Thursday, March 29, 2012

INSPIRATION a few thoughts on the subject

 I can find inspiration to paint a whole painting by just seeing this...

Inspiration....We all know the feeling in many aspects of our lives. In many ways it is what drives us to do the things we do. Whether it be for our family, faith, personal satisfaction or our creative side it is a very powerful feeling. Something deep inside our minds throws a switch and we are compelled to act in one way or another.....the proper definition can be found in many dictionaries but they all lack the "Pizazz" of what the word means.   

a. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
b. The condition of being so stimulated.
2. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
3. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
4. The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration.
5. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
6. The act of drawing in, especially the inhalation of air into the lungs.

Today in this little blog post I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on the subject with you. As an artist, this word comes up in my everyday life very very often (along with the verb..inspire). I don't know how many times I get asked "What is your inspiration for your work?" or "What artists inspire you?" and lately "What ever inspired you to paint a huge House Fly?"...the list can go on and on. The version of the word that means the most to me, the one I strive for is the "Seeing your work inspires me to paint" or "I used to paint but gave it up but after seeing your work I am inspired to get some supplies and start again."..... That to me is the ultimate compliment. When one can move someone enough to even get them to think about being creative is the best currency life has to offer. 

Last Thursday I had my first art show, a small affair, but a grand one also! As I was hanging out visiting with patrons of the show, I noticed someone walk in the door that I had not seen for over 20 years. I smiled. and walked over with open arms to embrace a friend of mine I had known since 6th grade. We where part of the art nerds throughout our schooling. You know, the kids who practically lived in the art room. We had lost touch since our graduation in 1989 and in the past year or so found each other on the facebook machine. He had been following my artist page, but never really commented or "like buttoned" anything. All of a sudden he is standing in front of me at my show after making the 1 hour drive. We caught up a bit, and he said to me "I had to come see your work with my own eyes, since seeing your art on facebook it has inspired me to start painting again." "So I went out and bought some materials and am in the process of re-discovering something that used to be so important to me...Thank you Lance!" Needless to say I about cried!.....That to me is why I do what I do!!! In that same hour or so later another childhood\family friend walked through the door. One, who I just lately,  have had the chance to spend a little time with. He was never an artist but has thoughts and ideas that he wants to learn to paint....He has stated to me many times that seeing my work and knowing me has inspired him to learn a whole new hobby. I told both of them that my studio and talent is available for them at anytime. I will teach, mentor or do whatever it takes to help out someone who wants to create! It humbles me to do something that inspires other to release their creative side. It brings a joyful tear to my eyes to know that what I do can move people! it is the best feeling in the world. 

I find my inspiration by accident most of the time. A Wasp buzzing around my back door and me thinking. "What a beautiful creature, I want to capture that in oils." or something as simple as me walking into my studio and looking at my paint collection and seeing the color on a tube of paint. Looking at other artists work online will provoke my mind to go paint in a very strong way and it is like a drug! The voice inside my head trying to feed its addiction to creating something with simple tools. If I catch the scent of linseed oil, my mind hits overdrive. I can be at an art store next to the oils and if I smell linseed oil floating through the air....I have to go home and paint! I will sit some nights and page through my big BLICK catalog, staring at each companies paint swatches and it drives me....I can plan whole paintings by just seeing one color. 

Inspiration feeds inspiration...that is one lesson that I have learned. The more I give in to it the more it feeds me. If I dwell on it for a while, ponder it with out taking action right away, it grows! It will only subside when I start to create the piece that feed from that particular inspiration. So I have layers and layers of inspired visions in my mind and can only move on with them as I finish each painting.  It is like a huge pile on bookwork sitting on you desk at work that you know you need to do but can only do so much at a time. You have your boss (inspiration in this case) screaming at you to get it all done. The pile never is never ending. Once you get one done 3 more folders get thrown on your desk. It can be maddening. It can drive you crazy! As an artist though, You never want that pile to go away. You want fresh work to do forever! I get frustrated sometimes cause I have so many ideas and plans that I feel I dont have the time to complete them all. They are all screaming at me to become reality. They haunt me in my sleep and most of my waking hours. I am fine with that for sure! It is a small price to pay for sharing color and life with others.

On the topic of inspiration and who inspired and inspires me to this day I would like to mention some of the folks who have had a huge impact on my artistic life. It would not be complete with out mentioning my Mother who is an artist and has pushed me every day of my life to create. My Great Grandfather Peter Yback who guides my hand from the spirit world and was the first to really show me how wonderful creation of art can be. Two teachers from my youth...Cal Schultz, my Jr. High art teacher and Don Durfee, my High School art teacher. They gave me the chance to express myself and helped guide me and many others to find a love for art and the creation of art. Good teachers can change you in ways that will last a lifetime. Mr. Durfee (or Durf as everyone calls him) taught me the skills and the early training to be able to do what I do today. He inspired so many folks to be whatever they wanted in life through his teaching style and cool attitude and personality. He always made this nerdy, skinny kid feel special and I will never forget that! Thanks Durf!!!! 

