Being an artist is like breathing.
It’s this incredible urge to create, that you can’t question.
Like breathing you just have to do it, or else you will die.
– Marina Abramović
How could you not love a blog with a quote like this displayed in prime screen-space? But even without it, I’d still love Leslie Avon Miller’s collages and creations – and the way she writes about her creative process. Her need for “solitude, contemplation and stillness” resonates here, as well as her profound appreciation of Life as rich and miraculous.
On her profile page we read:
Leslie Avon Miller experiences her work as a means to observe and honor the world around her. This requires solitude, contemplation and stillness as the work evolves. Once the finished pieces are shared with others they become a conversation between the artist and the viewer. Each collage is as an entry into a journal, keeping in mind, as Heraclitus said; we can’t step into the same river twice. The compulsion for creating collage comes from experiencing life as beautifully wild, poignant, and fleeting. The process of creating collage clears space and light for experiencing the moments.
And in a recent post she writes:
Pausing to deeply enjoy the stars and moon before bed and hearing the bird song in the early morning brings me enjoyment and satisfaction at the beginning and end of the day. It is enough. Life is rich. Life is a miracle.
Click on the screenshot to visit Leslie’s superb blog.
Recycled boxes, canvasboard, cotton netting, acrylic paints, handmade dyed Japanese washi, linen thread
Painting, dyeing, drawing, stitching, collage, assemblage
460cm x 460cm
wonderboxes – celebrating the wonder of the everyday
acrylic paint, modeling paste, sand, handmade paper
If I was asked to get rid of the Zen aesthetic
and just keep one quality necessary to create art,
I would say its trust.
When you learn to trust yourself implicitly,
you no longer need to improve something through your art.
You simply allow it to come out, to be effortless.
It happens just as you grow your hair.
– John Daido Loori
painted silk Habotai, handmade paper, bamboo, cord, acrylic light-reflective pigments, fiber reactive dyes, machine stitching
In art, every generation must start again afresh.
– Maurice de Vlamink
khadi papers, silver thread, gauze, acrylic paints, textured wall covering, pottery fragment
I’m really only interested in finding more and more ways of saying
what I feel about the extraordinariness of the world
and of being alive in it.
– Marion Milner
folded and buried khadi papers, mud, powdered paint flakes from walls of village huts
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
– Scott Adams
handmade khadi papers, acrylic paints, silver lurex thread
Slow motion opens the mind.
Smooth motion opens the heart.
Slow smooth motion
turns on the inexplicable delight.
– Paul Reps
fragment of tree bark, handmade khadi paper, linen thread, powdered paint flakes
Art’s purpose is to sober and quiet the mind
so that it is in accord with what happens.
– John Cage
Today’s art quote comes from Begin Again, a new post at Deborah Barlow’s ever-inspiring bog, Slow Muse.
canvas, corrugated cardboard, card, painted silk, cotton cord, gold lurex thread,
acrylic paint, fiber reactive dyes
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
– Claude Monet