As someone who begins her studio art practice AFTER a full day at work, taking the time to rest and just breathe can seem like a waste of valuable creative time. However, it turns out taking those moments of rest can be one of the most important thing for creatives to do! For my seventh podcast episode, I share a few thoughts on taking breaks to breathe and recharge in order to benefit your creativity!
Have a wonder-filled week!
Last week I had two different conversations that eventually led to the topic of artists' minds. The consensus is that they are FULL. Full of ideas, that is, and always searching for more. I know during my own day to day encounters and actions, I am constantly in the process of either taking in new ideas or thinking about/building on old ideas. It seems like some ideas need to sit and percolate longer than others, but eventually they all seem to find there way back out into the world-- as a part of a new work of art, a conversation, or perhaps as a simple fleeting thought.
For this week's podcast episode, I decided to focus on the power and importance of our thoughts. Enjoy!
Anyone who is familiar with my work knows that bears tend to make fairly regular appearances in my mixed media paintings. What can I say? I like bears. They're fun to paint, perfect for hugs, and my go-to larger animal when stars need to be caught, or a character needs a lift--and, until a few months ago, I hadn't given much thought to any deeper reason behind my bear fascination.
In this podcast episode, I discuss my thoughts and experiences with bears--including some very real bear encounters!
Have a great shortened week! (Thanks, Labor Day!)
A few weeks ago during one of my art shows, I had an experience I've had many times before---but this time it set me off on a train of thought (resulting in a new podcast!). A festival visitor walked into my booth and took a few moments to look at my work on display. She smiled as she took in the images, colors, textures and stories in my works. After some time, she walked over to me and shook her head, asking "have you ever thought about being an illustrator for children's books? I would love to do something like this, but I don't have a creative bone in my body?" I smiled and thanked her for her kind comments. Minutes, hours, and days after the festival, I found myself stuck on this particular conversation. What had let her, and many other people I've met, to the conclusion that they had NO creativity whatsoever? What is creativity? Is it something that is solely reserved for people who CREATE ART, or is it more than that?
After a few weeks of pondering this idea, I decided that it was the perfect topic for a new podcast! So, I give you my fourth podcast adventure! I hope you enjoy listening, and if this topic strikes a chord with you, please leave me a comment! I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
Have a wonder-filled week!
This past week I stumbled upon this excellent quote by Virgil Thomson:
"Try a thing you haven't done 3 times. Once to get over the fear of doing it. Twice to learn how to do it; and a third time to figure out whether you like it or not."
True to this quote, I am now posting my THIRD podcast, and I must say that I am decidedly enjoying the process. In this week's episode, having just finished having a booth at the Cheyenne Arts Festival, I talk about some of my encounters during the show. Shows like this offer artists the unique opportunity to interact with patrons AS they are viewing the artist's work--an opportunity not afforded by more lengthier gallery exhibits! I absolutely love hearing people explain the meanings and connections they draw from my work. I also talk about the connection between artists and their work and an observation of a moment when that connection wasn't quite right.
So, I hope you enjoy my musings from the festival! Have a WONDER-filled rest of your week!
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference, during which one of the keynote speakers mentioned the idea of "Surprise & Delight" moments. I don't know about you, but there always seem to be a few ideas that really stick with me after attending a conference or workshop, and this was definitely one of them! So, without giving too much away, I decided that for my second podcast adventure, I would talk out some of my thoughts about "Surprise & Delight" moments--both finding and making them! So, without further adieu, I give you...my second podcast episode--still very much in it's beginning stages, but a little easier this second time around!
May your week be filled with little moments of surprise and delight!
A few weeks ago, I happened upon a lovely friend's facebook post, where she was introducing her very first podcast attempt! As I read her post and began listening to her podcast, I began feeling incredibly nervous. My palms began to sweat. Not because I was nervous FOR her (she did GREAT!), but because I had also been wrestling with the idea of creating a podcast since about this time LAST YEAR, and the thought truly terrified me. Why? Because podcasts expose weaknesses. Podcasts require a type of openness that paintings don't require--a LOUD, spur-of-the-moment type of openness. And, unless you have your podcast totally scripted, they allow the speaker to make mistakes.
