Category Archives: art and self awareness

novelty

for those who are just beginning to understand themselves by the act of creating art, something that maybe you have never achieved before but at the one starting point you thought that this is fun, look at what I can do kind of mentality, I have one question.

has the novelty wore off?

is the pencil and pen that you used, collecting dust, or used for what it was made for, namely other than creating art? has the excitement of creating also went to the way side?

this world needs artists , and creators. the world is going under for the lack of them. pursue art, if not for the world then for yourself.

remember the fire and zeal of the excitement about learning  and participating in the art field of choice? remember how good it felt? want to feel it again?

well its not going to come to you unless YOU chase after it. its like this one quote I read,’don’t wait for inspiration to come to you, chase after it with a club.’

look at the accomplishments and strides you have made, see how good it is? take pride in yourself and keep moving forward artistically. you are worth EVERY minute you spend with your creation, don’t  let anyone sell you short. may the new year give you a new courage to keep pursuing your creative endeavor  so that you can have the peace and pride of your soul. you deserve it.

 

 

 

 

self aware

this entry is dedicated the follower and one of my biggest fans.

i have seen an artist born  today. and have experienced what Pablo Picasso said in part….. every child is born an artist…..WE all have the talent to draw,some want to draw,some can draw and don’t want to and still others never developed what they naturally have in themselves.

what i have had the marvelous experience of witnessing today is a fact ( in my mind) that if a person puts not only an effort ,but…. a true genuine desire to create ,they can and will call forth their talent. and what then ensues is a person who has a  smile,and happiness that can not only make a lasting expression on the observer but …i am sure on the person who created.

the very first drawing this person ever made is a masterpiece. coupled with the willingness to learn and the sheer joy of creating and learning,yes,i am convinced that WE are all artists,the challenge is to STAY one when we grow up.

So this entry is for you my one follower,your doing great!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep up the good work!!!!!IMG_3500

P.S. i believe that at the time of the drawing, the ‘new artist’ become ‘self aware’ of their new found talent.

busy,busy,busy

no matter how busy you  think you are,you must find time for reading. or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

if you are an avid reader like me you know doubt understand what the above words mean. but lets turn it around a little and substitute the word ‘reading’ for ‘art’. as an artist does it make sense too?

there is nothing more refreshing than reading about those artists of (what seems to be ages ago) the hey day ,back when they worked for the ‘slicks’ or were pin up masters.those that painted for a living.going to the easel every day,doing what they love the most ……painting. yes i know,’that what they did for a  ‘livelihood’,but still i cannot help but to marvel at what they did and how they did it.

now the critical question is….if we are not creating or are trying to create for a livelihood,are we still creating ….period.? everyday? aside from the whole ‘i need to manage myself somehow’ mode of mind,do you still create? i am sure those men of long ago still created everyday when they  were not on assignment. in fact there is a modern day example ….Dave Stevens. when he had contracted a terminal disease,he still created (heck,he even was still going to drawing classes) all the way up to when he died.

now that i am thinking about it,not even the threat of death could stop this man from creating.

so what’s your excuse?

myself? i choose the educated bliss of the moment between my creation and me….. over blissful ignorance.

 

 

 

if people only knew

a quote from Michael Angelo,or so it is believed to be from him , reads……..

“if people would only know how hard i work at my art they would not find it so amazing”.

indeed.

way to many times people who look at my artwork,marvel at the pieces they see,but do not consider the seriousness of what i (we as artists) do as a creative person(s).

then comes the question of,how much time does a certain piece take?

a musician, a dancer,etc….ANY visual and or performing person(s) have to spend a huge amount of time and energy in their field. and even when they achieve a ‘professional’ status ( to me it’s ONLY a title) they still have to ‘work ‘at what they do.

yes, work. it’s a satisfying ‘work’ nonetheless . how many people can really say that? that at the end of the day you might be tired, but the end result is truly gratifying.

just think about this for a moment. any visual or performing art (s) takes a person years of practice and study to achieve a certain level they desire and then it  still is not  over. more practice and more study.

a lifetime on going process.

so one reply to ‘how long does it take?’ perhaps a reply like this is in order…..

