One of the best things about life is that we have the opportunity to never stop learning. There are always new skills to acquire and techniques for us to explore. I am an artist and I love to learn from other artists. cheryljohnsonartist
An artist I particularly admire is Pablo Picasso.
Blue Nude is one of Pablo Picasso’s masterpieces in his early years. It was painted in 1902 and is one of Picasso’s paintings during his blue period using predominately only one color.
What did Picasso mean when he said: “good artists copy, great artists steal”? Did he really say this or did someone else say it?
Artists thrive on inspiration, and great ideas may be energized by the work of others. Are you someone who wants to learn something new all the time? I am. It is interesting to discover what inspires each of us to create? Where do you find the inspiration to create?
“good artists copy, great artists steal”
Picasso may have said it, but Steve Jobs of Apple really loved the idea and made it a part of their mantra. Steve Jobs said, “If you take something and make it your own … it’s your design and that is the dividing line between copying and stealing. That is part of Apple’s DNA.” Steve Jobs also credited Picasso in the following way: “Picasso had a saying — ‘good artists copy; great artists steal’ — and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
“Great artists really do not steal.” Perhaps artists simply borrow the idea for a moment and then make it their own. This idea at its root is really about finding inspiration in the work of others, then using it as an initial inspiration or starting point for one’s own original creative output. Artists may photograph, sketch, recontextualize, enhance or even substitute elements in their own work, or use an existing piece of their work to create something new.
I spend many hours looking at websites and paintings learning more about art. I search to learn about methods and techniques and to explore the works of others. I am an Abstract Expressionist artist. My main inspiration is from nature. I often paint abstract secret forests and figurative studies. Whenever I have a moment, I enjoy learning more about art and often apply many of the different techniques to my art.
There are so many ways to click and learn. I am an avid learner. As an artist, I am pleased to have decades of learning represented in my portfolio. Perhaps you may want to learn a little more about me. CherylJohnsonArtist .
Learning from Maxfield Parrish
Like Picasso, I also love to paint the figure and learn from others. In the background of my painting, Cold Pond Girls, you may notice I was inspired by the color style and scenery of Maxfield Parrish’s painting Daybreak.
When you look at the most successful people in the world, they want to keep learning and they understand learning is important. I explore new ways of painting continually.
Learn to be daring
It is impossible not to be moved by paintings, which boldly challenge conventional representations of the female body. When thinking about paintings of the body you may be lured by Rubens, Titian or of course Picasso.
Painting the Body Beautiful- Bodacious
In the above work, inspired by Picasso, I painted this work on metal and added sculptural elements. I created a strong black and white perspective element of a checkered floor. Perspective is an art technique for creating an illusion of three-dimensions (depth and space) on a two-dimensional (flat) surface. What I learned in this painting is that the body is beautiful and comes in many shapes and sizes. Remember to Dance!
So what are the Best Websites to Learn Something New about Art?
Where do I go? My first choices for learning tend to be:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art a fantastic resource for people who are interested in the history of art.
Smarthistory focuses on a particular cultural location like a gallery or outdoor exhibition.
UbuWeb refers to any artists, writers, and composers whose work opposes regular mainstream cultural norms. Typically, it will have a political or social theme.
Note: If you want to learn, in general, these two sites are worth a click.
- edX — The edX site offers free subject matter from top universities, colleges and schools from around the world, amazingly the list includes MIT and Harvard. Some courses are “verified,” offering a certificate of completion for a nominal fee.
- Cousera — Coursera is really a learning site offering courses (free for audit) from over 100 partners — top universities from over 20 countries, as well as non-university partners — also with this site you will receive verified certificates as a paid option, plus specializations, which group related courses together in a recommended sequence.
Another Great Way to Learn For Free and then Save up for more in-depth learning is: MasterClass
Be sure to Watch Previews, they are terrific!
For more bucks buy: MasterClass Online Classes
MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Instructors are from all over the world. I hope to purchase one, but in the meantime why not learn for free. I love watching the previews and particularly enjoyed the snippet from LESSON PREVIEWS- Annie Leibowitz. These are Online classes taught by the world’s greatest minds. The beauty of the cinematography is worth checking it out.
Want to learn something interesting about you today and not about art?
YOU DO — Ok read these questions and see if this describe you:
- You have a great need for other people to like and admire you.
- You have a tendency to be critical of yourself.
- You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage.
- While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them.
- Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you.
- Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside.
- At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.
- You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.
- You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof.
- You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.
- At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved.
- Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic.
- Security is one of your major goals in life.
QUESTION FOR YOU: On a One to Five Scale How Well Did The Questions Describe YOU?
Times up. You picked 4 -right.
Did you think it fits your personality? If so you are like the average person who rated its accuracy as 4.30 on a scale of 0 (very poor) to 5 (excellent).
What type of Learner you are may depend on what type of personality you have?
