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.
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
People think art is not for them. It is only for talented artists. Art is mysterious. It’s messy and too much trouble. The bottom line is art has become a unnecessary part of life. And we have separated people into creatives and non-creatives.
I’m determined to address this myth and encourage people to engage in art as a way to create a balanced mind. It can be visual art, music, dancing, singing or writing. Creativity and imagination can improve the quality of life.
Stop listening to the news and start doing ART!!!
I have created a very inspirational painting class in the Bronx.
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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As an artist in today’s art world I make sure I get out and learn what other artists are doing to be successful with their art. I posted the lecture I attended at the National Arts Club on how artists are using Instagram to promote their work.
I took a seat in the front row as I always do and that put me within a foot of the handsome face of Sam Horine, one of the guest speakers Sam radiated a sense of true authenticity and confidence without ego I’m good at picking up “artistic ego driven” vibes A couple of them sat next to me. You know the kind. They think they’re the most talented artists around. They are usually seniors belonging to prestigious art clubs and have been going to art school forever. They desperately want to be famous and sell their art. Behind me sat a prominent (that’s how he was introduced) sculptor who has been known in the art world. I tried to engage in a conversation but was dismissed. They always look down their noses when they dismiss you right!
STOP…back to the real topic of this post…Sam. Why I want to put him on my blog is that he is an example of an artist who creates because it is his soul. And he is an artist who is open to all people. He is adjunct professor at NYU teaching photography. He is a successful freelance photographer working with major companies. Best of all he is SAM and his work is expressive of the integrity I felt being across the table from him.
The artist savage next to me questioned him with “are you selling on Instagram ?” He graciously replied that he doesn’t use Instagram as a tool to sell. He said it was more important to use it to show his work to a large audience. That being said the senior artist savage grumbled and I know she won’t be using Instagram.
Here’s to Sam Horine. An artist in the true sense of the word.
His website: http://www.samhorine.com knock out photography
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.