Art Is Frightening…

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The Steps leading to the Art League of Houston…across from the “Funnel Tunnel.”  Just Luscious…

Tip of the Day for EVERYONE…

An excerpt of “The Icarus Deception

Art isn’t pretty…

Art isn’t painting…

Art isn’t something your hang on the wall…

Art is what we do when were truly alive…

If you’ve already decided that you’re not an artist, it’s worth considering why you made that decision and what it might take to unmake it…

If you’ve announced that you have no talent (in anything!), then you’re hiding.

Art might scare you…

Art might bust you…

But art is who we are and what we do and what we need…

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally…

Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey! The challenge of our time is to find a journey worth of YOUR heart and YOUR soul!. ~ Seth Godin

I couldn’t put this book down…I read it in two days in between my working hours!

The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. It’s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you’re an artist, no matter what it says on your business card.

If you get a chance…pick up a copy and see for yourself. I would LOVE to hear what your thoughts are on it.

Laurie
xxoo

If you missed the awesome Funnel Tunnel, you can see it here.

 

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45 thoughts on “Art Is Frightening…

  1. I am totally going to get this book. Yes art is compelling! And i think I needed to read that it isn’t necessarily always pretty. It makes it okay (again) and it’s easy to lose sight of. With networking attached, sometimes the voice hesitates, right? For me anyway…or should! 😉

  2. So true…in looking at the steps, some might see a mess. I see ice cream, strawberry kool-aid spilling, black licorice, and a leaf as well as many other things. Your message is so inspiring. Some time ago, I bought canvas and paints and was going to try my hand at painting (I always say I can’t draw even stick people; and I probably can’t), but have left them in the closet. Your post gives me bravery to try something…even if it looks like a mess to others.

    Inspiring as always. Happy Tuesday. 🙂

  3. I love these thoughts about art, Laurie! Sometimes we just have to do it and not analyze and judge our work/play – but dive in and swim around in the joy of creating. Just last month I started a new blog to play around with my own drawing/painting. It is so relaxing!! You can check it out if you like at:

    http://thesketchypoet.wordpress.com Thanks for your timely and encouraging post.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  4. Oh, I am definitely going to have to find that book! My heart quickened just reading the part you shared, Laurie. Thank you. And, I love the steps! blessings ~ tanna

  5. Hey Laurie! 🙂

    How beautiful. The colours are so soft and inviting. We have a family art show every 3 months. Yet recent its been a bit longer.

    Have a great day. Love and hugs to you, Paula xxxx

  6. I love this colourful artful image, Laurie. I had heard of the book but not got around to putting it on my book list yet. Thanks so much for the excerpt and recommendation! Much appreciated.

  7. Fabulous design on those steps, Laurie, and so well captured by you. The book sounds so exciting. I’ve just ordered it for my kindle. 🙂 Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  8. Now that is art! So creative and I just love it! Great shot Laurie and thanks again for a lovely and interesting post hon. 😀 *big hugs*

  9. Sounds like a great book, Laurie. To me, being an artist is to share creativity and insight. Artists see the world differently, with a new perspective. They make us think and be in awe … great artwork on the steps. Thanks for sharing xx

  10. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “I wish I was an artist, sigh…” This is the main motivation for my blog, showing people that they can be creative, and an artist in their very own way~at some point during childhood, children decide that they are or aren’t, either by themselves or someone tells them~have you ever seen a 3 year old that didn’t want to color or create or play with clay? But at some point that same imagination shuts down. So Sad! Thanks for sharing your reading, I hope many will reach out and learn. Can’t wait to check it out,
    Jenna

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