Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Thinking out loud

Friday, April 5th, 2013

I felt oddly impacted by the death of Roger Ebert for whom I have been a long time fan. I follow him on twitter and his keen mind has illuminated many a different topic for me. But, mostly, I remember him from back in the days of “Siskel and Ebert” a show I watched every week. Roger was such a commanding wit. Today, most often, if I want to read a movie review I first go to Ebert’s website. I will miss his reviews of current movies and saddened by his loss.

Sometimes I feel such angst and jealousy by the accomplishments of other artists that I want to dive my head into the ground and stay there. Still, while I can understand angst, I despise jealousy/envy and mostly keep the green monsters beneath the bed where they belong. At the same time, I am so grateful for the brilliance and success of the truly talented. How banal life would be without those to admire and aspire to. Before the internet, one had to buy books or go to galleries and museums to see the work of others and now the myriad of images and artists at one’s fingertips is overwhelming and maybe that is where some of the angst comes from, there are so many accomplished artists to be jealous of, I mean admire.

Some art is on such a high plain I can not even be jealous of it. I can only internalize the impact so as to take the miracle of it with me. The work of Francis Bacon does this to me. Apparently he was quite a scoundrel and despicable as a human being but I don’t care and I don’t need to know it and knowing it does not change my opinion of the work. The work stands on it its own like disembodied legs. How grand it would be to stand in the studio where he worked and marvel at the complete irreverence for the environment while the man vehicle was sprouting master pieces from amidst the chaos. Here is a great little video:

I’m inspired by the method of using damaged photographs and images as source material for portraits and ideas. I can see myself doing the same kind of thing using damaged printed material (because I have a hard time damaging an actual photograph even if its not a friend or family member). Of course, even if I were to employ the exact same methods used by Bacon or any other artist, the work would still turn out like my own, there is no getting away from one’s self. So, using a method developed by another artist is copying but its not copying the art itself. Its a learning device.

I’ll be leaving for my parents house in the morning so I must get some painting time in. NOw.

I’ve sketched so many tree fems that I just about have a forest!


Thursday, November 18th, 2010

snagged this from my friend Bri, she found it somewhere. just lovely words to begin the day with.

“At this moment, I reflect upon the meaning of my life. I harbour within a vision of my most perfect self, a dream of what I could become. Today I will pursue this vision and work toward making my dream a reality. In this way, I will give meaning to my life.

Like an artist painting a picture, I will pause, step back from the canvas and consider what needs to be done. This will be a day of reflection. As I hope to make my life a work of art, so may these moments of contemplation help me to turn back to the canvas of life to paint a portrait of my most perfect self.

This day and every day hereafter, I will hold before my eyes the vision of what I am becoming”.


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I prefer very few items cluttering up counters anywhere in our home and a sense of spaciousness, which you would not know by looking at my studio :b where a whole different vibe occurs…a vibe of unbridled creativity, random bouts of expression and impromptu manifestation of ideas aside the painting corner full of tubes and pigments and brushes and turps and mediums and crumpled rags and paper towels and a big crusty loaded palatte đŸ˜€ sounds like heaven, must be heaven. Which, is nothing at all compared to the state of say Mr. Francis Bacon’s (my all time favorite painter) studio:

francis bacon´s studio 2

The genius in his environs


His posture seems to be hunched in as if overwhelmed by all the clutter yet, this is how he worked always, using anything within reach for a palette and in complete irreverence for the ascending piles of debris accumulating around him while in the throes of raging creativity. I’m utterly in awe of that focus and ego-less determination. Sterile, pristine studios speak to me of control and and anal engineering type retentivity, a space for designers, architects, and restrained types of expression not suited for the serious fine artist. (now, I know there are neatniks who will disagree with me, and no offense). Bacon had the ability to express the most intense, visceral aspects of the human condition and had no inclination to conform to any predesignated standards of mainstream presentation.

This has some good shots of the studio and Bacon at work.

My own efforts at painting seem so very small and immature and unsophisticated in comparison, at the same time, Bacon makes me swell with the desire to be a better artist.


Friday, January 25th, 2008

I didn’t quite make the challenges I was going to attempt this week from Inspire me Thursday, Illustration Friday or Jen Worden’s mono print challenge, but there is always next week and given that I am almost always overextended and time management is a skill I am consistently re learning its a wonder I finish anything at all.

I did some surfing this morning and visited a few websites I had not seen in well over a year mostly because I just forget.

Going here;

  • Joe Sorren feels like being in a pitch black room and seeing bright light seep through the cracks of a closed door such are the beacons of art by the fabulously talented artist. My heart not only goes pitter patter it goes thumpity thump. He has developed the use of light to the point where the figures seem to glow and effervesce in all their anatomical peculiarities. Pure inspiration.


  • Inspiration

    Monday, September 17th, 2007

    Mixed Media artist Jen Worden ( mentions the inspireing work of artist Lisa Kokin (

    I watched the emmys last night, have to admit, I rarely watch sitcomsand for example, I’ve never seen an episode of Desperate Housewives or the Sopranos. These shows just don’t interest me, although I think I will buy the Sopranos on dvd partly because there are no commercials.  I record just about any program that I want to see so I can zip right through commercials which irritate the heck out of me except for maybe the Target adds ;). House would be the only sitcom I actually have knowledge of and occasionally I watch wife swap which fascinates me because I see how people get so stuck on their own way of existing in and viewing the world around them. Anyway,  I have to admit that I like to watch award shows so I can see the dresses, and there were some very elegant dresses but few that I think had that wow factor. America Ferrar (?)  wore an eye catching blue  dress that made me think of pure pigment. Speaking of fashion a friend recently mentioned the Betsy Johnson Spring 08 collection which is full of whimsey and charm, reminds me of playing dress up in old prom dresses when I was a kid,  what fun.