What was your best ever art experience?

I like it when you guys tells me what happened to YOU. (example below the puzzle exile post where you guys posted your own 'police stories'.) So I want to hear what your best ever art experience has been to date. It can be your own epiphany while working on something, an experience selling, seeing, buying WHATEVER. Nothing compares to real stories does it? (okay great art but hey). I realize it could be a challenge to pick the best, the point is just share something that stood above and beyond in your life in regards to art.

If it turns out to be a blog post leave the link in the comment box. I'm hoping this cheers us all up and makes us laugh or cry or feel inspired. I'll be thinking about mine and do another post, possibly sharing your comments as blips or links to your posts if you get that inspired. Sound good?

I will try my best to be patient (meaning if no one does it today I wont have a tantrum and delete this post and lock myself up with my puzzle baggies).

ps. art can include music, books and whatever else that is creative. so if you aren't an artist it doesn't matter, if you are ALIVE something has had to have touched you yes?


sarala said...

Hmm, I'll have to get back to you on this one. It will require some thought.

Ellen said...

Interesting, when I think about art moments that truly inspire me, it usually has nothing to do with my art (hmmm, I think that's a sign telling me something?). They're moments outside myself that always connect me to others and something greater.

Off the top of my head, last year,I watched the 'Stone Reader', a documentary that blew me away. It's about one man's quest to find out what happened to a one book author who wrote a novel that was reviewed as being the 'definitive book of that generation' and then completely disappears into obscurity. It's such a life affirming story. It's about writing, obsession, genius, recognition and art and for anyone who loves books. I shared it with a few other people who all felt the same about it. Here's a link to the trailer. Something to order from the library, it wouldn't be at the video store.

Renee said...

Ah, I don't even have to think about this! :-)

I was in Minneapolis visiting the Walker and they had an exhibit that featured Picaso. It was my first time to a real museum so I had never been face to face with the art of a legend before. The Picaso pieces were all fabulous and I kept thinking "WOW" all through the museum. Scattered throuhout the exhibit were pieces from other artists as well. I walked up a couple steps, turned to my right and right there staring me in the face was a massive Jackson Pollock painting. I almost had to sit down I was so incredibly moved by it. I wanted to capture that moment and live in it forever. I was absolutely head over heals in love with that moment. It was by far my greatest art moment.

self taught artist said...

ellen, thanks, I've added it to tod's netflix (shhhh dont tell him)
renee, i've been there, i liked that museum...love it that jackson p whollaped you like that!

Sheree Rensel said...

This is such a great question! Also, I have to thank you for asking because I sat here and had a hard time thinking of my BEST art experience! In other words, I have has a lot of great art times!

I think the very best happened years ago. My daughter was little then. I had entered a show and got rejected. I was told to come and pick up the work. After hauling the stuff into the car, I sat there with my daughter in her car seat. I started to cry. No, I started to sob. I was so upset because I wanted to be in that show. After a few minutes, I realized my little daughter was watching me. I stopped crying. I slapped some sense into myself and got it together. We just sat silently together in the car for a few moments. I looked at her and said "NO. This is not going to happen!" She smiled this little girl smile even though she didn't understand what I was talking about. I knew of another show across town that was asking for work for a juried show that same day. We hauled our butts over there. I entered the same rejected pieces from the back of the car. A few days later I got a telephone call telling me to be sure to come to the opening because I won first prize. $500. Shoot!! I think I went into shock. However, my daughter and I went to the opening proud as punch and that money paid our rent for a few months. (Hey, we lived in ghetto studio back then! LOL LOL)
This story makes me smile every time I think of it.

Nellie's Needles said...

This is an interesting question. I'll have to keep coming back to read other peoples stories.

The one experience in creating my art that is unique and stands out from the rest is the making of "Doors". It was as if I were outside of myself watching the process. I described it on my blog here:
As a matter of fact you and I had a bit of a dialog going in the comment section.

Presently that piece, along with another grief quilt called "Through the Door", is in the process of being donated to the local Hospice facility. "Through the Door" description and photos are posted here: http://nelliedurand.blogspot.com/2006/05/through-door.html

Karen said...

Oh, I am going to have to think this one through. it seems that I will have to whittle it all down a bit to find the ONE greatest moment!

deb said...

I though about it but the hands down winner is the Turners at the Tate, his work makes me want to cry it is so beautiful... next would be the pre-raphaelites all over Newcastle, I'm a sucker for Victorian sentimentality...