Bauhaus artist Paul Klee found himself possessed by color after an influential trip to Tunisia. But time spent in Italy informed his art as well.
As publisher of my fiction, nonfiction, photographs, paintings, design, and creative ideas, I find my focus in seeing, exploring and recording life's details—like the two novels I'm writing, or the scenic gumbo that is my Vanishing Austin photography series, and the prints I call Lightscapes. Or writing for my blog on creativity, art + what goes with it, and my travels around my hometown, Austin, Texas and back in time, at AustinDetails.me. Creative collaboration is a key part of my process. And it all comes together on my art + photo + words blog, Pairings :: Art + What Goes With It, at AustinDetails.me, where my art meets tech.
In Terlingua, Texas, a tiny ghost town along the Mexico border, an historic cemetery serves as a monument to former miners felled by harsh working conditions.
Making art is messy for a reason. It’s to remind us that we won’t ever get it just right, or even close to perfect.
In Yucatán, there’s a tiny Mexican town whose contemporary roots are never far from its Mayan past.
You can find something vivid and memorable in the most mundane places, when you’re always on the lookout for the details.
A sunflower about to bloom is filled with intrigue. It’s poised on the verge of emergence and seems so hopeful, just like the creative spirit. Here are a few ideas to awaken yours.
A shelfie seems like a generous way to share your library of ideas, instead of your silly selfie face. Shelfies also reveal how unique you think your intellect is, but they can show how deep is your soul.
Are you at your desk, in front of your laptop? Are you at your easel, in front of your canvas? Great. If an idea comes, you’ll be ready for it.
How can you respect the rights of image creators? Simple. Don’t download their work without permission, and don’t claim “fair use” if you do. Check out these royalty-free sources for free art instead.
Nature can inspire, enlighten and intrigue you in ways that bring meaning to your art.
It’s time for brands to quit wasting time on Facebook. Its familiarity is comforting, but the results for brands are not. What to do instead?
Robert Frost’s 1916 poem still holds meaning for me, and finds its way into my photography, and my life.
A photo gallery shows that street life in Mexico can get pretty colorful behind a cloak of stillness.
Inspiration by Graphic: It’s all about you. Who you are is what you make, and what you make of it.
The marketplace is so crowded with content and platforms for sharing and communicating. Choice is a powerful thing. But it can leave little space for the creative ideas that are waiting to bubble up.