Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday September 30, 2011

Still Life/with grid 11"x11" gouache on paper

So much for simple. I continue on the path, searching for something I have never seen before. Something new with still life.

Today I would like to tell you a little something about who I am. I am an artist who has studied at art school, museum school, and college. I have been working for about 50 years. I have been represented by numerous galleries. My work has been awarded all over the country. I work regularly, everyday you will find me in the studio, working. I am a painter, and have tried every medium.

Recently I have been involved with Still Life. I am asking myself the question, can still life be distinctive? I have been trying to simplify, but I think it has made a jump, and I just have to continue and see where it leads.

As an artist, and a viewer of art. I want to say what I do not like. For me, a person who simply copies photographs is not an artist but is an illustrator and there is a difference between an artist and an illustrator. The camera abstracts in a certain way, and all works copied from a photograph have this abstraction and for me it is boring. Not all photography is art. For photography to be art, it must raise above the ordinary, as with any craft. Perhaps this is not an easy concept to understand. But there is a difference between art and craft. All art has to have some craft in it, but craft can have no art at all. As I said, this is simply my opinion.


erin said...

well, you are asking the question, what is art? and there are many answers. looking at a book of eva rubinstein's photography last night i realized, i do not know art through photography, art through photograph is life. i only take pictures. as arvo part said in interview of music, there is a need to concentrate on each sound, so that every blade of grass would be as important as a flower. this is exactly the importance of still life, isn't it?

sitting in a movie theatre with my children yesterday watching Kungfu Panda 2 (3-d!) there were do many brilliant sensory things to take in. but i remember one shot (as if it were a shot and not a computer generated scene) taken low, and every blade of grass was apparent. i swooned and gasped aloud, the grass! it didn't matter what was happening further back in the scene. in fact, i don't remember, but every blade of grass was important.


Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a cool idea, Annell, to tell us a bit about yourself. Makes me think of doing the same. You are an amazing artist and I love to think of you in your studio (such a beautiful one!), creating.

The PostMan said...

Art is a passion you certainly have :)
Thank you for a glimpse into what Annell is about!

the PostMan

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