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On Immediacy

By Tina Christophillis

Aug 22nd 2011


Quoting Helen Frankenthaler: "A really good picture looks as if it happened at once. It's an immediate image. For my own work, when a picture looks labored and overworked, and you can read in it--well, she did this and then she did that, and then she did that--there is something in it that has not got to do with beautiful art to me. And I usually throw these out, though I think very often it takes ten of those over-labored efforts to produce one really beautiful wrist motion that is synchronized with your head and heart, and you have it, and therefore it looks as if it were born in a minute."

This quote was written by one of my favorite artists of all time, and I agree.

I think good art comes fast. The stroke of a wrist, the gesture, the impulse, as if by sweet surprise. It's not...

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On the Creative Process

By Tina Christophillis

Aug 21st 2011


Self-cultivation is being alone and getting to know who you are.  It is just as important as the act of creative production. You can’t have results unless you have a process. Processing, cultivation and dreaming time for all creative people, and we are all creative people, is essential.

What is it that you do? How can you change your life so you can allow yourself this space? Let’s take a moment to reflect.

Make a prayer to allow yourself this time, this stolen gift. Take a moment to put a blessing for this space in your life on an altar of self-cultivation.

Can you make your own altar? What would it be like? What are your sketchbooks like? What are your journals like? What are your hard drives like? What are your notebooks, bookshelves, draws, boxes and closets like? I would go...

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Hi I'm Fotini 

Welcome to my blog!

I am a painter currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Through my work, I seek to communicate an internal narrative using traditional painting processes.  

Here you will find information about what I am working on, recollections of my process, things that inspire me. I am asking questions about art, writing letters to myself, reflecting, learning, growing, discovering.  Thank you for joining and supporting the adventure.