" I have always tried to paint the way poets write their best poems with feeling, imagination and some semblance of the shape shifting truth" Edward Hughes
Tar Beach (quilt) Artist: Faith Ringgold..."Any one can Fly...all you need is somewhere to go that you can't get to any other way...the next thing you know you're flying among the stars.
I took myself on an Artist's Date (The Artist's Way) rather unintentionally. I realized that The Chemistry of Color exhibit would be leaving our town after Mother's Day and I really did not want to miss it. Some of the paintings took my breath away, gave me goose bumps and reduced me to tears...the raw emotion in the art was that poignant! If this exhibit comes to your city or town or nearby, I highly recommend putting it on your list of things to see. You can read a review of the exhibit here This is an exhibit of African American artists with many of the artists not relishing that title. Most prefer their art to stand on its own...art for art's sake without the separating nomenclature. The exhibit included paintings, drawings, photography, quilts, sculpture and mixed media. My cell phone was burning a hole in my pocket as I longed to take photos of my favorites, however it can be damaging to the art and the museum police were there to make sure I was tempted even less.
As a frustrated artist (or wannabe) I appreciate the work, talent and soul that goes into each piece of art. It takes a great deal of courage to "put yourself out there" I had an opportunity to submit art for possible publication in two different books...this is what I learned...I am not good with deadlines...that the FEAR of rejection paralyzed every creative bone in my body (or either I was entirely too critical) and THAT FEAR manifested itself in the form of ill health. Oh yes, everything is connected. A couple of quotes by some of the artists really stayed with me, their stories and their vision inspired me. "Time is not important as an artist, you should just let it unfold" this was an Eastern proverb (?) quoted as a favorite by Earl B. Lewis.
One of my favorite singers, songwriters, mentors, (she wears many hats) Christine Kane, says basically that you just have to show up. If you are lacking courage, Christine has an excellent e-zine/blog post: 52 Ways to Build Your Courage that can be found here. So what would you create if you knew you would not fail?
"My art is about what I make as opposed to what I think about what I should make" Raymond Saunders