Creativity is not about having ideas…its pursuing them at the best of your capabilities. – Oliviero Olivieri
Hello! I’m back from several weeks spent in Italy, have even recovered from my days of jet lag and am now returning to projects at home – studio time, teaching and writing. I’m excited to share lots of great material here in the weeks ahead including:
- strategies for avoiding being “totally cultured out” while travelling (especially in places known for their art and architecture) including powerful lessons I learned from watching tourists in the Uffizi Museum
- putting together a great art kit for travel
- the importance of editing (with our creative endeavours and our lives)
- studio visits and interviews with photographer Oliviero Olivieri and calligrapher Massimo Polello along with
- meaningful ways to turn travel into a sacred pilgrimage
So to get started, today I will be sharing the first of four parts of a studio interview with photographer Oliviero Olivieri. During the first part of this interview Oliviero discusses his career path to becoming an internationally renowned photographer, along with some of the projects that have been the most meaningful for him to date. In addition to capturing some of his character this video features several works from personal projects. In the following parts of this interview Oliviero talks about his creative process, how he works through creative blocks, along with his influences and more. I hope that you will enjoy all parts of this interview.
I can do it…I can satisfy my own curiosity looking at the world through a camera…and that’s a very good excuse to travel.
Oliviero and I have been friends since meeting in Italy in 1998, and have worked on several projects together over the years including leading groups on trips in Italy, conducting workshops and having gallery exhibitions. Our latest endeavour and labour of love is called Creative Excursions. Over the past eight years we have been developing a travel opportunity for creative people to experience small group excursions that focus on the creative process, experiencing Italy in an authentic and meaningful way coupled with hours spent working on creative projects in stunning locations. In 2015 we partnered with the travel experts at Bramante Travel. This fall we will be in Tuscany with an awesome group exploring photography and encaustic painting. While there are some skills and techniques that will be learned in these excursions, the focus will be on each participant evolving their artistic practice to a deeper level, and having time to reflect on the experiences they are having in a serene and contemplative environment. These excursions are our attempt to create an ideal, transformative and meaningful artistic experience for small groups of creative people.
Below are a few images from my latest trip that depict the former monastery where we will be staying, our studio space while in Italy, some of the local regional tastes and locations that we will be visiting.
(We still have a few spots available in the second week so if you are interested in more details you could check it out at www.creativeexcursions.com or connect with me through this blog.)
Until next time, I wish you hours of joyous creating and I hope you enjoy the video!
Thinking in images…for me I find its easy, because it’s my language.