Often the simplest, most obvious advice is the easiest to forget. Presumably if you’re reading this, you are some kind of creative. Being a creative is not a lifestyle choice; rather, you are conscious of some innate thing inside of you, vying to get out.
I’ve been teaching art to young people for many years, and one of the first lesson themes is uniqueness. Everyone, regardless of artistic skill, has a certain stylistic look to the marks they make.
Being a full time artist takes hard work, lots of letdowns, feeling vulnerable and sacrifice but the reward far outweighs the bullshit.
Artists work in all different kinds of ways – some messy, others pristine, but all with their own “method to their madness,” as the saying goes. There is a general consensus that one’s surroundings have an effect on one’s psyche, and therefore on one’s work.
SignStorm is an art installation intended as a peaceful act of resistance, a silent rally with signs instead of people.The purpose of this project was to provide an opportunity for everyone, regardless of their physical limits, to publicly express feelings about our president, our concerns about his chosen cabinet and administration, and fears for the resulting future of this country and our world.
I am an award winning artist residing in the Bay Area, California. I create mixed media paintings working primarily with acrylic and collage.
Cultivate Positivity Ever had a fantastic day ruined by one small mishap – stepped in a puddle, got cut off by another driver – that is the first thing you relate about your day when you get home? Adults these days tend to internalize and obsess over the negative. This was not always so. Humans […]
I see my work as sort of a parallel world, where bits and pieces of this one recombine into scenes that are both familiar and strange. My work combines still life, landscape and figure painting into these surreal narrative vignettes. I pull my subject matter from my neighborhood walks and my hikes, from found objects and from the people around me.
Think about what you can simplify in your life. What can you take out? What can you say no to? It helps to know what your goals are because then you can check each upcoming opportunity, and only say yes to the ones that will get you closer to them.
In this series, my goal is to help you get inspired – even when you feel creatively “stuck”. Last month I wrote about figuring out what rules apply to your creative output, and then purposefully removing (breaking, ignoring) those rules and seeing what happens.