One day seven years ago I found myself saying to myself – I can’t live where I want to – I can’t go where I want to go – I can’t do what I want to – I can’t even say what I want to… I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to. -Georgia O’Keeffe
"I hate flowers- I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move."
"As everything becomes digitized, there's the idea that things that can't be digitized become more valuable."
"Everything starts from a dot."
When you’re starting out as an artist and your bedroom doubles as your painting/drawing/printmaking/fabric dyeing/paper-cutting (etc etc) studio, you spend a lot of time dreaming of the perfect creative space (especially when you’re using a particularly smelly medium!). What better inspiration than the spaces of artists like Frida Kahlo or Helen Frankenthaler? Happy daydreaming!
Link to my Studio Inspiration board on pinterest
Hands, 1918 Alfred Stieglitz
Georgia O’Keeffe, ca. 1920 Alfred Stieglitz
Special No. 16, 1918 Georgia O’Keeffe
Red Mesa, 1917 Georgia O’Keeffe
Series I, No. 4, 1918 Georgia O’Keeffe
Evening Star No. IV, 1917 Georgia O’Keeffe
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”
This quote aptly and unintentionally sums up the basis of art therapy. Art is not only a language that does not depend on words, but it is a language is used to communicate metaverbally (or “beyond words,” according to Bruce Moon). Through creating art and reflecting on the process and/or product, people can increase self awareness, cope with symptoms, relieve stress, enhance their cognitive abilities, experience pleasure, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, increase self esteem, and more. In art therapy, the creative process of art making is used to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of any and all individuals.
The process of creating and the artwork itself can help us understand ourselves and allow us to express things that words alone cannot.
Find out more: http://www.arttherapy.org/