Author: Diana Stelin

HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF JUDGEMENT

Every painting session for me is a life lesson. It’s my subconscious guiding me towards what it wants me to change in my world view. This particular watercolor sketch, created while sitting on a windowsill in Paris, amidst a heat wave, was a huge breakthrough. Perhaps it’s a realization, to which all almost 40-year-olds arrive. It’s quite amazing, however, to witness it manifest itself while paint...

ENTERING THE TIME WARP – ACCESSING AN ARTIST’S FLOW

Entering the time warp – an artist’s flow. There was a program on NPR outlining the concepts of mindfulness therapy. Someone gave an excellent analogy to help the listeners grasp its main concept. They talked about a person attempting to read a book by sticking it right in front of his face, and his inability to focus on it. Of course, when that person moves the book onto his lap, and it therefore...

THE ROLE OF A VISUAL ARTIST IN OUR POLITICIZED TIMES

I’ve always been apolitical. A Russian-Jewish refugee of the 1990’s and a long time citizen, I never participated in elections because I thought my voice in Democratic Massachusetts won’t really matter. I didn’t partake in endless social media discussions that drained one’s energy and led nowhere. Unfortunately, I was unable to participate in yesterday’s Women’s March in Boston. However, I answere...

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