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Guts vs. Details

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 13th 2011

Inspiration

What people aren't going to see are the details.  What people are going to see is the soul of the piece.  Why worry about details, when they don't matter?  Why waste your time?  Get into your guts and paint like you've got soul.   Be bold and big and real.

Worrying about the details will cause you so much anxiety that you create failure.  Failure is not really giving yourself the chance to explore anything.  Failure is giving up too soon.  Failure is sabotaging the brilliant work that you do when you are actually working from your guts with the fear that it's "not done".  Failure is not ever beginning because you don't have time or the right materials or you're skills aren't sharp enough or whatever excuse your mind makes up.  Failure is doing your laundry when you could be painting,...

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What is an image?

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 08th 2011

Inspiration

I have been thinking about what an image is.  The word "iconography" comes to mind.  I love this word.  I like the idea of being an "iconographer", and I think it's a very important job.  I think an image is a powerful way to understand who we are and what we feel.  An image is a portal into a space in which one can always go.  An image is timeless.  I think artists are very valuable and talent should never be overlooked. 

An image is a window into the soul.  My concern is to illuminate through process and media, the radiance, vision and spiritual power of what is within.  I make images to stir a dialogue of energy that transmutes through the body.  It is not for entertainment.  It is to awaken a deep and powerful call of my spirit.  I use metaphors to begin the process.  I create...

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Fly

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 07th 2011

Exhibitions Inspiration

My next art exhibit is called, "Fly".   I am working with the lovely fashion designer, Rachel Gordan, at her shop, ONE at 478 King St.  As I create new work for this show, my thoughts are along the lines of, "letting go and trusting the inner voice".  Here is a piece I wrote, as I work through the creative struggles in the search for resolution, and somehow, in the search for myself.

You create a lot and then you edit.  You create a lot you don't like and then you get to the good stuff.  That's just the way it is.  The more you let go of preconceived notion the better your work will be.  Sure it's scary but isn't that why we came to this planet earth in this human form?  Because we like the thrill.  We like the ride.  We like the struggle. 

When you are really struggling, that's...

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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.