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Being Authentic is the Primary Intention

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 15th 2013

Inspiration

I think when making art it is important to be clear on why you are doing what you are doing. There are a million reasons to sit down and paint something, and just as many directions to take.  I think by understanding who you are and what you are doing and why, you can do more, you have more space to explore, to try new things and develop work in ways that are mature, vital and purposeful.

For me, being authentic is the primary intention.  Art is a way for me to be who I am.  It is as close as I have ever come to being myself.  When I am working, I feel better, I come alive and I come to understand myself.  When I make a painting that resonates with me, it feels good, it lingers, I feel myself expand.  Time ceases to exist when I am working.  It doesn't matter if it takes 15 minutes to...

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Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 03rd 2013

Inspiration

"There is no measuring with time. A year doesn't matter; ten years are nothing. To be an artist means not to compute or count; it means to ripen as the tree, which does not force its sap, but stands unshaken in the storms of spring with no fear that summer might not follow. It will come regardless. But it comes only to those who live as though eternity stretches before them, carefree, silent, and endless. I learn it daily, learn it with many pains, for which I am grateful: Patience is all!"  -Rainer Maria Rilke, from "Letters to a Young Poet

I recently read "Letters to a Young Poet", by Rainer Maria Rilke.  It is a gem of a book full of rich advice for the young aspiring artist.  In these ten letters Rilke speaks to a young poet who longs to be an artist.  He is inspired by Rilke and...

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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.