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”

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”

Brush Speak

Red Calla Lilly-Georgia O’Keeffe “I found that I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for” Georgia O’Keeffe (from Brainyquote) Art is an inner language that must be expressed outwardly.  For the visual artist, there is an urge to put sights or thoughts intoContinue reading “Brush Speak”

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”

The Courage to Paint

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”  Georgia O’Keeffe Was O’Keeffe right?  Does art take courage?  Painting takes time, effort and energy.  But is courage behind the time, effort and energy?  Courage is perhaps the necessary force for getting art out of the studio and into the public domain.  Is itContinue reading “The Courage to Paint”