So again I have been in a creative block. I was reminded of the quote by artist Chuck Close regarding artistic inspiration.
“AMATEURS LOOK FOR INSPIRATION, THE REST OF US JUST GET UP AND GO TO WORK “
Can’t argue with that!!! So I called upon my formula for breaking paralysis… START WITH A DOODLE!
I have a wonderful portable watercolor kit created to take anywhere. A pouch filled with portable brushes and an assortment of wonderful pots of special paints. An inexpensive set of watercolors. Tiny tubes of gouache. Paper towels. And a 9″ x 12″ pad of cold pressed watercolor paper. Easy travel and easy clean up.
Here is the doodle and I really got into working and playing the colors and the liquid flow of the medium. And from the doodle two exciting and free expressive paintings.
HOW TO GET OFF THE HINDENBURG!
My mind is still spinning. How did so many people drink the Kool Aid???? We’ve lost our minds.
The challenge is existing in a country run by a narcissistic sexual predator for 4 years. I’ve been afraid to post my feelings of this election but this is MY blog so I can do whatever I want. However, I’m not going to give attention to the future “Not My President “.
As an artist I am guided to help the pain in the world by creating beauty again. I don’t want to do anything political in art. I want to paint serenity in a time of darkness. My art has never been motivated by politics. My paintings are to escape insanity and to remind people that there is beauty.
I’m a mature artist so I will leave politics for the younger generation. The generation that tells me my art is “over the couch art “. Great I’ll take that market. I’m not proud. A lot of people like pretty paintings.
Anyway, my point is the lack of creativity and culture in our country created this mess. A creative mind would never have been led down this path. The mind that thinks creatively would see and hear the bullshit. The way out was limited but the choice made was a misinformed one.
A creative mind sees a bigger picture. A creative mind experiences life with multiple options. It is not led by others. That’s why people think artists are strange. Different.
My mission is to get people to start creating. I want them to start to think like an artist. No talent needed. Just an open mind. Unlock imagination. Let go of fear and worry. Look at beauty again. Love people. Stop comparing. Stop complaining. The call to action is start thinking about what’s really important to you and your community. Don’t go down the rabbit hole with toxic people. No one has the power to take away your thinking. Your decisions. Your life. Your country. We gave over our power and listened to lies. We only heard what we wanted.
As an artist I have to get people to get their own minds back teaching them creativity. I have to create paintings of beauty.
THE WORLD CAN BE BEAUTIFUL AGAIN IF WE WORK TOGETHER.
A few of my “over the couch” paintings.
I kill a lot of paintings because I don’t know when to STOP.
A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is exploring this artistic dilemma. It is called “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible ” . I t will run till September 4th.
Exhibition at Met
I’m inspired now to show my unfinished art without shame but to celebrate their presence. I am taking them out of hiding.
Will I ever finish them? Maybe. Maybe not. But they are just as important as finished art.
WHAT UNFINISHED ART ARE YOU HIDING?
EVERYONE POST YOUR UNFINISHED ART AND WE WILL ALL CELEBRATE!!
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I attended a talk about artists using Instagram to promote their work. The National Art Club is an old traditional art organization. I got married there in the 1980’s! I have not kept up with the art they show in many years so I still think they are traditional.
However, as I searched the Internet I found that they have been evolving. I must tell on myself. I’ve never been part of their art scene because I think I’m not good enough for them. But I won’t let that thinking stop me from seeing what’s going on.
So here’s what’s going on.
A panel of 3 artists using Instagram.
TANIA DEBONO Typography Artist and her website is called TheWriting.
KENNETH SCHLENKER Art Dealer and creator of an upscale art selling website called ArtList.
SAM HORINE Photographer and Educator NYC
WHAT I LEARNED … it’s another venue for showing your artwork. A bigger venue right now.
ANOTHER THING I LEARNED … never sit next to artist savages. Especially the elderly artists who are desperate to sell their work. You feel the self seeking oozing from their pores.
And Tania DeBono nipped that in the bud. She said trying to sell on social media is not going to work. People are turned off by selling artists.
I found that I am promoting my voice and story as an artist. Be authentic and the money comes.
THE CAVE … warm and dark … no people to drive you crazy … no expectations to meet!
I used to love the cave. But the cave was a hide out from life. Today I redecorated my cave. I call it the castle of creativity. It’s not dark. Large trees outside my window are active with squirrels running up and down for entertainment. My easel next to the window with canvas ready to paint. Solitude is not hiding anymore. Solitude is art.
A friend wanted to know what art museums were good to go to in the city. She wanted to take a a out of town friend who loves art to a museum but she had no idea what art is about or where to take her. Of course she rattled off MOMA, the MET, and the Whitney. Some big names. I thought it would be interesting to have them over for tea and a chat on art and her friend could see my process as a professional artist.
SILENCE … followed by “She wants to see “real art”.
It’s a good thing I have a tough skin in these situations. However, this is not an isolated feeling from one person. The majority of people think living artists who are not making a fortune in the art market are not “real artists “. This is a very sad state of affairs today. And my friend actually purchased postcards of my art to use to write to people because she loved the painting.
ART DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN A MUSEUM OR BE HANGING ON THE WALLS OF WEALTHY INVESTMENT BANKERS. ARTISTS DON’T HAVE TO BE STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS LIKE BANKSY. BUT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE FAMOUS ART BECAUSE THEY NEED TO BE TOLD WHAT GOOD ART IS.
It’s not about taste or getting a feeling of the artwork, it’s the need to be told what is good art. If it’s in a museum it must be good. I have seen a lot of awful art in museums. I personally don’t like MOMA. I’m not into installation art. I never understand what the artist vision is in those long art speak descriptions they post. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?? SPEAK TO ME IN WORDS THAT DON’T REQUIRE ME TO BRING A DICTIONARY TO THE MUSEUM!!