After listening to the podcast, I began to more seriously consider the idea...and the root of my fear. The truth is that creating a podcast IS a lot like creating a work of art. In the beginning, there will always be at least some level of fear of judgement and/or failure...and with time, it'll dissipate. But in order to reach that point in time, it is necessary to take that initial step into the unknown.
So, after taking a deep breath, I took my first step... and guess what? I LOVED it! Sure it's not perfect, but neither am I, and I am okay with that. Full of rookie "mistakes" and recorded in one take, I hope you enjoy my first podcast attempt--and if you don't, that's okay too. :)
Thanks for listening!
In my experiences teaching art to elementary students, I've seen my fair share of rainbows. Kids LOVE painting, drawing, and coloring rainbows! And, let's be honest, there is just something about that combination of color and shape that is irresistible!
During one particularly rainbow-crazed week (they come in spurts), I began thinking more about rainbows and my own art making practices; When was the last time I had made a rainbow? After considering this for some time, I realized that I hadn't drawn, painted, sculpted, or collaged a rainbow since I was 9 or 10 years old. WOW. Why was that? I still don't really know the answer...maybe it seemed too "little kid" for my middle and high school self to handle? Maybe I lost interest? Regardless of the reason, I decided that it was high time to paint a rainbow--resulting in the finished painting pictured above!
Guess what? Those little artists I teach are onto something! Painting rainbows is incredible fun--and easy to do! If you haven't painted or colored a rainbow in a few years (or more), I highly recommend it! Get any piece of paper you can find and any sort of colors (crayons, markers, paints, etc) and just take 5 minutes out of your day to make a rainbow! I guarantee you that it will lift your spirits and give that little kid inside of you a chance to play! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
So, let me start by saying that one of my big goals for 2016 is to incorporate more video/digital technology into my art marketing. That being said, towards the end of January/beginning of February, I was given the opportunity to work with an incredible videographer, Nid Collins, AND talk with Micah Schweizer on Wyoming Public Radio! Having never really talked about my artwork on video or radio, I was excited, but not really sure what to expect.
Although I often think and write about my process and work as an artist, the act of speaking about artwork is an entirely different form of reflection--and one that I believe is important for the creative health of the artist. Both of these opportunities gave me a chance to pause and reflect on why I create--what is the real SIGNIFICANCE of my work. If you are interested in listening to my radio interview, it can be accessed HERE.
Below is the short documentary film, produced by This is Laramie. A HUGE thank you to both Micah Schweizer and Nid Collins for the opportunities!
Stories are everywhere. Some are more obvious than others---printed right in front of your face (or on the pages of a book). Others are more elusive--hiding in the spaces between words, tucked away in the shadows, or slumbering deep within a work of art. As readers, explorers, and patrons of the world, it is our task to uncover those hidden stories and give them a voice!
I am often asked how I come up with the ideas for my paintings. In truth, most of the time the ideas find me. For example, just last weekend, I was getting ready to head off to set up a booth for "The Laramie Art & Music Thing." I had decided I wanted to work on a painting live at the event. So, as I was packing up my painting supplies I happened to walk by a picture that I had purchased long ago of two birds sitting on a branch. I paused just long enough to realize that there was a story hidden deep within those birds that was just waiting to be told. Soon after this epiphany, I headed off to the festival and soon after began painting a glimpse of the story I had seen...
Below is the resulting painting. May you in turn be inspired by this image to begin a story of your own!
Welcome to the whimsical world of Tara Pappas' mixed media art! Thank you for stopping by to view samples of my work and read a little about my adventures as an artist. I am always looking for new ways to connect and grow as an artist, so would love to hear from you if you have any questions or interests in a particular piece. I hope that my work brings you inspiration and joy!