Thursday, 11 June 2009

A Chance Encounter with a Memorable Ending

I've met a lot of great people since I entered into the creative online world of etsy, it sounds funny to say that but it makes sense really, that there are a lot of like-minds in this community. Maybe because my real-life day-to-day world seems so culture-starved at the moment - I'm not meeting many people who talk about their passions and their drive to create...that it's so refreshing and I'm so touched when I talk to someone creative online and I really see eye to eye with them.

I got talking to a woman called Kris Hass on etsy, and her shop: is just one part of her work (I so enjoy the energy in those mini masterpieces), but she sent me a link to another website which catalogued her other paintings and I got quite drawn in to it! Some of the pieces were so rich and full of life, the kind I would have loved to stumble across in a gallery and spend hours pondering over....and it was so nice to be talking to the artist who created them (you can find more here: http://// ...but anyway, I thought I'd show you some which stood out to me:

On the left is "Early Spring" and on the right is "3/30" from a series of 30 paintings done in 30 days. I just love the textures of the paint and the light qualities. They're a bit like the sorts of images I see in dreams. I don't know what else to say exactly but I don't suppose it really matters and I don't want to impose my interpretation onto anyone reading this.
Kris Haas also shared with me a quote which she said she keeps in her head at ALL times! I think it's important if you're the sort of person who has those uncontrollable creative urges, so I decided I would try and carry it around in my mind too:
Quote by Agnes DeMille to Martha Graham
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
See? I told you it would be one to remember!! I know I said this was a "memorable ending" but I sincerely hope it's not the end - I plan to stay in touch with all my new-found creative friends!

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