But... That's the Good Stuff!
I make my own stretcher frames from hardware store lumber and pull my own canvases. I buy the cloth from fabric stores rather than art suppliers. I am the type of artist that believes "gesso" is an Italian word that means "overpriced house paint."
While I take pride in my DIY cost-cutting measures, I sometimes find that I tend to immediately lose inspiration when presented with the rare opportunity to use top-notch, quality art supplies. I immediately put on my kid gloves, start overthinking my every move, and keep reminding myself, "but...but... this is the good stuff." In other words, I get performance anxiety.
|Artist Jillian Long at work|
I'd like to say that I'm cured of my sketchpad anxiety and have filled countless pages of thousands of journals, but I'm still the same way. I always feel like the sketchbooks (being a proper art supply) are solely for my good ideas, and I hesitate to use them - preferring rather to scrawl my ideas on loose bits of paper that get lost in the shuffle.
My seven-year-old daughter, Jillian - an aspiring, creative kid in her own right - is the exact opposite of my careful reservation. She is driven to create and has no qualms about obliterating a sketchbook in a couple days, filling every page front and back. She may use ten pages just drawing cat faces in different styles - some with stripes, some with big eyes, some with crazy teeth, etc. When I used a new box of crayons I did so with care, trying to keep the points sharp and paper neat, but Jillian
An "Uplift"-ing performance coming Wednesday from Irish visitors
Danville’s relationship with its Sister City of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland has made headlines again with the arrival of Ryan and Amy Moffett. The Moffetts are visiting this month as guest instructors at West T. Hill Community Theatre's Camp Causwelovetoact, but they are also stopping at the Community Arts Center for Lunch with the Arts this Wednesday!
Ryan and Amy are founders of Uplift, a performing arts school in Northern Ireland. They will bring a few teenage students to perform several musical numbers as a preview of the upcoming public performances at West T. Hill Community Theatre. The Moffetts will also talk about their experiences starting Uplift and the successes they have experienced so far.
The performance will cover Irish and American music (tracing the similar roots of each genre) and Broadway show tunes. Lunch with the Arts presentations are always followed by a question and answer session and a chance to meet the artists.
Local playwright and arts advocate Liz Orndorff played a pivotal role in bringing the Moffetts and their students to Danville.
Would Cavemen Watch Movies?
the mold and saw the medium reach new heights was
Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane.
Of course our modern theaters with reclining seats are far more comfortable than primitive rocks and logs. The resolution of a digital movie screen is more detailed, albeit less warm than the blazing fires of our ancestors, and Scarlett Johansson is no doubt far more attractive than the tribal elders that once passed on their tales to younger generations.
For all the multi-million dollar budgets, CGI, and special effects that modern movies use, at their core they ignite something primitive in all of us – the desire to hear a story.
Film tells a story like few other forms of media can. Of course, live theatre is a very direct and real means of telling a story, and when you are in the audience, there is nothing like it. However, live theatre finds its limitations in terms of audience size. Once you get a certain distance from the stage, the nuances in the actors’ movement get lost and you strain to hear the dialogue. You can’t see the subtlety in their expressions, the raise of an eyebrow, or the smirk of a smile.
Early films seemed to solve a lot of the problems inherent in a packed playhouse by
Don't forget - we have Starry Night Studios for kids, too!
|Paint your own Big Red (or Big Blue, Big
Purple, or Big Green!) this Sunday.
These classes give children the opportunity to paint their own masterpiece on a real canvas. We provides one canvas per child, the use of all the necessary paints and brushes, and an instructor. Adults and children work together to create their own unique piece of art. (You can also bring your favorite snacks and drinks, too! Just be sure not to mix up your O.J. with your paintbrush cup).
Krista Rinehart became a Starry Night Studio instructor after bringing her daughter to a “Grown Up & Me” class last year.
“My favorite part of the Starry Night Studios – either the adult or kids classes – is
Join us for a new film festival! We promise to keep it "short-n-sweet"
We decided to call it Short-n-Sweet Film Festival and made it our goal to highlight the best beginner, amateur and semi-professional Kentucky (short) filmmaking talents. Anyone with a smartphone can get in on the action too, by submitting a Vine video (more on that in a minute). Right now, make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. in Constitution Square.
“This event is designed to address a certain demographic that may respond more to tech-based art and storytelling than traditional media such as painting, drawing and sculpting,” says our programming director Brandon Long (aka Daddy Hojo on this blog). “Video is a medium that is highly visual, but also delves into music, movement and storytelling in a way that