supplies out, then… nothing.  A big fat nothing!  The Muse hasContinue reading “Week-End Inspiration–Slogging through the Wasteland”