Rivers & Tides

Creative inspiration is the focus here at JoyfulArts Studio. I would like to begin to introduce you to some famous Art & Artists. May they inspire you in your own creative endeavors, whether you are a writer, a musician, a landscape painter, a fabric artist, a photographer, an art journaler, or simply someone who can appreciate the smell of a new box of crayons.

Art has an amazing power to evoke emotions and ideas within us. It is not our goal to judge the art or try to decipher what the artist wants us to feel. Instead, when you view art, look within yourself and ask what YOU are feeling in response to the images. What does it mean to YOU?

Let’s give it a try…

This week’s featured artist is Andy Goldsworthy.
Here is a video containing excerpts from his movie “Rivers & Tides” (Which, by the way I HIGHLY recommend.)

  • What do you see? Subject matter, colors, style, technique, materials…
  • Do the images remind you of anything? A memory, a book, a friend, a dream, a vision…
  • How does it make you feel? Calm, relaxed, energized, uncomfortable, safe, afraid…

Now Let’s CREATE!!!

I invite you to create and share your own art inspired by these ideas. Perhaps you are lured in by the color scheme, drawn to the location, excited by the subject matter, or left with a feeling of unexplained peace. Capture it, create it, draw it, paint, it, write it, journal it, sculpt it!

Share your art, process and ideas on the online forums¬†here. (If you haven’t already registered it’s SIMPLE and FREE!) ¬†You may also wish to share by posting your reply on your own blog and link to it in the forums. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Be sure to check back next Wednesday for another Artist Prompt!

Love & Blessings,



  1. Jeniffer
    July 6, 2011

    Oh my, technical difficulties with this video today! Sorry if it’s not coming up for you. Here is the u-tube url for the video just in case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9TyHzP-8b8&feature=related

  2. Judy T
    July 14, 2011

    I’ve watched this a few times, so amazing what he can do.

  3. Jeniffer
    July 14, 2011

    Isn’t it AMAZING! If you get Netflix I believe the entire video is available for streaming download. It is incredible to watch his art in process. Very calming.


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