“It's possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems.”― Nicholas Sparks,
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what trees mean to me in my art, and how art can be a transformative tool - through painting, my feelings can shift, and when others view what I've created , my art has the power to move them as well. Art moves us all!
few inchie pins, which means I've got to go back down to the studio tonight!
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“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Gustav Jung
Someone who bought a few pieces mentioned that my art reminded them of "Outsider Art" - I had never heard of the term, so I looked it up and found a wonderful article in the Huffington Post about it.
|An image from the Huffington Post Article|
Reading the rest of this wonderful article, "outsider art" truly resonated with me. As a self-taught artist, and someone who expresses myself through, art, this is exactly what my work feels like. I don't create art to be a working artist, I create it to heal and to actually understand or access what I'm feeling.
|Creating in the hospital|
|My Mixed Media Work|
"The genesis of Outsider Art could well be traced to an imagined prehistoric cave wall, to the work of your favorite eccentric visionary (think William Blake), or to the mythic artist-genius dreamed up by Romantic philosophers and poets. Outsider Artists began to emerge as a force to be reckoned with during the early 1920's, with the publication of two pioneering studies of art made on asylum inmates, conducted by European psychiatrists in search of universal truths about human creativity. "
|My mixed media work|
This brought to mind an amazing YouTube video I saw years ago about an autistic gentlemen who was able to draw the entire city of Rome exactly to scale in five minutes, while just taking a brief helicopter ride over the city - watch it, it's really fascinating:
WATCH IT HERE: Stephen Wiltshire draws Rome from memory
I like to describe my art as what I feel, abstract, childlike, expressive, whimsical, mixed media - but I feel Outsider Art is an appropriate term. Wikipedia calls it "self-taught or naïve art makers who were never institutionalized."
|One of my intuitive collages|
So there you go - now we're ALL artists, and we have a name for it! It's lovely being on the outside, don't you think?
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No matter where my art ends up, I will always firmlu stand behind my belief that anyone can make art. And SHOULD make art. Art is therapy - and this kind of creative therapy saved my life, at a time when doctors really didn''t know how to.
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Go ahead and make some art. Draw, scribble, splotch. You're an artist, remember, an outsider artist.
I've got seven simple tips to get you started...
Sometimes things require a second look, a second try, just one more attempt. Keep trying, keep going, keep creating. If at first you don't succeed- change the way you see things!
“Inside yourself or outside, you never have to change what you see, only the way you see it.”