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Inspiring Art Videos

June 4, 2009

I came across this today and thought you might enjoy it as much as I did. In this short video excerpt from the PBS Art21 Series on YouTube, Arturo Herrera discusses his approach to creating collages and paintings by bringing together disparate elements into one unified work.

 
This second video gives more insight into the artist’s inspiration, which he says comes in part from thinking about and listening to music. In it you can also see a large installation of his collaged paintings. You can see from his description of his process that these pieces are amazingly intricate and thoughtful, though they look loose and effortless.

Today we spent the entire morning getting the house ready to show, and the prospective buyers haven’t come, or called. At least we are living in pristine surroundings again. But that precludes painting.

I have started viewing this whole experience as any other day job. I now have a new job, which is marketing my house. It’s almost a full-time job, but so is my art. It just takes a little more juggling, that’s all. But I would so appreciate it if people would let me know their intentions, so that I would know how to go about my day.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 10:08 pm

    How rude! It’s almost if your time is an expendable commodity! I’d get a bit uppity with the realtor who scheduled the visit. The old fashioned art of courtesy is sorely lacking these days!

    • June 5, 2009 3:43 am

      Well Dina, as you can see, that rudeness has a ripple effect. I’m sorry your schedule was messed up by it too.

      However, unfortunately we are in a buyer’s market and don’t have #%@& to say about people’s thoughtlessness.

  2. June 5, 2009 8:07 am

    hi M –
    thanks for the great Vids…especially the one on MUSIC! I am strongly inspired by MUSIC and have been meaning to blog about that. you’re always ahead of me and i love it!

    bummer about the no-show…it is a buyer’s market and i empathize with your end of it! a friend of mine is working with job recruiters and it seems that same rudeness and lack of professionalism and follow-thru is showing up there as well. i say it’s “#&^%*” too!

    shall we blog about Art & Life? you rock! c

    • June 5, 2009 11:25 am

      Cyndy, I think there is a wealth of material to blog about concerning art and life! Glad you liked the videos. I sure did!

  3. June 5, 2009 8:57 am

    i really feel for you. it’s frustrating when people don’t keep appointments. one of our properties is up for sale (south fla), & literally about half the time, the realtor & client don’t keep their appointment, no phone call or anything. and there are those who turn up without notice. we even had two realtors break in when someone wasn’t home. (yes, it happened–was definitely realtors.) fortunately, we have a family member there full-time, who isn’t too upset when they don’t turn up. yes, it’s rude. best of luck to you. 🙂
    like you said, at least you live in pristine surroundings, lol!

    on to art…we artists can gain so much by taking a peek into others’ creative processes. thank you for sharing these insightful videos. i particularly enjoyed the second one.

    • June 5, 2009 11:27 am

      Thanks for the encouraging words, Stephanie. I too love seeing what other artists are doing, and hearing what they have to say. I can never get enough! Glad you enjoyed these too.

  4. June 5, 2009 11:13 am

    Martha — Thank you for taking the time to share the video on A. Hererra — to see that wall of artwork — well, what can I say? It made my rainy, cold New England Friday! It seems these last weeks and months have been stressful for so many of us — you trying to sell your house and keeping up with your art and me dealing with budget cuts and staff reductions here in my non-profit — UGH! Take care — Kelly

    • June 5, 2009 11:33 am

      Kelly, I feel for you as well. I’m hearing the same all around me here from artist friends of mine who are working for non profit or government agencies. It’s a stressful time in so many ways. I find that even when I can’t do “art art” I can do something small and it seems to help for a little while. (Or I can look at something totally inspiring like those videos!)

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