Friday, February 13, 2009

Creating With Heart

You may recognize some or all of this doodle.
I was only playing around with acrylic paint on rice paper.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


Last week, Dianne wrote about an encounter with a man while she was working a show. The man wondered about what the artists put into the paintings. If you have not read this wonderful story, please go now and read it. The man has such valid points to make.

This week, I came across this article after seeing one of this man's paintings which drew me into it in one of the most profound ways. I quiver to think of my response if I were to see one of these in real life. I may be like an Elvis groupie and literally faint from awe. I know James Nares puts a bit of himself into each painting he creates! While you are at it visit his web site. I get the same feelings when I see a Mark Rothko painting. I know there are many others, however this came off the top of my head...Rothko is always on the top of my head.

It is the aspect of placing a part of your soul on the surface or into the work which becomes so meaningful. This is true across the board with art, but I believe it is true with any profession. Consider the nurse who gives that little bit more, the teacher who gives that little extra care and the scientist who spends the extra time to be very sure his project will be safe. People who give more of themselves because it is all they know how to do. They, indeed, are paying it forward and not knowing it while it happens.

How about you...do you put your all into your creative work (I think I know the answer for many of you)? Are you aware of art which is full of the artist's heart and soul? Who does this in your opinion?



28 comments:

gianlucio said...

Hello Kim, to be a doodle as you say did very well. As for the magazine from time to time I write and send photos but do I have spare time.
Ciao!!!

Kim said...

Hello Gianlucio! It is lovely to see your name here. Thank you...I literally finished up some paint with these brush swipes...and of course, I had to have a little heart there.

Okay, I understand now about your writing. It does take time we do not always have, that is for sure.

Thank you so much, Gianlucio for your time to comment here.

Have a Wonderful Valentines Weekend!

Love,

Kim

Michelle said...

Hmmmm, put it this way, I always like the paintings I put 'me' into. The rest disappear into the 'cupboard' and are considered lessons learned.

Otherwise, what's the point?

Having said that, I wish I had the luxury of time to be able to do more to share the joy.

Kim said...

Oh Michelle I do so understand this...if you don't put yourself into it why do it. It is the same with much of life. I think these things take a long time, so it feels as though we are not accomplishing as much as we really are, don't you think? I know you have not been hanging around here for long at all, but one of the things I believe in is the slow movement...when you do things and savor them, they become so much more valuable. Think of everyday things...like preparing a meal or bathing the children. Okay, I will be honest here...cleaning, running errands, going to the doctor, etc. I do not savor! :) Moving as fast as I can through the things I don't like means I can spend more time on the ones I do.

As for that corner of shame (from my friend, Jess) you talk about...you might be able to insert some bit of yourself into them sometime.

Thanks so much, Michelle, for stopping by again today! It is a real treat to have you commenting here.

Happy Valentines Day...well, tomorrow! :)

Love,

Kim

Jessie Lilac said...

Thankyou Kim for reminding us that we have a special message as artists to give to others. Happy Valentines to you!x

Cynthia said...

Michelle, so true that art is a way of paying it forward...and the other points you make...whenever I feel tired, I remind myself it I can give a bit more, push myself to be patient when I'd rather not...I think of this sentiment...that you never know what will make a differnce...sometimes it can be the little extra...in work, home, creation...that will make all of the difference.
Love to you, Michelle, from Oasis in Puerto Rico. Happy V-day and may you have charming doodles to always inspire you! <3

Stocker Astrid said...

Hola Kim
Hermoso, gracias.....

Visita éste vínculo te sorprenderas, Todos somos artistas!

http://imox9.blogspot.com/2009/02/todos-somos-artistas.html

Saludos

Kim said...

Hi Jessie

I believe we really do have a special message...with mutual respect, the world would be free of hideous acts.

Happy Valentines Day to You!

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

Thank you so much, Cynthia!

We just never know what tiny little thing we might say or paint (as it may be) which will touch someone else.

Thank you for touching me here!

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

¿Hola, Stocker, usted tiene razón, nosotros que todo crea de cierta manera… a artistas no tiene que ser una cierta edad o aún ser humano, la derecha?

Gracias. No hablo realmente español, yo utilicé solamente un traductor en línea.

Amor,

Kim

Hello, Stocker, you are right, we all create in some way...artists do not have to be a certain age or even human, right?

Thank you. I do not really speak Spanish, I only used an online translator.

Love,

Kim

marianne said...

Happy Valentine´s Day Kim!

I guess I do, I love to paint and I put my soul innnnto it but unveal the others soul as well, a magical process.
I guess all artist work with love unless they are just commercially producing!
Your painting has love Kim! Love it!
Love >M<

linda said...

hello kim, this is my first time here, thanks to cynthia, and I adore your art! you have a lovely way with color, especially the use of red, that I really appreciate...I did read those comments about putting one's soul into the work and I fully agree...since I am an intuitive painter, I suppose that just happens as I can't do painting any other way...I don't always "like" the results either!! but it is vital for the art to shine, imho...

also, I too have been plagiarized and it's so upsetting...I am sorry it happened to you...if you figure out a way to avoid it, other than really small photos of paintings, which I hate posting, I would love to hear it! I am also having a problem with "trolls"-awful men who come and ruin my day-or week-with a mean-spirited comment! sigh....

blogging is wonderful and I have met wonderful people but there are days when I wonder about it and I'm sure you do too....many blessing to you!

