by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jasper Johns - Quote for Today

I was looking for a new quote to include on my blog today. While looking in the index of subject matter for quotes, on my favorite source for quotes, I spotted the subject "accomplishments". Ahhh! "There's a noble word, I thought...that would be a good, uplifting subject for my next art quote!!" But my eyes strayed all too easily....to the word just above the noble term...to "accidents"...ewwww!!...now that could be interesting! Now I started to argue with myself... "really, I should stick with the positive...the more enlightening subject matter!!...but "accidents" could be very exciting, altho' a little negative...it could actually be fun...No, Nina, don't give in...go the high road!...but, but ...."

Guess which one won out...you guessed it..."accidents"! (I wonder if there is a catagory for ornery!)

Of course, I found a quote in the forbidden catagory which tickled my artist's heart! It is from Jasper Johns, an artist who became well known back in the 50's for his pop art. Well, here it is...

" I have meant what I have done. Or – I have often meant what I have done. Or – I have sometimes meant what I have done. Or – I have tried to mean what I was doing." (Jasper Johns)

I laughed so hard when I read this...quotes often seem to be for the intellect...or perhaps to prop up us creatives when we are going "thru the desert"...rarely, do they say something really significant which makes us have a good laugh, too! Being an experimental artist, I can relate! All too often I have started a painting with an image in mind...only to find the paint has a mind of its own. Or the brush goes this way instead of that. Or...OMG! What's that big spot of green doing in my sky?!! Art for me is an ongoing challenge, a quest for the next new discovery, a journey in excitement, hopeful for excellence, always stretching and trying new things to come to a conclusion which speaks to my spirit, and hopefully to others' as well...

thanks for reading my blog!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Quote from Pablo Picasso

"Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life." Pablo Picasso
I couldn't say it any better!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

POWER VS. FREEDOM - Unleashing the control!




I get these inspirational newsletters on Saturday nights from Dr. Phillip Humbert (no, not the TV Dr. Phil!). http://www.philiphumbert.com/ He's a life coach. He always has some inspirational material to pass along...whether to do with your life, your profession or your bliss. Included in the newsletter are some quotes which I always check out. They are pithy, appropriate to his writing and usually by someone whose name we know.




This quote I copied down and have sitting on my desk...that is, when it's not on my working table! I seem to carry it from place to place, depending on my task at hand. I hope you enjoy it!




"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash." Harriet Rubin




I can see this in my painting. About a year or so ago, I just had to paint a red painting...and I did! It is a beautiful painting in my eyes, if I might say so. I remember that when I painted it, I determined to make it a powerful painting. It is as the quote states regarding power, controlled...one of my most controlled paintings. I am an experimental painter, so it is a little edgy, but still more controlled compared to my other paintings.




In the last year, I have gone through the "desert"...most artists go through this at some time in their careers....months where the artist runs up against a wall, where most attempts to create leave you frustrated because it just isn't working...just isn't what you want. I have come out of that desert, and on departing, I could see that my painting had changed...I determined that I would allow myself the freedom to paint in any style that happened...no limitations. I unleased myself from the expectations I had set up previously...as a result, I am painting with saturated colors (something new for me!), adding pattern and texture, and using different mediums for new "effects".




The quote says it all...Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. I like power, but I love freedom...unleashing can produce some fantastic surprises!! My lovely red painting, "Red Mesas", is up above. I still love it because it is as I had hoped...powerful and painted with gorgeous reds...my more recent "unleashed" landscape is the one in my title bar...what do you think?
post script: the paintings I have produced in the last two months are even more free...someday when I get my courage up I will put those on my blog also!! Thanks for reading my post!