A tiny portrait of my grandfather, on his sunporch after a swim in the pool, ready for a barbecue & a cocktail.
I listened to a podcast in the studio this week from a creative person talking about painting and drawing, and she said that images (paintings & drawings) should speak for themselves, and shouldn’t be muddled with a lot of words on blogs. I thought about that, especially in relationship to my tendency to blab a lot here. Is my yaddah-yaddah bothersome? Does it clutter the art? And then I thought how that advice could be a Ray of Hope to artists that want to paint, and MIGHT start a blog, but they’re too shy to write anything. So, my conclusion is there must be room for both in the blogosphere: the chatter boxes like me, and the quiet painters out there who haven’t started posting yet. Is that you? Too shy to type, but really cozy with a paint brush? Hmmm? If so, please post something.
This #linklove post (where I share artists’ blogs, web sites, podcasts or videos) is a real treat for the eyes. Watch this video of Elizabeth Tyler painting pattern on pattern for a lovely and mesmerizing floral still life. Her precise affect methods are full of tips too. Here’s another one, with her groovy tip for applying masking fluid. (You can see previous posts featuring other artists by searching this blog for the tag linklove.)
Thanks for visiting, and leave a comment with a link if you know an artist we should all take a look at.
Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred. What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all. We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits. We are terrified, and we are brave. Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege. The work wants to be made, and it wants to be made through you. ~Elizabeth Gilbert