It comes in an infinite number of forms, and just when you think there is nothing left to think up, someone creates the unthinkable, in a good sense – something simply not thought of before.

Think of Giotto who revolutionized the Renaissance way of painting; and van Gogh whose painting was so different from others that he created a scandal with it and nobody was remotely interested in buying it. Because of his work, art norms have changed. It’s quite acceptable now.

Think of the Impressionists who rejected the Academic way of painting; and the Art Deco movement that rejected the Art Nouveau style.  Or the Abstract Impressionists who were outrageous for their times.

Jackson Pollock stirred up quite a furor with his expression through throwing paint at a canvas.  With a quantum leap in style, the Op Artists reverted to a precise expression of optical illusions. And then we have Basquiat. If someone had not gotten him to paint on canvas, he still would only be an unknown graffiti artist. And, are you getting comfortable with Installation Art yet?

“Is it art?” we ask ourselves.  Barnett Newman’s Voice of Fire  (1967) outraged the Canadian public when the National Gallery purchased it for $1.8 million.It sparked a public debate, a horrified outcry that still simmers in the hearts of the disbelievers.

Art is not born of nothing. It grows and builds on what has come before. It modifies. The building blocks are the same – colour, form, shape, mark, tone – but how we put these together is what creativity is all about.

Given a big box of colourful Lego to make something with it, each artist creates a different object according to their disposition. Given the infinite variety of art materials available, there is an exponential variety of expressions that result.

Myself? I have a predeliction for working in representational modes, and given that precision is not in my nature, I have learned to accept that it perfectly all right to do so even though, from time to time, I wish I had that uber-vision that some other people have in perceiving and representing infinite detail. Other times I am in awe of someone’s ability to be tremendously organized and precise in their expression that nonetheless produces a work of intricate beauty.

Each time I check my blog stats, I look at incoming blog locations and often go check out who is coming to visit. In this manner, I discovered Isadore Michas. It’s worth taking a look. And no, he’s not the guy who is going to revolutionize the global art scene like van Gogh, but because he is such a polar opposite to me I spent quite a while this morning admiring his work. You can see it too, at:


These are interesting geometric works of great precision and his colouration plays with various harmonious ranges of  colour spectrum. They are made with acrylic resin on canvas and for me,  the medium seems to enhance the impression that I’m looking at stain glass works, not paintings.


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5 Responses to “Creativity”

  1. swatch Says:

    Hi K
    thanks for the link to Isadore Michas – what striking work!
    It is good to reflect on the historic context to what we do as artists. It is interesting to me how resistance to change permeates even this world.

    As an aside; I read that the effects of vitamin C were discovered when a starving crew riddled with scurvy decided to eat their cargo of limes. They returned to Britain in fine health. But it was to be another 100 years before limes were stocked as standard rations on British ships.

  2. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Wow! 100 years to learn the lime lesson. Incredible, isn’t it?

    “Plus que ca change, ca ne change pas” say the French – the more things change, the more things stay the same.
    I guess it’s in our human nature to resist the comfortably known.

  3. ggw_bach Says:

    lovely image there; yes, creativity arises in the most amazing of ways. Constantly reinventing itself for the times. Seeking newer ways to express a fundamental, underlying message. It is the flame that can never be extinguished.

  4. Fringer Says:

    Hello! Hola from Spain.

    First time here, but not last one. I like your blog’s post even more than before I started to read it. Gracias! :* Bessos. Nombres

  5. Troth Says:

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