I am not much of a football fan. In fact, Mike often makes fun of me because the only football player I really know is Rothlessberger (however you spell his name). So I might watch a little of a game, but I’m not even close to the fans that can’t wait for Super Bowl Sunday.
So what do I like about the game? You might say I like to be an onlooker for how excited everyone is about the Big Game. I’m more interested in doing a study of the people who watch and participate on this “holiday.” (Yes, it could be considered a holiday — almost like Christmas is a holiday and, for most, a spiritual day.)
I do find the football players intriguing. I have included football players into my paintings and I will continue to explore them as potent subject matter. I’m also interested in those who broadcast the event. Their enthusiasm is lively and full of conviction as they eagerly speak about the plays.
To tell you the truth I will get tired of watching today’s game after about 15 minutes. But the commercials are especially interesting to me. It’s evident that there’s a lot of money and creativity going into this single event.
So I’m hoping you can help me out with my own artistic process. I would like to know if you are a Super Bowl fan, and if so why or why not. And if you are, let me know what you look forward to and what keeps you interested.
Your participation is appreciated.

Upcoming Webinar with The Kennedy Center

Upcoming Webinar:  “Tools and Techniques for Artists with and without Disabilities: How to Handle Resistance in the Creative Process”
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 3 to 4pm — Free
Content: Many creatives experience creative blocks due to the resistance that is part of the creative process. Too often, resistance stops the artist from making movement in their art work or out in their careers. This includes artists with disabilities and without disabilities – no artist is immune to this challenge. However, resistance can be a conduit for change when the artist uses techniques and strategies alongside their art making process. When someone attains a disability or goes through some changes in their lives or artistically this resistance can be stronger than normal. This is where developing a toolbox to handle the many changes that effects one’s creativity becomes highly valuable to the artist. This presentation addresses the many ways in which to redirect one’s creativity.


– how resistance is a natural part of the creative process
– how creative blocks can have potency for creating breakthroughs
– how you can employ techniques and tools to stay productive
This presentation is for visual artists, musicians, writers, performers, and those that support artists — as well as those who are interested in how creativity works.
Sign up via the link below. (The Kennedy Center offers this free webinar to the community at large.)
Hosted by VSA / The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC

The First Artists: Human and Horse (part 2)

The First Artists: Human and Horse (part 2)
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30,000 BCE Cave Painting, Lascaux France (read story)   2014 (story about Metro Meteor)  
A bit of irony here, since people first depicted horses long ago — now, 30,000 years later, a horse is painting.
The painting by the horse is bad, but it’s not the horse’s fault. The horse’s instructor is an amateur artist who’s intent was to gain some fame for the novelty of a horse painting. As an artist of 25 years and as an educator, I can say this horse has a lot of talent but can’t access it because of poor teaching.  Whenever I see bad art, I always look at the instructor. So remember it’s always important to find a great teacher if you want to make art that will bring out your natural talent, otherwise you can make bad art and not even realize it.
Hands-down, humans 30,000 years ago were better artists than this horse, just based on this example above. But remember it’s not the horse’s fault. Ruth Teitelbaum, an art educator (look at her post), noticed an authentic style in the cave paintings as well. The style of “early human” contains a raw quality to its expression, and that is what makes it good.
If we look at the intent behind cave painting artists, we will find that they were not making “art.” They did not have written language, so they had no developed concept of “art.” The difference between these artists above is that one was making quality work and the other is not. The one who was not making “art,” hands down was a better artist. The horse is also not making “art”; however he is the tool of the amateur artist, whose intent is to make art. So intent is a very important ingredient, otherwise you come off with these Jackson Pollock mimics.
The question now is what are horses really able to do? Do we limit a horse’s potential because it’s of another species? Have we in fact limited them by breeding? Do we breed their wildness out of them? Or will they become extinct in 30,000 years like many other animals on the verge of extinction now? By breeding-out horses’ wildness, do we in fact breed out their wild creativity, which is vital (and viral) for creative activity? Modern culture has a way of breeding-out the wild instinctual nature that is creativity.
In 30,000 years, if the conditions are right, what will horse-kind create? Will horse-kind create a Mona Lisa or a Guernica?
Please don’t stop following this thread on horses; you will find it interesting… and stimulating.
Next, week’s post will look at the natural tendencies of horses. I’ll then ask horse owners or horse lovers to participate in a discussion.
PS: I will be offering a new season of art coaching again very soon, so if you’d like to investigate or expand your art abilities, contact me. Please keep in mind that I work by phone and can work with any English-speaking person. And yes, the phone is very effective! —

Can animals make art?

