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
From Where One Sits
August 7, 2014
Mothersitsinherfavoritechair and stares out the window drinking coffee and thinking whatever it is she thinks about these days. The chair and location use to be Dad’s place to sit and watch the world from. Change comes swiftly sometimes and other times with the slowness of age. And it always changes. Like the deepening of the channel, some change remains unseen and hidden beneath the water but it makes other things visible. Am aware of that in my art and the art of others.
Had a conversation this morning with a friend and collector who was lamenting the changes in the art of an artist in Portland. He said that he wished “she would get back to painting rather than these things she is doing now.” What he meant was he liked the work she did before and that is why he purchased it, but she changed her work and now he did not relate to it. Always a fear for artists is how their new explorations will be received by others. Galleries which sell one style are not always eager to have new approaches. The work is selling well why change? If it works, then it works. The difference between change and revisiting the same images and styles is that there is no growth. The collector acquires what they know and enjoy and do not have to ponder what new things the artist is communicating.
Predictability is a powerful force in life. It provides a comfort and safe habitat to experience. Changes in small areas or hues can be accepted but major upheavals challenge and cause major reevaluations in the life of the viewer. I have seen art produced by major artists that were cookie cutter reproductions of past work. The problems of composition and color had been solved, the work had achieved success in the arena of critics and collectors, then “copies” were turned out for anyone who will buy one. I have also seen artists who achieved critical acclaim early in their lives who could not match the attention in any work they did later.
The balance of being able to eat and make the expressions that you need to as an artist is always in play. Without the support of others, no art gets made or very little of it. Sales are more than an exchange of objects and money; it is the statement of belief that the purchaser sees benefit and worth in the art and wants the artist to make more. It also can be an act of love when those who support the artist do not really care for the art but do care for the person making it. Parents sacrifice so that time and materials can be acquired and support a time of experimentation so that lessons and disciplines can be learned.
Some purchase art to have a memory or celebration of a event; others to keep a piece of the artist with them. Still others create a fantasy story that they apply to the art and use to give status to their lives. Balanced between this need to have food and shelter and the need to create there is a tension. Every artist has to come to some sort of peace with the balance. Either you seek financial and critical acclaim as the goal of what you do or you choose your heart. If you choose your heart, from my experience, you gain a great deal of freedom. The explorations that you do are successful by how well you communicate with the viewer and the peace you feel when you have done the best you are able to do at that time. When someone is willing to expend what they have to acquire your art, it means that they have joined with you and value you and the art. They are part of those who journey with you.
I really hope you will be able to go where your heart leads you and you will enjoy the journey there, and those who accompany you.