18" x 15", oil on canvas, 2010
This week I have two musicians to mention with accompanying quotes relevant to the creative process. The first is gospel singer Mavis Staples who released a new album called You Are Not Alone. Her father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples said, "What comes from the heart touches the heart." Art made from the heart will be received as such.
Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash started painting to see how she would express herself without language and found that it is similar to writing and performance for her. She likes a quote from musician Linda Ronstat, "Refine your skills so you can support your instincts." Improvisation has to hang on something, knowledge and clarity. House and Red Tree has structure while it sways to its own tune.