Can animals make art?
Over the years I have seen articles and videos about animals like horses, dogs, cats, elephants who could make art. Because my last postings were about animals, I wanted to see what your thoughts were about animals and their ability to make art.
The story is about Metro Meteor, a retired race horse who won 8 races and $300,000 in income.
The owner is a painter, and he noticed that his horse would bob his head often. So he thought he would have his horse paint.
So my question is: Do you think animals can paint, or do we project a human activity onto an animal?
Keep in mind that the horse is making about $500 a painting. Now after me telling you that, does it peak your curiosity? The fact is when art sells, most people put a value on the price.
The artwork has been compared to Jackson Pollock’s. This comparison has always been made to amateurs — anything where the lines are expressive and where the artist can’t make form. 
Then consider how much the owner affects the painting process. Who picks out the colors? How involved is the owner during the process?
Then the real question would be how does an animal, specifically a horse, express themselves aesthetically? Is it the same as humans?
Here is the link to the article:


Do animals interest you? 13,000 years ago animals in art


Do Animals Interest You? 


Humans were interested in animals 13,000 years ago. It was evident in this cave painting, (above) painted 13,000 years ago in France. 


This was a time before written language existed. But it was a time when visual language was evident.


The above painting shows a horse in motion. 


So why did early man paint animals on the wall? 


Here are several good reasons: 


First, they wanted to ensure hunting success


Second, to capture the horse’s power


Or, perhaps it was an offering to ancestors, spirits, or ancient gods.




For whatever reason that animals were depicted 13,000 years ago, animals were an important part of their lives. 


And today animals are an important part of contemporary life. Maybe for different reasons.


To really engage in this artwork, participate by responding to a few questions:


How does this artwork affect you? 


What do you see is going on in this image? 


And how would you interpret it? 


Do you like it? 


(write your thoughts below)


I promise by participating you will see more. By writing down your interpretations you will heighten your visual seeing skills. This is one way to develop your sight and your intellect at the same time.




Ps. More to come this week about horses and art.


Art objects and animal experiences


Art objects and animal experiences


Robert Motherwell is considered one of the great American Expressionist painters, right alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Willem De Kooning. You would wonder how an artist with this stature would say that “Art is an experience, not an object,” because his artwork is all about the object (just look at what $ his paintings are going for). 


If the experience is more important than the object, then the final product is secondary.


From my 25 years of experience as an artist and art teacher, I would say that when a person is in the creative act, this is where everything happens. This is where they gain all the benefits. This is where ideas and personal transformation can happen. The experience is the most pivotal point.


And as an artist who is involved in actions for animals, I consider the act of making a difference in animals’ lives comparable to the creative act. It goes into my direct experience of painting or drawing an image of an animal. And it gives me the experience of making a difference.


You can have an art experience right now by making a difference for homeless, injured, and unwanted animals, with just $5. Deadline for this effort is tonight at midnight:


WHO ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? …. And what does it have to do with art?


WHO ARE THEY AND WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? …. for homeless, injured and unwanted animals




You might be wondering why Art and Ideas is writing about an animal shelter in Georgia and what does it have to do with art. Read the below and I will explain the connection.




Who Are They:


The Love Of Pets The Love of Pets (LOP) is an established 501c-3 Non-profit Animal Shelter 




What do they provide:


providing food, medical care and companionship for homeless, injured and unwanted animals. 




Who Founded it:


founded by Terra Lucent in 2006 located in St. Marys, GA.




What did she notice:


Terra noticed the large population of feral cats on the waterfront, and decided to do something about it. 




Terra took action with their personal $$$$$:


“We invested in equipment necessary to catch the felines with intent to TNR. We spayed/neutered and returned them to their habitat, with volunteers routinely feeding them.  “




It went viral:


“Soon thereafter, we started receiving local calls for assistance in helping others spay and neuter their own cats.  Eventually, we decided to bring a mobile Vet clinic to our property weekly for spay and neuters. ” 






“Expenses were beginning to increase beyond our imagination. During this time our own population began expanding as cats and dogs were being dropped off like babies left on the church door steps but by far the most significant is our population of cats that has reached over 200. “




How did they provide:


“We have dedicated several buildings, including our home and several acres of our land to the caring of these animals. The shelter is heated, cooled, has a large outside enclosure and is maintained by three paid employees, seven days a week.  “




How much did they personally invest for the last 8 years:


“We have invested over $100,000 a year since the inception. The facility, medical care, food and supplies cost run between $8,000 & $10,000 a month. We recently invested $20,000 in repairs and maintenance to the buildings. “




Is it suprising that they need help now:


“We have run out of financial resources and nearing the point where we cannot carry the monthly costs any longer. We continually look for ways to increase our adoption rate and decrease our expenses.  “




Yes, in exchange for one latte at Starbucks you can make a difference for homeless, injured and unwanted animals :


“We need your help now. No amount is too small. “




Now consider the expense at $100,000 a year for an 8 year period that Terra invested in for Homeless, injured and unwanted animals.




Deadline to give financial support is 12pm Friday August 15th. All proceeds go to the animal shelter and the animals.



Remember no amount is too small. 







After 25 years as an artist it has become clear to me that art is not an object but an experience one has. Art is a process in which one has an experience that transcends the person. 




This is what Robert Motherwell said about art:




“Art is an experience, not an object.”




I know this sounds very abstract, but tomorrow I will follow up and explain more.




You can have an experience right now by making a difference for homeless, injured, and unwanted animals, with just $5