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Intention for 2012

By Tina Christophillis

Dec 30th 2011

Inspiration

It's Dec. 30 and 2012 is two days away.  It's a moment of reflection.  What happened last year?  What worked?  What didn't?  What do I want to keep doing?  What do I want to quit?

I'm setting an intention for the new year.  That is skill-buiding and experimentation.  I seek to be strong and ready for the inspiring moment.

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Before I Die I want to…

By Tina Christophillis

Dec 30th 2011

Inspiration

Outside of Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC where I have my studio, is a mural that says multiple times, Before I Die I want to__________ (fill in the blank).

Before I die I want to....

become a master draftsman/painter, travel the world, read a lot of books, write a lot of books, live in a tree

What do you want to do before you die?

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Innocence Comes With Work

By Tina Christophillis

Dec 21st 2011

Inspiration

Today I was thinking about inspiration.  I said to someone, "I'm inspired".  Then later I questioned what this meant.

You see, I don't believe in inspiration.  The muse is oh so real, but it's not that easy.  It doesn't just come when you're sitting around.  It's not something you wait for.

It comes when you're mixing paint.  You're caught up in the moment.  You're trying, you're editing, you're piecing things together.

It comes when you breathe deeply, and keep going.

It comes when you focus, and hold on.

It comes when you're moving.

It comes after you've gotten over the terror of having no idea what's going to happen.

It comes, and you know when it does.

So I guess you could say, I don't believe in inspiration.  What I believe in is work and time and effort. 

I...

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An Artist and An Honest Mark

By Tina Christophillis

Dec 12th 2011

Inspiration

I have been studying the etchings of Lucien Frued and what I find remarkable about his work is his honest mark.  This inspired me to write the following piece.

An Artist and An Honest Mark

The point is that we are always trying to be honest. 

What is important is not elegance or finesse.

What is important is honesty.

When I draw, I think of making on honest line, an honest mark.  I am capable of elegance.  I am capable of finesse and by all means I believe in beauty for the sake of beauty, love for the sake of love, art for the sake of art.  When the sun is shining let it shine, but when it all is done and said, and I think of meaning and why I’m here, it comes down to being honest. 

Honesty is the record of my life, it is the mark that tells of the fact that I was...

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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.