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Seeking to Find

By Tina Christophillis

Oct 16th 2013

Art Inspiration

"To find is the thing." -Pablo Picasso

I have been studying the work of Picasso lately.  There is never a dull moment when looking at Picasso's work.  I revisit the same paintings over and over again and they always hold my interest, captivate me in a new way.  And there is always more work to discover.  As I do, I never cease to be amazed.  I always find something new that hits a chord within me. 

I suppose that's what great art does.  Makes you come back time and time again to discover something as if were the first time.  Always wondering, always growing, always seeing fresh and anew.  And I am reminded of why I am making art, what I seek to achieve, why I keep searching, what I want.

Picasso declared after painting Guernica upon the end of the Second World War, "No, painting...

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What is Inspiration?

By Tina Christophillis

Oct 14th 2013

Sketchbook Inspiration

"Inspiration exists but it has to find you working."  -Pablo Picasso

What is inspiration?

A lightning bulb flash.  A deep bit of inner truth.  An emotional expression.  Beauty.  Love. Tenderness. 

Does an artist feel all of this every time they are in the studio? 

I'd say that's not always the case.  It's not always sexy.  It's not always glamorous.  It's not always juicy. 

And I don't think any artist ever goes skipping to the studio first thing in the morning.  

I'd say it's good ol' fashioned hard work. 

That's what it is.  

Believing that inspiration will lead the way will only hold you back.  But I'll tell you that the inspiration comes.  It comes when you least expect it.  Like love, like all fine things.  It comes when you're ready.  It comes when you deserve it.

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It takes Courage

By Tina Christophillis

Oct 08th 2013

The definition of courage is doing something with the risk of failure.  Being an artist takes courage.  You have to be on that edge where you don't really know what you're doing or how your going to do it, but you've got an instinct and it's strong and you're willing to go for it.  

When you're right on the cusp of "this might fail", that's when you're on the cusp of being a true aritst, that's when you're on the cusp of innovating.  

I know that edge can be absolutely terrifying, but it's also thrilling.  That's where creativity thrives.  And to me, there is no better feeing than having an idea, a hunch, and to see it begin to come to life, to see it surprise you.  Maybe something happens that you had no idea would happen, maybe it's better, maybe it's more exciting.  

I am on...

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A Wonderful Wild Hot Mess

By Tina Christophillis

Oct 06th 2013

Sketchbook Inspiration

There is nothing I love more than a wonderful wild hot mess.  I am getting into some mixed media creativity in my sketchbook.  The sketchbook is a place to explore, play, see what happens.  This is where ideas come from.  It's part of the process.  Working in a sketchbook is a great way to capture a moment and create seeds for future pieces.  I am having fun with this assortment of materials.

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Every Artist Needs a Ritual

By Tina Christophillis

Oct 06th 2013

Inspiration

There are many things that go into the creative process.  I used to think that my studio practice solely included the time I spent with brush to the canvas, but I see there are steps that lead up to this point of execution, and then there are steps to conclude it.  There are rituals, habits, there is a way of life.  I have come to realize, that the artistic process is a holistic lifestyle.  It's not clocking in and clocking out.  It's not so simple or easy.  It's a lifestyle.  It's who you are.  You do it until the day you die.  

There are several things that I have realized are critical to my artistic process.  The most vital I have found is writing.  I make a habit of writing in a personal journal, by hand, every day when I enter the studio.  It's a ritual.  I don't think about it....

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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.