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
Pictures in a Gallery
July 15, 2014
Just gotback from looking at a show at a museum and was struck by the difference between works that were designed to entertain and those made to communicate. The ones that were for attention directed the viewer only to notice the painting and not think about the intent to communicate. The ones made to share with the viewer create a reaction; it is to reflect on the work and discern what the artist is saying.
There are many reasons to live with art. Emotional reaction to the image; “it talks to me” or it is a reminder of an event or celebration, a memorial. Sometimes several factors combine to create synergy. The art becomes embedded in the life of the processor in an aggregate mixture called life. Art shows us it’s importance by the accommodations we are willing to make to have it around us. Not only the resources we are willing to expend to acquire the art but what we will do when we change residences and conserve and protect it. It seems that when we move we are willing to discard things that are not important to us and we save that which is.
I have watched and participated in the downsizing of collections. What to keep? Value becomes not a money issue as much as an emotional one. I have lived with things whose ties I outgrew and others that became more vital over time to keep. Have also spent time and energy to find a home for art that is important to me to see preserved but just not what I want to live with now. As the years go by, I find I keep some letters but not others and it is the same with the art. Some was important for a time, then I changed and it was okay to let it go. I have a heart-and-hands painting that has lived with me for years and still talks to me. Can’t ever see myself letting that go. It is too valuable to me and is part of my heart. I have art and objects from people I have never met or who have not lived for a long time. Their messages and art has lived longer than the their maker and will continue to do so for as long as the object remains; a message of who they were and what they thought.
At the end of life, maybe we have the truest picture of ourselves by what we have kept, who we have kept close, what memories we treasure most. Makes me want to be sure I say things in my art as clearly as I can so that the message is not lost. Keep well David