This is blog of my journey as a Raleigh, NC artist. A journal of my experiences, memories, and inspirations. I hope you enjoy my open studio of my fine art paintings and digital photography. My style is impressionistic, abstract and somewhat illuminating!
Here are some selections
that I found quite interesting about creativity and innovation. Sometimes I
find my fix for art in writing! I believe you must have creativity to provide
innovation. Innovation has exploded from outstanding creative minds. I am
surrounded by passionate friends and families that take risks and use their
creativity to design or plan their futures with new business ventures. I
absolutely love to watch the TV series Shark Tank. It is so interesting to
learn about how others come up with innovative businesses, their personal journeys
and the struggles they overcome to reach their goals. There are so many people
who say that they are not creative. I have to disagree. My sense is that
everyone is creative in some way in life. We are so lucky to live in a nation
that we can use our creativity to expand our lives, whether it is for
happiness, money, or freedom…or for all.
“The main difference between creativity and
innovation is the focus. Creativity
is about unleashing the potential of the
mind to conceive new ideas. Those concepts could manifest themselves in any
number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see, hear, smell,
touch, or taste. However, creative ideas can also be thought experiments within
one person’s mind.”
refers to the application of an idea and, in many cases, is a collaborative
enterprise. So in other words, innovation is applied creativity. Or if I put my creative speaker hat on, I might
say, "Creativity is a bioelectrical thunderstorm that precipitates an
I came up with a list of great questions to ask a customer/prospective collector. Usually I'm tongue tied when it comes to finding topics about my own artwork. I think the best thing is to memorize a few of your favorite questions if you are in need of a conversation starter.
"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Picasso
It's Friday! TGIF! Take a moment and smell the flowers!
My reward from working hard all week is usually for painting and creating. Lately I've been bogged down with so many tasks that I need to step away to cleanse my brain. So, I am taking a break and writing here on my blog! :) I may even take a moment and whip out my paint brush just to get an idea out there on my canvas.
I was surprised by some wonderful colors in my front yard this morning...
Who is your Muse? Is it a family member, a best friend, or your spouse? Or do you have a famous artist that you've come to admire?
My muse comes in many forms. I receive musings from nature or even from my kids' happiness and gusto for life. They look at life with curious and new eyes. I even pick up some musings from my husband's love and sense of honor and values. And from admirers that get that spark when looking at colors on canvas and want to see some more! :)
I truly adore Claude Monet's story and his many paintings in various lights.
Then there is Vincent Van Gogh with is brushstrokes and use of color.
Gustav Klimt's use of gold and details in his paintings are very eye catching.
I keep coming back to the old masters for inspiration. I could study and look at their art everyday and still find something new. To see these paintings up close someday is definitely on my bucket list.
Don't be afraid to try something new! Explore a different path. I have definitely dipped my paintbrushes in new techniques lately. Painting is a way of expressing myself. And you know what I've noticed since I took a step out of my comfort box? I have been discovering new friends and reconnecting with old friends. When I finally get the moment to get my new ideas onto canvas, I find a sense of peace. I'm able to take on each day with more intensity. My intuition is on high and ideas keep on coming.