Art is just another word for hope

Last night while watching the stars, I had a moment of insight that’s sticking with me, today. It might not seem profound to most people, but it rang like a bell in my brain: It’s all an elaborate game that we’re watching play out in front of us. From the crazy-making politics of our current administration to the manipulation of truth, we are under assault in an endless game of political dodge-ball — over which we have only influence, at best. And since dodge-ball has been known to leave bruises, a tough hide is required. Calling for a time-out does not…

Vincent: That Strange Wild Man

Rather than being insane, as the legend claims, evidence suggests that Vincent van Gogh suffered from Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, which caused his erratic behavior. He longed for human companionship, but was feared, ridiculed and isolated from his community. Add to that the mysterious story that he did not commit suicide as most believe, but was shot by one of two young men who delighted in tormenting him. If the evidence leading to that conclusion is correct, his life story is no less tragic for it. The saving grace, if one can call it that, was that he apparently welcomed death as a…

The Sizzling Satire of Saint Hoax

Discovering a new artist is always a good thing. Discovering one who uses satire with such unabashed freedom and precision is rare. As often happens, I caught a sampling of Saint Hoax’s work thanks to a friend who posted a link to the video: Making America Misogynist Again (posted below). After viewing that eye-opener, I decided that looking a bit further was in order and found his website: Saint Hoax. Saint Hoax has two distinct flavors in his cut-to-the-quick satire. The first is the almost supernatural realism in his paintings of the super rich: Kim Kardashian, the Clinton’s, Queen Elizabeth, and other iconic figures. Not afraid to mix cultural…

Some might even call it a blessing.

  Stress… it might be going too far to call it a blessing, but it can be the disguised kind of blessing if we shift our perspective a titch. Stress can literally kill you. It can also be something that causes us to reassess our lives and be willing to try new approaches to relieving our daily anxieties. Being curious about how my friends creatively address this challenge, I recently posted a question on Facebook: “What are your favorite destressing techniques?” Here are a few of the brilliant responses. Just reading them makes me feel more relaxed! (My favorite destressing activities are at the…

Carrying On

“How do we do it?” is a question on the minds of many, these days. I’ve heard from people who are feeling true despair over the outcome of the election. I get it. Despair is appropriate when we’re facing the possible dismantling of hard-won political and social progress. Despair, however, gets us nowhere. It is a downward spiral that generally takes an act of will to reverse. Isolation is the ally of despair. Don’t let it be. Find friends who support you. Be an ally to those whose struggle may be different from yours. Support a cause greater than yourself. Practice bravery. Be a friend….

Happier than I expected…

Letting go of my role as an artist’s rep in 2012 made me happier than expected.   Representing artists was an unmatched experience that ultimately left me feeling less than fulfilled. The reasons for this change of heart are complex, so I will keep it short and to the point. REASON #1:  It makes me happy because I found that representing other artists, which I once used to love, was no longer satisfying that deepest creative part of myself. REASON #2:  After numerous years working to bring much needed attention to truly deserving artists, I realized that a rep cannot live on praise alone,…

Interview by Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen

Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen | IgniteYourCreativity.net Interview with Artist, Writer, Editor & Curator Lora R Fisher Lora shares with us her thoughts on art, her online Gallery — GalriMontaj Contemporary Art — as well as what motivates and inspires her. First posted on February 2, 2013 by bwitzenhausen   Tell us a little about yourself and your work. I may be an anomaly in that I am a visual artist who is also a curator, arts advocate, and a promoter. Hats get switched throughout the day, depending on what’s hot and calling my attention the loudest. When I recall my earliest memories, the most frequent activities…