About This Painting: Bright and cheerful, breezy and carfree. Feel the warmth of the sun!
Title Field of Poppies
Artist: Jan Blencowe
Media: acrylic on linen
Size: 6 in X 6 in (15.2 cm X 15.2 cm)
Price: $100 USD plus $5 s/h in the USA
Today was the first day of the smARTist Telesummit! I really enjoyed the speakers and the earnest questions sent in by fellow artists and the insightful answers from the panel. Questions and answers ranged from the nitty gritty practical to deeper more introspective and inspirational issues. Here are a few nuggets of gold I took away from todays session.
First on the nitty gritty business side...."something for every pocketbook" Wow, this struck a chord with me. I am such a firm believer in the notion that art is for everyone. Today's small format painting, offered at just $75 is a perfect example. While I deeply appreciate my collectors who are willing to spend $1000 or more on something I've created and humbled by their faith in the paintings beauty and value I also know there are a lot of people who could benefit from having the joy and beauty original art brings into their lives but are restricted by their budgets. That's why I'm always committed to offering smaller paintings that many more people can enjoy.
A few powerful one liners...."beauty gives hope", "If the path has a heart, than follow that path." "artists have healing power". This last one is of particular interest to me. I believe art does have healing power. Making art, viewing art and incorporating art of all kinds into our daily lives is a powerful path to healing. I know it's true in my own life, in the life of my autistic son, I see it in my students lives and in the lives of people who collect art also.
Another powerful message I took away today was from Nancy Marmolejo. She talked about art as medicine, not perscription medicine from the pharmacy, but medicine in the Native American spiritual sense. Art is a powerful spiritual gift. Your calling as an artist is part of that medicine. Then we let go, get out of the way and let the medicine of the art go out into the world. I'd say the world needs some healing medicine right about now!