"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
"It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent." Vincent Van Gogh
Do you love the loose style, the bright colors, the vibrance and movement of Vincent Van Gogh's Impressionist style paintings? Are you interested in replicating the style on your own? I'd like to share a few tips to help you to translate the passion, urgency, and emotionally charged composition of a Van Gogh floral into your own style on your own personal canvas.
“When we look up, it widens our horizons. we see what a little speck we are in the universe, so insignificant, and we all take ourselves so seriously, but in the sky, there are no boundaries. No differences of caste or religion or race.”
― Julia Gregson, East of the Sun
"Rows and flows of angel hair, And ice cream castles in the air, And feather canyons everywhere. I've looked at clouds that way."- Joni Mitchell, Both Sides Now
When my son was young, we spent a lot of time looking up at the sky.
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall."
- Ray Bradbury
"We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen."
A couple of weeks ago, I started out on what was meant to be a very reasonable ten mile trail run in the North Carolina mountains with five other running friends. There were a few factors I didn't take into consideration. First, our event organizer, an Army veteran, had a reputation for memorable "adventure runs".
I recently took a hike through the Linville Gorge Wilderness in an area that had recently experienced a forest fire. The fact that hundreds of acres burned leaving a charred landscape may have kept away those seeking natural beauty, but to my surprise, the devastation of the fire cleared the way for wildflowers to bloom in the areas now open to the sun. The path was bordered by purple irises, dwarf crested iris, pink trillium, hepatica, larkspur, lady slipper orchids. The backdrop of burned debris made them all the more stunning.
We can begin by doing small things at the local level, like planting community gardens or looking out for our neighbors. That is how change takes place in living systems, not from above but from within, from many local actions occurring simultaneously.
-- Grace Lee Boggs
This Sunday, April 9, I'm inviting you to come to theDowntown
Cary Food & Flea
to grab a circle of plain, white paper and draw or paint whatever design comes into your mind. The circles will then be added to my large
"Of course, coloring within the lines compared to, say, painting a blank canvas is mostly simple decision-making — choosing which color goes best where, with relatively little skill involved. Our prefrontal cortex is responsible for coordinating thousands of decisions each day, from which socks we should wear to life-altering relationship and career choices. As an unconscious response to this so-called daily “decision fatigue,” making a series of small, inconsequential decisions (teal or mahogany for this squiggly line?
"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
JOHN HEYWOOD, Proverbs
"I find luck, because I'm always looking for it."
I found the four leaf clover in the picture this past Saturday as I was walking my dog along a busy four lane road.
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
"The word that is heard perishes, but the letter that is written remains." - Anon
Valentine's Day seems like an appropriate time to remind you of two things, people cannot read your mind no matter how well they know you, and you should never take the important people in your life for granted. Valentine's Day gives you the perfect reason to express your feelings. Forget running to the greeting card aisle at the corner drug store to search through cards filled with generic sentiment.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”
When I was in Vegas last month I saw a Cirque de Soleil show and watched as acrobats soared through the air over my head on trapezes.
“Maybe it meant something. Maybe not, in the long run, but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that you were there and alive in that corner of time and the world. Whatever it meant.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
"Bees blew like cake-crumbs through the golden air, white butterflies like sugared wafers, and when it wasn't raining a diamond dust took over which veiled and yet magnified all things"
I must admit that every time I see an ad for computer generated wall art pop up on my computer screen, my heart tightens a little. I cringe and worry. These businesses specialize in mass produced wall clings and printed wallpaper murals, and they are making it more difficult for independent artists to make ends meet and stay in business. Their ad pop ups nag me everywhere I go on the internet. My advertising is almost all word of mouth. It's hard to compete with them.
"I can't draw a circle." - an anonymous guest at one of my events
I began my instruction at one of my recent art events by making a simple request - "Draw a circle". One guest looked at me in utter exasperation and said, "I can't draw a circle". She then firmly set aside her pencil and looked at her sheet of paper with an expression of utter defeat. She was done. She left the class 5 minutes later.
I must admit that at first I was dismayed by her attitude, her lack of confidence in her ability, and her refusal to make an effort.
Grow Business by Planting Seeds
Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream. Debby Boone
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. Aeschylus
There is a bumper crop of acorns this year. Every corner of my yard is filled with heaps of brown nuts. My neighbor hates it. I see her in her yard daily muttering to herself, shaking her head, and trying to scoop them up into trash bins. I like the sound of them plunking to the ground from the high branches of the oak every time the wind blows.
"An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one." Charles Horton Cooley
I am in the process of gathering all of my blog posts into
book form, and I was trying to think of a title for the collection. I am considering calling it,The War of Art, as a
play on words on the ancient Chinese military book,The Art of Warby Sun Tzu,
which discusses military tactics and strategy.
This book has influenced businessmen, lawyers, and the military alike
over the years, and, let's face it, choosing to pursue art as a business is a bit
like voluntarily going to war.
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
- Khalil Gibran
When I was young, our parents used to shoo us out of doors to play for hours on end. I would explore the yard and nearby forest through all four seasons, collecting shiny golden brown acorns with jaunty caps, fresh green Spring tree buds, fallen blossoms wet with dew, seed pods to open like fortune cookies, and other gifts from Mother Nature to stock my "store".
“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.”
― W.C. Fields
My name is Arianne, and I’m a cookie burner. I was labeled a cookie burner when I was in
my teens, and haven’t been able to shake the title. Later, when I was learning to drive, I ran
over a snake in the road. I could not
live that down either. My family
continued to find humor in the incident year after year. I thought this was particularly unfair. Should I, an inexperienced driver, have
swerved into the opposite lane to avoid a snake?
The Power of Immaturity
"Look at the world with the child's eye - it is very beautiful"
"You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what's wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever's in them rises to the surface in free play."
- Erik Erikson
When I was a child, I climbed trees, ran barefoot through the grass and rode my bicycle with no hands on the handlebars.
Tips for Training for Your Creative Eye
"What is art but a way of seeing?"
- Saul Bellow
People that know me, understand that I set out into the
world expecting beauty to unfold before me like an evolving canvas being
created and recreated moment to moment.
Each walk into the world is a new adventure with art and beauty
everywhere I look. I have thousands of
pictures on my iphone. I share them on
FaceBook every chance I get. People often ask how I "see these things" or say that I have an "eye for the