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 Rose is a Rose No Mater What the Name
September 17, 2014
The hot breathof thesummer sun heats the house to the point of being uncomfortable. Even Mother has shed her usual sweater for the coolness of a light blouse and drinks her cool coffee one sip at a time. She gets up to do the dishes she has already done and is puzzled by not being able to find anything to wash. We laugh and then she goes back to her seat by the window and gazes at the birds riding the wind over the bay. The brightness cheers her and the sounds of cars and boats confuses her, both mix into the strange place she finds herself.
I spent some time talking to a friend on the meaning of words and art. What are abstract creations or original oil paintings for that matter and who writes the final definition. Is it the critic or the artist or someone else? Is it an artwork, and when is it a non objective painting versus a niche of images dealing with realism or an impressionist rendering of some thing. Art is subjective and the categories are even more so. There are not hard and fast rules to name some style or work of art. The viewer sometimes craves one to help make sense. I prefer the emotional response followed by the head response. Art needs to grab you in your heart and your head. Without both, it is no more than just background decoration and not a communication. Even the title is just a reference point, a springboard to direct the viewer to where to start. I have seen titles that were helpful, those which were confusing and those that were better than the art was. Art is visual and its own language.
Words are shortcuts and sometimes they work and sometimes they make the process longer. There are some things in life that you have to use your “gut” reaction to figure out and art is one of them. What does ruby say when it is next to sapphire or emerald or amber? Even the names of hues set a response. If the names of jewels are used they are imprecise, for in the nature of each crystal is a wide range of colors, yet we use a short hand vocabulary to conjure up an image of what we are discussing.
Art is the creation of illusion, an image that causes you to see more than the elements of design, hue, pattern, motif, texture and to see something that touches your inner being. In college, I was trained to art speak. Long vague words that exposed the deep meaning of the art and never seemed to capture the soul of the work. A bit like talking about grace but never experiencing grace in your life. Also, words keep the work at a distance. We define and box up the work rather than immersing ourselves in it. We become preprogrammed to respond from the word cues not the visual ones.
Also, there is the priesthood of the accepted good taste and value of a work. You must like the work because it a great work. If you can’t see the value of the work, others telling you it is great does not change anything. I think we all know about the Emperor’s New Clothes. Best to learn all we can about things but rely on what we see, touch and taste; not on what we are told. There are many references to “your God” and if it isn’t “my God” you really don’t know God. It is much harder to go through life asking yourself questions rather than asking others questions but you learn so much more about who you are and the world.
Hope you will find the courage to seek to know for yourself and to make value judgements based on what you experience to tell truth from fiction. A steadfast hope from a wishful want it to be. Never be afraid to respectfully disagree with what someone else says. And enjoy all the beauty you see.