Counting Cows Prints Available

Counting Cows, Digital painting, 2015

Digitally painted to bring a smile to your day by an old artist on a new ipad. 
FYI, The udders of the cow flying on its belly are labelled: 2%, D, and Almond. 

Order an 11x14 print on matte stock, $39.

Art History - Starry Night Master

Starry Night Master, Original Acrylic on Canvas, 2003 $450.

I love the work of Van Gogh. The heavy dark blue outlines around some of his subjects heavily influenced much of my earlier work and still today when I'm in the mood.

Late last century I started to shift from representative paintings into more abstract concepts.  This work involved shifting color and light through various planes imagined on the canvas.  This painting (turned on its end, CW) was a play on Van Gogh's The Starry Night, but turned as shown seemed to capture the insane vision that consumed the artist.

I have enjoyed this painting from this angle for many years and am looking for a patron for it to help fund the Holland portion of my travelart excursion.  There I will be able to visit the newly renovated museum which honors the work of Van Gogh.

Order an 11x14 Print, $39.

Three Ways to Have Creative Breakthroughs

I attended an opening of abstract art which includes two pieces of my work from Torn!
and another favorite paperwork, at Red Tree Gallery last night.  The work all around was impressive.  It is always interesting to see the materials artists include - paper, fabric, found items, textures from jars, scraping away, layering on, and all the different techniques employed by the artists while applying these that make each piece different. Many conversations included discussion of the artist's need to explore, discover, innovate and invent new ways of doing things.  

As is often the case for me, these chats connected directly with something else I had been working on.   I found a lot of cool research while preparing for a blog about using creative interventions in the workplace to discover and unleash the underlying creative talent in the workplace and transfer those skills to benefit organizational goals and interests.  Everyone possesses creative skills.  Whether they use them to create art, deliver innovations on the job, or produce the effect that they are not creative at all -- it is all creative.

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Creative Breakthrough, Digital Collage 2014, Pic Michel
So I'm inviting you to have a creative breakthrough and consider how creative you are in everything you do. 
  1. Check out this post about creative breakthroughs on LinkedIn
  2. See what's new at HeartStudio Groups to access your creative nature
  3. Buy a cup of coffee at Red Tree or some other local gallery/coffeehouse/restaurant and really look to see what goes into a piece of art rather than just how it looks when it's finished.
As I say in the studio, what hangs on the wall is not a painting, it is a painted.  
Joy, release, and adventure is in the making!


Invention - Confronting the Past

Why would an artist work from a painting completed hundreds of years earlier by another artist?  It might be that one wants to learn how to craft like a master, but if you were Pablo Picasso it would be to make it your own.  Picasso saw art as invention and many times referred to existing masterpieces to re-work the subject matter in his own imagination, to his own liking.

An article covering the release of Picasso's Variations on the Masters: Confrontations with the Past, by Susan Galassi in the Smithsonian Magazine, September 1997, brought attention to Picasso's work from Las Meninas, Velázquez's masterpiece from 1656. 

In four short months, at the age of 76 in 1957, Picasso made 45 variations from the painting, 58 studies total, including isolated features, treating the process as an inventive constantly changing experience as he made the work his own. (That's roughly 1 painting/drawing every other day.)  (See on Wikipedia). 

Throughout the creative process artwork changes often and not always as expected, a matter of fact which can frustrate a less experienced artist until he or she overcomes the need to be right or worse - finished, and stops seeing an unfinished composition as not good enough. Taking a second look at what has gone before with new eyes to explore different ways of doing things was foundational to the innovations that were intrinsic to Picasso's work, and his contribution as an artist.  

In the studio, especially through the abstract method, but through every sort of approach and media, exploring and inventing is what our work is all about and we get there through confronting not just the past, but learning to balance the inner critic with the inner artist as we move ahead, pause to see, and continue.  That is the secret to making the creative process truly satisfying, then and now.

Consider practicing a little art yoga at The HeartStudio.