Monday, March 12, 2012
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
A quiet house, some green and modest acres
A little way from every troubling town,
A little way from factories, schools, laments.
I would have time, I thought, and time to spare,
With only streams and birds for company.
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death,
A little way away from everywhere.
There is a thing in me still dreams of trees,
But let it go. Homesick for moderation,
Half the world’s artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him tell it.
Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation
Where, as the times implore our true involvement,
The blades of every crisis point the way.
I would it were not so, but so it is.
Who ever made music of a mild day?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Dear Creative Circle,
I am still in San Antonio. My niece, a senior in high school, was notified this weekend that one of her artpieces will be exhibited at the State Visual Artist's Scholastic Exhibit (V.A.S.E. - if you google it, you will see some cool high school art pieces).
We are very proud of her. She is excited. Last year, her art project, which I have uploaded for you, was also chosen. She uses the technique of pointillism - like Seurat. I wish you could see the pieces up close because the detail is something else. In all her focus on finishing and getting her newest project finished, she forgot to take a pic. So now she won't see if again until it is in the actual exhibit in Houston - in April.
Hope all are well and expressing their passions.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Pressfield thinks the professional artist rightly sees his art as a "territory" that he/she visits and in which he operates alone and exerts full control over his growth and progress and in which there is no possibility of sabotage, if the artist just does the work--the question of recognition being a separate issue and not one that deserves concern, since it is usually not something one has any control over and has little to do with the art itself.
In the exercise portion we worked in pairs, one member adopting the voice of Resistance specific to the individual in the pair, and the other talking back from the perspective of the creative soul on its path. Each person had his or her own experience of what that conversation signified, and overall there appeared to be a common theme that we tend to deprioritize our art at times.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
In the discussion of the book topic, we shared a variety of thoughts on the ideas presented, some not liking the idea of an "impersonal outside" force that works against you, but most agreeing that we ourselves sometimes aren't on our own pages about our creative endeavors and get distracted. Plainly stated--some people like the book and some don't.
For the art activity, we created collages for the most part, some with charcoal, that express our ideas on Resistance and what it means to overcome it.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The art portion began with the intention of painting in an abstract way the Inner Being or that energy that inspires us as artists (but rules are meant be broken, etc.). The prompt for the activity came from a line in the book (on one of those not numbered pages), "A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris."
On Tuesday, the 2nd, we'll cover pages 5-30 of Book One, RESISTANCE: Defining the Enemy.
The opening quotation for this first section is by the Dalai Lama:
"The enemy is a very good teacher."
Just a few notes about the schedule. We won't meet Nov. 25th on account of Thanksgiving unless some of you want to alter that (we can discuss via email) and then we are scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 2, and then Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00, beginning Dec. 10.
Finally, welcome to Brynne and Dot--we are happy to meet you! Some of us are planning to meet at the DMA this Friday evening for Late Night at the DMA (around 7:30 at the front desk). So join us if you are so inclined.