Friday, February 27, 2009

Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant

Why You Should Think About
Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant
Post written by Leo Babauta.

This is a great article, but the part that I wanted to share was the final few paragraphs.

As a teacher it made me think and question some of the ways I share the lessons I have learned.

Am I honest with my pupils or gaurded? Do I build them up and encourage them as much as I should be. If you have time please read the full article, it is short and I would love to hear your thoughts.

...many people seem to have a problem with this concept. They tear people down, block them, hoard the goods for themselves, and are jealous of the success of others. We need to break free of this jealousy and meanness. We need to learn to be happy for others, and what’s more, to count their success as our success and feel proud of the contribution we’ve made in helping others make a difference.
So go out in this world and create — make something brilliant, whether it be a piece of art or a book or music or a wonderful new invention or a world-changing business or whatever it is you do in the world.
But go beyond that. Teach others to be brilliant and make a difference. Encourage them to create, support them, give them a boost, help them succeed. And teach them to do the same with still other people.
The world will thank you for it. And even if you never receive thanks, know in your heart that you’ve done some good, that you’ve lit your light in this world that will last beyond your mortal years, that will continue to grow and burn brightly long after your dust has returned to dust and blown away in the wind.

All the Best,

Michael Orwick
Orwick Arts LLC

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jeff White and Michael Orwick in a new show featuring

Soul stirring beauty from contemporary masters of atmosphere Jeff White and Michael Orwick at Cole Gallery in Edmonds.
Tres Folium by Michael Orwick 30x40 oils on canvas Cole Gallery
Beginning February 17th, Cole Gallery in Edmonds will feature the work of two of the northwest’s finest painters, Jeff White and Michael Orwick in a new show featuring moody, historic landscapes of the great Northwest. Collected nationally by art patrons, including Clint Eastwood, White’s majestic images are reminiscent of the Hudson School of great American painters with rolling skies and atmospheric vistas taken from the dramatic Columbia Gorge and surrounding rivers and valleys. He states: “Within nature there are forceful, intelligent elements that coexist beside and in spite of humanity. They can not be reasoned with or controlled and have always survived and outlived mankind. Throughout life’s journey, we encounter rivers, valleys, shadows, daybreaks, storms and beautiful clearings. We face horizons that move us from calm serenity to turbulent storms ourselves. My paintings reflect these moments as expressed by nature. I attempt to convey the resonance between these internal and external forces, as the journey of one passing through time. I focus on capturing color, shapes and moods of the land and sky.”
Walk in the Woods by Michael Orwick oils on Panel 11x14 Cole Gallery. Pacific Northwest hike on a Forest trail. Landscape painting in dark blue, purple and green, with bright yellow and orange glow coming from the setting sun thru the evergreen trees.
Michael Orwick’s oils have an Art Deco influence which contributes to the historic mood of the show. Best know for creating what he calls “Inspired Expressionism,” Orwick’s paintings have a narrative quality, inviting the rare chance to go back and explore a special place that fuels the imagination. In his enigmatic vision, the artist captures a bygone era of memories and mystery. He states: “There is a reason we are drawn toward beauty, it is the language of God and nature. To me there is nothing more provocative than beauty, it inspires deep reflection and motivates me to create. I mix from a primary color palette, painting wet into wet and with layers, to both reveal and hide what lies behind; in this way I entice you into the painting. I love it when people share the feeling and stories my paintings evoked. It is my sincere wish that you will want to revisit these beautiful locations and painterly stories again and again.” Cole Gallery will feature the work of Jeff White and Michael Orwick from February 17th – March 15th. Meet and greet the artists at the Edmonds Art Walk and enjoy refreshments and desserts Thursday, February 19th 5:00pm – 8:30pm.
Path of Poppies by Michael Orwick oils on Panel 11x14
Landscape Painting, Cole Gallery A dark green tree sits along a dirt path which cuts between a field of orange California poppies on top of a rolling hill.Yellow and light orange clouds pass lightly behind across purple mountains
Contact: Denise Cole
Phone: 425-697-2787
All the best,
Michael Orwick