Tag Archives: art inspiration

Pentagon Art Exhibit

24 May
U.S. Soldiers on Patrol in Iraq

U.S. Soldiers on Patrol in Iraq

Creating and viewing art can have a great impact on soldiers who have suffered PTSD and traumatic brain injury.  Terri Moon Cronk of DoD News wrote an article about Wounded Warriors’ Therapeutic Art.  Link: http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/2017/04/13/pentagon-exhibit-showcases-wounded-warriors-therapeutic-art/  Not only is creating art great for the wounded warriors, it’s also a great way of educating the public.  A new exhibit opened on April 12, 2017 at the Pentagon which features 40 pieces of artwork created by service members.  The exhibit will be up for a year and you can view some of the art here: http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/carecoordination/masp/pentagonexhibit/

What a great impact art can have on others.  I hope to see a lot more of these events in the future.

Artists Have Resonance

15 Nov
beautiful watercolor painting of white and pink baneberries by artist Katie Turner

Watercolor on paper, 20″x 16″ by Katie Turner

Art is an extremely reflective process that brings the artist closer to his/her own beauty and sensitivity.  It connects the artist to his/her inner thoughts and feelings as well as connecting others in the general population.  Artists become sensitized to patterns, content, narrative, movement, and nature. Art is a deep form of communication and great rewards stem from that create process.

It’s Not All in Your Head

3 Oct
A sketch painting in Katie Turner's art journal.

A couple of pages out of one of my art journals.

Concept is a key part of the creative process.  A lot of times I come up with the concept in my head.   Inspiration can be fleeting sometimes though … and that’s why I keep many of my concepts in my art journals.

 

Weeds as Inspiration

28 Sep
goldenrod-pic

Goldenrod is from the aster family and native to North America.

yellow flowers, watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

Goldenrod, Watercolor on Terraskin paper, Katie Turner

I have a patch of weeds that I’ve purposely left in my back yard.  It’s about 5 feet by 5 feet and sits just inside my fence.  This year I watched as Goldenrod took over the section and grew vigorously.  This week it bloomed into beautiful rich yellow flowers.   The flowers are bunched together on branches of the tall plant and so heavy they are bending over.  Individual delicate flowers grouping together to make a large mass of yellow.

Goldenrod, or Solidago is a perennial that some people say causes hay fever but other sources say it’s really Ragweed that makes people sick.  Native Americans used the plant for food, tea and medicine.  Bees and butterfly’s love it and its the state flower of Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Delaware.  I’m finding it irresistible inspiration for my watercolors.

 

Finding My Own Voice

7 Jul

ByTheCoast2

By The Coast #2, Watercolor on Terraskin by Katie Turner

Every once in a while I take a step back and pull out my old paintings.  I take a look through the old ones contemplating if I should discard or continue working on various ones and then ask myself, what can I do to rescue these paintings?  I am developing my own voice.  I think about the times I felt pressured to paint what others wanted and when I did, how forced the paintings now look.

Discovering my voice in my art is a process.  It’s exciting and a lot of fun.  I recognize all the practice art and the deep creative learning I’ve had and look forward to more.  It’s like walking down a path that curves beyond the trees.  I can only see so far and I don’t know where the future will take me.  I only know that continuing to create in my own voice will help me stay on the right path for me.

 

Inspiring Mothers

29 Jun
brown barn painting

Watercolor Painting by Faith Fritz

faith sitting at clothesline show

Faith Fritz at an art show 1970s

landscape painting by faith fritz

Watercolor painting by Faith Fritz

 

Some mothers are creative.  My own passed away a few years ago and I feel like I’m quite lucky because she was very artistic.  Her favorite medium was watercolor although she did work in other mediums as well.  I’ve enjoyed looking through old slides of her work – long gone.  Only a few paintings are left and some old sketches and notebooks.  But it’s incredibly inspirational to me looking through her artwork.  I’m sure other artists are inspired by their mothers and other loved ones in their lives.  It gets me to thinking – will I be an inspiration to my children?  Maybe…  I hope so.  Meanwhile, I am all for creating as much as we can while we are here.  I encourage those around me to pursue their passions – art or science or whatever gets them excited.

 

Acropolis Inspiration

2 Jun
Watercolor painting of Akropolis, Turkey

Acropolis Away, Watercolor on paper by Katie Turner. Inspiration from Turkey.

I was inspired a while ago after my daughter’s trip to Turkey.  From the pictures she sent back home I was intrigued by the ancient ruins of architecture and untouched beauty of the Turkish countryside.  In this quick painting I portray the emotions felt after looking through pictures of Acropolis of Athens.  There is so much history in this place.  I think about the different reasons ancient people traveled there.  Some may have traveled to the temples seeking to heal their mind and body.  I drew on background scenery and went more abstract with my watercolor.