Friday, January 20, 2017

Inspiration and Where to Find It

As I talked about in the last blog post, my resolution for 2017 is to reconnect with my own creativity, my own artistic vision, my own painting. After years of painting projects for other people, I am once again yearning to make art for me again.  For some inspiration, I am reading In The Company of Women by Grace Bonney which is a compilation of interviews with 100 different women who are artists and makers. I am only half way through the book and I am currently really enjoying learning about how other artists deal with artistic roadblocks.

For so many of the women in the book, travel is how these artists find the inspiration that pushes them forward. I find travel inspiring too. A change of scenery can do wonders for one's spirit and can rejuvenate the creative spark . However, I do not have the luxury of dropping everything and heading to Paris for a quick getaway. So how does one get inspired when you can't just hop in a car and go?

For convenient inspiration, I have turned to the internet--more specifically, Instagram. I love Instagram because it is based on sharing a visual image. I follow all sorts of accounts--artists and craftspeople, museums and galleries, designers and educators. I really enjoy seeing works in progress. It reminds me that art doesn't happen overnight--art is the act of doing, of making. It's a process--a process that isn't perfect and takes time.

I also feel inspired by art in my community. I am lucky to live in Pittsburgh, PA where we have a thriving arts scene complete with museums, galleries, and theatres, but I find the art of people who do not necessarily think of themselves as artists most inspiring. Artwork created by children is my favorite. Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” There is a freedom in kids' art that is hard to duplicate once you become an adult, I feel. 

Those are just a few examples of where I turn to help inspire me when I need it. What inspires you? Where do you turn when you need help getting your creativity to surface? 

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Paintings

Happy New Year!

We are only a few days in to 2017. Did you make any resolutions this year? Are you starting 2017 with a blank canvas--figuratively and/or literally?

I always make some sort of resolution. I love the feeling of a fresh start and I think there is always something that I could be working on to improve myself or my life. It is true that I do not always carry my resolution through the whole year, but I really do start off excited and strong--that has to count for something, right? 😇

This year I am focusing on reconnecting with my own creativity. For 15 years I have made a living painting projects for other people. It has always been a gift to be paid for drawing and painting as a scenic artist. It truly has been a joy to pass along the tricks of the trade to students and to paint larger-than-life scenery for loads theatrical productions, but I have really missed creating my own work. For years I have put all of my own painting and artistic vision on the backburner, often because painting all day doesn't really make me want to paint when I get home. This year I want to find my own artistic voice again. I don't know where this artistic adventure will take me but I am excited to get started. And you bet that my Dynasty brushes will be right there on the journey with me!

So, where to start? Well, I was given a lovely 3' x 3' stretched gallery wrapped canvas for Christmas so I guess I will be starting there! I was also given the book In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney and I think that will be a great companion and source of inspiration to this first project. Notice that I just said first--yes, I want this resolution to lay the groundwork for my creativity throughout 2017 and for years to come!

Readers: Have you made any art-related resolutions? If so, please share--let's support each other's new artistic efforts!