Michelle said...

Thank you ladies. Made my otherwise dismal day :)

Kim said...

Hi Marianne,

Yes, I agree those who only paint from technique and paint without spirit may not exactly be artists. I also agree you paint with a large part of yourself...and you give a lot of that away, too!

Thanks always for your insights, Marianne!

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

Welcome Linda...isn't Cynthia a darling? I am eager to see your work and will visit you very soon. I say that often, "I can't paint another way."

For me, it is almost a "how dare they" kind of moment when someone takes work they should not. I know there are a lot of people who have had a lot worse done to them than has happened here. I also am very aware there are those who like to abuse this "rule" and call people on something when nothing is there...I have been there myself when I was a student. So in some cases it is a fine line. Of course in others is is very clear. I do hope to give people the benefit of the doubt.

Eeek! I can't imagine those trolls. That is really low. I am not sure but what I would not close down my comments or at least filter them before they were posted. That would probably upset me more than the thief...either way, it is an invasion into your space and violation and that is clearly upsetting.

Yes, there are those times I truly wonder about blogging. I agree it is a wonderful tool, and I have met lots of lovely people, too. For now, I will keep on going here. I think I am just going to be doing things a bit differently ...I can't do anything about the words, but my images are going to change. :)

Thank you, Linda. Have a beautiful day!

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

Hello Michelle!

I am glad we could help out here. You hang in there, because better days will come.

Here is a Big Hug!

Love,

Kim

Lynette said...

Kim, that is a sweet and lovely work with really great depth...I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!

Paula said...

Kim, your words could not be more true.

Thank you so very very much for the comment about my "girls". Those dolls are very dear to me and bringing them to life was quite a delight.

I could not help but notice that your "looking for representation" note above and to the right has been replaced....congratulations. No one deserves this more than you my dear fellow artist.

Dianne said...

Dearest Kim, thank you for linking all your readers to my posting! You have written such a though-provoking posting. A love the article describing James Nares paintings and his interesting painting process. His paintings have incredible depth, I would also love to see them in real life. There is something incredibly beautiful and expressive about a brush stroke, his are exquisite. Thanks for bringing this artist to my attention.
Your painting also has some beautiful brush-strokes and expresses tons of love!
There are a few amazing people that put their whole soul into whatever they do, these are the special people in life.

Kim said...

Thank you, Lynette!

It was a lovely day, here! I hope your day was wonderful as well.

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

Thank you, Sweet Paula!

I can understand why you enjoyed working on your little girls...well, they are women dolls to be sure. I really think they have a ton of strength to share with women around the world.

Well my association with Van Weyenbergh is not exactly a gallery, but it is absolutely a step in the right direction. I am pleased, as well, because the action was initiated by him. I think you dear Paula for your support. Clearly the connections I have made here have helped me progress my art so very much.

You are a dear.

Love,

Kim

Kim said...

Thank you so much, Dianne, it is always an honor to link to other artists. I have read that article so many times...if it were paper, it would be tatters by now. I am glad you found it interesting. I kept thinking if people knew the work this man did and what it took from him...if you go to his web site there is a photo of him working and believe me the physical strength has to match the artistic one! You can just feel the spirit in these strokes to be sure.

Thanks for your very kind words about my paintings. I really do believe in doing what I do with all my heart...or it isn't worth doing for me. I think you can see these things because you are also an artist who does this...and I feel quite certain a nurse who nurses with heart (I can't imagine delivering babies without that).

Again, you are right, Dianne, there are a few...

Love,

Kim

Cestandrea said...

What a great Valentine's Heart:)
And the funny thing is, I came across one of James Nares paintings on the net not so long ago, two or three weeks, I exactly remember my reaction to what I saw, there is such a flow and I imagined him doing this with an enormous brush, like a broom, involving a lot of body action. I really love the way the movement takes the viewer in, it's as if one jumped into a wild river, bobbing in the water which take you to a waterfall as big as the Niagara waterfalls!
thanks for this post, it has helped me getting out of my stupor:)
love
Andrea
I'm f

Kim said...

Oh that is so great you also found James Nares work! I love that! That is very much what his brushes look like...did you see the image of him on his web site? Wow! Yes, he puts a lot, physically, into his work, too. I feel as though I just want to get in there with the paint and move like it has moved across the canvas. You know I love your analogy of the water...that is perfect! Truly perfect...I love that so much!

Now I will thank you for sending me back to look...AGAIN!

Love,

Kim

Cestandrea said...

Kim, I went to his site and saw him hanging over his canvases with his brush, and it made me longing for studio space:) It's so great the way he involves his body into this, I crave to do paintings which involves me more, physically I mean. Well, each thing has it's time. Thanks so much for bringing this artist to our attention here!
have a great Wednesday
Andrea

Kim said...

Hi Andrea,

You know it is interesting for me...it is as though I need that balance in the studio, too. Sometimes it feels right to sit and do something small. Then other times, I just want to dance and shake the large canvases and throw paint. I am not thinking I have the upper body strength to hang over a canvas as James does, though.

I do just love his work, though.

You have a Lovely Wednesday, too...we have a bit of snow here this morning.

Love,

Kim

Sadia Hussain said...

A very eye catching and creative doodle! You've used the reds and blues very well and the outline of the heart is quite neat.
Take care.

Kim said...

Thank you, Sadia!

Welcome to my blog.

Have a Good Day!

Love,

Kim