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No Pain, No paint

by Efi Tolia

Stretched Canvas

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Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2" deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.

True or false?
DELETING INSTEAD OF EDITING... CONGRATOMELATIONS!
I am so upset for deleting this, and mostly your wonderful comments...
Best things just happen once, what can I say?
Whatever, here we go again!



Deepti Munshaw commented on October 19, 2011 10:09am
that's so sad! I almost did that once! :( Hopefully you'll get all the promotes & comments back... since it's awesome! :)
Garima Dhawan commented on October 19, 2011 10:31am
I love this!
Efi Tolia commented on October 19, 2011 11:38am
Thanks to both of you :) Deepti, I miss the conversation underneath this post... I enjoyed it immensely and most people spent quite some time to write down these words. Once more, sorry all! :(
Catherine Holcombe commented on October 19, 2011 12:34pm
Efi, this piece actually affected the way I think about art(this week). And I had it in mind when I gave "looking forward" the title. This is how the art community helps us to grow as artists and humans becAuse everything we do/see has an effect on our art. Personally, if I am not painting or drWing, I am thinking about it. So, you gave us all something to think about! (it's not my original comment, but I hope it helps:-))
Efi Tolia commented on October 19, 2011 12:57pm
Catherine, you are a sweetheart! I am glad of the way you saw this piece at the first place!
Heather Goodwind commented on October 19, 2011 2:04pm
Oh what a bummer an accidental delete is! I can't remember exactly what I said last time but my general opinion on this idea is that pulling out the tortured images from the tortured part of yourself is the artistic easy road to doing something that will have an effect on other people - trying to find what is sublime or profound in pure beauty or joy is far more difficult, but when it finally does come through the end result is infinitely more touching. Of course both are valid expressions and if someone really feels pain they should paint it and get it out, but it would be such a terrible thing to chase after the pain just to be able to paint! Ouch!
Deepti Munshaw commented on October 19, 2011 6:19pm
I know Efi... feel your pain! :( I hope people will come back to this post to leave their comments again, like Catherine & Heather did! :)
angela deal meanix commented on October 19, 2011 6:31pm
Everything happens for a reason ~ I believe. Was there a level of pain in deleting and did you feel compelled to paint? Lol jk. I don't think you need pain although it is a great motivator towards healing. No healing no paint? I think as a viewer I'd rather see the wisdom that has comes from healing from pain rather than the angst. Good question~ and full circle to it with my thoughts!
Will Santino commented on October 19, 2011 8:48pm
I have ADD (you know, if it exists) and I’ve always preferred to be outside, playing sports, catching frogs, pretending to be a fictional character in a fictional world, that kind of thing—I never thought, five years ago, that I would spend hours sitting inside, staring at a piece of paper two inches away from my face. For me, finishing a piece is an absolute battle. In many ways, I prefer writing fiction. Drawing takes so much glacial time—the hours can be disheartening, depressing, soul-devouring. Besides the tedium, drawing is literally painful. My pinky on my right hand aches after a good day of drawing. It definitely can’t be good for my back, either. I think Art—broadly here, music and dance included—is sublime communication, the communion of two consciousnesses over time and space; and it’s basically what I believe in. If I can make one kid experience what I experienced the first time a book ignited my imagination and opened the door to another world, then the pain is worth it. The hours weren’t wasted. This piece is a key to complicated lock, Efi, and I thank you for that.
Geoffrey Agrons commented on October 20, 2011 8:43am
A very interesting and achingly honest comment, Will, as are they all. The common thread that emerges from every heartfelt take on Efi's post is that art is fundamentally different from other human activities. Each of you is compelled to create, and compulsion is complex, mysterious, and fraught with pleasure and pain. Then again, I could be wrong.
Catherine Holcombe commented on October 20, 2011 9:03am
Wow Will, thank you for sharing those thoughts. I feel compelled to add that I have carpel tunnel and drawing/painting and working on the computer is often painful. Worse, is waking up in pain in the night after working a detailed drawing. However, painting and drawing, especially when a work is finished is what keeps my sanity. So I work and trade one pain for another. :-)
Efi Tolia commented on October 20, 2011 3:25pm
I've been gone for a day and just came back to this! I read and loved your comments Heather, Angela, Deepti, Will and Geoffrey. It's nice to share intimate thoughts and stories. For me, things can be very clear and very complex at the same time. When I was a kid, I enjoyed running in the streets, playing until the sun went down. I was good at school, but never the best I could be... Nothing ever interested me more, than the real, actual world and being part of it. I wasn't interested in books, I wanted to be out there! After a while, I realized that, this fed my mind, still does. Everything I see, a tree, a gesture, a man on the street, is pulling a trigger in my mind. A chain reaction begins... I have come up with great philosophical answers/questions, just by these simple things. This piece is not a statement. Or, maybe it is. I believe it, I say it out loud and when I am over it, I can say it's total bull****! It doesn't matter really!
No Pain, no gain,
welcome to my brain!
angela deal meanix commented on October 22, 2011 8:05pm
It's a great brain!! Thanks for the thought provoking question/post! It's good to sometimes look in on your own actions and look at what is driving us! I get that way too where I see simple every day things and I see them as shapes and colors small studies almost that trigger ideas and urges to create.
Efi Tolia commented on October 23, 2011 3:04am
I don't think I have enough words, to thank you all, for this great conversation... I guess, sometimes things happen twice! I think, I might get misunderstood by my latest comment, but it's very hard to explain the way I think, only in a few words!
Angela, I am glad you can relate to that!
Catherine Holcombe commented on October 23, 2011 6:36am
Don't worry, it's all good. It is a great conversation, worthy of exploring.
Laura Ruth commented on November 5, 2011 11:33am
i love this for all the reasons Will mentioned. so very clever.
Efi Tolia commented on November 5, 2011 11:39am
Thanks, Laura! I'm glad you can relate! :)
Anthony Akanbi commented on November 9, 2011 12:18pm
Ain't that the truth!
Efi Tolia commented on November 10, 2011 1:21pm
I believe it partially is, Anthony!
CameronKimJones commented on December 15, 2011 10:14pm
Bloody good.
Efi Tolia commented on December 16, 2011 2:00pm
Cheers! :)
Patricia Howitt commented on January 15, 2012 2:51pm
YESSS. The best things come with a struggle.
Jenna Workman commented on January 16, 2012 11:40am
Too true, too true. Without struggle, no one could have an interesting story or experience to apply to the things they make to give them substance.
Efi Tolia commented on January 16, 2012 12:00pm
Thanks, for the comments ladies! And yes, that's the way things are... :)
good bye commented on January 21, 2012 7:32pm
Wonderful piece. And I enjoyed the commentary. Thank you for sharing your story. It makes it all the more lovely.
Efi Tolia commented on January 22, 2012 1:28pm
Thank you, Cynthia! :)
Marko Köppe commented on January 25, 2012 1:38pm
very interesting statement!
Mo.Awwad commented on March 6, 2012 2:33am
Superb...
Epoque Graphics commented on February 5, 2014 12:46pm
wonderful!