Having a favorite color is like having a favorite 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.
Having a favourite colour is like having a favourite lung.
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.
Tear-stained flops are necessary. They're the gift you give yourself when you're willing to fly.
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.
Play is your route to mastery.
Learning a new thing is a shortcut to joy and informs your area of mastery.
Make a searching and fearless inventory of your creative curiosity.
Pay no attention to the less courageous.
To return to awareness is to notice this new world with baby-eyes, and to appreciate her strangeness.
Learn from the greats, and expose yourself to better work.
Refreshing failures roll off the travel easel like ants from a picnic blanket.
Art is sometimes likened to a mirror... an expression of universal human truth, executed with a degree of skill.
I'll put into words my experience as it is unfolding now in my life... in such a way that I might find comfort in knowing that someone else has the same thoughts and experiences.
Read in order to write, but paint in order to paint.
Scientists tracking mirror neurons noticed that a monkey will get excited not just when holding a banana, but also when seeing someone else holding a banana.
The 'wandering studio' gathers and stores experiences, takes chances with the unfamiliar and requires a measure of self-trust. Mistakes are part of the change of scene.
Painters tend to ignore the challenges and thrills that sculptors enjoy daily - volume... like the perfect, imperfect voluminous oval of the egg.
Once you sophisticate the in-betweens, your blacks and whites can take their solos and shine.
Value choices are intuitive... It's fun to see how much you can get without leaning on contrast.
Does an artist truly need to understand her times in order to create? I'm not sure. We're all sitting in a context. It's a market.
Going beyond one's backyard grants one perspective.
Be artistic, choose taste, set an example.
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