Selling Art

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Thoughts and Inspirations

Selling Art

I am often amazed when selling any art piece. Just sold this piece, known as The Resting Place, for a good amount and as much as I liked the painting, It was time to sell something to get the cash flow going. I felt very pleased with myself but most of all in deep gratitude for being able to do what I love and someone else falls in love with what I do. I think I have gone beyond deserving conversation after selling over 40 paintings in one of my shows, but at times I get filled with overwhelm that it is really happening. It is one thing to be making art for fun and a whole other thing when you sell it to someone for a price. I find no attachments to my paintings when selling them, I am ready to say good bye. I had the pleasure of seeing it come about and it is time to pass it on to someone...

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What is Art?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Thoughts and Inspirations

What is Art?

What is Art? Life is Art.  How one lives one’s life is an art form and it is the most profound of all arts created.  From the moment one wakes up, what one says, thinks and does, creates a form that also has content. An art work is described in basic non-philosophical terms as having two components: Form & Content.  It is also distinguished by style, medium and period.  In Tolstoy’s words about the objective of art, he says “Art is human activity consisting of this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through and that other people are infected by these feelings, and also experience them.” I think successful art is made by working in a way that is natural for the artist, one that reflects his or her preoccupations and interests.  If one’s interest is ending a war, saving the children, bringing awareness to the masses, or stopping the discrimination that exists in our world, then that’s what he or she does.  If one’s preoccupation is to share the beauty one sees, then that becomes the form one expresses oneself. I can totally appreciate all art forms that are created. Some art forms that are pushing for change are also losing faith in the idea of Beauty.  It seems to me that all of these artists have come to be the destroyers of the idea of beauty, in order to be relevant, artists must relinquish anything hopeful, celebratory, or sensuous in their work, and focus instead on one of the two dominant themes of contemporary art:  Guilt & Grievance. An artist who pursues a personal, poetic investigation that is not on the required agenda, will be viewed, at best, as a quaint craftsperson making pleasant pictures to decorate living rooms.  The notion that anything which pleases the eye must be a bourgeois plot is part of the stifling legacy of the Reconstructionists who dictated the post-modern sensibility.  Not all decorative art is empty and meaningless.  It also can inform us with metaphor and beauty.  It is not only pain that can teach us something. Judging by the huge response to major shows such as the Matisse, Degas and Cezanne retrospectives, or the touring Barnes collection, people are still hungry for beautiful paintings, and they seem to be angered when instead they are subjected to receptacles of used body fluids. These are “blockbuster” exhibitions compared to the relatively small crowds attracted to what critic Robert Huges calls the “thin gruel of conceptualism”, defended by many of today’s curators as the only valid art being made. As Thomas Mcevilley states in the Art on the Edge and Beyond “it is innately appropriative and even hiddenly imperialistic to claim that any specific canon is exclusively and universally valid.” I continue to live in the question of what is art.  I believe there are no answers because art, just like life, is a process, a continuum, and ever-changing....

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