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When ambition ends, happiness begins.

June 3rd, 2014

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

Climbing the Ladder of Success
by Paul Kowalewski
Every once in a while I will come across a poem, a picture, or phrase in a book that will just sort of leap out at me, begging to catch my attention. Yesterday I had such an experience while reading one of the journals of the priest and monk, Thomas Merton. One simple phrase literally stopped me in my tracks.

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

I had seen this quote many times before but never paid much attention to it in the past. I think maybe I just didn’t understand it, or maybe I didn’t believe it. After all, what’s wrong with setting goals in life and having dreams? But it struck me yesterday that to be ambitious is quite different from having dreams and hopes for the future.

Critics. Sit Up and Listen

May 3rd, 2014

Critics. Sit Up and Listen

Critics – Sit Up and Listen
by Kerri Williams
Let’s take a look at critics. Not the inner critic, the one you fight with on a daily basis, but the critics who evaluate your work. There are two types of critics you’ll deal with as a creative – the professional critic (the one who gets paid to evaluate your work) and the inner circle critic (the one you choose to evaluate your work).

THE PROFESSIONAL CRITIC
As creatives, you can’t avoid the professional critic. They’re out there, reviewing books and art and music and movies and just about anything that may hold an opinion.
But don’t be swayed. Critics can serve a purpose. While their job is to share their opinion on what you do, what they say could be valid. Or it could be aversive. Either way, learn from it.
Don’t let the inner critic that you own take control of this. The inner critic is not only the one that will tell you you’re a talentless hack; it’s also the one who will attack the professional critic with all sorts of justification. So pull back the inner critic, regardless of what it says, and sit for a while, let whatever the critic had to say settle in.
While you may not agree with the critic, by listening to the professional critic, it may in the long run change the way you look at your work. It may change your work – for the better. Like I said, you don’t have to agree with the critic. Just listen.

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My creative chaos

April 18th, 2014

My creative chaos

Today I share a photo of my "studio" corner. I spend a lot of my daily time in this little corner. I create, read, sketch, prepare photos for my website, daydream and communicate with the world. I love working in this creative chaos, where everything is possible. :)

Life begins ...

April 9th, 2014

Life begins ...

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. - Walsh

Nurturing your creative child

March 28th, 2014

Nurturing your creative child

Nurturing your creative child
by Kerri Williams
As creatives, we often seem to neglect our creative child. It can be the worst of parenting when it should be the best.
This is the child we should love and adore. This is the child we should hug and whisper words of love to. This is the child for which we should kiss away owies and wipe away tears. But instead, our creative child often becomes the bastard child, the one we criticize, the one we expect too much from, the one we put on a pedestal and turn in disgust when it falls.
And because of our attitude toward this child, it constantly seeks validation from us, which we sparingly give, not because we dislike this child, but because we fear this child.

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Art Heals You

March 28th, 2014

Art Heals You

Art Heals You
by Kara Rane - Wake Up World
Upon hearing many children talk about how they would like to participate in an Art class, I decided to offer this experience to them. Living in the Caribbean, I was the owner of a beach-side eatery.
Children would naturally gather around while I was outdoors painting murals and signs. They were curious, eager to understand, and fascinated by the act of creating. I wished to involve them, so each day I would set a table beneath a palm tree, and here we would have our Art lesson.
Together we would begin to draw, the sound of waves and distant Reggaeton music providing the perfect meditative setting.
At first their hyper activity, quarrelsome squabbles, and sugary highs and lows seemed insurmountable. But after a few moments, each child would settle into their own chair, paper before them, colored markers in hand.
Some would begin instantly, their furious pace channeled across the white surface. Others looked sky ward in inner reflection until the time was right to begin. Soon the peace enveloped us, and there were no boundaries of age, gender, and language, only the deep connection that comes from within.
It is incomprehensible that children are denied Art in their education. Art History is a valid account of our past and culture, as insightful as the written word. Creating is fundamental to being alive.
Art making is a communication skill, one that some believe defines our being human. There are heights to the intellect that cannot be achieved through logical reasoning alone, nothing can replace the knowledge one gains from exploring the imagination.
The passive act of viewing Art is equally as powerful. There are countless accounts of patients reporting ‘feeling better’ after looking at paintings and plenty of scientific data now available to prove this.
Art infuses our being with positive energy, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm. In 1860, Florence Nightingale wrote about the effect of “beautiful objects” on sickness and recovery, “Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by color and light, we do know they have an actual physical effect.”
It is undoubtedly true that people who are suffering illness find solace in Art. To enjoy a lifestyle of wellness, it is essential that we feed our bodies with nutritious food. So too our soul has needs, it may be possible to prescribe Art as preventative medicine, as it is to advocate proper dietary nutrition.
Art encompasses a complete health of body, soul, and mind. “How do you draw a horse?” When we learn something new we expand skills and perception. Our brain is exercised, strengthening cognitive functions and increasing mental agility.

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Unique gift ideas

March 25th, 2014

Unique gift ideas

Unique gift ideas!
I love the idea of these unique iPhone cases being gifts for girlfriends, friends, daughters, moms, wives, or husbands. It is one of my all-time best gifts to give! Or maybe as a gift for yourself?
Design your iPhone cases from my paintings – beautiful and unique. The cases also protect your phone from damages – it is a hard-shell impact-resistant case and has a slim-profile.
All iPhone cases are custom made, using your selected image. Here are some design ideas from my original mixed media collage inspirational paintings.
On the photographs are iPhone 5 / 5S cases, but in the shop you can also get: iPhone 5C cases, iPhone 4 / 4S cases, Galaxy C4.

Storytelling

March 24th, 2014

Storytelling

“Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic instruments for storytelling.” -Ted Lange

What does it take to make one collage mixed media painting?

March 24th, 2014

What does it take to make one collage mixed media painting?

Sometimes I have an idea which materializes quickly, sometimes it emerges slowly. Quick means 'a few hours', slow means 'even weeks'. Sometimes I start with the background and I built the story on that basis; sometimes I start with a drawing and develop a collage around it. Another time, I have a quote which I want to use, so I take that as an inspiration for the rest of the painting. In fact, there is no fixed concept – which I like very much! It gives me my freedom to express myself differently every time. The materials vary from old book pages, musical sheets, paper or fabric lace, buttons, stamps, postcards to magazine pages and stencils. The colors are mostly acrylic, although I also use watersoluble ink pencils, and graphite pencils. All my work is made on canvas – some on wood panel.

Art must be an expression of love

March 23rd, 2014

Art must be an expression of love

Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing. –Chagall

 

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