“We’re living in times that it’s not safe to play it safe anymore. Conventional life is changing and we need to take risks. We need to listen to that original impulse. If you’re creative, if you have an idea, if you have something unparalleled within you that you have to give this world, it doesn’t [ Read more … ]
In a class I taught last fall, I posed the question, “What inspires you?” The following is what the students came up with. I’ve had it taped to my office wall ever since. In my opinion, inspiration is what life is all about. Lucky for us, it comes in many forms.
From my favorite book, The Art Spirit by Robert Henri: …we must get rid of this outside feeling of looking in on art. We must get on the inside and press out. Art is simply a result of expression during right feeling. It’s a result of a grip on the fundamentals of nature, the spirit [ Read more … ]
Last Friday January 23rd, the French painter and art teacher Paul Reynard died in his New York home. He wasn't particularly well known for his art in the United States (in fact I couldn't find any images of his paintings on the Internet.) However, I loved something he once said about the creative process: "…there [ Read more … ]
There are so many bits of wisdom in Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit that it’s hard to know what to share. (I have “wow” and “cool” and “neat” written in red letters in the margins of just about every page…) But perhaps this is the most important thing–Robert Henri talks about creating art as the [ Read more … ]