Well then, let’s talk about personality. We all are curious about what type of personality we have. We want to be unique and perhaps we want people to tell us we are wonderful. Most artists need some sort of affirmation. But what we hear is not always factual.
Everyone is Gullible. Tell me something that sounds almost true and I might believe it. This is what happened with the psychologist Forer. He came up with the questions for testing his student's personality types. The Forer effect refers to the idea and premise or tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though these statements could apply to many people. Forer is the one that coined the questions above. Forer concluded people tend to accept vague and general personality descriptions as specific to them and uniquely applicable to themselves without realizing that the same description could be applied to just about anyone.
You are so sexy!
Did you read question five twice? SEX SEX SEX…”Your sexual adjustment has presented problems for you.” Perhaps it has but that is not the issue. Let’s talk about sexuality and art.
By the way, you are sexy!
Perhaps now that you know you are sexy and inquisitive about art why not learn more about art and sexuality?
You may have no need for sexual adjustment, but let's just face it some art is considered sexual. The topic of sexuality in art history is one of continual discussion. Some people think art with nudity is sexual art. Marcel Duchamp approached the female nude with this work. Is it Sexual to you?
Then, of course, one of my favorite artists who addressed female nudity was Sandro Botticelli — Perhaps realism is sexier than abstraction. This work is a masterpiece and worth studying.
The Birth of Venus by Botticelli
So back to why I found Forer personality test so very interesting
The Forer effect, is a common psychological phenomenon whereby individuals give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically to them, that are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people.” Wikipedia
I found this interesting as I am an artist and when considering my personality type I too “pride myself as an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof.” That’s why I love learning.
Perhaps at times self-critical, but always learning. I want people to like my work. I want to sell my work. So do I have a personality that needs accolades? Yes.
Time passes and we grow and learn and continue to be ourselves. I am an artist and it is my first passion however, I love to prattle on with words and I love to learn. If you made it this far keep reading.
Learn from the Dragonfly
On this day —while I was painting; a dragonfly landed on my work. One of her wings was caught in the varnish. She struggled and suddenly released herself leaving a corner of her wing. She somehow managed to keep flying but left a wing remnant. So what did I learn on this day?
Keep flying no matter what. Do not get stuck in the quagmires of sameness. Keep struggling to free yourself and dare to explore. Dragonflies must be expert fliers. I learned some interesting facts. Dragonflies are able to fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and for those of you still interested in sex; even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they will starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying.
Lesson: Keep flying. Keep Learning. Keep painting.
I have been painting for over 40 years. I have two studios, one in Kauai and one in North Carolina. I love to learn. I am an artist learning to be daring with every painting.
TO LEARN MORE Go see my art: cheryljohnson
DON’T Forget Youtube for learning
Youtube is a great way to learn as well, in fact, I have started sharing on youtube and will continue to do so. If you want to learn some of the techniques used in painting go to CherylJohnsonArtist YouTube
Learn all the time
Learn from the masters. Steal, emulate, study, absorb, be inspired but dare to create.
“I’M STILL LEARNING.” –MICHELANGELO
“Ancora imparo” is an Italian phrase meaning “Yet, I am learning.” It is often attributed to the great Renaissance genius, Michelangelo. A reminder that we all are learning, and most importantly always learning. Michelangelo’s artistic ability became apparent as he worked for Ghirlandaio. He was sent to the Medici Family to continue his training (learning) under the sculptor Bertoldo di Geovanni. Michelangelo was able to learn from and work with some of the finest artists and philosophers of the time.
An interesting story about Michelangelo was that he was a forger.
He copied an ancient Roman sculpture called Sleeping Cupid and passed it off as an original. To make it more authentic the story goes, he artificially aged to make it look like an antique and he even buried the statue underground then dug it up to give it a worn look. He sold the piece to Cardinal Riario. It is surmised that this sculpture may have brought him to the attention of his patrons.
How to Learn
In learning, we seek the sage advice of others.
“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS
Abigail Adams is remembered for her admonition to the Founding Fathers that they “remember the ladies” in their new laws, Abigail Adams was an early advocate for women’s rights. She also had her husbands ear, John Adams, the nation’s second president. She had strong convictions and opposed slavery and supported women’s education. Why did I mention this? I learn with diligence and work at it every day.
Talent Luck or Diligence
For artist or anyone for that matter, Talent and Luck might happen by chance, but learning is a skill and practice that anyone can accomplish with diligence and desire.
“My philosophy is a very simple one: I believe in creativity, imagination, and self-expression. I am a painter. I believe art can have something important to say about the human condition. At its best, and in any era, great painting is exciting. It can take us somewhere we remember or haven’t been before, provoking us into new areas of thought and feeling. I wish to ignite a sense of joy. I create paintings that reflect the people and moments that touch my life. I allow imagination and emotion to commingle into memorable creations. My works are a collection of memories, philosophies, and experiences. I hope to enliven a sense of connection and optimism and strive to create beauty and a moment’s pleasure.”
Final Tip of Great Websites to learn about art
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