October Morning in Kingston, Washington

October Morning in Kingston, Washington

There are times in our lives when we wonder about our art. Should I be an artist and try to sell my art, or should I just enjoy the everyday wonders of retirement and paint and sketch when I want to do it.

Last week I painted three days with three different groups of friends and think I must have hit a plateau, as my back sent me to the chiropractor, and none of my paintings were worth sharing.

So many blogs talk about being inspired by friends and nature, but right now most of my friends are artists. we talk about doing art for the beauty of art or for the merchandization of art for the sale.

The one think in life I never want to be is a “Thomas Kincaid” of art. He started out as a fine artist, and gave up his work for the joy of making money. Where do you draw the line in art?


Class with Casey Klahn

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Class with Casey Klahn

The Pastel world is a whole new adventure for me.  For any artist it s good to expand your horizons and try new things.  Sometimes you will be successful and other times walk away at the end of the day wondering about the experience.

What we need to know is that every artist has an opinion about art and we don’t necessarily have to tie into or agree with that opinion. An educated artist, which many of us are, does not immediately agree or disagree with another artists philosophy, for that is what it is.  It is their world and possibly not yours.

Each and everyone of us has a valuable opinion and when we take classes we need to realize the instructor is only a venue for us to view things from his or her perspective, give a new or different slant on our knowledge, acknowledge their expertise and realize we may view the world through entirely different eyes.

Creativity is subtraction, but you chose to subtract may be different from anyone else. I once read that nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. Constraints or limits sometimes help us create.

Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat with only 236 different words.  His editor challenged him he couldn’t write a book with only 50 different words.  He won by writing Green Eggs and Ham, one of the bestselling books of all times.

“Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want – that just kills creativity.”

~Jack White

Class with Casey Klahn