Seth Godin on Art and Inspiration

Art isn't only a painting. Art is anything that's creative, passionate, and personal. And great art resonates with the viewer, not only with the creator.

What makes someone an artist? I don't think is has anything to do with a paintbrush. There are painters who follow the numbers, or paint billboards, or work in a small village in China, painting reproductions. These folks, while swell people, aren't artists. On the other hand, Charlie Chaplin was an artist, beyond a doubt. So is Jonathan Ive, who designed the iPod. You can be an artists who works with oil paints or marble, sure. But there are artists who work with numbers, business models, and customer conversations. Art is about intent and communication, not substances.

An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artists takes it personally.

That's why Bob Dylan is an artist, but an anonymous corporate hack who dreams up Pop 40 hits on the other side of the glass is merely a marketer. That's why Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, is an artist, while a boiler room of telemarketers is simply a scam.

Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artist, even though his readers are businesspeople. He's an artist because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn't care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it's important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.

Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn't matter. The intent does.

Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.

Not Enough Conga! - February 24, 2010

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The Simplicity of Balance


Artist Sarah Hessinger has been an inspired to paint & draw from the time she can remember. In her growing years, she would spend hours upon hours in her dream world, looking at the world from a perspective of beauty and awe. And in her effort to express all that was within her soul she turned to art.

Sarah Hessinger - Artist

“Since Childhood I have enjoyed working with all mediums, exploring watercolors, and oil painting for many years where my education started at the hands of my mother," shares Hessinger.

"Painting has always been my passion, creating and exploring that which is not easily tangible. My recent art has been exploring the simplicity of balance. It is the simplest kinds of balance that are often the hardest to attain, and often the most intriguing to me. I strive to paint the inner pendulum swing. ”

Hessinger's passion led her from sketching in notebooks and painting in high school art classes to  Cal State University of Long Beach in 2005 where she gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art.

The Games of Canine and Lepus
Molting Intentions

Her drawing “Ophelia” recently won first place with The 45th Annual Fine Art Competition in Glendale , AZ. “Ophelia” along with “She Still Flies” and “Gathering” were also part of The Richeson 75 Figure 2008 Competition.

Gathering was part of the exhibition Hessinger is currently represented in at the Rive Gauche Gallery in Scottsdale, Az.

She has also recently exhibited as one of the Artists-in-Residency at The Artist’s Studio at the Farm at South Mountain, where her outdoor exhibition “Embracing Light and Memory” received much attention and was published as part of the So Scottsdale Magazine in the summer of 2008.

Sarah paints the world with grace, and we thank her for her ability to open our eyes...

-Team Project BeBold