When something or someone inspires you to create you should share it one more time with yourself and then with others.
Georgia O’Keeffe said it best when she said, “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Her paintings would not be what they are today if she hadn’t experienced fear and painted anyway, alongside that fear. She didn’t try to deny fear or avoid it; she acknowledged it, and then worked alongside of it to create the work she came here to do. And so must you.
Would you live apart from the love of your life in order to pursue your artistic vision?
I love Georgia. I decided to paint her portrait as I have been so inspired by her. Inspired by Alfred Steiglitz photo. Thank you Georgia and Alfrid
Georgia O’Keeffe, the painter considered the “Mother of American Modernism,” wrestled with separation more than one time throughout the course of her twenty–two year marriage to Alfred Stieglitz, the artist who elevated photography into being recognized as a legitimate art form. Though the two were married until Stieglitz’s death in 1946, they lived apart for the majority of their marriage, writing letters back and forth at rates upward of three or four per day.
It isn’t difficult to understand why pursuit of a career in art can cause strains on a relationship. Work can be unsteady, and it often requires long periods of solitude. As O’Keeffe explained in her 1929 letter to Stieglitz, she ultimately felt that moving away was necessary for her career...
On her visit to Maui, Georgia O’Keeffe made excursions to Iao Valley. “Waterfall — No. III — Iao Valley, 1939” is one of a series of paintings that resulted. (The Honolulu Museum of Art will feature some of O'Keeffe's Hawaii work in an exhibition that begins next July.) She also painted the PineappleBud. PhotoCr editHonolulu Museum of Art
I am going to look at Hawaii differently thanks to you Georgia. And paint differently.
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1. Live for yourself.
Who will you need to answer to thirty years from now, when you look in the mirror with a face full of regret, wishing you had pursued the things that your soul craved?
No one else but you.
Yes, we all have responsibilities, and society has told us that being “responsible” is ___________________. But what about responsibility for our happiness? Taking care of ourselves? Doing what makes us feel free?
You don’t have to be held back anymore.
“Every now and again, you will feel a dull ache in your soul. A gentle humming around your heart. A longing for something without a name. If I ever told you to obey anything, this would be it.
Listen to the call of your authentic self. That part of you that lives just outside of your own skin. Let it have its way with you.
I have died a hundred times trying to ignore it.”
Let all of that weight go. Anything that holds you back should not be a part of your everyday life. Take space from these people to make room for others that uplift you, support you and genuinely want to see you thrive. It’s not going to be easy, after all – it is a change, and change is difficult. But if you truly want to become your best self, you will need to learn how to walk away from the things that do not serve you.
Joan Mitchell, Untitled (1960). Courtesy of Christie’s.
3. Joan Mitchell, $11.9 million
Beloved Abstract Expressionist Joan Mitchell maintains her seat in the top three with the 2014 sale of Untitled (1960). The painting sold at Christie’s New York for just under $12 million, exceeding the high estimate of $9 million. Until O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 surpassed it later that year, the canvas set a new record for all female artists at auction. When Mitchell’s Noon (1969) sold for $9.8 million on an estimate of $5 to $7 million this month at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale, it showed that confidence in Mitchell’s work is still high.
I came across the work of Holly Wilson entering Art Prize and was moved. I wrote her a note. I was inspired.
" I just listened/watched your video and was moved and awed. What an incredible inspiration your body of work has become. I am inspired. I went to ORU in Tulsa and never imagined coming across an OK person creating such personal and sensitive work. My accolades and applause to you for this wonderful work. Best success. I pray you win Art Prize. What I gleaned. As an artist, I often move too quickly and create without intent. You made me realize I should slow down and really think about what is it I want to say. You have created a legacy and inspiration for others, forever. Well done.
Cheryljohnsonartist.com. If I ever am back in Oklahoma I would love to meet you and say in person. Bravo! Keep creating. You live out loud. Thank you. "
Take the time to watch her video and be moved.
I am 70 this year and I found the works of Louise Bourgeois at 70. I need to get busy and create.
Louise Bourgeois was a French-born painter, sculptor, and printmaker who first exhibited her work at the Brooklyn Museum Print Exhibition in 1939. Although Bourgeois was very close to the Abstract Expressionists, with whom she frequently socialized and worked, her work was never abstract. Instead, her strange forms, which depict things such as spiders, architectural forms such as houses and cages, and the human body, explored themes of loneliness, conflict, frustration, vulnerability, sexual desire, and love.
Originally creating sculptures out of wood, marble, and bronze, Bourgeois began using non-traditional media such as latex and plaster in the 1960s, in some cases lifting the works off the ground to hang from the ceiling. By the 1970s, it became clear that her work, often sexually explicit and emotionally daring, had pioneered a new movement of postmodern and feminist art. By the end of the 20th century, she was known as one of the most important female artists of her generation. On the occasion of her death, in 2010, The New York Times summed up her œuvre by saying that it "shared a set of repeated themes, centered on the human body and its need for nurture and protection in a frightening world."
"Like curious voyeurs we can look into the cracks and lines of her life and be inspired."
"When the years condemn us, age our faces and break our bodies, only the connection and love between us will supports and sustains each other and is evidence of our worth. " Xiang Jing
"Speaking through the body" used to be one of Xiang Jing's trademarks. Ever since her two solo exhibitions Keep in Silence (2003-2005) and Naked Beyond Skin (2006-2007), Xiang Jing has been thinking and creating works around the subject of female body. Her artistic language has matured through "The Virgin series", "The Body series", and "Naked Beyond Skin series", as manifested in some of her most important works such as Your Body (2005), The Open (2006), and Are a Hundred Playing You? Or Only One? (2007).