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Sources of Inspiration

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Artistic Evolution

Back in August when I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico on my Artist Retreat, I spent a wonderful afternoon with Nancy Reyner (www.nancyreyner.com) and wrote about it my September blog.    https://www.rshah-studio.com/even-artists-need-a-retreat/   Nancy is one of my favorite and admired artists – it was her YouTube video that taught me how to apply gold leaf (or any leaf) to a substrate (a summary term for the various surfaces artist paint on, such as canvas, wood panel, etc.).   Long story short – Nancy is one of the most knowledgeable experts I have found regarding the use of acrylic painting.  Her instructional videos (available online and easy to follow for any painter, even if you are a beginner) really inspired me...

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Liquid Glass

As promised, (a little later than I intended) the second blog about my wonderful art retreat to Santa Fe, New Mexico this past August.   I spent an afternoon at the Liquid Light Glass Factory in Santa Fe.  https://www.liquidlightglass.com   I have always watched in amazement as artisans make beautiful vases, plates and decor out of glass.  Watching them blow the glass bulb through the tube and then shaping it with tools is fascinating - especially when they add the colored glass.  I can spend hours on YouTube watching glass blowing craft.  It looks so easy and they shape the glass as if it's putty.   There were a couple different workshops I could choose from.  Both were at least a couple hours; but one seemed...

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Even Artists Need a Retreat!

About a month ago I took a trip – solo – to Santa Fe, New Mexico.   It was “me-time”.  I decided to plan this trip as an “Artist’s Retreat”.  I spent 6 whole days in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area.  I packed my drawing and painting tools, including paper and a portable easel; and I packed my camera.  When I travel, I like to photograph landscapes and/or subject matter that inspires me to paint later.   My days were spent in creative pursuits, including a glass factory, a tour of the galleries at Canyon Road, exploration of Taos, NM, a 1,000 year old Pueblo and all the sights in between Taos and Santa Fe – taking the high road through the mountains...

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Reflections from the first 6 months of 2018

The beginning of this 2018 - I was excited and exhilerated.  I had 3 shows scheduled.  In February at the India Art Festival and two shows in May, the first at Kitano Alley Gallery of Kobe; and the 2nd at the Intercontinental Hotel in Osaka. The India Art Festival was a reaffirming show for me.  I sold three pieces and met so many wonderful people.  I also met some wonderfully talented artists that I loved conversing with about experiences and paintings.  Walking around the booths, I myself - became very inspired as I observed the lines drawn, media used and colors on canvas. At the India Art Festival I met this wonderful woman who had also lived in Japan and took Sumi-E classes from...

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The Masters as Sources of Inspiration

  Throughout history, there are many such examples. http://flavorwire.com/293497/10-famous-artworks-inspired-by-other-famous-artworks/10 To talk of a few in the contemporary art world include Andy Warhol's The Last Supper inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. Liechtenstein's 1992 painting Bedroom at Arles is a version of Van Gogh's original from 1888. [caption id="attachment_6473" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Roy LIchenstein Bedroom at Arles[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6474" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Van Gogh Bedroon at Arles[/caption]   Whether as parody or tribute, many artists have found inspiration in works that have come from others.  Even the "Masters" as evidenced by Claude Monet's Le dejeuner Sur l'herbe inspired by Edouard Manet's Le de-jeuner sur l'herbs. There is a sculpture by Tobias Stengel called Die Woge located in Dresden which commemorates the flooding of the Elbe River in 2002 that is taken from a wood...

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