Monet the Revolutionary

To paint something the way it felt, instead of the way it looked, was completely deviant To most art lovers, the name Claude Monet brings up images of art that is easy on the eyes. This is a show you can go to see without having to feel like you’re missing something. Monet doesn’t push…

Inner Balance in the Quest for Creativity

Attending the Susan Point show, Spindle Whorl at the Vancouver Art Gallery got me thinking about the balance of Masculine and Feminine in the quest for creativity. Point so beautifully blends the two elements in her work. She has such a design eye and has ventured into her art career with a drive for success….

The Creative Sweet Spot

  You know the feeling. You’re doing something and you’re completely oblivious to time passing, someone saying your name, the fact that you have to pee … all completely irrelevant and ignorable compared to that sweet, sought-after feeling of being completely in the groove. But it’s not the groove itself that I’m going to talk about…

Does Vancouver Repel Creative People?

Does Vancouver repel creative people? This was the discussion of the debate held by Urbanarium City Debates on January 18, 2017 at UBC Robson Square. Yes, UBC has a downtown location – for those of you new to Vancouver like me. The stage was set – literally – and on the pro side was Sandy Garossino…

Picasso at the Vancouver Art Gallery – What Is Great Art?

“The question my date asked was: ‘What makes a great artist?’” The question my date asked was: “What makes a great artist?” I was a little stumped. Four years studying art history hadn’t really prepared me to answer that question. I tried, with the typical caveats: “it depends who you ask”, “men were usually the…