Epoxy Resin Inspirations – Make the Time to Explore Your Creative Side

Sydney-based artist Marie Antuanelle’s ‘untouched Earth’ artwork (pictured) 

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

Handcrafted. That seems to be the watchword currently in our “full-speed ahead” digital world. Handcrafted is the antithesis of mass production and the industrial revolution; albeit one of the key factors that made the US the worldwide force it is today. But the beginnings of realization that taking the time to create something by hand seem to be taking hold once again…

A couple of things caught our attention recently that make the point of enjoying the moment versus racing to the next one. CNN’s new 6-part series ‘The Movies’ premiered on Sunday 7/7 featuring films from the 80’s decade. A time when movies, music and MTV videos were all tied together; and when you saw/heard one venue, you wanted to see/hear the other. Movies had a life cycle then, often a whole season or more – to be seen, enjoyed and shared – often several times – with family and friends…

The second item that made us take notice was a column in ‘The Saturday Evening Post’s’ American Pop column by Cable Neuhaus, ‘The Return of the Handwritten Letter.’ In the piece, Mr. Neuhaus speaks to the revival of letters quoting Laura Stickney, contributor to Her Campus, a website for college women, who observed that “part of what makes receiving a letter so special is the fact that someone took the time to actually sit down and write you a message.”

In that same vein, taking the time to craft something by hand makes others sit up and take notice; plus, for the artist, it’s food for the soul. And if created for another, either as a gift or for purchase, one-of-a-kind artistic expressions are cherished keepsakes – frequently showcased in a special place in a home or office.

Sydney-based artist Marie Antuanelle’s ‘untouched Earth’ artwork

Creative expression through Epoxy Resin Art is a great way to find one’s muse. A couple of artists who use earth’s natural wonders as their inspiration are “Sydney-based artist Marie Antuanelle, known simple as ‘Antuanelle,’ (pictured above) who creates artwork inspired by the untouched Earth.” (from mymodernmet.com); and Patricia Jaggi as highlighted in ‘Resin Epoxy Art – Basics for your first Steps in Resin Art’ on acrylgies.com (shown below).

Resin Epoxy Art by Patricia Jaggi

“With resin you can create works of art that enchant with their clarity, luminosity, brilliance and depth. Color pigments or other additives are added to the resin. Different effects can be created by choosing the painting ground, the type of casting, the colours and the additives. Even experienced resin artists have never finished learning. If you like experimenting, you will love working with resin,” Resin Artist Patricia Jaggi

These artists, and many others, love to share their resin art experiences and expertise with others. Antuanelle sells her original creations online and shares insights with other artisans. And Patricia loves to “share her joy and knowledge about resin art with others – offering workshops.” 

There is no shortage of epoxy resin artistic examples and methods to inspire and move you. All great artists had to start somewhere…

“Every artist was first an amateur” – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Creativity takes courage” – Henri Matisse 

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” -  Pablo Picasso

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” – Thomas Merton

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” – Albert Einstein

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