Category: Expressing

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Artistic Freedom: Sonia Ben Achoura’s Sacred Man

Restricting individual freedom of expression does not realize for society a greater good. The opposite is true. It is respect for the individual that “unites all people”, that imbues us with a “deeper appreciation of our own intrinsic sacredness” […]

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Illuminating An Old Art Form: Quilling Has A New Light

Almost all of my quilled pieces, including jewelry, resemble stain glass when placed in front of natural or artificial lighting. There is no evidence that the founders (or even current practitioners) of this art were aware of its illuminating properties. This lack of evidence could be due to the type of paper used in the creations […]

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Form And Vision: More On Exaggeration

To have as my goal to paint only with precision and with perfect proportion becomes shallow. Feeling and empathy are my first priority, expressed through exaggeration and abstraction […]

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Balancing Chaos: Structure And Expression

The thousands of paint strokes that came before this one, all the training and practice, hopefully guide my exuberance to fulfill my vision. The elements, which make up the structure of a work of art, like the structure that holds the sun’s power in check, support and allow for chaos to manifest into coherent expression […]

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Boldly Exaggerate: Reality Is Not In A Mirror

When “good” drawing becomes the starting point instead of the finish line, when my goal is expression rather than rendition, I feel I am maturing. But it takes time and I should continue developing my skill because this is what frees creativity […]

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Titles: How Important Are They?

I think it’s fun to look at a finished work and see things I never planned but that seem to appear within the framework of the abstract. After a work is finished, I often see referential objects in my otherwise abstract paintings […]

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Expectations Of Bikini Girl

What does a woman dressed as a Muslim, an Indian bride, and a young woman in a bikini, have in common? Well, for one thing, they got me to thinking on this idea of expectations. I shall explain. I’ve recently come to see expectations as the inevitable causation of experience.