“it took a lifetime”.

these words are written for,not only for the purpose of self expression,(but as those creators know and are  well aware of what has been expressed here) that those who might one day meet an artist or perhaps gaze upon the work of theirs,to stop and ponder the words above…..

If people only knew how hard i work at my art,they would  not find it so amazing.

there beautiful

”There beautiful”

the above quote is from the owner of the building where i am renting a space for my ‘studio’, a loose term,  but i digress. he voiced himself as such when he happened to notice my value studies i am working on for some portraits.

those two words were heartfelt and sincere. I have  seen his art collection,this man is an intelligent art collector.

I was honored and humbled. but i am not writing about me.it’s the idea that if someone is so moved by what we create,should it not act as a fortification to keep going ? not for the sole purpose of wanting to please  anyone,for after all we create for our own sake.those words should act as an incentive,knowing that  ” hey,my work is and has value,and that my creative work is out reaching and affects others ! ”

as i have written in past articles about the idea of where would we be, if as a human race,those with a talent keep quite and to themselves ? EVERYONE likes music and visual entertainment. i know i am grateful to those who create and hope they continue. for me, some of what they produce is inspiration.

That’s the point. get it?

What you do has the power to ‘touch’ someone.

that is a very powerful position to be in. shall we be self centered, only looking out for number one and what we can grab out of this society? if that is why you create,that is very sad indeed.

but if if those perceive what you do with emotion and express that emotion to you,even if by two simple words as above. that speaks volumes.

would you not agree?

so the next you are moved by someone creative,think, that by way of your creation you can move others too.

being self aware

Being self aware is very important.Not only of the idea of who we are and where we fit into the scheme of things,but also as artists.Who are we? What makes you and artist,musician,dancer and so on?

Is it your drive to be more,as the saying goes…be all you can be? Why is it important to you to have self expression? When you answer these questions,and only you can best provide them, always remember …why you do, what you do, is very important.Let me write that again, VERY IMPORTANT.

In the red shoes classic movie,the dance instructor had asked a potential newcomer to the troupe,” why do you dance?”   her reply……”why do you eat?”  The instructor looked at her for a brief moment and said,”because i have to”. There was silence between them,and the instructor understood.

Do you understand? Is this how you feel?

I will tell you one thing,about 50 years prior to this movie,Vincent Van Gogh summed it up quite nicely…”the only time i feel alive is when i am painting”.

enclosed are some photos of the area in which i create,along with some paintings in the starting phase.IMG_3431 IMG_3435 IMG_3436 IMG_3441

at what point?

A fine artist puts their whole soul into a painting. You know the kind of artist i am writing about,the one that creates for the love of creating. And sooner or later they sell their works.Do you think it’s easy for them to do so? a true artist will feel like they are selling one of their kids or some part of their inner being,it almost feels internally uneasy.

We all have to ‘earn’ a living,and to punch a clock 9-5 is easy,although the faceless corporate giant takes 8 plus hours of our life,we can recoup by walking away at the end of our shift,and try to regain some composure. But for the true artist that puts his life into a painting…and then has to sell his masterpiece,well…….that’s a different stroke of the brush.

The bond the artist has with their creation,why is it so special? and as the title asks…at what point?

At what point does the artist and the creation bond? the initial point of contact? during creation or when the painting is complete.So the artist steps back and observes the final result?

Interesting thoughts ,is it not?

van gogh

This posting category is listed as ‘new post’ from here the posting will go to the appropriate tab for archive ,when there is a new posting.

Sort of like the idea of out with the old in with the new 🙂

So the first “new post”…….

The subject……Vincent van Gogh

A marvelous movie starring Kirk Douglas.The movie was pretty accurate in the telling of his life story.But this is not a movie review,although Mr. Douglas does an outstanding job of acting.This is about the artist,not his work.

Van Gogh was a very passionate man about his art that he was creating.His passion for using color to breathe ‘life’ into his work,did that stem from his fiery zeal for God and to feel alive in  the act of creating his masterpieces? And zeal it was ,creating some 900 works?and only selling one.Do we have this sort of passion ????To paint and feel alive? to paint for the sake of creating some good pieces,with ill regard for the idea of selling?

In other words the question is…….why are you creating your art?

