Tuesday, October 07, 2008

2008 Portfolio Video and Some Inspiring Quotes

Video Portfolio 2008, Jan Blencowe

I'm still working on the big Tuscan poppy painting, but until I have another update I thought that I'd share a few random quotes I've recently come across that made me stop and think, (very dangerous, I know lol). Also a new video showcasing many of my recent paintings from late 2007-2008.

It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from. C.S. Lewis

Only the skilled can judge the skillfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result. C.S. Lewis

In hard times artists need to get themselves as debt free as possible and invest in the joy of their vision. Robert Genn

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton


The Artwork of Christi Bunn said...

I just needed to say that I am thoroughly enjoying looking back through all your artwork. Your work is beautiful, lovely in all the different mediums you choose to use. I am an artist just really getting my name/work out there for public consumption, and I couldn't have picked a worse time from the standpoint of the economy. However, these quotes that you have shared on this post are so very inspiring. I must print them out and post them over my art table (I would say in my studio, but right now it happens to be my dining room!) Thanks for sharing so generously of your work here on this blog and for these quotes.

Christi Bunn

Jan Blencowe said...

Christi, Thanks so much for stopping by to visit and taking a moment to comment. My "studio" was the dining room for a very long time. I used to use the piano as an easel, (yes, the dining room was the music room too!) It's very important to read what others have written about being an artist and art. Of course there are many opinions and points of view but amongst all the words you will find some that truly inspire you. Watching a sunset, listening to rain and savoring silence also go a long way to feeding your artistic soul.