Aug
6
2010

The Pleasure of Creating Art - Time to START by M Theresa Brown

The sheer pleasure an artist receives from simply creating art in some form is what motivates artists of all ages to create.  Whether it is a folded origami paper or a ten ton metal sculpture,  the pleasure derived from the very act of creating is the same.

Children don't need any persuasion to dip into the paint or the clay but as they age, things begin to change. Art is the only subject where a parent, teacher or friend may look you in the eye and say "You

don't have any talent" and it is accepted.  I have always found it interesting that  learning to play an instrument is an acknowleged step by step learning process (as is reading, math, etc.) but art? Well you either have it or you don't has been the prevailing concept! And that declaration influences would be artists for the rest of their lives.

Early "how to" TV shows with artists such as Jon Gnagy, Bill Alexander and Bob Ross Artist DVD's were instrumental in introducing the concept that "You, too, can learn to draw and paint!"  And to them, we owe a debt of gratitude for what they pioneered to the masses. Those artists understood the joy that comes to an individual learning to master art skills that oftentimes he/she was told they could never do.  And in spite of a small art segment that ridiculed these early TV artists, the general public took them to heart and a whole new industry of "art for fun" was created.

Jerrys Artarama, like all art supply companies, is in the business to sell the products that artists use to create art . The Raleigh store in particular, offers art workshops year round from reputable instructors who teach their skills to others in a myriad of styles and techniques. But Jerry's has recently gone a step further and taken the unique approach of developing a program to encourage people of all ages to develop their interest in art.  The START program encourages participants to Stop Thinking Art is Really Tough and jump into an art class near where they live. Participating art instructors teach specified basics of art in their own unique ways and methods but the whole point is to reach those who either have never been exposed to art, gave up on art or never started because they "had no talent." It is an excellent way to reach into remote areas of the state as the pilot program develops and touch schools and after school programs, senior centers and community groups who have no such program in place.
 
Although DVD's and online classes may seem to have replaced TV, there is nothing like the "real thing," a live class, to encourage and motivate beginning through advanced students to START their art!  And how can you resist a happy person who has just realized that he/she just created an art piece?

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Aug
4
2010

Horus' Summer Picnic by Cheryl Whitestone

Oil on Linen

16 x 20

Here is a painting of Horus having a summer treat of watermelon. He is a mix breed of Rock, and Americana, so told the man who sold him to me. By the way we thought he was a she and was formerly named Isis, after he started crowing it was obvious a name change was in order. He is a beauty.

 

Aug
3
2010

James and Jennie

James & Jennie Morris like any normal couple, met, married and started a life together.   Their happy life together hit a snag when Jennie was involved in a major car accident.  In May of 2006, a reckless driver, with multiple prior incidents; hit Jennie’s car at such a velocity that Jennie’s seat was broken and she was pushed thru her seatbelt.  On that day in May, Jennie’s life was changed forever.  The accident left her with several injuries in her back, neck and shoulders.  After that day, two weeks after the accident that same driver had a few more incidents.

Even though that day changed her life, she did not let it stop her.  She worked very diligently for 16 months to get a law passed called "Abatement of Vehicles - Scofflaws".  This law has been signed and is now statewide in Alaska.  It's a law that if a person has multiple traffic violations that are not parking tickets, and equal more than $1,000 the violators car is immediately impounded if pulled over.  Even though this law was passed, it will never make up or change what happened to Jennie that day.  
 

Since that day the Morris' have been in legal litigations and finally after waiting almost 4 years received compensation for the accident.  They had to pay a lot of her medical expenses out of pocket and might possibly have to pay for her own surgery.  Because of the enormous amounts of medical bills, every month they have to choose which bill they must pay.
 

James, the loving husband to Jennie has been there and helped her thru everything since that day, is an artist.  His artwork is amazing!  He works with inks and airbrushes.  Some of the paintings he has done look surreal.  They have never been to New York or known anyone connected to the tragedies with 9/11/01,  but James sketched and designed an amazing picture to commemorate that day.    The print known as “Eternal Grace” is a sketch that came to him in a vision given to him by God.  The prints sold during 11/12/01 thru 5/1/02 and the money they raised from the sales was 100% donated to foundations helping charities. 
 

The Morris’s were not asked to, nor did they have to donate all the proceeds from this picture but they did.  This couple I would love to describe as selfless, kind, thoughtful and angelic. 
 

I write this to show the art world the kindness this couple has, and the talent that James has.  I appeal to the art world to help this couple, share their story and spread the word of James art work.  

 

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