make art. transform life.

thoughts about creativity and  art:   live your life as your work of art.

 The audacity of daring to create authentic art 

Invite creativity into your life!


I used to make artwork… and then store it under my bed!

I didn’t know how to get it out of my house and had no room then to store it. I was also shy about showing it to people. 

Then when my dear sweet husband challenged me to get all that art out from “under the bed” and share it..
...I started to give it away as a gift and then sell it. I learned a lot from comments and reflections from the recipients. 

I began to realize that my work is not only a personal reflection but operates a singular communication of my worldview to the one who gazes upon it. The viewer completes the idea from his unique perspective.

I consciously create work as an investigation of what I am seeing and feeling.

Then the process of creating takes on a life of its own, revealing more than I consciously knew.   I share the art with others who complete it, each employing one's unique vision.

 What matters to me in making art is the integrity of my marks. 
  “I like to say that, " the artistic impulse travels from the head to my eyes to my heart to my hand to the paper.”

What I make, matters. What I communicate needs to be honestly consistent with my overarching beliefs and actions. 

I notice that when I do that, the work surprises me with its open-heartedness lying so close to the surface of the image. 

 

I consciously create work as an investigation of what I am seeing and feeling.
— beth vendryes williams
hours/ daily lauds    This is a process view of the first of my hours 2018 pieces.      I I paint about the opportunities to meditate on the beauty that we see as we journey through each day. This is early in the morning , before rising with the sun.

hours/ daily lauds    This is a process view of the first of my hours 2018 pieces.      I I paint about the opportunities to meditate on the beauty that we see as we journey through each day. This is early in the morning , before rising with the sun.

"Am I revealing too much?", I ask myself? 

“No”, is the answer I inevitably hear. “This is why you are an artist!”

“As an artist, you make the inner search visible, opening yourself and viewers, to truth and beauty found in surprisingly ordinary places!”

And I wonder...

  • Do you suspect that you have a unique perspective of the world?
  • Where have you seen beauty or truth today?
  • Do you feel an impulse to connect with your creative spirit and share it as I did when I pulled my work out from under my bed?

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How to create, observe and transform art / life

eat your greens

 Why do I have an open studio each year? 

organize and work regularly

Ooh boy! I wondered if I would get the place cleaned up in time for you. Sometimes I do too much at once, or I don’t put things back where they belong! Recognizing this reminds me to save time and find tools and paints faster. A habit of maintaining a system of organizing and working allows me to share it with you!

observe and reflect

Seeing the work up and surrounding me, allows a chance for both of us to observe and reflect on what I have done. Many times, the simplest thing takes on much more status when I see it in the context of all of my recent work! I wonder if that happens to you also?

assess  & choose

The act of choosing what to leave in and what to withdraw is informative in itself. Making choices is part of creating. So pay attention to each piece; view it on its unique terms. Assess if you feel it adds to the overall strength of the whole exhibit.

ask for & accept help

Ask for and accept help from others. It takes a community to build a body of work.

invite & share

Invite people who care to see and talk about what you have done. Be inspired and informed by their insights. Share delicious bites of food, something refreshing to drink and great conversations.

feel & express gratefulness

Feel grateful for the privilege of having the ability to create work, show and sell it. Share your gratefulness with all who come or wish to come.

view from a new perspective

Take a step back to view the trajectory of where you are now and where you would like to go. 

rest

Rest.

begin work again, with new insights

Keep going in the direction of your freshly gained insights.

I’m on to something!  This list of how I transform my art by creating, then observing, could also be applied to the art of living! Thoughts?

 

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