Although artificial intelligence is producing major upheavals in the areas of health, transportation, commerce and even art, it is impossible for it to replace human creativity for a very simple reason: machines are not endowed with life, so they are not vulnerable to the existential questions intimately related to birth and death, freedom and determinism as well as memories and the future. Continue reading Concerning A.I., we are still good for a few centuries!
Ten years ago, here in Tuscany, we decided to write a recipe book but with so many good cookbooks in the market, we needed to propose a new idea. We had to find a modus operandi close to who we are and what we do as visual artists. The answer was in front of us and painting gave it to us: art and color! Continue reading Let Go! The Artist’s Way of Cooking
Eternity is outside time. Eternity should not be mistaken for the elasticity of time, a time that never ends. Yes! eternity is indeed outside time. It doesn’t have a beginning nor an end. It is something in itself […] During our art workshops, our main role at Walk the Arts is to endow the proper environment to bring you into that state of eternity. How? That is a very complex question and we only can provide a very simple answer which is… Continue reading Experiencing Eternity
Last June, Kim Wilkie, an artist from London Ontario (Canada), participated in our painting workshop in Tuscany, Studio Italia. While Kim has been working for a while with acrylic paint and threads to produce abstract paintings, in Italy she used soil and other elements found in nature to depict the Tuscan landscape obtaining very interesting results. Continue reading Painting the landscape in a different way
Why our eyes are always glued on our phone to read the same things? In 2018, why can’t we push new ideas by just trying to say something different, that belong to our own self, our own particularity without fearing what the other will think? Continue reading Injecting more Silence in 2018
During Workshop Israel, your brain will be spinning at 100 miles per hour. The place is overwhelming as we already said. Every human being wants to live fully, being aware at all moments; and this remains a choice, your own conscious choice. We assure you that there will be no time to set up your easel like we did in Italy (Workshop 101) and Provence (Workshop 201); to mix physical colours, add them on the canvas on your easel; and then repack everything and back to our lodge. Continue reading Art Workshop Israel (301)
At Walk the Arts we aim to surpass easily-found knowledge on YouTube such as how “to mix your greens”, even “how to paint an Italian landscape”; and if you can learn the latter in a video, why attending a painting workshop in Tuscany? This reality has encouraged us to become a conduit of art knowledge, not a mere repeater of it. Continue reading Meaningful journeys.
What is an algorithm? It is simply a recipe, a procedure that lists all necessary steps to complete a task. Some of these algorithms are constructed from a vast array of data fluxes created and shared through the multiple existing networks, or information repositories. But what about painting? Are we, artists, in a way protected from this evil thing called algorithm? Continue reading Art and Algorithms
In art, a concept is not self-sufficient, it needs a strong relationship with other ideas that you have acquired during your life time, through your knowledge. In other words, a concept is an amalgamation of many smaller ideas derived from your own ethic, social, cultural values ; and on top of that we have the throw the notion of intention. Continue reading How I see art (4c)
I think that there are many ways that I can help spread peace everywhere. Firstly, I must start in my own person. I must be in peace with myself and then with others by treating everyone the same… Continue reading Furtive Peace
To visit a major contemporary art exhibition today is like attending a series of very short spectacles comprising visually striking performances or displays. This search of visual impact in contemporary art is making major international visual arts venues such as the Venice Art Biennale, extremely interesting. In the context of our upcoming trip to visit the Venice Art Biennale 2017, we have invited Roger Sutcliffe to write about the origin of the innovative ways in which contemporary art is now displayed. Who was the person behind this idea and why? Continue reading Art-Spectacle-Art
When doing art, you need a plan. With the best of your knowledge, you need to identify an action that will help you attain a specific result. Ultimately, your work of art should reflect your end, your purpose, in brief your intention Continue reading How I see Art (4b)
Now, just imagine this. We start our trip in Rome, on the very hill where Rome was founded. We will study the Greek heritage which made Rome such a powerful empire. Then, we will walk on the very same bridge where the Emperor Constantin had his dream to allow Christianity to be practised in the Roman Empire…and the Venice Biennale 2017 Continue reading The Venice Biennale 2017
Are you aware of your own knowledge of art? Do you have a vast or a slight knowledge of art? Do you have a good knowledge of art history, theory and philosophy? When painting, do you get involved into complex or simple reasoning, or no reasoning at all? Do you paint simple or complex subjects? Continue reading How I see Art (4a)
any artist in search of inspiration need look no further than her/his own life experiences; as we wrote before, it is stories that link us all. The sincere transcription of emotions onto canvas helps artists to convey their message in a powerful and touching way. Continue reading Painting your personal stories (with gusto)
Ideas are things able to travel from one body to another body (or object) just looking for its proper biological receptor in order to instigate action in the sphere of ideologies, myths, gods, etc. This action, in our case, is the creative act of making art. Ideas are also instruments of knowledge Continue reading How I see Art (3)
But what makes a work of art “excellent”? There are so many answers and it all depends on the artist’s own “art-world”.[…] My “art-world” is a well-circumscribed territory endowed of its own system of transmission devices needed for the circulation of ideas. Continue reading How I see Art (2)
Am I starting to have this reputation for being too critical about conventional subjects often depicted by bourgeoning artists? Continue reading How I see Art (1)
If I have decided to expose this feud, it is because it reflects so much the good old healthy intellectual polemics of French Parisian Left Bank Discussion (which is fun) and… you might also learn a bit more on this important movement that was Surrealism. Continue reading Ah Surrealism!
