Then a video of his work appeared on my Facebook. I sat transfixed by the flowing paint, by his words of inspiration, dedication, and liberation. This man. My uncle. He's my hero. He has decided to dedicate his life to his passion. Come hell or high water he will be gracefully coating canvases in paint and molding the world around him with his work. His work is so gorgeous. It's breathtaking. It's like nothing I have ever seen and I am lucky enough to be related to him. His confidence in his work, his persistence, his goodness in general is my biggest inspiration. His drive and the fact that he gets so entirely lost in his work is gorgeous.
Here is one of his paintings, just for a taste. You can also see my previous post about his work to see more.
|via Art by Rod Heiss|
"When I slip into these shoes, clarity replaces confusion. Peace replaces fear. And excitement replaces routine."
Art is pure magic. It is pure love thrust onto a canvas. My uncle gave a beautiful talk at my grandmother's funeral. He said some beautiful things.
"The one thing that makes a great piece of art is desire. The desire to connect and to share."
He discussed the elements of a great painting and a great artist.
"Technique. You must keep an open mind to techniques of other artists. Just because it's different or something you wouldn't do doesn't mean it's wrong.
Composition. You must bring forms together with flow and balance and harmony.
Dedication. When you look at good art, you feel their passion. When difficulties come, you keep moving forward."
All of this I feel when I see him, when I see this video, and when I see his work in real life. He is remarkable and the greatest creative inspiration I have in my life. At the end of his talk he said this sentence:
"A masterpiece is something that is transcendent."
He is transcendent. His work is transcendent. Creativity is transcendent.
Please watch the video and love. Check out his gorgeous website and get to know him. You can find his website here and his Facebook page here. Go forth and spread creative love.