Still Lives?

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24″x 24″ “Toy Box” Acrylic on Canvas by Claudia

Last post, Betsy’s work illuminated the benefits of painting still life to isolate a challenging skill, by practicing with still life objects.  Betsy’s work is exceptional, but her intent was simple.

Today, Claudia’s piece takes still life out of the realm of fruit and bottles and brings a conceptual intention to still life painting.  In other words, this painting is about conveying more than the fruits of technical achievement.

What do you think the artist had in mind?

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Taylor’s Pages

The best way to introduce you to Taylor (although a much younger Taylor), is to give you a peek inside Taylor’s pages from Portrait of a Girl and Her Art

It was tough to focus on just one theme  to represent Taylor’s art when I was putting the book together. I eventually decided  that Taylor’s sketchbooks had to be shared. Unfortunately, these 2-D images hardly do them justice…

Pure Creativity

Meet  Oliver.  He makes things.  He makes wonderful, beautiful things.  He investigates, discovers, imagines, observes, invents, plans, plays, arranges, transforms, and creates.  These are all things that artists do.  I believe that Oliver does them exceptionally well.

Here are a few of Oliver’s creations. *

  Here  is a link to a great post about Oliver’s boundless creativity.

Now here is something for you to try.  It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are. It doesn’t matter how much art you have already made or if  you are just a beginner.   See if this helps you to investigate, discover, imagine, observe, invent, plan, arrange, play, transform, and create.

Close you eyes.  Open them and see just what is front of you.  Listen to the sounds around you.  What do you smell?  Don’t talk. Be still.  Let your eyes see colors, see textures, see patterns, see dark parts and light parts.  Now touch what is front of you.  Take a moment. How do you feel?

You have just allowed yourself to take in a tiny bit of what is around you.  You have taken a moment to see and to explore.  If you take more moments as you walk and play and move through the day, you may enjoy this experience.  You may do it more often.  And, you may begin to collect things.  You may see how the things you collect fit together.  You may start to make things.  Those creations may be art.

Maybe you are creative in a different way.  If you, like Oliver, make things, feel free to share your thoughts and images here.  Email elena.kidsart@gmail.com   

*All images courtesy of Chantal Powell        Big thanks to Oliver.