Green isnot usually one of my favorite colors, but, of late, it is one that I seem drawn to. The new small works of leaves, rocks and water intrigue...
Color of interest
June 30, 2014
Trust you are enjoying the new website. It is great to be able to share the work I have done and, as the weeks go by, the paintings I am working on....
My New Website
June 26, 2014
SpottedSerpents are not my first thought as I greet the day, and yet they have been popping up in my mind the last few days. I did a series of serp...
July 5, 2014
A Question of Time
July 9, 2014
Time is hard for me to quantify. I'm aware of time and its passing and yet am never sure how to value it when it comes to art. When asked about how long a painting takes, I genuinely do not know how to answer. I have worked on pieces for weeks, months and even years before they have reached completion. Years have passed, then I have gone back into the composition and changed it in a major way because it became unfinished in my mind. It isn’t time that finishes a painting to me, it is when all the composition comes together and is whole. Art is subjective and so is the value we place on things. If the standard is how many hours, then each hour must have a value assigned to it. I just can’t seem to relate to that idea. When I state the value of a painting, I go by size. I know some artists think that if a painting is better than another one they have produced, then it should cost more. To me, they should all work or not be shown.
Each painting tells a story from a certain point of view. Some views are more enjoyable than others to a viewer. Does it change the worth of the message? Not to me. Not every image reaches everyone. No single painting is the perfect message to everyone. Each viewer is fully capable of deciding for themselves if the paint on the canvas or panel speaks to them. Some rely on the word of others to validate their choice and that leads to something else; a priesthood. When a person or persons institute a criterion, that makes the decision for what is good or not. It does help sort out things at times, but others' choices, more frequently lack quality to me. They seem to have accepted good taste without any consideration of excellence. I would rather live with what makes my heart happy than with a wall of what makes others think I have good taste.
Which brings me back to time. I would rather invest my time on what it produces on the painting. Time is part of the journey to get me to where my heart is and where I want to be. Hope you are spending your time where your heart is.