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Monthly Archives: February 2012
There’s something different about painting or doing any creative work with people. It’s not about giving or receiving advice, there’s just some sort of invisible interplay that happens when two or more people sit down together to work on their art.
Yesterday I went to see the “Van Gogh Alive” exhibit in Tophane, Istanbul with my friend Mike and his son Ozi. More about that exhibit in another post, but suffice it to say Mike and I were very excited by what we saw and couldn’t wait to rush back to his studio and start painting. Ozi sat down to read his book and Mike and I got out the acrylics and got down to work–painting Ozi.
Mike, who is known for his fast and furious painting technique, actually starts out with a line drawing.
I immediately start slapping color on the paper. Awhile later (who knows how long, time disappears when you are painting!) we had each finished a painting.
Our first paintings: Mike’s at left, mine at right
At this point Ozi was tired of reading and being stared at so he left the room, but we kept painting, using our first paintings as models now. Mike found a big colorful canvas he didn’t like and started painting over a previous painting, and I decided to try simplifying the shapes and colors. We ended up with these:
Our second paintings: Mike’s at left, mine at right
All in all, a successful day of viewing and making art. Our work may not look like Van Gogh’s (but then again, that’s not the point, that’s been done!), or like each other’s (we may or may not be influenced by each other, doing a little more of this or less of that), or even like Ozi–but none of that really matters. Seeing and making art is sometimes just more interesting and fun when you do it with others.
If you are curious about Istanbul and/or would like to try your hand at creating in community either virtually or live join this mailing list where very soon I will be announcing some exciting new live and online programs I’ll be doing with my partner the fabulous Melissa Dinwiddie!
I was excited (and nervous!) to do this interview for PAWI (Professional American Women of Istanbul) but I’m happy to share it here. In it I talk about my journey from Art Education > Pharmaceutical Supply Chain > Coach > Doer-of-all-things in Istanbul > Creativity Workshop builder.
I also tell the story of the French Horn playing accountant who confirmed my theories on creativity.
I’m grateful to Tara Agacayak, Creative Catalyst, Global Business Alchemist, Writer/Blogger who hit on a great way to link us Istanbul expats together. The expat community in Istanbul is vibrant, supportive, and connected, but this is a big city–BIG–and it can be hard to travel from one end to the other. She has created virtual coffee breaks to help us connect informally a few times a month from our homes and offices.
So do as we do and grab a cup of coffee and click below to watch!