Archive of ‘creative process’ category

MONTHLY ART CHALLENGE / FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY EMBRACE SUBTLY The end of February marks the end of the second of my monthly art challenges. Transitioning to the focus of “Embrace Subtly” was surprisingly difficult coming off of January’s challenge to “Find Unexpected Color“. My brain was still in color mode. My goal with these challenges isn’t to work on them for […]

DECEMBER / JANUARY SKETCHBOOK RECAP

“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the most important thing.” — Georgia O’Keeffe   December and January were busy travel sketchbook months. From my studio desk to the dining room table just before Christmas and then to the snowy woods of Hudson, NY, there […]

MONTHLY ART CHALLENGE / JANUARY

JANUARY FIND UNEXPECTED COLORS One of the things I miss most about art school is the challenge of it. There was always a new thing to learn and to push me out of my comfort-zone. Six years out, self-directing my own work is obviously much freer and more enjoyable but sometimes the lulls between each […]

Books for Artmaking / Part I

  I love books. Fiction or non-fiction it doesn’t really matter. Books put words to the feelings I have but can’t explain, which is probably why I like books about the creative process so much. This is certainly not a definitive list of my favorite books on artmaking but it’s usually what I recommend to […]

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER SKETCHBOOK RECAP

  “Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and… stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to ‘walk about’ into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want?”⠀ — Wassily Kandinsky   The trend of my color usage mirroring the seasons has […]

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER SKETCHBOOK RECAP

  “I want to shout out: do what you please, follow your own star; be original if you want to be and don’t if you don’t want to be. Just be natural and gay and light-hearted and pretty and simple and overflowing and general and baroque and bare and austere and stylized and wild and […]

LIFE CAN’T GET IN THE WAY

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” The past 12 months have been wonderful, hectic and enlightening. I’ve started a new job as a graphic designer at an amazing organization that does work I find meaningful. I moved to a new borough and Brooklyn has […]

COPYCAT (OR WHY I WON’T PAINT THAT FOR YOU)

I’m sure you’ve all heard the Picasso quote, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Well, I’m no Picasso but I’m going to disagree with him on that, at least in certain situations. A couple of months ago, an e-mail reached my inbox requesting a custom original painting. I did the happy dance that I do […]

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