Art Quote of the Day

“You won’t catch me brushing up on Matisse or Picasso.  I prefer to research art created by the mentally ill, the homeless, the insane and the forgotten.  They seem to all have one thing in common-the element of surprise.  And they stir up a connection that I can’t  explain.

That connection is what I felt when I read about the M&M guy. Living in solitary confinement, with three life-sentences, He would be the last guy you would think to have his art reviewed in the New York Times. Yet his work seemed to resonate beyond steel walls and touch a chord in us we couldn’t ignore.

Blogs, newspapers, magazines…. everyone was talking about the guy who saved up his plastic jelly containers and melted M&Ms in them with his saliva to make paint. The bristles of his brush were made from his own hair, secured with foil and plastic wrap.  And so, he painted – small postcards of colorful lines and circles. Circles that had stories to them – stories of regret. Circles of one day after the next.  Circles of the chaos he longed for.  Circles within circles within circles.

And somehow, those of us on the outside connected to the nonsense of it all, for we too live in a world of longings – longing for the future, longing for what once was.  Meanwhile we miss out on today.  Gazing at these 6×4 inch canvases, we hear his voice – sensory deprivation, diminished depth perception and a  life remaining  spent recalling past and questioning the future.  All this is heard through M&Ms and human hair.  He gives us a gift we have forgotten- he gives us today.”

Wide Open –  Inspiration & Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge  by  Randi Feuerhelm-Watts


Art Quote of the Day

Q: M. Matisse, how do you see an orange?
A: It depends on if I am going to buy it, eat it or paint it ”
– Ray Bethers-

The circle is one of the world’s most enduring and meaningful images. As the great American Indian philosopher Black Elk said, “Everthing – the power of the world- is done in a circle” He noted that the sun and moon are circles as well and even the wind at its most powerful whirls. The seasons, he said, form a great circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.   -source unknown-