According to Urban Dictionary

Boheme - Carefree lifestyle unbounded by convention.

Bohemian - Movement of artist and poets in late 19th century France, especially in Paris. Bohemians believed in living outside of the bourgeois (conventional, middle class) mainstream culture. Bohemians were against the Salon (the institution that controlled the literary and art market in France until the turn of the 20th century)and believed that art and literature should be radical. They often gathered in "cafes" and drank absinthe. Many Bohemians were politically radical, being either anarchists or members of the Commune de Paris during the Franco-Prussian war. The Bohemian movement died out at the turn of the century but had a large influence on later movements such as surrealism, the beat generation, and punk rock.
Toulouse - Lautrec depicted the romanticized life of many Bohemians, although the reality of the life-style was often very difficult and tragic.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Lost - one artists inspiration,if found please return to artist lost in Paris. I must be the only artist to move to Paris for inspiration only to lose it altogether. At the moment no matter what I paint it all ends up looking horrible. On a more positive note though, it is a great city for viewing other's art. On thursday I went to an amazing exhibition of Emil Nolde work at the Grand Palais (which is an artform in it's own right.) Also, I am going to the big Picasso exhibition here in Paris on wednesday at two o'clock. I know this because you have to book to go and see the exhibition. Not only book a date but a time as well and it's a very popular exhibition because I had to book a week ahead to get in. It's the first time I've ever heard of booking to see art but hey it's Paris right?


Sammi said...

You can do it - I know!!!

Maybe you are a bit hard on yourself... maybe others will lilke what you are doing????

cool!! Hope the exhibition is good - wish I could come with you!


Ms Bubblefish said...

The older I get,I tend to think that the words of my old history teacher were so right: "Inspiration is 99% perspiration"! I'm sure you've heard it before, but I also look at my son the writer, who makes himself sit down and write x thousand words a day. He may erase all at another stage but the muscle memory thing of 'just doing it' or 'doing the doing' seems to be an effective ploy. I've been trying to deploy it myself with my multiple blogs. Just getting in the habit. I suspect that 'inspiration' is vastly over-rated. Maybe it comes glistening through the perspiration. Upskilling your techniques. Crafting away diligently. Trying not to add onerous expectations but like monks weeding the herb garden finding peace, purpose and a meditative space doing the occupational therapy of having busy hands.
If you'd waited for inspiration past that Ext 2 deadline, you'd never have done as well as you did!
You go girl! You/we KNOW you can do it!