Monday, February 27, 2012

Storm.....

.......in progress...  16x16 inches, acrylic on wood panel.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Artist Statement.......

.........is frankly an invention that makes me pause in question.   Did the Old Masters (a diverse and sundry group of talented humanity) possess Artist Statements?  I doubt it.   Painting and sculpture were crafts - one apprenticed into the field and.....one day, if you were good enough, the Church or other rich patron solicited your work as commission.   Admittedly I'm going by gut feel now, but I'd wager the Romantic age (the late 1700s) ushered in the age of the romance of fine art and that carried forth unto the Post Modern era.   Art exhibitions didn't come into play until the 18th and 19th centuries - at which point artists were seen as something more than mere craftsmen plying their trade.  And I suspect, slowly, the artist statement became necessary as art deviated away from realism.  No longer could the audience read the work without prompting.   As the world of fine art progresses, so does the level of pretense....and the ubiquitous artist statement. 

Perhaps I'm feeling a bit cynical, but I have to wonder at what I read in some statements.   One explanation is that the public will have questions about why you create what you do, why do you use a certain media or materials.  I suppose it's not enough to say "I do what I do because it's a compulsion and my materials are what I KNOW how to use to achieve what I want to do."  The Artist's Statement skirts the plain-speak for long paragraphs of pseudo-spiritualistic ramblings and attempts to convey a sense of reason for doing what one does....in other words, the statement attempts to sell something beyond what the viewer experiences in one's work.

whew...okay....I feel better now....

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Road to.....................


.............Yesterday.  11x14 Acrylics.  Current project for the painting class I am taking.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Underwater...............


........gazing.  Jelly fish at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paintings................



.....from tonight's painting class (none of which should be considered 'finished' - these are all experiments in color and shape).  I decided to take a class taught by Marilyn Krug at the local Art Department art store.....figuring it will help me learn to actually PAINT and will force me to sit down and try something new.   I was a bit apprehensive at first, but find it quite challenging and amusing.  We all need to get out of our box once in a while.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shrine of...................



............Time & Self & Boxed Expectations Expired in Degrees of Seconds. Not yet completed...but thought I'd share the moment. Roughly 30-inches tall. Will have LED lighting and a functional clock.