Every artist needs to grow. Here are 10 top ways to grow, and some resources for great working contemporary realist artists and folks to help.
Last Monday morning (Sept.10th) I met with officials from the CRPS Board to discuss my concerns with education, funding an accountability, looking for the pieces of the puzzle. What I got (I think) was a good snapshot of the financial picture this particular school board faces...but I still don't think I know who Mr. Nobody is. It might be a lot of governing bodies who should be accountable for our tax dollars, decisions and allocations - everyone has made a little bit of a mess, resulting in an unclean house. Here's the story from the administration at the CRPS school board, with thanks for their cooperation and willingness to explain this to me. And please bear with me here...this post is long, and there's a lot of stuff in it. I'd like to draw it out in a picture for you - much easier to understand, but I'm rather busy at the moment in a production residency.
With nothing suggested, a blank canvas becomes the means by which thoughts can begin to have a life of their own and manifest. There is space for something to be born into.
Arts education is important. Where is our MLA when we are faced with trying to solve a problem? We need to have to have everyone at the table, willing and ready to work on a complex problem. Let's get on with it!
In the richest province in this country, in one of the most affluent communities of this province, your child cannot take art and drama in Canmore, Alberta. In fact, if you are in Grade 10, Stream 1 - you cannot take Drama at all. If you are in Stream 2 - you cannot take Art at all. Who is responsible and accountable for this? We all are.
Here are a few more tips for loosening up in the studio. Dance that painting out of the brush with this playlist. You're sure to put some boogie in your work.
Choices are one and the same. Through the process of creation, we destroy. Through destruction, we create. Through imagery of Haida Gwaii, contemplate your choices as an artist.
The beauty of art to me, is it's many faces. Emotional. Engaging. Beautiful. Brilliant. Intentful. Intelligent. Interactive. Contemporary. Contextual. Controversial. Conversational. Historical. Political. Discuss...
Visiting this place was a great inspiration for me. I would say it was one of the most stirring and inspiring moments of my visit, and I am grateful that the Haida Nation, these Elders and members stood so firmly to protect this place. We should do the same now, as the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project by Enbridge threatens once again, this magnificent culture and ecosystem. Stand up and speak out about the effects that this pipeline will have on habitat, culture and the ecology of our planet. Write your MP and the official opposition. Make yourself heard...and be part of the new "Line".