Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vienna Art Society Demo February12 2009




The demo I did today was well attended. Everyone was very polite and asked lots of great questions. I painted a 20x24 painting from an 8x10 sketch in a little less than two hours.

The threats of my friends to show up with air horns and heckle never materialized which was a blessing.



















































Monday, February 9, 2009

Curiosity


by
Armand Cabrera
(all images by Armand Cabrera)

I believe curiosity to be a cornerstone for success---in any field. More than anything else, it’s the fuel that drives us to know new things---the necessary requirement for the achievement of a goal. Stop for a moment to think about the question---“How do you do that?” Then ask ---“Can I do that?” These are the thoughts that spark creativity.





All the artists I admire have a strong sense of curiosity about how things work. They tend to be voracious readers, seeking out knowledge wherever they can find it. They are not afraid to ask for help to solve a problem. Great artists experiment, they analyze, they question how and what they are doing---always refining or working to improve something about their art.
Curiosity can take you down dead ends, too. However, curious people seem to pull more knowledge from the experience than others would. They use the information, learning from their mistakes and incorporating that experience into their library of knowledge to avoid similar situations in the future.




The famous science fiction writer, Theodore Sturgeon, signed his name, followed by a letter “Q” with an arrow through it. His symbol meant---“ask the next question”.
Want to be more successful at what you do?

Be curious. Ask the next question!