No One is Better at being YOU - than YOU

Over the years the appetite and appreciation for Malcolm Liepke's fanciful works has grown understandably with collectors and artists alike.  The problem is many artists are so enamoured by his work they copy his style almost to embarrassing lengths.  This sort of thing gives me such a major headache!
When it comes to the arts, and life for that matter, if nothing else.... be original! Otherwise, what is the point?
Study the masters in art, or whatever else it is you do... and then do your OWN thing.  You were created as a unique individual, so no one can do YOU better than you.  Have a little confidence that what you have to offer is
as uniquely valuable as what anyone else has to offer.


What is true beauty?

graphite  on paper -TSL
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.
Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross


Orange Mallow II ~ and you flu, too?

This is Orange Mallow II, a square version of my original Orange Mallow which has been highlighted on this blog previously.  It is a commissioned piece.  This is something I generally would never attempt regarding most of my abstractions, however this particular painting had focal points to work off in lieu of big swaths of color.  I was able to deliver the same feel and look of the first but with some differences, and it be uniquely its own.  There will be no Orange Mallow III, the first and second stand on their own and I have enjoyed their processes immensely.
Now, I've been sick for 13 days and am as weak as water... I feel like a helium balloon!