Thanks for reading my thoughts today....I could go on forever about inspiration and such. I just wanted to get some things out of my mind to make room for more painting ideas....hehehehe Please take some time and leave me some comments about inspiration and what may inspire you.....I really want to know!!!!
Peace and Love to you all........not get off your computer and go paint!!! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Double Header w\Lynn and Jeschke..My first Show.. Soon!

The Future Scene of the Crime...

Life is full of "Firsts"......Your first steps, Your first kiss, Your first Love and on an on.......But how many times in your life do you get to have your very first Art show?......As an Artist this is your big day! Something you will always remember...a milestone in your adventure to share color and light. A chance for others to see your work up close and live within its presence....On Thursday March 22nd 2012 I get to take that adventure.......Thanks to the fine folks at the Madison Area Arts Council and The BrickHouse Community Arts Center In Madison South Dakota USA. 

The show is what they call a Double Header...2 artists...1 night! This is a monthly event sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Council to showcase some of the areas finest artists. A reception and show focusing on Art in your Community awareness. A time where 2 artists with completely different styles and grooves can come together to create a feast for the eyes. On March 22nd, Artist Kari Lynn and I will be bringing out the goods...

Double Header with Lynn and Jeschke is the event you have all been waiting for....

For many years I have painted in private, not sharing much of my work with the world...I was a musician focusing my creativity to a sonic audience...that was where I showed myself to the world....about 8 months ago I decided to take a chance on life and focus on what really moves me...with a canvas, paints and some simple tools I could create visions to share with the world. It was always my real dream....but RocknRoll has a grip that is not easily removed. She is a hard girl to let go.....but I needed to move on...I had done all I had ever dreamed with her and she now was boring to me. All I could think about was the smell of linseed oil and the feel of paint going on a canvas....and sharing that with the world. I now have my first chance to do that in person....I am excited!!!

I have been "making a list and checking it twice" on what paintings will be included in the show....I have my "big hitters" (the few paintings that I consider my best work) that I know I will be showing....The issue comes into play on what of my other works I want to bring out. This has been a adventure...going back and forth on what to show....I think every artist can feel my pain?.....I decided to pretty much load up everything and decide when I get to the venue....problem solved for now!! The piece I am most excited for eyes to see is my "I am Just A House Fly".....I cant wait to hear the reviews on this piece in particular... 3ft x 4ft of oily fly....
"I am Just a House Fly" 
36x48in Oil on Canvas
Bring your Fly Swatters!!! This guy will "bug" you all night long at the show

I will be sharing the wall of the Brick House with a talented artist from Watertown South Dakota...none other than Kari Lynn....This is an honor for me. I cannot wait to see her work at the show as I have not had the chance to see it in person with my own eyes....but from the images I have seen I get excited to have that chance and to be showing with her..... The mood she creates with her work takes my mind to a place it wants to be. The movement and flow is beautiful.  Here are a few samples I stole from her hehehehe

Artist Kari Lynn
Title: Mardi Gras
Medium: Pen and ink, watercolor
(Image property of Kari Lynn all rights reserved)

Title: Severance
Medium: Acrylic
30x48 on Canvas
(Image property of Kari Lynn all rights reserved)

 What do you think about that?.....Need I say Wow!.....The excitement builds for the night....the night we shall come together and with any luck...blow the minds of all those who enter the show on this wonderful night in March.....

On Thursday, March 22nd at 7:00 in Madison South Dakota USA....this is the view you better be seeing as you enter......I know most of you who are reading are hundreds, if not thousands of miles away from Madison SD....If I could just ask that you send us your Love and be there in Spirit.....It is a big night for me in my art career....Nerves will be tested...butterflies will be floating around in a stomach or two....but it is all part of the excitement of doing something you have always dreamed of......Please go over to the event page Double Header with Lynn and Jeschke and check it out....leave us a comment or two.....also make sure that you go over and check out Madison Area Arts Council and "like" the page...they are great....Thank you all so much for taking some time to read this little post about my first show....I will be taking lots of photos and will share it all with you after the event.....I hope to see you all there!!!!! Peace and Love to you

Please feel free to share this link....I can always use he help to make this big ...thanks

Would like to thank the Madison Area Arts Council and Kari Lynn for the use of some of the photos in this blog post.....