Friday = Art: A Dilemma

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A painting can transform in the blink of an eye. I am capable of destroying what you see here that quickly. A few broad brush strokes and weeks of labor will be erased within seconds.

This creation of mine was painted in 2008 for the Las Vegas ArtExpo. It’s called “Moraine,” and it is large, 36″x48.” It is sitting here in my house and I am debating if I should paint over it or not. I’m kind of not feeling into this energy for inside my home anymore, but at the same time, I feel it is representative of some of my struggles in life. A moraine is what’s left after a glacier recedes. It’s a sloping pile of boulders that have been slowly grinding together for eons under the ice and snow. As I sat on the actual moraine ten years ago (the one that this painting was inspired by), I could hear the water running beneath it. An invisible river continuing to slowly transform the landscape. Some transformations are like this, long and slow and hardly noticeable. Others come quickly, in the blink of an eye. Who is to say which one is more valuable?  Continue reading

What Inspires You?

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What inspires you? What is it that gets you all excited about starting a new project or creating something in your life? Can you narrow it down to a few words? Inspiration comes from so many sources. It is all around you! If you could just open your eyes and see it, you would know that inspiration is everywhere and in every thing.

Some of you may know that I’ve been holding Creating Workshops at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission this past year. Working with the clients in addiction recovery there has been one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences of my life and I just wanted to tell you a little more about it.

Every day, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission feeds 1,000 people who are either homeless or in need. People begin to line up at the doors of the cafeteria hours before they open. Everyone who comes is fed, some only stay for a meal, but others stay to rebuild their shattered lives. There are almost 200 people Continue reading

What kind of Artist are you?

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Today is International Artist Day, which started in 2004 to honor the contributions that artists make to society. What is your definition of an artist? Do you consider yourself to be an artist?

Like most people, you probably associate the word “artist” with the visual arts. You might think of Pablo Picasso or Auguste Rodin. I’m here to tell you that it’s time to let go of that limiting belief and expand your definition of what an artist is. Artists come in all varieties. In my opinion, it’s really all about your unique connection to Divine Inspiration that makes you an artist. Your creative thoughts are like a mystical unseen entity floating about just beyond your physical reach, delivering instructions to you (sometimes it seems in a foreign language) through the extremely complex network of your nervous system. When you learn how to develop a relationship with this entity, you are able to manifest art in the real physical world… making you an artist! Have you heard the term “art as life” before? That’s pretty much where I’m going with this… Continue reading