I love the aspect of art and art practice (as i developed it) that is random at times. I feel any aspect of life is beautiful and worth exploring it. This makes me see life almost with child eyes and i can still get excited about simple, every day images that appear magically in my life.
I feel blessed to have a part of me (the artist) that is connected to the moment to the reality of now, i love the fact that i don't have to be always serious or busy and task driven; i can just let it go and let artistic creations came to me as a flow; i can always rely on my art as a faithful companion that can expand reality to me and hopefully to my viewer as well.
Here a curios example of what happened to me just this morning going trough my photos and a small unusual collage came to me, two of the photos are take by Gemma, my daughter, that loves to take pictures since she was one. Amazing to see how driven she is.
I VE BEEN ALWAYS LOOKING FOR ANSWERS ABOUT WHAT IN REALITY WERE JUST INSECURITY TRYING TO SABOTAGE WHAT my HEART DESIRED. I WAS JUST looking FOR A FREE SPACE ABUNDANT OF POSSIBILITY, WANDERS AND BEAUTY. I HAD EXPECTATIONS THAT WERE GETTING INTO MY WAY, NOT ALLOWING ME TO JUST DO WHAT I WAS MEANT TO BE DOING.
BUT I CAN NOW SAY THAT THE ANSWERS CAME WITH LIVING, I FEEL NOW I CAN JUST DEDICATE TIME, ENERGY AND MY SOUL TO CREATING MY ART, MY FORM OF EXPRESSION TO ENRICH THIS WORLD, THIS TIME AND SPACE WITH THE BEST I CAN CONTRIBUTE WITH.
I STILL REMEMBER MY SEARCH FOR TEACHERS, MENTORS, OTHER EXPERIENCED ARTISTS, AND THE SEARCH HAS BEEN GOOD FOR ME TO REALIZE THAT ALL ARE PRECIOUS INFORMATIONS THAT WE CAN ENRICH OURSELVES WITH CAN SLOWLY SHOW US THE WAY TO OUR TRUTH.
THEY SAY IN SHORTER WHEN THE STUDENT IS READY THE TEACHER WILL APPEAR, FOR ME IT WAS A BIT LIKE WHEN YOU ARE READY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT IS ALREADY IN FRONT OF YOU AND ALWAYS WITH YOU.
I REMEMBER THE LIST OF BOOKS I VE BEEN LOOKING INTO, “THE ARTIST WAY” BY JULIA CAMERON, “BIG SUR” BY KEROUAC, “ART AND FEAR” BY DAVID BAYLES AND TED ORLAND, AND OTHERS.
I FOUND RECENTLY A NEW BOOK PRINTED BY PHAETON THAT WAS VERY INTERESTING FOR ME FOR ITS IDEA, IT IS A COLLECTION OF REFLECTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS AND DIFFERENT INSIGHTFUL TOPICS WRITTEN BY ESTABLISHED ARTIST IN ALL FIELD OF ART; I THINK THIS BOOK COULD BE VERY USEFUL TO DIRECT NEW ARTIST TO THINK ABOUT ART IN WAYS THEY HAVE NOT BEEN THINKING BEFORE, IT IS A COMPACT SUM OF ALL DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND AS ALL EXPERIENCE THEY CAN TEACH TO THE Person FIRST AND TO OTHERS WE SHARE WITH, THAT IS WHY I’ VE BEEN WANTING TO WRITE ABOUT IT.
HOPE IT HELPS SOMEBODY OUT THERE!
With this lively light that surrounds me i feel astonished every corner my eyes find.
I don't need to create an amazing piece that particular day but my memories and its images are with me forever and they will blossom with my art one day, when? i don't know exactly.
I ve read that infinite possibilities are not helping a creative practice, it might became too distracting in order to actually make something. Some suggest to limit the practice within some lines, a painting with few colors, a medium, or a theme;
I agree in the sense that i feel a bit overwhelmed at times to commit to a project, to just go for it and believe it will be just awesome no matter what it is. It is producing that makes me satisfied and feeds my curiosity for outcomes, to see all the different visual forms that will materialize in front of me.
