Saturday, March 31, 2007

Vincent van Gogh's 154th Birthday!

Yesterday would have been Vincent van Gogh's 154th Birthday. Vincent a very troubled artist, never knew that he would one day become so very famous. He was so talented, but had many troubles within himself and cut his own life short. I was interested to learn recently that van Gogh only began painting at the age of 27 and only painted for ten years until he took his life at the age of 37. What a young age by today's standards especially. He was born in 1853 in Holland. Actually, from what I can gather he only sold one painting while he was alive. He sold a painting called 'The Red Vineyards'. He became most famous for his painting called 'The Starry Night', my personal favorite. It is very sad that he lived such a troubled existence, but in the end what he brought to the world of art will absolutely live on forever. He is definitely an artist mentor of mine. I adored his use of bright colors, once he discovered them. Vincent may your soul and your art live on eternally, and I know they will.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Wonderful wonderful art supplies

One of the most joyous things in life, aside from my children and my puppy of course, is getting a shipment of new art supplies. Oh I just adore choosing my items and finally having them arrive UPS. I love the man in brown for he brings me my goodies...fresh new canvas, paints, art papers for making prints et cetera.

I also adore getting my shipments of books, fresh great smelling books. All kinds of books to include novels and many many spiritual philosophy books. It's like a pleasant addiction, nothing bad for me just give me my empty canvas and I am so happy. There are times when the creativity block asserts itself and causes friction within the process, but once that passes I am good to go and extremely happy for it....until next time,

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Unbelievably Heavy Movie

The other night I watched a movie called 'The Pianist', with Adrian Brody that was directed by Roman Polanski. This was a movie from 2003, and as you can probably guess I'm a bit behind in my movie viewing. This was a true story of pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman's survival in the ghetto in war torn Poland during World War II. This movie was so devastatingly hard to watch. The graphic nature of the horrific accounts that took place against the jewish people was unbearable to watch. I wondered why? I had allowed myself or was even driven to view this movie, but in the end it was Adrian Brody's tremendously talented acting and as far as I was concerned he was Wladyslaw Szpilman. This man went through so much and his story of survival is truly mind boggling. It is even hard for me to put into words what I am trying to express regarding my feelings about this movie and the emotions that were brought to the surface. I cried my eyes out and wanted several times to turn off the dvd player. Through all the pain and suffering this man went through he survived and actually went on and actually thrived in life. This movie did give hope where there was none and through his trials Szpilman's love of his beloved piano is what saved his life and saved his soul. He unexpectedly had the help of a sympathetic German Officer, but in the end he survived of his own accord. Wow! enough about that but a truly remarkable story.....bless you Wladyslaw Szpilman may your soul play the piano eternally............

Friday, March 16, 2007

For those wondering the name GARAHSTAH~ means picture maker; female artist in Iroquois...I wanted something different for my blog name.
I am brand new to the world of blogging and feel a bit lost, but I am certain I will find my way.....
......This is a painting I recently completed and it is still 'Untitled', but I will be naming it soon along with others in the series. The paintings are an expression of what has been happening in my life and my thoughts to go along with the images are what you will see here at my blog.