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”

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”

Weekend Inspiration–Block Medicine

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up.” Chuck Close  (About.com/painting) Artist’s block is a subject worth repeating because we all go through it.   Each time it rears its ugly head is a cue to seek some kind, any kind of solution that will break the back of the evil block.  There couldContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–Block Medicine”

Let Them Make Art!

“ I gave them paint.  All it takes.  These politicians make things too complicated.” Elena Thomas (from Artists Talking in A-N) Put a group of people into a room full of art supplies and watch what happens.  People find ways to create things.  They experiment with materials, forms, and limitations.  They solve problems.  They beginContinue reading “Let Them Make Art!”

Panic Aversion

“The object isn’t to make art, but to be in that wonderful state that makes art inevitable.”-Robert Henri (from Skinnyartist) The search for inspiration can be a never- ending battle.   Nothing is working.  The feeling can range from confusion to panic.  What if you never get your inspiration back?  Where do you turn?  Listening to whatContinue reading “Panic Aversion”

Envisioning Leadership

“Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there,” John P. Kotter (The Painter’s Keys) Where is the next great art movement?  Are artists today struggling through a crisis of ideas or is it art in general?  Are artists mimicking other artists or variations of other movements?  Is painting dead,Continue reading “Envisioning Leadership”

Cloudy Thinking

“The arts have an extraordinary ability to enhance our lives, to help us heal, and to bring comfort in times of great stress.”–Dana Gioia,  NEA Chairman, 2003, (from Creativity in Healthcare.com) How would you like to sit before a painting of what looks like bleeding clouds while waiting to have medical tests? My friend, Sue,Continue reading “Cloudy Thinking”

Voices

“It takes courage to paint, to express yourself that way and put it out there for others to see and comment on.”–Carla Neggers–The Rapids, pg 361-62 Occasionally, a statement in an unlikely place can jump out and grab your attention.  The above quote, in a suspense fiction novel, provoked such a response.  It does takeContinue reading “Voices”

A Nomadic Nature

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp (from Artpromotivate) Are artists running away through their art?  Is running away a good thing?  So many people wish they could run away everyday.  Few have the means.  Artists do it daily. Running away is generally thought of in a negative sense.  Continue reading “A Nomadic Nature”