Inspire me

There was an interesting comment thread going on at another blog (be advised Hazel may be a tad wild for sensitive tastes) I thought I’d expand on.

The subject of an artists inspiration. To avoid the ‘art’ ‘artist’ definition discussions I’m using the phrase “working artist”. This is MY DEFINITION and means someone trying to live (get paid, provide necessities) through the production of art. See earlier post for  a definition of art.

I am inspired by living and my observation is other artists are also. It could be how the flowers smelled in Monet’s garden, for Degas the turn of the dancers leg, Wayne Thiebaud seems to see art in icing. What ever it is it’s in the life of the artist.

My friend Sondra Olson I think is inspired by the dark. By the way she is showing again, reception 7 March, 2009 at:

Winters Participation Gallery Center for the Arts
18 Main Street Winters, CA 95694 530-795-0608

But what inspires us is secondary to the drive to create. If one is not driven and willing to work, hard, all the inspiration in the world won’t paint that canvas or etch that plate. And that is the line; that is where the art comes into play. Work, doing, is what makes art. All the inspiration in the world and $1.85 will get you a cup of coffee (if you don’t drink coffee $2.00 will get you a Starbucks).

Off to my arting.


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