Passing Fancy

“Fads are the kiss of death. When the fad goes away, you go with it.” Conway Twitty (from Brainyquote) Who or what will be in the spotlight of art for 2014? What does it take to make it into the spotlight, the center stage? An idea, a painting, a poem, a sentence, a photograph thatContinue reading “Passing Fancy”

Felt or Flat

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, but must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller (from Skinnyartist) If a painting, a piece of music, a poem, a story, a performance, a photograph is so beautiful it touches the heart, it is considered a great work ofContinue reading “Felt or Flat”

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–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”

Critical Distinctions

“The Distinctions of fine art bore me to death.” Maurice Sendak (from Brainyquote) The debate has raged on and on over Fine Art versus Illustration. Is illustration fine art? Is fine art, illustration? Many a late night conversation among art students has debated this question. The snobbery on each side is rather humorous. Each believesContinue reading “Critical Distinctions”

Weekend Inspiration–Seeking Kindred Spirits

“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.”  James McNeil Whistler (from skinnyartist.com) Art inspires literature.  Literature inspires art.  Music inspires both art and literature, and vice versa. There is an emotional connection that is felt, one for the other on a deep level.  It has been going onContinue reading “Weekend Inspiration–Seeking Kindred Spirits”

Listen Up: Heart versus Brain

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” Leonardo da Vinci What is political art and what isn’t?  The Tate’s new exhibition, “Art Turning Left” exhibits the art of left-leaning political artists like the Guerrilla Girls.  Undoubtedly, the Guerrrilla Girls made a splash with their bold political statements turning upContinue reading “Listen Up: Heart versus Brain”

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”

Artfully Senseless

“Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.”  Leonardo da Vinci              (from The Art of Artificial Evolution) Does participation in the arts increase knowledge?  Since the publication of “The Mozart Effect” study, scientists have been asking this question.  Artists already knowContinue reading “Artfully Senseless”

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”