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 ...

Welcome to Artscapes!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Art is Power

"Art is power. It can influence perception, opinion and values. And the artist who creates uses his paintbrush to focus on a moment in time...recording those things that touch the heart." Nina Baldwin

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Art Touches the Soul

"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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

MY GIFT TO YOU...AND ME...IN THE NEW YEAR

It's no use...I can't wait to do this...I have been thinking about this for a while now...I must give it away!!...a gift at the New Year for you...and me...

The New Year...a time of contemplation, prioritizing, planning and giving ourselves permission to have the most exciting, fun-filled, growing in the spirit experience in the new year...permission also to do, perhaps, something we haven't done before...
"And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same." Marianne Williamson, from the Painter's Keys Resource of Art Quotations. http://www.painterskeys.com/

PERMISSION SLIP

name: __________________ has permission

to allow his/her light to shine to the nth degree

from this date, Saturday, January 1, 2011, forward

...at all times...and in all circumstances...

forevermore...

Make your New Year really meaningful!!

"The New Year is like a blanc canvas waiting for us to put colours on it."

Happy New Year!!

Nina Baldwin

Friday, December 10, 2010

ART QUOTE - Monet and Fear

"I haven't yet managed to capture the color of this landscape; there are moments when I am apalled at the colors I am having to use, I am afraid what I am doing is just dreadful and yet I really am understating it; the light is simply terrifying."
Claude Monet

What an interesting quote...Monet, an artist who is held in such high esteem, sharing his fears that he is not capturing the colors and light in a particular landscape...a huge thing to admit for an artist of his prestige...I thought that only happened to artists like me!!

Do artists experience fear while painting? Have you? Please comment if you wish! I think this could be an interesting conversation...thanks for reading my blog too!

Nina Baldwin

Monet on Color

"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."
Claude Monet

Thursday, December 9, 2010

MONET - His Paintings

I have read a few biographies of Claude Monet now and I can truthfully say that they all read pretty much the same...and so if you are interested I encourage you to do the same as I...
It was his artwork that needs to be talked about...he was a prolific painter, in my estimation...over the years you can see changes in his techniques, in usage of the brush to create different effects. He used colors also to define atmosphere and/or time of day...it appears he couldn't get enough of those pigments in his color-filled, textural paintings...he was in love with the richness of his vision which he painted with relish...I didn't see many still-lifes, but landscapes, water-scapes, architectural, people...he painted them all...not just once, but over and over again...a different time of day would mean different colors and so he would do a series of the same landscape with each painting telling a different story... atmosphere would justify painting the sky of the "Tuileries Garden" with wistful softness while the "Women in the Garden" he painted under a clear noonday sun.
In his painting, he was brazen. He did the unexpected. He was rebellious. He was courageous. He painted as he liked...and we inherited it all...if you don't get a good book of his images to devour, it is your loss.