Function or Fine Art? – Day 354

Sculptors, ceramicists and other three-dimensional artists often decide early in their careers whether their goal is to produce work that is functional, or work that is research-oriented for the fine art world. Ceramics in particular is so often considered a “functional” medium, however there are artists who enjoy pushing the boundaries of that perception, experimenting... Continue Reading →

An Art for Commuters – Day 341

Anyone who has ever spent time commuting on a public transportation system knows the feeling of “being neither here nor there” while enroute to work or home. Waiting for a subway train to arrive, surrounded by others on their way to their individual destinations, we are in transition, detached from our surroundings and from each... Continue Reading →

Artful Relationships – Day 306

Creating art is a study in relationships – the artist’s creative process involves a constant weighing and balancing of the relationships between forms, colors and textures to create a final piece that resonates with integrity. Human relationships are much more complex and incorporating these issues into the creative context brings an additional set of challenges... Continue Reading →

A Wearable Canvas – Day 234

Artists are always looking for ways to expand their market while protecting the integrity of their work. Sculptors cast their sculptures in alternative materials while painters might create a series of limited-edition prints or find other unique ways to get their work out to a wider public. Richard Malinsky’s paintings are collected for their emotionally... Continue Reading →

Do Inner-City Kids Need Art? – Day 198

In recent years, art education has been on the front line of school budget cuts in the U.S., which raises the question: Is art really a necessary component of an effective educational curriculum? Ask the kids from a certain inner-city school in Chicago’s south side……. Meg Peterson is an artist with studios in Chicago and... Continue Reading →

Wild Thoughts and Bowls – Day 159

The expression of movement is always a challenge for those of us who work with the sculptural form – but when an artist transcends the grounded physicality of the medium, the result can be one of awe and surprise. Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang is a Hong Kong sculptor specializing in ceramics, stainless steel sculpture and public... Continue Reading →

Embracing Diversity – Day 130

In most creative realms, trends are often what drives sales and, particularly in recent years, a majority of the large-scale, commercially-driven art, music, film and literature we consume is created from proven “formulas” and popular themes. I am always grateful to discover artists who explore subjects, themes and styles that are outside of the mainstream... Continue Reading →

A Green Alternative to Printmaking – Day 110

Visual artists often work with toxic materials, sometimes sacrificing their health in the pursuit of their art. Here is one artist’s “green” alternative. #110 – Taking the “toxic” out of making art. Most of the visual artists I know are environmentally conscious. But if you were to enter most of their studios, you’d probably find... Continue Reading →

The World is a Candy Store – Day 106

#106 - The world is a candy store for the Artist Mind. The world is a treasure chest for artists. The creative muse is everywhere – in the past and present, in science and art, in music, nature and spirituality. I met painter, curator and professor Stephen J. Tyson at a recent gallery exhibition, where... Continue Reading →

The Artful Egg – Day 99

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 99 of the 365 Days Project is by Gary LeMaster] Pushing the boundaries of the traditional Easter Egg, and how a color-blind boy became an artist……. #99 – The Artist Mind knows no limitations. Anything is possible. I was actually looking for pysanky. I wanted to write a special post... Continue Reading →

The Art of Controlling Water – Day 94

Water isn’t meant to be controlled, but a watercolor artist can offer insights into how it might be managed….. #94 – Each artistic medium has its own energy that the Artist must learn to properly manage. This one is about Water. I’ve always admired watercolor artists. It is perhaps one of the toughest artistic mediums... Continue Reading →

Color and Culture – Day 90

#90 – The culture of color The best part about this 365-Day tribute to the creative mind is not only the discovery of some of the most exceptional artwork being created today, but the chance to meet artists from around the world and perhaps gain an understanding of some of the cultural peculiarities that influence... Continue Reading →

Dance – Day 32

[Today's featured artwork for Day 32 of the 365 Days Project is by Kimber Berry] Dance. If you want to dance, invite an artist. #32 – Artists know how to dance. They dance with their paint, their forms, their words, their music. I’ve always experienced life in full-blown living color. And it surprises me when... Continue Reading →

Nothing is Impossible – Day 26

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 26 of the 365 Days Project is by Allen and Patty Eckman.] To an Artist, nothing is impossible. #26 – The Artist Mind always sees what's possible. The Artist in me knows that nothing is impossible. If an idea has even the slightest shred of possibility, I’ll work at it... Continue Reading →

