Thursday, July 17, 2008
Creative magic abounds all around
On days when I don't create art, rather than feeling frustrated, I need to remember how I can fill my well with images of what others have created, no matter what era they come from. I've always enjoyed life drawing and several of my art friends have recently shared their life drawing images. (Pastels, pencil sketches, even collage can be used to share an artistic vision). This has rejuvenated my own interest in doing life studies, especially of women. The above painting can be found at the Fine Arts Building, Michigan Avenue, top floor. It is a mural which has such a fantasy dream-like quality about it. As it took my breath away, I realized I too could do life studies but could add my own magical surrealism. It was so worth taking an old elevator, operated by a person (how nostalgic is that!) to see these creative treats. Perhaps they felt spiritual to me, these paintings, as they were on the top floor, so close to the heavens above. When one is not creating art, one can take in and be inspired by those creative pieces around us, and realize this is all part of the creative process. I need to remember this and not be so hard on myself when I am not taking action. Rather than feeling an outsider, I can see myself as a link in the artistic chain, keeping the flame alive for generations to come.