Some time i think that i am my stronger limitation since i judge my own ideas and i create blocks for myself, that is why i wanted to write this post sharing with you how refreshing it is for me to think about unlimited possibilities, freedom and pure expression in art. I remember one artist saying that his art was very limited if considering how much he has seen produced in his dreams, and i can relate to this too.
A VERY PERSONAL POST, Few thoughts from a mum artist.
Being a mum, it doesn’t suit very well any job because IT IS A FULL TIME JOB. If it happens that you are very passionate about your job like I do with my art and being a mum, you are going to have it the hard way J.
I constantly get the best inspiration and the best life experience from my motherhood and the time spent with my children but at the same time I am called by my pencils, colors, canvas and paint, they really want me to go to them, but I cant do it at any time; if Gemma for example joins me I no longer can use what ever I am using because what is in my hands is more exciting that not what she has J. It is a complete contradiction it is my inspiration and at the same time my struggle, but as it is said in the struggle we really tap in our deep resources.
Being a mother and an artist are my greatest joy, being a mum and an artist made me grow and be more aware of many things; on the artistic side one for example is that an art work made in ten minutes has some qualities I could have never reached even if I would have spent hours on it, and trust me I made many ten minutes art works, some more accomplished, some less, but they all bring me to a new point of my artistic evolution. Another aspect of my experience as a mum artist is that I find inspired at times with the most uncommon findings like a bird nest found in the garden, like Gemma’s genuine art works and mostly their love, smiles and unpredictable new discoveries.
I wake up trying to get going with cups and cups of coffee from a night of “duty” and I start my day organizing the house, once done I need my young little creature to be stimulated and especially I need to get them, for now only one, TIRED!! Than there is lunch, cleaning, reorganizing, and all these things that were not planned but that happened to fix and deal with, like a moment of tiredness that created a tantrum J. Once this is done and hoping that the creatures are tired enough I put them to sleep, but at least for me, it is not an easy process and at the end of it I tried so hard that I am a sleep too!
This is the time! I cant loose any minute and I have to MAKE ART, or do what ever I feel inspired for, this hour and an half is the most saturated of all and being not well rested and knowing that time is passing by doesn’t help, I anyways for a reasons I am not aware of, keep going back to my art, to my colors, my thoughts, and I create! The most enriching activity I find suits me! Than my loves wake up well rested and with a smile, I am happy and still tired thinking in advance at what is going to be the dinnertime and getting ready with snack and changes for clothing for another activity. There are plenty of variations of this day but being a mum and an artist carries with it always similar special and precious feeling that any day have, no matter what you do, I whish for everybody to experience being a mum and particularly being a mum artist, an experience of its own.
P .S . Than sometime help comes and it gets a bit easier :)
My most recent twenty minutes art piece!
Nice Unpredictable results :)
Art in the history of humanity reached different forms and purposes, mans always felt the necessity of this kind of expression for different reasons. It seems that nowadays art is considered for a big part as decoration of different spaces; but when it decorates it also does something else? I NEVER make art considering its future or potential decorative purpose, if it has one, I always make art motivated by what I feel inside and I care for, often it comes from my life experience and driven by the art process, always so unpredictable. Art today, like always, carries with it a universe of a person that live in a time and in a space and this is something that art can represent so uniquely. Than reflecting on the fact that we today use it as a decoration quite often brings about a very subjective topic that it cannot be resolved in only one way, it depends on who decorates and what you decorate. I had a conversation quite animated and quite felt about the fact that some art is not meant for lived spaces because it is too charged or it can cause distress. I believe that “hotel art” (not felt, cold, often poor prints) should not be done or used and that an image even if strong can tell something special to the person who feels a connection with it. I believe that in art we should care about who likes our art and not about who doesn’t because it means that the artist and that person shares something particular together, and not with the person who doesn’t like the piece.
The images and shapes that art can create are infinite and they speak differently to different persons but than the decorative aspect is a “second moment” consideration that is too personal to be judged. We decorate ourselves with clothing, styles, make up and we decorate spaces we feel ours as well, the fact that than we have to share those spaces with other people is another “second moment” consideration to make and sometime we have to mitigate for the well being of everybody. But I think that everybody should have his or her personal and unique free space to create, that is his or hers, and I think that nobody should make or not make art driven by the fact that it would be too much to handle for some people.
