Having a favorite color is like having a favorite lung.
Having a favourite colour is like having a favourite lung.
Half of the pleasure of painting and feeling the joy of the creative act is sharing it with others and the feeling of connection. It could just be the colour. But it is something that someone other than you has seen and felt. It is momentous. It is magic.
There's a saying that goes, 'The universe gives you a whisper, then a nudge, then a push and then an anvil on your head.
To return to awareness is to notice this new world with baby-eyes, and to appreciate her strangeness.
Why can't we all just acknowledge that 'nature' - that is, 'sex' or 'erotic' images, which are really just 'attracters' are everywhere. Of course a flower looks like what it looks like - that's what it is - to a bee.
Refreshing failures roll off the travel easel like ants from a picnic blanket.
Learning a new thing is a shortcut to joy and informs your area of mastery.
Stretch your goals... In other words, think big and think far off.
The Painter's Keys is a timeless, universal guide to lifemanship masquerading as a painting blog.
Things we do regularly become buried with habits, and we lose the ability to extract their powers to inspire.
Ideas bubble differently when we're forced to inquire about the obvious.
Every task is given equal importance - that way I can pick and choose my tasks based on the ebb and flow of my creative metabolism.
In the art game we do our own cooking.
Making strides in areas unencumbered by hard-won expectation feels effervescent. By switching into child-mode, shuffling the cortex, we remember our innocence, when we knew less. These are the essentials of continued aesthetic discovery.
Art begins when an observer's sensibilities engage with the understatements of a calculating craftsman.
Study the processes and methods of those who are better at it than you... there's someone who knows something you don't, who has honed a skill more than you have. Rival your rival.
If an artist comes intuitively from the point of design, notan - lightness/darkness - is natural.
Make a searching and fearless inventory of your creative curiosity.
You need to paint with enough assurance and confidence to know you can do whatever you like.
As artists, we bear the charge of signalling, guiding, communicating and inspiriting change.
I can hide as much as I want in my colours
Could rivalry be a productive system?
I value the momentum of making the list and the drive to tick. Sometimes I add stuff I've already accomplished so I can get going on my feelings of accomplishment.
Remember the importance of phrases... a piece of something, an entry, a moment, a mark. This adjusts the pressure of the giant task of creating the perfect masterwork.
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