Extension and Expression

“In time, as an artist’s gestures become more assured, the chosen tools become almost an extension of the artist’s own spirit.  In time, exploration gives way to expression.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland One of the most important things I’ve learned is commitment to the process of painting.  All work counts. […]

The Work Vibrates

” The work we make, even if unnoticed and undesired by the world, vibrates in perfect harmony to everything we put into it — or withhold from it. “ Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland “Encapsulated Spring”   This excerpt is inspiring to me.  I find that it validates the creative process […]

Expectations

“…expectations based on the work itself are the most useful tool the artist possesses.” What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece. The place to learn about your materials is in the last use of your materials…..Put simply, your work is your guide: a complete, comprehensive, limitless reference […]

Your Art and Acceptance

“If the need for acceptance is the need to have your work accepted as art, then the accompanying fear is finding it dismissed as craft, hobby, decoration–or as nothing at all” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland Last week I posted about the need to be understood as part of the process […]

Catering to Fears

“…catering to fears of being misunderstood leaves you dependent upon your audience. “ Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland This week I am brought back to considering how the need to be understood affects my process of art  making.   Questions for consideration: What contributes to my feeling “understood”? Do I understand […]