Monday, July 8, 2013

Sunflower Spirit ~ Capturing the Essence

"Capture the spirit
and essence of your subject
and show me why it is important to you."
Keith Bond

Sunflower Spirit
Today's FineArtViews article by Keith Bond was about impersonation and authenticity. It is a subject very close to my heart. Originality in the interpretation of my subject is something I strive for everyday. Keith writes, "Don’t be an impersonator (and slavishly copy a subject from life or from a photo). Be authentic. Be real. Be yourself. Create art that means something to you, so it can also mean something to the viewer." For me, it is the only road to happiness and the key to finding my true inner voice as an artist.

"If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day." ~ W. Beran Wolfe

Wishing You Many Blessings and Authentic Happiness,

X ♥ O


  1. Your painting is truly stunning, Sandy. I'm really admiring the composition and the depth that you conveyed. That's such good advice from Keith Bond, I haven't heard of him, but those are inspiring words for every artist. I also really like that quote! That should be a poster on the wall of every child's home.

    1. Thanks for commenting here, Katherine. I'm glad you liked the subject of this post too. Not everyone can relate or understand, but I KNOW you can! xo ~ Sandy


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