When I don't have red, I use blue.  Pablo Picasso

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There are many different experiences in the life and business of being an artist. The Joel F. Ellis blog of recent years has explored  individual inspirations, joys and a few frustrations regarding The Artist's Way. These insights are shared at:


Here are some excerpts and notes of the blog. Note: to see more blog posts by the dates, click older posts at the bottom of each blog page.

January 26, 2016  Dreams of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse once said, What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter. We can give two thumbs up to Matisse dream but the real world is full of the stresses of things and events that keep us off track and we question where al the beauty has gone.

December 12, 2014 Virtual Gallery

The key to original art is one -of-a-kind, none other like it. That is the advantage of very special gifts of fine arts - it is the only one. Artists who create from their experience and from the heart know this extraordinary phenomenon very well.

You may want to check February 17, 2013 Big Surprise in Fort Wayne Indiana for some special art history and the impact of  treasured art on a small midwest community.

Joel's favorite blog entry is August 5, 2012 The Day I Ran A Painting Marathon. Is it possible to paint 24 good paintings in 24 hours? Read and enjoy this quirky approach to solving an artist's problem.

February 12, 2012 Behold Milwaukee Art Museum

I finally got an afternoon in the Milwaukee Art Museum. The 20,000 works of art are displayed in one of the most unusual venues in the art world. My humble words could never convey the scale and impact of architect Santiago Calatrava's masterpiece. Facing the bright blue of Lake Michigan's west coast, the beaming white bow of the building boasts wings, yes wings, that lift from the side exterior walls in the opening hour of the museum until the closing hour when the wings gracefully return over the walls. An architectural must see for art lovers.

Joel F. Ellis Blog Notes: An Artist's Way

Third Coast View, purchased for PNC tower, Dearborn, MI