Neil Gaiman may be recognizable to you as the international best-selling author of children’s books Coraline and the Graveyard Book. Among his adult novels: Stardust, Good Omens, American Gods and numerous collections of short stories, plus Sandman, his collection of illustrated novels. The Philadelphia University of the Arts invited him to address the class of 2012 at their graduation ceremony, and what he presented is easily the most inspirational and moving speech an artist or art-lover could hope to hear. In his speech, he addresses the hardships of trying to make yourself known, finding your own voice, and even the problems of success, which “are sometimes harder, because nobody warns you about them.” However, he also addresses the many reasons that it is worth it, and the many ways that doing what you love will always be the best decision you can make. We highly recommend taking the time and watching it for yourself.
Monthly Archives: May 2012
What inspires you to paint?
“Usually art, other art. Great artists; my Love Letters are really inspired by Cy Twombley’s work, and that was right before he died. I was just so moved by every etch and sketch and mark that he made, it was just visceral. It made you want to touch it. And also, you know, just life itself. Life experiences. I get to sort of get all of that out on canvas.”
What are your favorite mediums to use?
“I love everything! I love apoxy, oil, acrylic, wax; that’s the fun of it, you just get to use everything. It’s like a big tool box.”
What kind of message do you want to convey to people with your art?
“Well what I found interesting about painting, which I didn’t realize at first but evolved, is that I am a very joyful and happy person. I noticed all my paintings kind of have that theme; and I think with any painter or artist, their paintings will have that energy, they just can’t help it. It’s really cool to see.”
To see more of Windy’s work and see what we have, check out her page at our website here.
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“If enthusiasm alone was what it took to sell art, then allison sprock fine art would always have blank walls. Sprock represents American and Russian artists creating primarily figurative or landscape original paintings and photography. As a private dealer and consultant for many years, Sprock’s eye and enthusiasm led her to gather a broad knowledge base and quite an assortment of artists whose work is intriguingly different.”
Welcome to the official blog for allison sprock fine art, an art gallery located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. We feature a wide variety of artists but specialize in American and Russian pieces, including artists such as the Chatov’s, Linda James and Windy O’Connor. Here you will find the latest updates on upcoming events, new artists and pieces, sale information, and what we’re up to! Feel free to follow us on Twitter, Facebook , and, most recently, you can now find us on Pinterest! We also invite you to check this blog frequently for our featured Artist of the Month, where we will have a spotlight article on one of our favorite in-house artists and information on their work.
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