Patrice Baldwin

Tucson, United States

I am from California and have lived in Mexico, China, Japan and England while studying various aspects of art and craft. I published...

Journal

CREATIVITY AND LIFE

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COURAGE IS NOT A VIRTUE or value among other personal values like life or fidelity. It is the foundation that gives reality to all other virtues and personal values.Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity becomes conformism. The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word “coeur”, meaning “heart.”
Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood to one’s brain, the brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day to day. These decisions require courage. This is why Paul Tillich speaks of courage as ontological – it is

CREATIVITY AND LIFE

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Shall we consciously participate in the forming of a new society? Artists are called upon to do something new, to confront a no man’s land, to push into a forest where there are no well-worn paths and from which no one has returned to guide us. This is what the existentialists call the anxiety of nothingness. To live into the future means to leap into the unknown, and this requires a degree of courage for which there is no immediate precedent and which few people realize.

This courage will not be the opposite of despair. We shall often be faced with despair, and indeed every sensitive person has been during the last several decades. Hence, Kierkegaard and Nietszche and Camus and Sartre have proclaimed that courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move

CREATIVITY AND LIFE

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ALL of my life I have been haunted by the fascinating questions of creativity. Why does an original idea in science and in art “pop up” from the unconscious at a given moment? What is the relation between talend and the creative act? How did Homer, confronting something as gross as the Trojan War, fashion it into poetry which became a guide for the ethics of the whole Greek civilization?…

I have asked these questions not as one who stands on the sidelines, but as one who participates in art. I ask them out of my own excitement, for example, at watching two of my colors on a paper merge into an unpredictable third color. As it not the distinguishing characteristic of the human being that in the race of evolution he pauses for a moment to paint on the cave walls those brown and red

I'd like to say something about TITLES...

This is specifically in reference to Abstract work, but applies equally to giving a name to all kinds of artistic endeavors.

An Abstract work shouldn’t need a title. However everyone seems to want one anyhow. I favor titles that don’t make any sense or connection with the picture, for how can you title a picture of nothing… that is, no-thing.
On the other hand, it’s redundant to put ‘Abstract’ (we can see that) ‘Blue Squares’ (we can see that also). Don’t describe the abstract, ‘Circles with wiggly lines on top of a mysterious box’ (we can see that too). Don’t point out a special area or central item. If you can’t get the idea over with your artwork, the title will only confuse the issue.
Let’s be very thoughtful with our titles. Remember, IT IS WHAT IT IS.

Patrice Baldwin

My three permanent features...

Art Universe has awarded three of my paintings to be in their permanent feature gallery. I’m really so pleased and honored.

“SEA OF TROUBLES”

“MOUNTAIN HOME”

“VIBRANT SEA CHARACTERS”

Many thanks for your support, Art Universe.

My Recent Features

Here are some of the recent features I have been favored to receive:

“VIBRANT SEA CHARACTERS” Featured by Abstract Art group

“SEIZE THE SURFACE MOMENTS” Featured by Fractal Abstracts group

“ASTRAL VORTEX” Featured by Superbly Visual group

“JUST AHEAD IS HINDSIGHT” Featured by Abstract Art

“SOMETIMES VIVID” Featured by Superbly Visual

“WAITING FOR WAR” Featured by Abstract Art, If it Doesn’t Belong, Shameless
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“RED & WHITE” Featured by Abstract Art, The Group

“THE COLORS OF LIGHT” Featured by Fractal Abstracts

I appreciate these and many others that have been awarded to me. It keeps my thinking sharp and my mind inventing.

Patrice Baldwin

My Better Works - Non Featured (but should be)

These are some of my favorite paintings that seem to have slipped in between the cracks. I don’t want them to be forgotten among the 400 I have painted here.…

“READY FOR BEDTIME”

“FOREVERS OF FUN”

“THE BIG BANG”

“I SAID RED MEAT!”

“LAND OF MYTHOLOGY”

“SHOOTING ARCTURUS”

“BLACKBIRD STUDYING POTTERY”

“FORGOTTEN”

“THE ABSENCE OF OBSTACLES”

“SAVAGE CONTROVERSIES”

“DARK MATTER”

“LA COCINA”

“EARNESTNESS AND ZEAL”

“A GESTURE OF FLUX”

“HIDDEN ABUNDANCE”

“UNBEATABLE COMBINATION”

“TRANQUILITY”

“BLUE FLOWER”

“EXTINGUISHING THE LIGHT”

“AFTER THE BALL”

“LOOSE ENDS”

“WATER AND SAND”

“BRIEF ENCOUNTER”

“BITTERSWEET”

“HEADS UP!”

“SKY BRIDGE”

“MASQUE”

“THE DOVE”

“IN THE BARN”

“GHOST FOREST”

“THE LOST CITY”

“OUT IN THE BARN”

“SAVE THE GEM!”

“RISING SUN”

“BEND IN THE RIVER”

“WHITE VASE”

“PEACH M D N”

“GARDEN CAT”

“MAKING CUBES”

“ESCAPE”

“WHITES”

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My Recent Features

These are some of my paintings that have been lucky to be featured. I gratefully thank all the groups that have supported my work.
– Patrice Baldwin

“LOST IN THE USED-TO-BE NEWS” Abstract Art, Shameless Self-Promotion

“NEGOTIATIONS” Abstract Art

“FURTHER OBSERVATION” Abstract Art, The Group, You’re Accepted

“INTERPRETATIONS” Abstract Art

“OVERWHELMING CONVICTION” Abstract Art

“BRIGHT BREAKING” Abstract Art

“BLUE HILLS” Tuesday Afternoon

“SQUARE DANCE” Abstract Art

“SPACE BATTLE” Abstract Realism

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