Tuesday, May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013 To Draw/Pencil on Paper

                                    Bird Nest Drawing  22"x30"  graphite on twinrocker all purpose hot press paper

To Draw/ Pencil on Paper
What does it mean
To make a mark
To draw
Pencil in hand
Grasped naturally
Point touches paper

Without knowledge
Of destination
Nor how to get there
She follows
Her own footsteps
Blazes her own path

A world of wonder
With the pressure of the hand
Creates lights and darks
Bridges formed

To another world
Of breath and wonder
How does this happen
No one knows
No one can say
It is as it is
A line is made
Light and shadows
An image appears

Note:  This nest was found in the court yard.  So cleverly hidden, we didn't find it until winter and the bush had lost its' leaves.  "A nest is considered to be one of the mavels of animal life." says Gaston Bachelard.  "The enterprise and skill with which animals make their nests is so efficient that it is not possible to do better, so entirely do they surpass all masons, carpenters and builders; for there is not a man who would be able to make a house better suited to himself and to his children than these little animals build for themselves.  This is so true, in fact, that we have a proverb acording to which man can do everything except build a bird's nest."  Ambroise Pare.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013 What is "art" and Who Says So?"

Fragments G&C  30"x30"  gouache on w/c paper

What is “art” and Who Says So?
As an artist, “art” is the visual product (or not), of the artist’s process.  A visual product might be a painting, drawing, sculpture, photography or something else...or it might just be the thought of the artist....I am thinking now of the conceptual artist.

Art comes from deep inside of the artist, in response to something seen, or felt, or thought., this is called “inspiration.”  It is what moves the artist to create.  Even if, as a viewer we don’t understand it, there is thought behind the work, at least there should be.  It might be abstract thought, and there might not be words to describe it.  And that is why it must be created visually.

I have heard it said, “Without some knowledge of art history, contemporary art cannot be understood.”
  Therefore the average museum-goer, who holds a 19th century idea of what art is, really knows nothing of art.  He might enjoy what he sees, but has no understanding of where it fits in the history of art.  I remember my first art teacher, talking about contemporary art, he said, “Art could be thought of like a Chinese news paper; an uneducated man, a man who does not know Chinese, might stand before the newspaper, he will learn little.  But for an educated man, a man who knows Chinese will learn much from the newspaper.”

Without some prior education of art, most people don’t have the confidence to make judgments about art, and they shouldn’t.   Often what they say, simply tells what they do not know.

If we want to enjoy art, it is probably wise to go to the museum to see what is offered as "art."  At least the people who are choosing, are educated in art and art history.   Pay attention, take a notebook, make notes.  Ask yourself questions, why do I like looking at this work?  What is it about this work, that I do not like?  List the artists you like, later, research the artists you respond to.  As you become familiar with the artists, your list will grow, and  so will your appreciation.  That’s a beginning.

Art is created for you, and your life will be richer for it.

Note:  Recently I received an essay asking "But What is Art?"  I was asked to respond to the essay, I did, but then I contacted the writer, and asked if I might post his essay on my blog.  He didn't want me to, so of course I didn't but since I thought it was an interesting article, and was a good basis for discussion.  I wrote my opinion in a short essay, and would like your response.  What is art for you?

Reply:  For some reason I am not able to reply to your comments.  So I have to put it in the post:  No, Art, an unformed opinion does not make it "art."  One can say what they like or not, but cannot say if it is "art."  I stand by this.  And yes, Sherry, you are an artist, with something very important to say, even if no one reads it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

May 12, 2013 Fragments G&C

Fragments G&C #149  30"x30"  gouache on w/c paper

Yesterday I began a larger piece.  Just would like to see how it will look.


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