His ability to create something beautiful from a blank piece of canvas stretched over a rough, wood frame amazed me. A few years ago he painted me two beautiful works of art that hang, one on each side of our bed. He knew how much I loved flowers so he thought he’d give me permanent ones for the house.
The gift I didn’t know he’d give me was the ability to be an artist myself.
The old saying, use it or lose it, definitely applies to creativity. The more we create, the more it flows. The less we create, the less we want to create.
I’ve always loved fashion and shapes and colors but I never got beyond that. It never dawned on me that artists come in all shapes and sizes and create a wide variety of work. Watching Derek over the last five years I got to observe up close and personal the different things that inspire him and the mediums he uses. For example he’s on a Crayola Crayon thing right now. When you see his work you won’t believe it’s all just crayon on paper.
About a month ago we took a tour of the art galleries in Little Italy and we came upon Jacqueline Lavenu’s gallery. I wish I could remember the name of the man who greets you, but he’s just wonderful to be around. He welcomed us and told us to make ourselves at home.
No other art gallery has impacted me like Jacqueline’s did.
The gallery is like being in her home. There’s handmade furniture all over for you to sit and ponder a painting, and that’s all for sale too. Her work is simple but stunning. She uses maybe six main colors but she uses them in the most amazing ways. Purple trees with blue trunks and a yellow cloud in the gray sky…it’s genius.
Right then it dawned on me…
I’ve been stifling my own creativity by thinking there are set rules that must be kept.
Derek certainly didn’t follow any rules in art and neither did Jacqueline! That’s the whole point of art, to give your unique perspective. To show how you see the world.
There are no rules.
My once blank sketch book is now full of designs and ideas. I’m having fun with it. I’m staying up late to do it (you know this is serious). My old dream of creating a t-shirt line is becoming a reality and with every design a little piece of my inner artist comes to life.
We went back to visit Jacqueline yesterday and she invited us into her studio where she was working on a new piece. As we walked in she said, if you want to do this you can’t just paint on Sundays – you have to do it everyday. The nice man up front had already told us that she only puts out 10 paintings a year (she’s painted for forty years). She only displays her very best.
Not everything is going to be a masterpiece, but if you don’t create something everyday, there’s no chance for a masterpiece to come through you.
Hungry for More, A. Monika
p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!