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 Stillness of Action

“All true artists , whether they know it or not, create from a place of no mind,  of inner stillness.”  Eckhart Tolle (from artquotes.net) What is stillness?  Is it a physical place or an inner place?  Do we need to go to a place of stillness to paint?   Stillness for every artist is likely different.  WhatContinue reading “The Stillness of Action”

Picturing a Paradigm Shift

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” Alfred Stieglitz The UK’s Daily Mail (here) has an article on Kodak and the first camera for use by the general public.  Photography changed from the posed portraits of the times to capturing moments in the everyday lives of people. Continue reading “Picturing a Paradigm Shift”

The Case of the Forging Forger

“Every good painter paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday told the story of hugely successful art forger, Ken Perenyl. It appears that Perenyl has had an immensely lucrative career as a forger of the works of a number of mainly eighteenth and nineteenth century artists. He boastfully demonstrates hisContinue reading “The Case of the Forging Forger”

A Place of Enchantment

“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.”     Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of Cross Creek and The Yearling   Do we, as artists, require a place of enchantment?  Can we create without a place of enchantment?  Do we have to physically be at that placeContinue reading “A Place of Enchantment”