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Creative Art Inspirations

Creative Art Inspirations

Inspirations

Stella Terrill Mann,

“Every time we say, Let there be! in any form,

something happens.”

I’ve been away.

Not literally, but figuratively. Taking a …. Pause. Reflecting.

Many of you, readers, customers, students and friends ask with increasing frequency, “When, are you going to post again?!”

“Soon, When it is Time.” Has been my response.

Artists, creative people in general go through cycles, and bursts of productivity.

Then, seemingly endless – long empty dry, droughts.

Where nothing is happening. So it seems on the surface.

But look deeper. And you discover all the myriad ingredients simmering and merging together quietly.

They just aren’t ready yet.

We have to learn patience.

It will happen. We will not be stuck in the drought or winter, forever!

Winter isn’t really a time of sleeping. Its a very busy time. Underneath the layers of earth, major preparations are being done.

Side note…..

I have been away for quite some time, so I decided to freshen the blog up a little.

I’m testing out a new WP format, and I will just have to press publish to see how it all goes. I like experiments!

I hope you like the change.

Thanks for your patience and continuing to ‘check in’ while I have been on pause and reflecting.

Cheers, Debi

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Where, Do You Paint?  … my kitchen counters

Where, Do You Paint? … my kitchen counters

I have a studio, with 2 art tables and easels.  I have 2 art tables set up on the patio.  And still,  many, many times I paint on the kitchen counter.

It doesn’t really make sense.

Especially to the someone who has gone above and beyond to assemble said studio, those tables and the gear for this ‘persnickety’ artist.

 

 

 

 

What is it, about the kitchen counter?

What does it have, that the other places…. don’t?

 

I’ve never paused to contemplate this until now.

Til the post of yesterday, “How much do you paint?”

This post,  it made me think, it caused me to question things.  How? Why? Where? When?

 

All great questions, insightful, if we dig our way to the bottom of them.

 

 

 

Where, do I paint?

It does have a little bit to do with Light and yes with space too;  but more than those, its about:  Feeling.  

When I’m in the art studio, I am  in isolation.

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 art studio …. tidied up! 

 

I’m cut off from the other rooms, from whats going on elsewhere.

I’m not part of the rest of the house.

And that sensation fosters a tightening up.

 

 

 

Comfortable

When I’m in the kitchen space, I’m perfectly at ease.

All rooms connect.  I feel Free and in the zone.

 

I paint when no one is home, so there is a feeling of aloneness, but not, loneliness.

That is a huge difference to me as I create.

 

 

 

The kitchen area, its not a big space.

Nor is it infused with an abundance of natural light.

Its not the best lit room of the house.

its adequate.

But it comes down to how I feel, when I’m creating in that space  vs  when I’m in the other spaces.

I will always paint better, create better, when I am comfortable.

At ease.

 

 

Outdoors

I do love to paint and create out on the lawn; sitting near the rose garden.

I feel free and loose and at home there.

There is no sense of being cut off or isolated.

I’m part of the whole.

Thus, painting is easy there.

 

 

I guess, the bottom line is that we just need to paint, create in the space  – wherever  it may be  that makes us the most comfortable.

How many of you, paint at the kitchen table or counter?

 

 

 

Sky Fire..like JMW Turner

Sky Fire..like JMW Turner

When life mimics art.

Over the Indian Ocean the the velvet clouds cloak the sky.

No paints in hand.

 

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photo……. “Sky Fire,”     like Turner

Sunset Skies of Fire

A camera, to capture the thoughts I had while looking for that briefest of moments upwards.

Wondering…. what Turner felt when he gazed upon the setting sun.

How his spirit lifted within.

Wondrous. I almost think we might have shared the same sense of awe. Of inspiration. Perhaps.

 

 

Turner

JMW Turner 1775-1851 a real master of both watercolors and oils.

He, is the one to emulate.

If you wish to learn oils or watercolors….. he’s your guy. 

You can’t go wrong studying Turner.

 

His quote….

“Its only when

we are no longer fearful

that we begin to create.”

 

His skies,  remain  unrivalled.

10 magnificent Turner paintings 

Turner at Tate 

A Creator of Impressionist paintings – at times so wild and free.

 

 

 

I can dream.

Of creating, of painting,  of interpreting the subject before me in such a way.

 

 

 

The prior post, All things watercolor 

featured a simple landscape, not skies, but a shoreline.

Loose and wild. Expressive.

It was done in a similar spirit as Turner.

As much as I love Turner, I must stay true to myself.