We cannot block the powerful and precious creative impulse of an artist because we don’t like a sort of image to be seen on walls or on a particular room, there are enough people and circumstances for each piece of art to find its right place.
Art wants and request its own freedom.
Images are from collaboration between Hyatt Regency London and Saatchi Gallery London.
For more info Look at the link: http://marylebonejournal.com/culture/art-break-hotel
I am reading this interesting book, I am not trough with it yet but I ve been inspired to share some thoughts about it with all of you readers. Marc Chagall was born in Belarus in 1887 and died in France in 1985 after a period spent in New York due to the Nazi invasion. I don't go more deeply into facts but I wanted to share my thinking while reading his book "My life". This gentle, deep and touching book was a gift to me by my loved husband for my birthday and this means a lot to me. from this present I was able to know a little more about an artist that I didn't discover much before. March Chagall through his pages showed me how figurative art and other forms can be as effective in revealing our Self through it, and be experienced by those who look, listen, and read our art. The writing of Marc is very much poetry even though he writes about his life's experience, I've been exposed to the story of a child, a man and artist, his turmoils, his joys and simple every day life.; Chagall's art now is more clear to me, he explained how deep and essential his family, his village, and his connections were to him, and also the jewish culture he had been raised into. It is admirable the commitment and love that he had for his loved ones. His life to me is depicted into his dreamy paintings, because this was the way he saw his life, this was the way he experienced it. Lots of the characters in his paintings are flying and many loved ones also flew away from physical life to eternity, leaving Chagall with a new depth. I will share with you few lines to explain what i am trying to say. "In those days, I was particularly stupid and, it seems to me, happy. Grandfather, i still remember you. One day, coming upon a sketch of a nude woman, he turned his back on it, as it were none of his business, or as if it were a strange star in the market place of no concern to the inhabitants. And I understood then, that my grandfather, as well as my wrinkled little grandmother and all my family, completely ignored my art (what an art, that doesn't even pretend to a resemblance!), and valued meat very highly. [...] But Im not joking. If my art played no part in my family's life, their lives and their achievements greatly influenced my art.
Chagall in his book explains to us the challenges and the joy of being an artist at his time and universally. I hope i generated enough interest in his book to make you read it because his poetry is very touching and beautiful, enjoy!
Here another little extract of Chagall beautiful poetry
"Green leaves rustling Your stones. Your graves. Hedgerows muddy river, prayers made. All that is before me. No words. It all lies deep within me, writhes and soars like my memory of you. Your pallor, the thinness of your hands, your dried skeletons, bring a lump to my throat. To whom shall i pray? How beseech you, beseech God through you, for a bit of happiness, of joy? I often look at the emptiness of the blue sky, I look at it dry-eyed, with pity and sadness. You know, my parents, I'm already a different man-sad and disillusioned of many things!
But enough! Au revoir!
I've been reflecting on woman in art after my visit at the De Young museum, her femininity transpires so well into Georgia's paintings, I see that in my paintings too, almost as if our expressions are a mirror of us, it is beautiful to see that.
I've seen many reproductions of her paintings and i can say that they are not half as beautiful as the real ones, i just wanted to remind the obvious, the oil paint is thick and smooth, it calls you to it. Her compositions are stunning, her natural world is a tool for expression, it is used to channel her art; nature is often abstracted and colors are chosen in a vibrant equilibrium.
I experience and enjoy the freedom of her visual expression, Georgia surprises us in what she offers us visually and often accompanies that with some writings about it. This made me think about how i can expand my opportunity of expression and i want to share it with you: DRAWING NO.9 is the drawing of a headache. It was a very bad headache at the time that i was busy drawing every night, sitting on the floor in front of the closet door. Well, I had headache, why not do something with it? So-here it is. By Georgia O'Keeffe
I wanted to close with two quotes by Georgia, this one that remind to what i said first "I feel that there is something unexplored about woman that only a woman can explore"' and
this one "Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time-like to have a friend takes time"
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, Hope you have enjoyed it!
My desire would be that everyone that could share anything related to art, their art, art making, art viewing with no expectation but with the same freedom that brought ME making all my works.