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Style vs. Content

By Tina Christophillis

May 31st 2012

Inspiration

It doesn't matter so much what you have to say, what's more important is how you say it.  

Content is like a surprise, "Oh good news, I figured out what this is about."   And this usually happens at the end, sometimes long after you've finished the work.  

Style can't be taught, it's the magic inside of you.  It's the spark that makes you tick.  It's the fireworks in your gut, the explosions, the love, the power, the moment it all comes together.

Just because it's visually interesting, it feels right to you, and you want to, is reason enough and plenty validation to do the work.  It's enough to make it matter and keep you going to completion.

What's vital is how you say what you're saying.  It's about you're own personal mark.  It's about letting the world know you were here,...

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Asking Good Questions

By Tina Christophillis

May 29th 2012

Inspiration

I believe being artist is about asking good questions.  It's a lifestyle, in asking questions.  

The minute you have an answer is the minute you're done.  It's about curiousity and digging into the unknown.

And you don't get breaks.  It's an around the clock job in asking questions.  Every minute, every second, it doesn't end.

You are informed by everything in your life, every moment, every situation.  You're constantly trying to see better, to find something, to understand what it's all about.  

It's not about making a product, it's about living a question.  It's about walking right into the mystery of faith and staying there, making something somehow someone connects to.

The stronger the work, the stronger the question.  That's just the way it is.  The more unknown you have,...

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These Images Follow Me

By Tina Christophillis

May 13th 2012

Inspiration

These images follow me.  These ideas, I hold onto them.  I wait for the right time to feed them, to give them life.  It is the thing that sustains me.  I understand that my only responsibility as an artist is to follow my intuition, to follow my gut.  That means showing up, which is a tough job if you’re used to running away, which a lot of people are.

These images sustain me.  They confirm my life.  Without them, I can’t say who I would be or why.  My very existence would be futile, like scrambling to make something happen, a dollar short, a minute too late.

The only thing that I can possibly understand is taking the risk to be honest, to be present, to make the decision to act in integrity.

Artists understand that if they are not doing this they are wasting their time, they are...

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Venetian Masks at the Montessori School

By Tina Christophillis

May 01st 2012

Teaching and Workshops

I love a big wild mess.  Recently, I worked with the kids at the Mount Pleasant Montessori school making Venetian masks.  We took a trip to Venice and made our carnival creations.  What fun!

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Blank Slate

By Tina Christophillis

May 01st 2012

Art

I've got a blank slate.  I'm pondering the possiblities.  The studio is ready for new work.  

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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.