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When I started learning to paint, I spent a lot of time and energy analyzing what I was doing wrong. I continually focused on what was missing, how the painting wasn’t good enough. Fortunately I had mentors who encouraged me to break free of these negative thoughts and judgments. My work flourished and so did my enjoyment of the process.

Over time I have noticed that when I paint, I am completely free. As an artist, I do not ask myself: Why? When? What? Where? How?The reason I don't ask these questions is because I know the answer is always "It is perfect the way it is." That is what I love about art. No matter what it is, or where it is in the process, it is always perfect. Art is about the process every bit as much as it is about the product.

This photo is a perfect example. I could not figure out what to paint so I painted the canvas black. Before I finished I stopped, and it was perfect the way it was. With art, you never make a mistake because it is always perfect. You can do no wrong. You scratch the work and the scratch is supposed to be there. Art is always growing and changing. It has no right or wrong. No good or bad. No up or down. I love that. It gives me such freedom. I paint something, and if I don't like it, (which is not wrong because everything is perfect) I just paint over it. To live in a world where you can make no mistakes is nirvana.

I once did a painting, and while it was still wet I took it to the car to take it home. I stood it up by the car and while I was not looking, the Universe caused the paint to slide down the canvas. Upon my return my first reaction was upset (this was in my early days before wisdom set in.) Then I realized that it was perfect the way it was. That painting has become one of my most admired paintings. You never know how the masterpiece is going to emerge. You are the vehicle for the canvas to expose the painting that already exists. You are merely the messenger that facilitates the process.

So go out today and liberate your art from all right and wrong. Allow the Universe to create through you. Think of yourself as the messenger for your creative expression. And don’t shoot the messenger!
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Yesterday I was in the kitchen making a berry smoothie. As usual, I was on the phone, multitasking through my workday. You guessed it – I left the lid off the blender in my haste to do three things at once. Purple goo flew everywhere, including all over me. My first reaction was irritation at my own mistake. Quickly, the artist within me began to transform my interpretation of the situation, and I started admiring the colors and patterns that now adorned every surface in my kitchen.

Art is everywhere and art is anything. A canvas can appear when you least expect it. The artist must then decide to paint or not to paint.

Before I embraced the power of art, I would see a tree and think “Green Tree.” Now I look closely and marvel at the hundreds of greens that shift and change in the breeze. I see the shapes of leaves and the movement of branches. Everything is more alive now that I can appreciate the world through the context of art. A “Blue Sky” is now imbued with shades of gray, white, rose, and copper. A flower garden? Unlimited possibilities and passion. I see so many colors and I yearn to understand them. How would I re-create that red? What is that exact shade of yellow? The universe around us is the original artist, and she holds the ultimate paint box with the most diverse palette.

As I mopped up blueberry smoothie, I became uplifted instead of annoyed. The colors were inspiring, and I figured the blender was simply trying to express itself!

Allow yourself to be inspired by the everywhereness of art. In a dropped pile of papers see a collage. Celebrate the sculpture in that broken lamp. Savor the colors of your garden. You may not want to willingly remove the lid from your blender, but even when calamity happens, let your relationship with art transform each moment into personal inspiration.

Has serendipity had an impact on your art? I’d love to hear your story.

Ralph White
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We all know that life has its complexities. We constantly sort through the world’s demands and possibilities, making choices as to where to focus our attention and ability. At times, the abundance of options can overwhelm us, causing us to retreat from life’s playing field.

In Maelstrom, I strive to deconstruct these challenges, to gain perspective on them as individual threads in life’s vast fabric. It is in these moments of choice that we discover possibilities. If we identify the obstacle, we can understand its purpose as part of our personal journey. For it is when we embrace the maelstrom, the perceived darker moments, that we can emerge strengthened and enlightened. Use this painting as your encouragement for jumping in, for shouldering the burden and through your soul’s perseverance finding meaning in each experience. Therein lies the victory and ultimately our reason to celebrate. Take a look at your circumstances. Now re-envision them as possibilities – let their light illuminate your path.

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Current & Upcoming Events

One-day Painting Retreat
July 12, 2008
10 am to 10 pm
Instructor: Rassouli
Mayfair Hotel, Los Angeles

Painting retreats offer the unique opportunity to gather for a extended time and not only learn about Fusionart, but share the energy of creating as a group. Join us for our inaugural one-day painting retreat at the Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles. This unique event will combine instructor-led discussions about the creative process, Fusionart and how to open up to your inner creator. The class will include specific exercises to assist you in opening up to the creative flow. The day-long retreat includes lunch and dinner and a space to paint. Students should bring their own painting supplies.