“…what we find fascinating of this story is that at all age life offers opportunities to develop our individuality which is composed not of one, but many identities.” Continue reading Reinventing Ourselves
We shall never forget that in today’s Renaissance we live in the “share” era. The true artist remains humble. Your work of art is something you share and not show as an ostentatious act. Never forget that glory is ephemeral unless, of course, you belong to the artist’s pantheon. Continue reading The Art of Humility
In 2016, I urge all the primary schools to teach the following art notion: “the integration of context”. The pupil’s own context, since it is the context that gives meaning. Continue reading Being a conscientious artist in 2016
A Second Reformation is being on its way, under the leadership of a Jesuit, and being accomplished by everyone through social media and, of course, though art, since artists often have the sensibility to grasp the future. Continue reading A Second Reformation or a Counter Reformation?
… society encourages specialization and categorization, so that we all end up with arbitrary identity labels that limit our potential as human beings. How many times we hear people claiming that they have no creative abilities, simply because they have fallen in discriminatory traps imposed by the social order. Continue reading Art being accessible to all
How important it is to find in our own home, in our daily life, that unique space that allows us to make a cognitive reset… simply a personal reboot. Continue reading The luxury of space; a personal reboot
“A painting will be undoubtedly transported by a mean of transportation which corresponds to the quality of the painting, meaning that a knowledgeable painting will be transported by powerful vehicle and consequently will go far” Continue reading The new tablet leading the Second Exodus
I had no need to hold back, at last I had stopped worrying about “getting it right”. Continue reading We live in an age of increasing synergy
“When something becomes useful, it ceases to be beautiful” (T. Gautier) Undoubtedly we are living very interesting times greatly due … Continue reading Displacing the Pieta from the Vatican to Menlo Park in the Bay area
As Márquez states “the more we become one with the crowd, the more we become no one” […] Therefore, when you paint, are you creating or imitating? Or simply sleepwalking… Continue reading Copying, imitating. Are you sleep walking?
On the surface, science and art seem like such polar opposites. Digging deeper, there are so many interconnections between the two, and this is so apparent in Medicine. Continue reading Art and Medicine
A Première on the Internet Every year, during my Survey I Art history class I devote a week to Greek … Continue reading The back of the Dying Niobid
Be an artist of the Second Enlightment! 2014 was certainly a year that will be well remembered by history. So … Continue reading The Art of the Second Enlightment (2015-2025)
OK! During the last days, we have received a few phone calls and email asking the same question about our … Continue reading What does Studio Italia offer that you cannot find on the Internet?
My wife Mónica is beautiful ! As my last post reads, I recently hired four astounding professors from various universities … Continue reading What is beautiful II – Plato and Hippias
Our upcoming painting workshops in Tuscany and Provence June & July 2014 During the last few weeks, I hired four … Continue reading What is beautiful I – The re-evaluation of our terrestrial environment
You the Mannerist during our art workshop in Tuscany! Attending one of our painting workshops in Tuscany or Provence, is … Continue reading Risk-taker or not, everyone is welcome to our painting workshops in Italy
Utopian Art If a utopian society is the representation of a free, peaceful, fair and happy world for everyone, what … Continue reading Utopia for 10 days; our painting workshop in Tuscany
Knowledge and relationships Today in our digital age, the sharing and the relationship to knowledge prevail. The acquisition of knowledge … Continue reading Sharing knowledge during an art workshop
Contingency Today in our digital world, in this time of migration, mashup, minorities, utopia, electronic surveillance, destroyed borders, global success, … Continue reading What will be the art of tomorrow ?