Inspiration, role it plays in re-enchantment of the Arts

Inspiration plays an important role in re- enchatment of the Arts.


In writing this post, I am using few presupposed and self evident truths about the current state of the Arts.

One, is the need for re-enchantment of the Art.

I have taken this term from Suzi Gablik’s book by the same name where she criticises some of the basic tenets of the Modernist movement that led directly to much of the confusion left by the Postmodernism. Part of this confusion left the artist without a philosophical background needed to establish a basis for relevant correspondences between the personal and the universal principles of creation. At the same time this lack of philosophical support opened a gap in communication between the artist and his audience.

Second, is the need for Inspiration as vital source of revitalization of the current confused condition of the Art. The extreme relativism of the late Post-modernism has left a scorched field where the traditional values of excellence have been replaced by purely personal, anecdotal and many times accidental views that left the Art without it’s Muse .

Inspiration according to full definition of Merriam- Webster dictionary is: “a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation “In other words, an inspired person is one who is touched by his Spirit. That sacred part of his being that communicated the feeling of the Devine.This kind of definition tends toward somewhat religious interpretation which I believe tend to distort the real meaning of Inspiration as a direct heart felt feeling that is totally natural to all of humankind and not only to artists.

I have many sources of Inspiration. 

Some come from my daily observations of life around me. Be it an interesting form of simple objects that can turn into a still-life drawing,like this Moroccan tea pot done with silverpoint technique.

Moroccan tea pot
silverpoint drawing of Moroccan tea pot


Someone’s face that draws me to paint a portrait,


Daniel the gardener
Daniel the devoted gardener


a corner of a street that becomes a cityscape,

city scape
Cityscape, Work in progress




landscape of rhythm
rhythmic landscape



Then of course there are the great masters of Art from all periods in Art history.
When I was still a student in the Avni Institute of Art in Tel Aviv, I did a small scale study of The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus by Peter Paul Rubens.

after rubens
after Rubens


In the beginning of my artistic development I was enchanted by the magic of Jan Vermeer’s intimate interiors with their delicate balance of composition and the luminosity of his colors.
Here is a composition that was influenced by the Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

vermeer in middle east
Vermeer in Middle East


Another great influence on my development as an artist is a more contemporary American Andrew Wyeth who’s hunting and mystical connection with landscapes of rural Maine and Pennsylvania resonates strongly with my own view of Nature. Wyeth’s choice of the tempera medium which requires contemplation and slow visual meditation on the subject matter, invites from the viewer equally slow contemplative viewing. In today’s hasty world it is in itself a huge accomplishment.

church in ruins
Church in ruins


With time, my themes have varied and mutated according to context, time and places I have found myself.

At certain point I have found that many of my themes tend to converge into one recurring theme that has accompanied my creative work and that is the theme of the cafe.


I have found that besides a great opportunity to exercise my powers of observation, this theme of the cafe, allows me to combine all other themes in a very simple, elegant way where the spontaneous interaction of all the forms untie to create a unified and sometimes totally unexpected message.

The theme of the cafe is enough in itself and need no other justifications for painting it but as it happens, it has the power to combine a wide variety of objects and themes that seamlessly fuse into each other allowing the mundane everyday objects to interact and create a whole new possibilities for flowing in different artistic directions.

Let’s say, a couple sitting around a table, with a dog playing at their feet, with some messy still-life on the table, with cups of coffee and perhaps some food, in the background. I can paste any landscape or cityscape that doesn’t even have to be in the original composition. This way I can eliminate accidental architecture or replace any other object that feels more meaningful and more appropriate for the final purpose .

In this age of photoshop aid with the cut and paste ability, I can substitute any and all of the components to create a more meaningful and more interesting composition then the original conception.

All these themes and objects, appearing in the context of a cycle of creativity that is inspired by a wheel of The Five Elements taken from the Chinese Wu Xing theory.
On this wheel of creativity taken from the Chinese philosophy of Dao i will write later in a different post


Laci bacsi flirting as usual

Laci bacsi
Laci bacsi


Back at Mai Mano cafe. After two weeks of absence, it feels good to come back.
Laci bassi is a very prominent regular figure in the cafe and is loved by all. He is ninety years old and commands respect in the way he is still preserving his joviality especially when he meets one of his many female admirers.
His face is full of expression and once in a while I try to catch him still enough for a quick sketch.
It’s almost an impossible mission cause he is full of motion and the face changes expressions rapidly.
Rather then being annoyed, I flow with what is given and sometimes I even succeed to catch a part of his likeness.


Sketching as an anchoring in space time

After three months in Budapest I am starting to feel a bit more settled specially after receiving my residency permit, valid for one year.

Coming to Budapest after spending few months in Europe, is closing a circle in many respects.

One circle is related to the fact of my birth in the region of the Carpathian basin. It was interesting to find out in this  article on the origins of the Hungarian nation that which is actually regarded as the birthplace of the Hungarian nation.

The other circle which is more recent is the one that has started fifteen years ago when I lived here for a year and a half.

It is then when the whole idea of the cafe project has started.

One day, absorbed in sketching in one of the many lovely cafes of Budapest, I have suddenly experienced a sense of dislocation, forgetting for a moment where I am. This kind of disorientation is actually quite common in almost any intensely creative work and I think I am not alone in experience this kind of rapture, sometimes accompanied with  a sense of awe and inspiration. This moment was followed by a sudden rush of realisation that the act of observing and sketching, serves as an anchor point in space and time, providing me with a new sense of orientation and feeling of home.

I have red somewhere that something similar is happening when a Bedouin is setting up his tent in the vast desert with a fire serving as a reference point, giving him a sense of temporary home.

The atmosphere of many cafes around the world is quite similar and the actual experience of sketching painting, observing the movements of people and flowing with the rhythm of the lines is almost the same everywhere, regardless of the actual location of the cafe and is therefore easy to lose orientation. Thus, the act of sketching in the cafe has been transformed for me into much more then making art. It has suddenly become an act of stitching together our disjointed fragmented reality where forms of one place can be cut and pasted into completely another context creating new meanings where old ones have been lost.

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