Who can look at this whimsical painting and not think of Gelett Burgess' poem:
I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!
Art As A Form of Nourishment...
As an artist I create, explore, investigate, and trial my paintings. I show you the ones that appear successful. The less successful ones are also interesting and give me ideas.
I am also a writer with a morning writing practice which kick starts the creative juices. Many times I start a free flow of words that come out on the page which lead to other concepts and I'm off and running. Other times I'll write a topic on the top of the next page, in my writing journal, and use that to jump off my next morning's practice .
Today's blog is taken from those writing pages about 'Art as a form of Nourishment'. "Give me the abbreviated version", my husband would say...here I go:
'Life enhances goodness through focused awareness. I'll focus on art. It's affect is abrupt... as color, shapes, and form fills the view and slowly a story emerges and begets the meaning of value. Some art is meant to touch us for a moment and can nourish us long after the viewing. Other works demand repeated doses of beauty, visual excitement, or provocation to stir within. Willingness to feel and appreciate then nourishes, creating that goodness.
Take away... Art portrays life and stirs notions of recognition. This actually builds on last week's inspiration of nature. Such a large topic. Certain there will be more art and nature to show and tell in the future.
And here's another sweet poem that pairs well this this painting:
Dance with the waves,
move with the sea.
Let the rhythm of the water
set your soul free.
~Christy Ann Martine
Well, this has been an interesting process of writing this week. I've learned free flow thinking needs a gentle guidance to relay a connected concept. Thanks for your patience with the experiment.
Next week 'll be going back into my art history archives to discuss different types of art.
Thank you for all your support,
Nature Whispers Inspiration...
Walk a sunny weekend in the country, or immerse yourself in the garden. Stand next to the ocean, my favorite, and see how quickly cares release. In everyday life, a break outside to take deep breaths is sometimes all you need. We live indoors but crave nature, the out of doors. Artists paint the feelings you experience. We are inspired to do so through that creative pull that whispers to us. We all experience nature uniquely and feel the healing goodness. Perhaps this is why nature is portrayed so beautifully in many art forms . Viewing nature can make one feel better. Pictures are sometimes better than words. Let me show you my attempts to connect through nature:
A scene each of us has probably come across in the country. Painted softly to encourage the serene.
This big guy frequents all the waterfronts. They hang out by the water all day but actually sleep in the trees! There is something so respectable about a bird this big!
Rocky, coarse, and unavailable! The ocean controls this area so beware. A different feeling nature portrays. The beaches are easy but I'm drawn to this more.
Ideas are always swirling in my head and sometimes they find themselves here. Every morning I pick a topic and spend the next 15 minutes writing about it. Interesting concepts arise. Tomorrow's writing will be about:
Art as a form of nourishment.
Let's see what comes up for next week"s offering..
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Clarity of What's Important....Hello again!
I've had some wonderful feedback on my new pandemic series of watercolor landscapes! Thank you all who took the time to comment and share. Behind my painting table and computer, I sometimes wonder if my paintings and thoughts are read and viewed. Obviously so.
Today I'm offering a painting of an upper lake in the high desert of Bend, Oregon area. Again, I was alone and able to enjoy my thoughts and nature, in my own time. When I came upon this scene, the water was crystal clear and a rich, brilliant green...like I had never seen water before! Frozen in place, I allowed it's unique beauty to fill me. I still remember the feeling. Clarity. Have you also experienced nature in this way?
I want more of those types of experiences in my life.
I've contemplated that experience, relationships, and other events, that have given me great joy. They didn't cost anything, and required little from me...other than being present to enjoy. I have time now and am pursuing more of these opportunities. They're everywhere!
"CLARITY IN THE MOMENT"
We All Need Connection...
Creators often do so alone...following their ideas and testing them out in private. There is unlimited freedom to succeed or not succeed (artists don't use the word 'fail'). During these process times, the energy can be all consuming. I think everyone has experienced this. And then a point occurs where socialization calls to fill another need. A different energy to fill you up.
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something." ~Sandra Day O'Connor
I create my own happiness (and misery) and knew I needed other like minded creatives around me. I chose to seek them out by joining organizations and volunteering. Word got out about the volunteer thing and I now have a very large social life!
My best decision was to join the Watercolor Society of Oregon and get involved. Not only am I meeting my most favorite people, I am learning activities, building confidence, helping so many, and making a difference through leadership. I get my fill, then go back to my studio.
During this stay at home time, it's become pretty interesting and creative, on how to keep in touch with loved ones. Zoom, Marco Polo, FaceTime, Skype... our digital world is a blessing!
Connection...it's healthy, fulfilling, and expands my happiness ...just be careful with the volunteering thing!
I belong to the Lake Area Artists, a group of 38 artists. We have gathered monthly to discuss and plan our yearly Spring Shows. We all know and like each other and gather for potluck lunches and support each other's wins and challenges.
Part of every Show & Sale, we donate a 10"x10" painting in the 6 spectrum colors of the rainbow. This year I chose blue. All donations are given as scholarship monies to help two local high school artists with art school. I love that connection to community, and with each other.
Our Spring show will be moved to the Fall this year...will keep you informed.
It's the end of winter and a bit rainy.
Nature always inspires the best in me.
Let's spend some time in Nature next week.
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.