Creating an original work of art is adding something new to the universe.Think about that for a moment.There is a saying that there is nothing new under the sun,’it’s all been done before’. Really? has it? when you commit to creating an original piece,that is the ‘addition’. And that is where a very powerful feeling of satisfaction comes into play.

You must have that passion and fiery zeal…did you see the key words?MUST HAVE.

LOVE  what you are creating (painting ,drawing,dance,music) LOVE the process,FEEL the power,hold it close and don’t let it go.

If you believe in a muse,then so be it. Love her,take care of her,and she will be kind in return.But always  ask yourself ,why am i creating?

For me….i cannot begin to describe the wondrous feeling of joy and happiness at the work i accomplish.I step back and look at what my mind and hands have made,even at this late in my life and drawing and painting for most of it,and think ‘wow!,did i do that?’ Of course i still have to do a hundred paintings or drawings to get that special masterpiece completed,but when it is ,WOW!!!!! what a feeling…it is such a rush i  don’t want that feeling ever to go away.

How about you?

What’s your rush? 😉

 

 

 

 

self aware

Really? you might be thinking with this post title. I am self aware…but,are you really?

I want you to reflect a moment on this simple idea of ……art and popularity.Now whatever your form of creative talent might be,or that of the other person,and you or they have been blessed with a comfortable life and popularity because of your talent…should you be so arrogant as to charge for your autograph?

Are we not all aware(there’s that word ) that, one…WE are all on the same playing field? meaning,we are all humans on the same planet.Yes there are some who may seem better(talent wise,appearance,etc,etc.) but until there is truly some being on this planet that is truly ‘superhuman’,it just means that someone of stature has honed in and nurtured their gift.They spent time in other words to perfect their talent.

We all could do that.

So why is it that some of those who seem to be’ well off ‘ have the mindset to ‘charge’ a price for their autograph,and why do people pay them? for if it was not for the ‘people’ actually helping them to achieve their status they would not be in that favored spot they are in.

There is absolutely no reason to charge for your signature AND there is no reason to pay for it.

The above is written on the heels of a recent event in Chicago,where creators are gathered and are charging for autographs.A ridiculous amount too!!!!

I mock those that pay for it also,can you just see the look on their faces after walking away ( happily) paying up to $80 to get someones autograph? ” wow,meeting so  and so was great,i even got his signature!!!!!!”……..HAHAHAHAHAHA

Now look,i am writing this because i was in that kind of position.I was asked by someone if i could create a little something,a drawing perhaps,and sign it.Essentially this person was asking for my autograph. I was honored and happily obliged. I created a small piece 5x 7 and signed it.

It not only makes good sense to be ‘approachable’ so that they can keep coming back if they need any of my talent to help them or entertain. But it’s also good business sense.

I am not trying to blow my own horn here but…a fact is a fact.If someone helps you get ahead in life,why not show your appreciation,and give a little back ?

I always look at life as a two way street,if i help someone and meet them somewhere up ahead ..well i just hope they would show some appreciation,kindness, etc.

In closing,  the picture here is  the work of art i (gasp!!!! gave away, hehehe) made for my fan.

 

 

why not give a little
why not give a little

inspiration

There comes a time in every artists’ life when they become bogged down.Of course the daily strife of living does not help,especially when we are a very solitary sort of creatures,and when we get stumped as to what to do next creatively,well it can become a little depressing.

An artist friend of mine once told me that……”just put down some lines,anything……” well at this point now is when i am reflecting on those words. What a wonderful set of words they are,i am in a little slump right now,so what i did was i got out a little bit of oils,a very limited pallet of colors and i just created two small,roughly 3×5, paintings of some figures. These are very loose just practices,nothing formal.But….wow!!!!! what a boost!!!! and it was fun too!!!!

For me it is painting,for you it might be something else that you are creative at.But no matter what it is,just put down some lines.  And have fun…it will do a world of good…..try it.

There is a saying i read  some time ago…if you want inspiration,SURROUND yourself with something that inspires you.Almost, if you can, cover yourself in that inspiration, like a blanket.Let it comfort you,hold you and caress you. THEN…….ACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guarantee that once you start the process of creating again,you will feel good and you won’t want to stop.

Till next time,

may your muse always be with you.