Ice Bath

I finally finished up this painting. I’ve been more focused on trying to get my online course set up. Don’t worry. I’ll let you know when I’ve got that ready. As always this is available for purchase in my store.

16×20 digital painting

Some of you may have heard me mention dissociation before. If not, dissociation is what happens when your brain disconnects from what’s happening around you. It can leave you feeling like what’s happening around you isn’t quite real, or that your body isn’t yours. This is a common reaction to trauma, and can be helpful in those circumstances to help the person survive and cope with the trauma. Most problems happen afterward when the brain gets stuck in this even when the person is now in a safe environment.

That’s what this painting describes. There’s a moment of being stuck in a moment and a state that you don’t want to be and isn’t helpful. However there’s also hope, because you can break this cycle, which is what the cracks in the ice symbolize. No one has to be stuck there, but it does take effort, and that effort and amount of time is different for each person.

Perhaps this painting helps you understand what some people go through after a traumatic experience. Ever person’s experience is different. So if you’re someone who’s experiencing something similar to this, please find a therapist. They can help you work through this. If you’re a person who knows someone dealing with this, the best thing you can do is be patient. You can’t force healing. Ask them what would be helpful for you do.

If you see something different in this painting, I would love to hear about it. Everyone sees things differently and that’s wonderful. Put your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to hit the like button on your out!

Inspirational Quotes

“Every artist was first an amateur.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have found this to be true and have said something similar in response to the common phrase of, “You’re so talented to create art like this.”  On the surface it sounds nice, and I think people do sincerely mean it as a compliment.  What I don’t like about it, is that it doesn’t account for all the time and effort I put in to make it good.  There are hours and years of bad paintings and bad drawings to get to the good ones.  Art is a skill just like anything else.  Unless you’re one of those small minority prodigies, then art is a skill you’ve spent a lot of your time developing.  I’ve found that people can be discouraged from doing art, because they believe it is a talent and not a skill.  Just because you’re bad at something now, doesn’t mean you will always be bad at it.

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is to remain an artist once we grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

I think this is true if you use the creative instead.  If we’re talking about someone being an artist as someone who’s creative, then you can have someone who’s a scientist that can still be a creative person.  They just express it differently.  A scientist can come up with creative ways to solve a problem.  They can either help create a new technology that allows to do more things or they can come up with new ways of understanding the world.  So I would say keep the creativity no matter what field you work in because that’s how humanity progresses.

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” -Bob Ross

Who doesn’t love Bob Ross?  He made have not made grand world-famous artists, but what he did was something special.  He made oil painting something that anyone could do.  He’s famous because got people all over the world to pick up a brush and start painting and creating.  If you’ve seen any of his videos, he’s a very carefree and light-hearted person.  Learning to be ok with mistakes and make those mistakes work for you, is a wonderful thing.  It’s not only helpful in painting but also in life.

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” -Jerzy Kosinski

This is something I aim for when creating paintings.  I want the viewer to look and find their own meaning and to connect with their own emotions.  Since each person will see something different, it’s more about what feelings and thoughts the art produces rather than wanting a specific idea to come through.

“As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and therefore full of deep significance.” -Calvin & Hobes

I remember reading Calvin & Hobes a lot when I was younger, and this quote shares similarities with the previous one.  In my paintings, there isn’t just one meaning, and I’ll often have things that don’t seem to be rational, such as a painting on a wall spilling into the room, or water where there should be a solid object.  These things encourage the viewer to come up with their own meaning to the painting.  It has more to do with self reflection, and that is what’s significant about what I paint.

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” -Albert Einstein

Yes!  If you can inspire anyone to be creative, do it!  Even if it’s just a creative solution for a life problem you’re facing, or how to solve a problem at work.  Creativity is a wonderful thing to always have and use.

What quotes do you love and inspire you to continue doing what you love?  Leave those down in the comments and we can all inspire each other!