For more info about me, my collection of work, where you can see it displayed at a gallery near you, or how you can get an original painting or limited edition print, please visit:
http://www.ralphwhite.com/
http://www.soulpossibilities.com/

To reach me:
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To learn morn about Fusionart International, please visit:
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Each of us has an identity, a collection of unique qualities that embodies who we are. As we go through life, we strive not only to define our own identity, but to connect with others who share our perspective. We search for moments that feel authentic and real, that speak to who we are and what we believe. We gravitate toward images and symbols that resonate with our spirit.

A symbol is a common expression of a heartfelt belief. Symbols have been passed through the ages as a way for us to impart emotions and ideas. Symbols of bravery, love, belonging, danger and passion exist all around us. They remind us of feelings, we identify with them, they center us.

In Symbolic, I speak to our recognition of ourselves as part of a greater whole. Symbolic is a reminder that our identity exists not only as uniquely ours, but as part of a shared celebration of creativity. Collective imagery is both powerful and comforting. Use this painting as a catalyst for the expression of your ideals and beliefs, and be open to the world’s affirmation of your soul.
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Indian political strategist and writer Chanakya once wrote, “The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.” What is your truth? Do you embrace it or run from it?

Just as the sun is the source of all energy and life, our soul is the center of our emotional universe. The health of the soul dictates how we react to our surroundings. In Tears of the Sun, I strive to conceptualize that energy, and how it emanates from the soul. Notice how the tears vary in size and color – from bright and bold to subdued and subtle. Here, the sun’s expression is a release of all that manifests in tears. From time to time the soul must expend some energy, either through tears, laughter, prayer, sorrow, or any of the myriad of human emotions we express. Memorial Day is our reminder to reflect. Let the image of the sun’s tear further prompt you to release.
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Mother Teresa once said, “We are all pencils in the hands of God." Out of our broken lines and rough edges, despite our smudges and stains, our spirits resonate like the most beautiful hues and textures imaginable. We are glorious works in progress.

Ascension is one of my Flow paintings from 2007. I have always been interested in painting multiple moments in time. Ascension explores the raising of the human spirit, the elevation that comes from transformation. This moment is not finite, but develops through continuous effort. Through work on our spirit and our actions, we can experience a personal ascension as we move to higher levels of being. Notice how each line is committed to rising? A little personal inventory goes a long way. In your quiet time, check in with your spirit and then make a promise to yourself to go higher.
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Take a look around you. What do you see? Spring has sprung. Everything is in full bloom (those with allergies are acutely aware). All around, the themes are new life and rebirth.

Flock is my tribute to this eternal rite of Spring. The dawn of life, the birth of color and the renewal of the spirit all come to life in this energetic work. Notice the universal image of the triumvirate father, mother and child seen through these figures of birds. The male appears in the center, flaunting his vivid plumage. The mother is off to the left, supervising as mothers do, and is the largest of the three signifying the weight of maternal influence. The child appears to the right of the father, diminutive yet bold. As the child looks back to its parents for guidance and support, we see our identity which is often the very thing from which we also struggle to free ourselves. Let this work encourage you to reconsider your family connections. Dare to partner with Spring and allow rebirth to happen within your soul. There is a time for everything – perhaps this is your time to mend, shed old hurts and move in new directions.
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Nature is a frequent inspiration for my paintings. Whenever I find myself wondering what to paint, I never have to look far to find something intriguing in the world outside my window. I am forever fascinated with the beauty and power of the original creation, and the challenge of expressing my human reaction to this amazing design is both humbling and enlightening.

In Aurora, I celebrate the eternal bond between earth and sky, and seek to blur the boundaries between them. Earth is our home, the sky our playground. This divine relationship is older than history and shapes the fabric of who we are and what we believe. Aurora depicts a loving connection of natural elements, and encourages us to create these connections in our souls.
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An earthquake rattles the Midwest. Experts predict the “big one” will hit sometime within the next 30 years. Floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis can strike with little or no warning and change our lives forever. A natural disaster is no respecter of persons. No country or community is immune to devastation. We don’t always have the luxury of time to discover what may or may not be visible. Sometimes, we have but a fleeting moment to look now before it’s too late.

In Volcanic Rain, the heat of the rain obliterates what is behind it. All life and action are under attack. The challenge is to reach immediate conclusions, save what you can and leave the rest. We must then abruptly define ourselves, chose a course and get moving. Like this painting before it melts into oblivion, can you see enough in your life before it melts away? Look quickly between the drops. Make haste. Maximize each moment. Grab what you can and get going. Take time to authenticate your own soul and spirit before you encounter the next dimension.

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Current & Upcoming Events
Gallery C
1225 Hermosa Avenue
Hermosa Beach, California 90254May 1st – 31st , 2008
**Opening Reception: May 3rd, 5P to 9P

For more info about me, my collection of work, where you can see it displayed at a gallery near you, or how you can get an original painting or limited edition print, please visit:
http://www.ralphwhite.com
http://www.soulpossibilities.com

To reach me:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To learn morn about Fusionart International, please visit:

http://www.fusionartinternational.com
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