The Tate in London is featuring a show of Matisse vivid cut-outs through early September, and then it moves to MOMA. I'd love to see it, as I've had the opportunity to teach a class about the cut-outs and it was a lot of fun. An article in today's Wall Street Journal reveals two things I never knew about Matisse, one, that he used a fishing pole in his studio, and two, that the aim of his art is to make us happy and enhance our lives. Hmmm; that explains why he has so many fans, but I don't believe the goal of my art is to make you happy. Perhaps I should reconsider?
Use it or lose it. That's one of my Mother's favorite sayings, and it applies to creativity as well. Much more meaningful to me right now is what Twyla Tharp says: "Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom:
Why do I have to obey the rules?
Why can't I be different?
Why can't I do it my way?
These are the impulses that guide all creative people whether they admit it or not. " Well said Twyla. I admit it.
Inspired by the Juan Miro exhibit at Seattle Art Museum, last month I developed a workshop for the grade school kids at my old Alma Mater-Assumption. We had a blast creating mixed media "abstract aliens". #purebliss
Creativity means seeing things differently. In this case my feet take on a new look captured while playing with my iPad. Why feet? I'm headed in a new direction and following my dreams after a decade with sister Kat and The Spellman Company.
piss and vinegar: a phrase used to express an attitude of somebody that is full of energy, vigor, perhaps rowdiness or excitedness. (urban dictionary). Yup, that's me.