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Santa Fe based artist and teacher Willy Bo Richardson shares his perspective on the creative process
A few weeks ago I was at Trader Joes when I overheard a conversation between two disgruntled adults. One of them commented that she wished she hadn’t wasted her education on art school. I was in that teetering place of jumping into the conversation with strangers, but decided instead it would be good material for a Think Jar essay.
I would easily agree that most people who get a BA in art are not narrowing in on a career path. The art student is not learning what to think, but how to think, and learning who they are. I consider these profoundly important skills that will be applied in one’s career choices and in all choices life throws at us. Continue reading “THE ARTISTIC THINKING PROCESS- THE CREATIVITY POST”
Over the years I noticed my painting students often wear clothes that match their paintings in color and style. It’s a subconscious thing that mostly goes unnoticed. I decided to take pictures of my students (Santa Fe University of Art and Design) with their paintings.
I was coming down the mountain on a day when it snowed after a few weeks of what looked like summer was on its way. A branch sprung up from the release of the heavy snow, and that moment caught me. It would be the inspiration for a new painting series. Continue reading “Wet Snow Falls from a Pine Branch”
Lama Shang (1122-93) was a famous Tibetan warrior yogi. Legend has it he became enlightened on the battlefield. Whether this is true or not, one thing we can say with certainty is that his teachings are sharp and powerfully simple. He does not put words together to impress, but shoots arrows straight to the heart of Mahamudra, teachings on mind itself.
In this day and age people are constantly being asked to make better, achieve more, add to. I am all for innovation, but we often make our world unnecessarily complex. I humbly attempt to undo the extra noise… not necessarily for the world, but at least for myself and for those who have a connection to my work. My art is the breath of fresh air one takes between taking in all the stimulation and excitement our interesting world has to offer. I aspire to make “un-paintings”.
PLAZA TOWERS designed and built by Moen Group is on the pedestrian plaza. It’s a mix of vibrant commercial uses and upscale housing in the heart of Iowa City. Levels one through six include a luxury hotel, convention center, restaurant, fresh food market and deli, center for holistic healing.
This painting was completed 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days after Audrey’s birth. 333 also happens to be my dad’s address. He was having back surgery at the time of completion (very successful procedure- all went well- my dad is once again my ski partner).
Music to Drive To was designed to showcase a recent body of work and also as a companion piece to the exhibition at the Parralux Art Fair in London. The catalog is 48 pages, including 29 color images, designed by Rowan Ogden. This project was completed with the oversight of Arts Writer and Editor Katy Crocker; photography by my wife Kim Richardson and support from Felice Tebbe; Essays by Stephanie Buhmann and Katy Crocker.
The catalog was funded by contributions of more than 50 people through Kickstarter, an online threshold pledge system. Creative projects range from indie film and music to journalism and solar energy technology.
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