To paint, to express from within.

But

I can Learn, how to do this…. from Turner.

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watercolor beginner basics

 

Here, I am….

Here, I am….

A walk? No.

It wasn’t, what it was, was a brief 7 minute sit down.

But utterly completely, there.

3 days in a row, sneaking and stealing the time.

 

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Mind Fully, present and here

Mind Fully There

Work, shops, tasks. Driving.

Drivers who provide an endless treasury of resource material for posts.

Deciding I need to take a recess.

 

Taking an ultra brief, stop on the way.

A pause.

Same place, roughly the same amount of time spent.

Just being.

 

 

I sit.  No walking. No talking.

Just listening.

 

I am determined that if I only have about 5 minutes to spend here,  I am going to make every second count.

And that each moment, I’ll feel, and listen, taste the air and breathe it all in.

 

As if…. they were my only 5 minutes left.
And so I do.

 

It is a magical and  illuminating way, to spend this short span of time.

 

 

 

Karen’s post at Healing your grief  recently included a quote by William Blake.

It seems to sum up what I’ve been doing in these pauses.

 

“To see a World  in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven    in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity

in the palm of your hand

And

Eternity in an hour.”

William Blake

 

 

It is the holding “Eternity in an hour…”   that captivates my interest most right now.

 

 

 

Google

 

Google, as always is a wonderful delightful Friend.

I typed in Mindfulness, to see what I might come up with.  After a few scroll downs, I found something of that piqued my interest.

 

 

Mindfulness

What?   Harvard?  and mindfulness…. really?

It caught my eye.

 

 

Harvard Business Review…….    If You Aspire to be a Great Leader

 

In a survey of 2,000 employees, Bain & Company found that among 33 leadership traits — including creating compelling objectives, expressing ideas clearly, and being receptive to input — the ability to be mindfully present (also called centeredness) is the most essential of all.

 

Research also suggests that there’s a direct correlation between leaders’ mindfulness and the well-being and performance of their people.

In other words, the more a leader is present with their people, the better they will perform.

 

Every morning, Conant allocated a good chunk of his time to walking around the plant, greeting people, and getting to know them.

He would memorize their names and the names of their family members.

He would take a genuine interest in their lives.

To Conant, these behaviors were not just strategies to enhance productivity; they were heartfelt efforts to support his people.

 

 

 

As I read the HBR article, I found myself nodding in agreement.  That Conant chose to take an active interest in the lives of his employees was interesting.

It was also a sharp and vivid reminder to me of a previous long term, employer of my spouse.

He also, took an active participation in his employees’ lives.

A genuine, concerned interest.

What this did, was ensure the entire family was invested in the company and its success.

We, and even the children, were on board with travel and the long hours the job entailed.

I look back and think, what a smart man.

But also, more importantly, how truly, kind he was.

 

These leaders are fully engaged and present; and yes, they do get the most from their workforce.

 

 

Art is not in Isolation

You might think it odd, I find quotes and articles from business publications and don’t stick to  “arts and crafts.”

But, I’ve found we really can’t isolate areas so easily.  One bleeds over into the other.

 

I enjoyed the article enough to want to share it.

 

 

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Here. right here, I am.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palette Knife Acrylic Abstract… “Scorched Wings of Icarus”

Palette Knife Acrylic Abstract… “Scorched Wings of Icarus”

I prefer the title, “Scorched Wings of Icarus.”

How about you?

 

 

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Scorched Wings of Icarus,      palette knife acrylic abstract

 

Palette Knife Abstract

I know which title is more ‘relatable,’  more ‘informative’  to the reader.

But which one is likely to generate more,  readers’  interest?   

Readers’  Curiosity?

 

 

Scorched Wings of Icarus

How is anyone supposed to figure out what’s actually in the post with a title like that?!

Interesting, but too abstract and open ended, maybe so.

But secretly,  I like this title far better.

 

I know, I know!!   You’re an artist, creative, imaginative. And your mind just works that way.

I can hear you,  say these things.

As well as,  “We want to know what we’re  clicking on, First!”

 

I understand……….

 

 

 

Painting Inspirations:

This abstract was inspired and influenced by a few things, people and articles I’ve been reading recently.

As follows:

 

David Kanigan Miracle. All of It. 

This photograph  with the blazing scarlet sun and the excerpt from Franz Kafka speaking of  ‘flying too close.’

Yes.  They were definitely  influencers.

David Kanigan seems to always come up with some thing,  new or intriguing, or uplifting or just plain humorous for his readers.

