My mission to engage people in creativity is finally happening! My painting classes at the Riverdale Senior Center have now begun their 3rd session!! This post is to show the incredible art from people who never painted before.
And a new student who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s has joined. Robert is a professional artist who studied at the Art Students League. He has a studio upstate New York. However, since his mental decline he has not done art for a long time. I told him the first day that he is still an artist and he can create just like Monet when his eyesight went bad.
My painting classes are not about skill. I do not teach technique. There is a very spiritual connection to art and one student, Margery, has exceptional talent.
So here’s to Riverdale’s emerging artists. And please do not refer to them as seniors dabbling in art. Their work is fearless and vibrant. Totally alive and ageless!
The following are by Robert who has Alzheimer’s:
STAY TUNED FOR PART TWO
What are you doing to inspire others? When I’m in self absorbed fear I’m in trouble
My Mind is a bad neighborhood is yours? Well get the hell out of Dodge NOW!!!
I realize that when I’m looking to be inspired what I really need is to inspire someone else. So I spent yesterday being of service to my latest fearless artist Beth Gallager. Beth doesn’t worry about being perfect – she is so happy being in her art zone. Doing art has enhanced her life. Her eyes are focused on seeing the world. She is out of the cave and alive! By the way she jumped in and never said those pitiful words “I can’t do art I can’t draw a straight line”
Who have you inspired lately? An artist is responsible to encourage their communities to stop living in fear and start to enjoy their very special creative selves!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS HERE’S BETH’S CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS TREE! DONE ON HER IPAD WITH ART SET PRO.
A Fearless Artist must keep experimenting and showing their art.
My 5 ft Portrait done at the Art Students League
I am not going to review this book as I have not read it yet. However, yesterday I listened to David Kelly’s TED Talk on Creative Confidence. Essentially he is saying that creativity is not just for artists but everyone. As children we are born with natural creative instincts. And somewhere along the line we are judged and that takes us down. When we give up creativity we lose a very important piece of ourselves. That piece is the ability to solve problems creatively. We say we can’t. David Kelly is helping those people and giving them the chance to expand their lives.
My theory of coloring books being banned is not so far fetched. Coloring in the lines is not creative. Kids feel bad because they have trouble being in the lines. They are not following the rules of coloring books.
Judging art is a waste of time. Only the person viewing it can say whether it appeals to them or not. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When we judge we kill.
David Kelly says his clients are changed when they get creative. Their outlook on life is different and thy start to explore different ideas about their purpose in life. Major thinking!
Again I say my mission is to get everyone engaged in creativity.