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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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Boston, July 2013

By Tina Christophillis

Aug 04th 2013

Art Inspiration

I recently went on a trip to Boston, MA to visit art galleries and museums.  I spent many hours in the Museum of Fine Arts and above are images of a few highlights from my journey.  

I gravitated towards a small aquamarine sculpture of Guanyin with child.  Guanyin is the Boddhisattva associated with compassion.  I found it beautiful that someone would take a piece of fine natural material and work to carve and shape a timeless image of a mother and child.  To me this symbolized the creative process, the birth of your truth, your essence, the miracle of love and what is possibile within each of us.  

A sculpture of Ganesh resonated with me.  I read that he is a god of good fortune and auspicious beginnings.  I felt a sense of possibility within the human landscape when I stood in...

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I swept my floor and then wrote the 14 Principles of Intuitive Painting

By Tina Christophillis

Feb 11th 2013

Art Inspiration

It was a gray rainy Monday late afternoon in Charleston, SC.  I was feeling a sense of, "Well... I really should be doing something inspired, but I'm not sure what."  I decided to pick up a broom and sweep my floor.  I felt something would come to me as I'm sweeping, and I'll find some clarity on the next task at hand.  Then I sat at my comptuer and wrote the 14 Principles of Intuitive Painting.  

Here you have it.  Some principles to live by, some things to remind myself as I walk up to the black canvas.  Like the North Star, we go in this direction.  We may not ever get there, but we always have the bright light guiding us when we need to get on track and focus on our purpose.

Principles of Intuitive Painting

1.     It is only through the unknown that we can understand the true...

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Making a Beautiful Picture

By Tina Christophillis

Jan 10th 2013

Art Inspiration

"What concerns me when I work, is not whether the picture is a landscape, or whether it's pastoral, or whether somebody will see a sunset in it.  What concerns me is- did I make a beautiful picture?" -Helen Frankenthaler

I make a painting to create beauty, to enter a beautiful place, to somehow transcend thoughts about a thing and just be... something beautiful.  That's the conversation I want to have with the viewer, a wordless conversation, a mysterious dialogue that somehow hits home.  I'm not sure what that is.  If a painting is "about" something, if there is a motif, it serves as a point of departure, and I realize what it is about when I'm close to being finished or much later.  

The motif serves as a construct from which to explore beauty and color, form and mystery, notes of...

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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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What is Great Art?

By Tina Christophillis

Nov 06th 2011

Art Inspiration

Great art consists of 3 things:

1. Ownership:  You own your process. You have clear intention. You know what you want.
2. Persistance/Consistant Work:  You do it a lot, then you do it more. You don't give up. You push through all challenges.
3. Shipping:  You put it on the line. You seek an audience. You get it out.

These are the 3 things that make up great art. If you have skill, wonderful, you'll do all of the above more clearly and with strength. If you have time, lovely, you really have no excuse. If you have resources, the more the better, you are well on your way. But if you don't have the right combination of the 3 things above, you will not make great art, and that's the bottom line.

Steve Jobs said, "Real artists ship". He's right. Real artists ship. What he means is,...

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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.