Check out his website,  I love his writing –  he writes really well.

Anyway. Go look through his posts.

Be uplifted. Laugh. Smile. Cry. Be humbled. Breathe in Life.

 

 

 

Aquileana  at La Audacia de Aquiles   an  impressive website focusing on Mythology.  Making it modern, entertaining, easy to read,  and Fun!

I’ve been reading her articles for quite some time and always, look forward to the extremely comprehensive and educated efforts she puts forth.

Referenced, with photographs, art works, historical sources, collaborations,etc.,   my  5 Star website to go to for mythology info.

I’ve been especially interested most recently in The Titans.

Who they were, there origins, and who came before them.

Aquileana’s site provides revealing glimpses into the mythical lives of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, The Titans, Olympians, The Muses, The Furies and more.  All, richly described in intimate and living color.

 

A revealing  read,      Icarus’ Fall….    

 

 

Matthew Snowden, palette knife  Artist

The knife can be a blessing or … not.

Beginners often go in too heavy handed.

However that is certainly not the case with Snowden.

He uses the palette knife with sensitivity. Delicacy.

And a Bold Decisiveness where and when it it called for. I most definitely enjoyed his paintings, the slathering on of paint, the sure and swift marks made with the knife.

So strong. So beautiful.

 

 

 

And the last influence.

I needed a brief respite.

As I’m still  plugging away at my rather large post describing/explaining the Zen art “Enso.”

 

I almost, want to bin it.

But no I won’t, too much is invested now.

You’ll see it, then probably wish you hadn’t,  its way too long!

 

 

 

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Colors …… Move us

Colors …… Move us

Colors move us in ways we often can’t articulate.

We just can’t seem to find the right words that express how deeply we’ve been touched.

 

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Colors …. Move us

 

Inspired by Color

This morning I was inspired.

My rose garden, it had some lovely buds bursting into color.

I picked them.

 

My wonky abstract, warped frame and all, called out with its summer colors.

I played matchmaker.

I set the two of them up together.

It seemed to me, they belonged to each other. A perfect fit.

Then I hastily shot a few photos, in the subpar gloomy light.

I gave up at 12, the gloomy dark room was making the shots ‘too hard!’

 

 

 Love of Color

The love of color has been with me from my earliest memories as a toddler.

Mother’s bright yellow floral silk scarf,  hot pink and deep magenta sweet williams with soft sage green stems.

Glacial rivers, frosted cobalt teal blue rushing down the high mountains.

 

Yes. I remember.  Those colors, still move me.

I think, I’m always in tune with the colors surrounding me.

Looking. Listening.

 

 

 

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Color accents

 

Colors and I

 

Lucky me, I am an artist.

I can play with colors as if they were musical notes.

I can see and feel the wonderful melody that we have created.

The colors and I.

 

 

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Color Filled …abstract and roses

 

Aristotle and Art

Aristotle had wise words, that have resonated deeply with me.

 

He said,

 

“The aim of Art is to represent   not the outward appearance of things,

but their inward significance.”

 

 

 

With color as my Muse, this is easier – simpler to do than if a photograph was the Muse.

If documentation of the precise item, with all the specifications, ratios, angles, etc. were the Muse.

 

 

 

This Week’s Lesson in Color

Our class lesson this week focused on techniques of using Color.

On allowing  color to run free.

 

To permit color  – completely unforced,  organically, to   move on its own.

It moved wonderfully within the lines drawn – lines drawn simply,  “with a clean and very sloppy wet brush.”

It was fun.

It was exciting. It was Color moving!

 

 

This was one of the best lessons I’ve presented. There were a myriad of learning outcomes from this one exercise.

It was also a challenging lesson.

 

It is so difficult, to let go.

To restrain one’s hand from ‘stroking that Color on.’

Rather than easing, pouring, touching the colors to the paper.

Its difficult…. to allow the brush to merely ‘kiss’ the surface dampness of the paper.

 

I know,  it is.

But the rewards were magnificent.

 

And the freedom of brush, hand, arm, shoulder, mind gained by practicing this exercise can not  be undervalued.

 

You don’t have to be a painter, an artist, or even in an art class to try this approach.

You. Can try it at home.

With any kind of fluid liquid paint that will Move.  You could try it with food coloring. Why Not?!

 

 

The Abstract and the Rose Bouquet

The bold orange, blushing pink petals,  scarlet crimson and pale ivory white lace – aren’t they gorgeous?

 

Color …. moves us.

 

 

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colors touch …the soul