We recap previous artists that inspire us throughout season one of the ITAS podcast. This journey brings us different perspectives and insight on how to enjoy being an artist and what it takes to succeed as an artist.
“…We privilege the rational mind in the West, but the intuitive mind is equally powerful. We’re walking the edge between these two cultures [eastern and western], and I’m generalizing, because even within those cultures, there are nuances and variances. That’s probably worth my time to invest in and understand more.”
My art is meant for everyone else. Everything is about putting something positive out into the world – something to make people feel better, feel happier, feel calmer, feel easier, feel prettier, feel whatever because I feel like there’s so much negativity in the world. For me, I want to inject something positive.
“…I have to “let go and experiment” with all mediums and keep challenging myself. I get bored easily and dream of different ideas and artworks – I really cannot create them fast enough!”
“There may be days or weeks where life can take its toll, and art finds its way to the back burner. But choosing to pick yourself back up and create again is a bold and courageous act. For me, art is something I will always pursue, no matter how many other endeavors I may partake in, I’ll always have my art.”
“Anyone can enjoy being an artist! There is no prerequisite. Children do it all the time (even masterfully). Art is play and adventure. As adults, we get trapped in whether or not something is “good enough”. Art is not about skill, or even if it is good. Art is for enjoyment purposes.”
“My painting teacher once said to me, and I think it’s so true, that there’s only one profession that is harder to teach how to paint than doctors, and that is engineers. Now, engineers want to get every line straight, they’ll get a protractor out and they’ll get every angle straight. But doctors are not far behind.” – Homer Chin
“…I actually went to a basement in Savannah, Georgia when I was doing research on my own family. And all the black records are in the basement and all the white records are up in the courthouse. And the black records are falling apart and they’re moldy…” – Cheryl Ehlers
“I start with the color and create a background. For example, if it’s a mysterious feeling I’ll use purple. And then whenever I’m ready (and this is after I’ve had the feeling for a while) I start painting layers while the feeling is running its natural course. As I come to a closure with the feeling, the layers unravel.” – Kibbi Linga