The Purpose of Art – Day 24

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 24 of the 365 Days Project is by Brad Stroman.] Is art necessary? What is an artist’s purpose in today's society? #24 – Art reveals its value to those who take the time to appreciate it. The question of the purpose and value of an artist in today’s society comes... Continue Reading →

Choosing a Subject – Day 23

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 23 of the 365 Days Project is by David Kreider.] The highest form of compliment is to be the subject of a work of art. #23 – An Artist honors a subject by creating a work of art about it. Whether it's a person or place, an idea or an... Continue Reading →

Telling Stories – Day 22

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 22 of the 365 Days Project is by Elyce Abrams.] Give someone the facts, and they’ll remember it for a day. Tell them a story and they'll remember it forever. #22 – The Artist is a storyteller. The Artist Mind prefers metaphor to description. Symbolism has an innate “truth” that... Continue Reading →

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Day 21

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 21 of the 365 Days Project is by Lillian Loponen.] Creating is like travel. You have to step outside your comfort zone to experience the extraordinary. #21 – Artists are Grand Explorers. But instead of discovering new worlds, artists discover new ways of seeing the world. The Artist Mind is... Continue Reading →

Integrity – Day 20

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 20 of the 365 Days Project is by Carpin.] The greatest works of art have integrity: they are created from deep experience and knowledge, inspired by curiosity and ignited by passion. #20 – One of the secrets to producing great artwork – create from what you know. I sometimes wonder... Continue Reading →

A Three-Dimensional Life – Day 19

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 19 of the 365 Days Project is by Pierre Karam.] We live in a world of three dimensions. Life, however, can become “one-dimensional.” #19 – Sculpture makes us appreciate all dimensions, reminding us there is more than one angle to explore. The Artist Mind rarely takes anything at face value.... Continue Reading →

Process vs. Product – Day 18

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 18 of the 365 Days Project is by Léa Rivière.] Creating art often has little to do with the final product. Process is everything to an artist. #18 – For most artists, the act of creating is more rewarding than “having created.” I create to satisfy the hunger in my... Continue Reading →

Courage – Day 17

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 17 of the 365 Days Project is by DiAnne Cooper.] It has been said that courage is not the absence of fear – it is the willingness to walk through fear into action. #17 - Artists are courageous, even though we might not be entirely fearless. It takes courage to... Continue Reading →

Paint a Million Sunsets – Day 16

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 16 of the 365 Days Project is by Adriano Manocchia.] Paint a sunset. And when you’re done, paint ten more. #16 – Don’t settle for a single sculpture or painting or photograph. Any subject can have a million ways of seeing it and working intensely with a singular subject or... Continue Reading →

Slow Art – Day 15

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 15 of the 365 Days Project is by Shane Wilson.] In a world hell-bent on moving faster with increasingly sensational visual and emotional stimulation commanding our attention, can people slow down long enough to truly appreciate art...and life? #15 – Art teaches patience, appreciation and deep understanding. My sculptures take... Continue Reading →

Altered Perceptions – Day 14

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 14 of the 365 Days Project is by Frances Gaffney.] Seeing with the eyes of an artist can open perceptions into other realms. #14 – Altered perceptions, by the Artist as well as the viewer, can be experienced through deep creative work. Artists are very sensitive to the energetic vibrations... Continue Reading →

Work, Play and Art – Day 12

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 12 of the 365 Days Project is by Ginger Ertz.] Navigating the crossroads between work and play in art. #12 – Art is Serious Work. And Play. Regardless of how much it looks like play, when I’m in my studio, I’m seriously working. No one ever believes that because it’s... Continue Reading →

How to See – Day 10

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 10 of the 365 Days Project is by Jeffrey Anderson.] Anyone can draw a tree. An artist will capture its essence. #10 – Art is not just technique. It’s about seeing the world like an artist. A wise art mentor once told me, “I’m not going to teach you how... Continue Reading →

Ideas – Day 9

[Today’s featured artwork for Day 9 of the 365 Days Project is by Irene Cole.] It is tempting to share a wild and juicy idea before it has a chance to take root. Placing a brand-new vision in a box and presenting it too soon can take the life out of it. #9 - Ideas... Continue Reading →

The Zone – Day 8

[Today's featured artwork for Day 8 of the 365 Days Project is by Brenda McMahon] Getting into The Zone is not a conscious act. #8 -  The Zone is a sweet state of flow that arrives when talent and technique are in synch with the artwork being produced and the Artist is wise enough to... Continue Reading →

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