Random thoughts of an artist at 11:30 pm
Posted August 06, 2012
Yesterday after watching the documentary about Ai Wei Wei “Never Sorry”, now more than ever having a story that people can invest in and connect to as an artist is huge. The connection of your story can either make you or break you and can be the determining factor of your success, even more so than your art work. Artists who reach the status of icons and become celebrities beyond art circles are followed by wealthy collectors to the average Joe. There is something about their story that goe...
Posted July 02, 2012
When you want to know the very thing you are passionate about don't ask the question, what would I do if I had all the money in the world? This is a trick question in the end because your initial thought maybe in reference to money/currency as energy used to obtain "things" or possessions. Your passion is more about what you can give than what you already have or will receive. The passion you feel towards a career, hobby, noble cause...etc. is an emotion where giving some"things" or a possessio...
No paint No gain
Posted June 10, 2012
This past weekend I painted until it hurt and enjoyed every minute. I’m ready to move onto the next level the canvas will not hold me back. “To be stopped by a frame’s edge is intolerable”—Clyfford Still
Rediscover what you already know
Posted June 04, 2012
I don’t want to make something you never seen before I want to make something you’ve seen before in a new way. I’m talking about being innovative with my art, I figure originality will come out of seeing my paint, brushes, canvas…etc. as a medium to rediscovering functionality and purpose. What would happen if my tools became functional sculptures and the application of painting became performance art? Paint. Explore. & Imagine! “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want my life to...
Painting...what is on your mind?
Posted May 29, 2012
"I don't think about art when I'm working I try to think about life"--Jean-Michel Basquiat
My thoughts about an art show
Posted May 21, 2012
My thoughts on preparing for the Oak Cliff: In Transit show July 14, 2012 at the Oak Cliff Culture Center in Dallas, TX. I believe my work is a blend of abstract portraits influenced by expressionism and graffiti. There is a movement to incorporate graffiti within traditional contemporary spaces. I am trying to draw between the fine line of contemporary graffiti and modern day expressionism. Expressionism is described as having brush strokes that give way to the process where painting become...
From point A to point B
Posted May 14, 2012
Time to revisit and rethink goals. “If you don’t know where you are going, then how will you know when you arrive”—Jack White.
#1 Art Fan and Critic
Posted May 07, 2012
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Posted April 23, 2012
Dear canvas, I can’t help but to think it is over between us. Here I am back at the drawing board where it all began. I try my best to read you but find myself walking away speechless. Could it be just a misunderstanding? Let me guess you have heard it all before and find yourself tired of the excuses. I’m sorry for the mistakes I’ve made and I promise to do better next time. Its not you it’s me. Can we still be friends? Love with blank stares, Rosie Lee
Trust the process not the progress
Posted April 15, 2012
Understanding what is essential and what is a necessity helps me to filter out specific distractions within my art. No matter how complex the technique or application the simplicity behind the approach brings clarity to the vision and outcome. Last week I asked about “the approach” but this week I want to pose a question regarding your process. I believe the easiest way to influence others is by appealing to their emotions. For me exploring the pain and struggles associated with painting al...
Posted April 10, 2012
When I go to create a painting two things are bound to happen: the possibility of failure and the opportunity to succeed. How do you approach the canvas?
The Bullsh!t and Bandwagon
Posted April 02, 2012
I feel as artists one of our major job duties is to add value and beauty to the canvas. If we are successful the return is an exhibition, unexpected call from a collector, interview from a local magazine or a sold painting. I swear the art world is a circus, the artists are the performers, the institutions are the trainers making sure the show sticks to script and the audience is there to cheer on this spectacle clueless to the sacrifices made in the name of art. What comes out of The Greatest S...
Intro to Philosophy
Posted March 26, 2012
What is your specific philosophy and process regarding your art work? I know how to describe my art work in terms of style but found difficulty in explaining the philosophy behind what I create. Now I realize having a concrete idea to explain why I paint as well as how I paint determines my approach and ultimately becomes the meat of my work. I believe once you establish a well organized philosophy and develop a routine process, your art undergoes a transformation and instills within you the abi...
Posted March 19, 2012
If you are reading this I just wanted to say "THANK YOU"!--Rosie Lee
A question for all of you?????
Posted March 12, 2012
If you want to find the right answer first you must ask the right questions. Recently I have begun to substitute the word challenge for problem when describing difficult situations. Mentally I can face challenges but can’t stand to deal with problems. What will take your art career to the next level? What sets your art work apart from the rest? Why are you stuck? What is the cause for your mental block? All of these challenging questions have flooded my mind at some point, every time I arrive ...
Failure is inevitable
Posted March 05, 2012
A recent trip to Austin, TX has recharged my artistic battery. The atmosphere in the city is contagious. Austin is a city that supports artisans from all walks of life. I read an article in a local magazine discussing the topic of failure, the author Alicia Marie Fruin who happens to be a business coach states, “accomplished people seem to understand a simple truth: they are not their failures, and they are not their behaviors”. When we paint our failures/mistakes often become happy accident...
Power in the brush!
Posted February 27, 2012
Here are a few things happening in the Life and Art of Rosie Lee. In a couple of weeks I will debut my “Art Opens Doors Project” on Kickstarter, details to come in a future blog so stay tuned. Also at the beginning of next month I will have the pleasure of speaking to patrons at a fundraising engagement. The Great Conversation Dinner is an event held by Alliance for Children, they serve communities in Tarrant County with justice centers that protect abused children through investigations, he...
Just a thought
Posted February 20, 2012
I have come to realize fear is an emotion we all experience at some point in our lives. The problem with fear is when it traps us into a mental paralysis. Fear breeds excuses and adopts a belief of doubt. When making important decisions fear can keep us from doing what our heart desires and what our spirit expects of us. When business is slow the natural feeling of fear can become overwhelming, the thought of not having sales results in a lack of confidence in your work. If you were an art colle...
A determined mind knows no boundaries
Posted February 13, 2012
I have come to realize what your spirit desires is just as important as what your heart desires. If you can make both happy the sustainability you feel will create joy and peace in what you do because of who you are able to become. I want to be able to enjoy the process of making "it" simply by using my potential as motivation. During this process I will break barriers and surpass expectations by pushing pass limitations others have placed on me. A mind full of will and a heart filled with coura...
When opportunity knocks!
Posted February 09, 2012
I am in the process of moving and there is something that just feels right about my current direction, the same can be said for my art work. This is the year of transition from dreams to reality I can feel it in my spirit. Before you can make changes in your life acceptance of your present state of being is important. No matter where life takes you there will always be two variables apart of the equation, one being the problem and the other a solution. I think one of the keys to success is often...