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The ARTS ENCLAVE is up for a PEPSI REFRESH grant in the month of August, and we will need votes…Many many votes every day in August to meet our goal.

My project is to take this blog you have been reading, and build a website around it where you can start to meet artists of all kinds and learn more about what they are doing and how they do it. They will teach us! There’s a huge arts culture going on around us and participating in it is the best way I know to change the world for the better—which is exactly what the PEPSI REFRESH PROJECT is all about. 

Please vote for the ARTS ENCLAVE website project today and every day in August. And look at the other projects on the RefreshEverything.com site. There’s a lot of good karma on there!

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Can you name 3 famous people from the Renaissance—who weren’t artists?

Catherine de Medici doesn’t count because she supported the arts. My point is that from the 14th century into the 16th (and up to the 18th in parts of Europe) artists dominated world thinking and the human race made more progress than it had in the 1000+ years before. Rulers and Kings routinely kept composers, playwrights and painters in their courts, and the notions of philosophers, scientist/artists (for science was more about imagination than rigorous study it is today), led the thinking of the European powers. The power of the people was in the arts.

Think of that the next time you think something you paint, write, compose, perform or photograph doesn’t matter.

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No matter what creative art form you choose, that mystical process in your head will be exploring the question of what subject to paint, photograph, or write about.

Technique is your calling card, but subject is the soul of an artist. Why you choose what you choose as the central focus of a painting, a novel or short story, a film or a photograph, and even a song, delves deep into the gray matter that makes each artist unique. It’s where you tap into the full blueprint of your experience via your individual emotional wiring to deliver your personal statement to the world.

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No matter what your outlet is, you can only work creatively in small bursts. Forcing yourself to write for hours, or to paint all day, or to write a song when it’s just not coming is not only frustrating, it’s COUNTER-CREATIVE. Your juicy little mind needs a time out now and again to be able to do what it does automatically. The river in your brain will naturally take you to where ideas are most fertile. But to do this, you have to stop paddling the canoe.

Stirring Adirondack panorama by Carl Heilman, II, taken from his canoe. Go to http://www.CarlHeilman.com for more.

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As a lifestyle, art is not sustainable—at least not the way we do it today.  Artists are expected to make a living doing something else, and then do their art on their own time with their own money, which we then integrate into our lives without ever realizing how important it is to us.

There isn’t a single person alive who has not at some point smiled at a picture, cried at a movie, swayed to a song, or filled quiet moments with a good book. We need these things as much as we need air, water, food and shelter. Because without them, we have only air, water, food and shelter. Picture that world, if you can.

Life without Art

Life Without Art

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