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           Spring Thaw                 Oil                ©Albert Handell

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  Having spent a lifetime exploring and finding purpose and fulfillment through art, we decided to build this art and painting website to share what we have learned and to inspire others in their creative lives. Much of the important content (over 400 articles) you'll find here is instructional - the steps to making paintings in oil, pastel or watercolor -  often illustrated by videos, slide shows and Step-by-Step demonstrations. As a member, each month you'll receive a new in-depth educational or art travel article along with a new, illustrated Voices of Experience interview with a top-flight artist. Enjoy the free content. We believe that you will find value and inspiration in it. If you do, please consider joining as a member now to access all the members-only in-depth articles and to add your valuable support to this important effort. And don't forget, members receive discounts on all the useful products, downloads, books and live workshops in our Store.
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Page from the recent interview by Bob Bahr of The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.

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               The Creative Impulse
Perspectives No. 209

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Picasso at Golfe Juan near Vallauris by Gjon Mili for Life Magazine
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“All children are artists.

The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

                                                                            - Pablo Picasso

   Each year at Halloween we celebrate the anniversary of our launch of The Artist’s Road with a blog about our main stock-in-trade: creativity. In our first message to you we said "More artists in the world is a good thing", and we hope that our efforts on the site have helped to make that dream come true. We try to inspire and encourage others to either stay on their creative path, or to have the belief that they, too, can own a creative life. It isn’t easy sometimes to stick with it in the face of life’s demands, but it is the most fulfilling kind of living we know.

   We think a lot about human creativity in general and wonder where it comes from. Over the last four years we have written several articles in Perspectives about the scientific quest to understand the basis for creativity in terms of the architecture of the brain. To date, no one knows why we create or where, exactly, the impulse or the inspiration comes from. The root of the word "inspiration" comes from the Latin verb "inspirare", to "breathe or blow into" denoting the creative impulse given to a person by the gods or a supernatural source or Muse. In that sense, this inspiration was not to be questioned or analyzed, for it was considered a sacred gift, given only to those worthy of it. To ignore this gift or not act upon it would have been unthinkable.

   So it is with delight and wonder each year that we behold a wonderful display of human creativity here during the Halloween children’s parade downtown.  Mixed in among the throngs of children and adults wearing the standard store bought gear are amazing and sometimes hilarious home-made costumes exhibiting hours of planning and construction. It is as though Halloween gives people the permission and a venue to display their creative sides, which the other part of their lives may not. Holding it in, so to speak, all year long, it just bursts out at Halloween and we are the lucky beneficiaries. Thank goodness for Halloween, then, for giving all artists and creative people a national day of celebration.

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We are artists, authors and teachers with over 35 years of experience in painting the world's beautiful places. We created The Artist's Road in order to share our knowledge and experiences with you, and create a community of like-minded individuals.  You can learn more about us and see our original paintings by clicking on the links below.
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