Let me show you my best painting secret!
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Of course you know that the National Art’s Festival is currently on in Grahamstown until 7 July 2013. I was fortunate to have spent a few days catching the sights and sounds of this amazing event. What a treat it is to be overwhelmed by the choice of art shows. You can lose yourself in sensory overload until you cannot take anymore. Then you go back for another dose! It is addictive and what a rush it is.
You can also lose your bank manager’s patience when your overdraft goes into the danger zone. There are some nifty goodies to buy at the village green, wacky sights and general positive vibes that send you home with a smile on your face. Even cynics will enjoy a moment of escape.
I am always surprised by the creative energy and determination displayed by artists. Why I am not sure, because it is impossible to keep artistic energy bottled up. It must come out and be shared. I think artists sometimes get too caught up in their studios or wherever they do the work and lose touch with the world of arts. Then an event like this gives artists a stage to show their work and it restores faith. I am especially happy to see truly South African art of all types. What a blast to see the ideas of so many creative talents put into action.
Without creative energy and action the world is lost. So here is to everyone who gets inspired, puts that inspiration into action and shares the result with someone. Good job!
Get to the festival if you can. Here are a few sights from the fest!