the things I love best as the editor for Artist Daily is getting to know the
artists in our community. A few weeks ago, I saw a mixed media portrait in the
Member Gallery that caught my attention. The painting--a girl with wild,
colorful hair and a tranquil expression on her face--looked like some kind of punk-rock
angel. The contrast of bold colors in the figure's hair--red and blue--and her sweet,
tender face were startling and lovely.
As much as the stereotype of the solitary painter working alone and
shutting him- or herself off from the world makes artists seem
mysterious and cool, I’ve found that artists tend to be fairly social
creatures, and their cool factor isn’t lessened by their sense of
community. Sometimes this is situational—you are in a painting or
drawing workshop or class, and you swap stories and commiserate and
encourage your fellow students because you are working through the same
issues and assignments.
When I was a kid, my mom always cut coupons on Sunday morning. I’d sit
beside her and do the same, but I’d flip through magazines and
newspapers and cut out pictures I liked or lettering that I thought was
neat, and I never gave up my artsy coupon clipping habit because it’s a
great way to pull inspirational images into my orbit.