Friday, September 24, 2010
There is a secret message in art. It stems from the artist’s personal world view reacting to an external set of influences. Sometimes it’s subtle, other times blatant. This is a good thing – thinking about messages, because if art doesn’t contain a clue to the artist’s world view then it is nothing more than a facsimile.
Think about the apple. Most art educations strive to teach the artist how to effectively paint a believable apple. Some will take the artist further, emphasizing the need to paint with beauty or style. Many artists stop here. But an apple without the context of the artist’s point of view lacks one crucial element. The power to communicate.
Imagine an apple painted by Renè Magritte compared to one painted by Cezanne. Or flowers painted by O’Keeffe, compared to Van Gogh - or Mapplethorpe. Because each artist communicated a personal world view, we have an immediate mental image. We understand something that can't be put into words.
This is context.
Experienced artists have learned the skill set required to not only create beautiful images but to instill this sense of context. They know not everyone will agree with them, or like the art they produce. Times change, tastes change, but one thing never changes.
A facsimile has no meaning at all, with a shelf life that’s down around zero.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Please join me and a great group of local artists and photographers that artist/friend, Peter Potter, has invited to participate in a 'FUN' Show & Sale with the theme of "My Hometown". Here's the location: 60 Main Street, Concord, GA 30206. The show will be open Sept 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 from 1:00-5:00.
Peter has labored to renovate the Old Post Office building in Concord, Georgia and is revealing it for the first event this Saturday, Sept 18th, 1:00-3:00 during a reception for the show. We'd love to see you there!
Monday, September 13, 2010
, a 12" x 24" oil, placed second in the art competition at the Meeker Classic Annual International Art Contest this past week. I just got word today that it sold yesterday during the silent auction and is on it's way to a new home in Alaska. A HUGE thank you to all the folks at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials for including art in this fabulous event!
This past Saturday was an awesome day of painting, fellowship, entertainment, food and festivities at a Plein Air Georgia event hosted by Generations Gallery in Indian Springs, GA. It took place on the same weekend as an Indian Festival, complete with costumed dancing, flute and drum playing, story-telling, native foods and games representing many tribes. We had the whole park, festival and many permanent gardens and historic structures to choose from as subjects for painting. I chose the Indian festival, as I've been trying to train my eye to grasp figures and faces quicker. I painted three 8"x10" oils and sold two off the easel and gave the third away to the precious little Indian child that posed for me. Alas, I then had none to show and compete at our afternoon get-together and silent auction, but I was happy with the experience. Peter Potter won First Place and Bambi Rogers won Second Place... and it was indeed a hard choice to make! A dozen painters and over that many paintings. I forgot my camera, but Preston King has pictures posted here on Facebook....enjoy!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Yours truly with Dr. Ken Harper at the reception Tuesday evening. Ken and his wife have given two of my larger 'Spirits in Stone' a very good home. Here's a link to see all of the pictures from Art on the Avenue's reception.... thanks to MaryJane, Ginger and Debbie. We all had a great evening of art and fellowship!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Art on the Avenue has a very diverse group of participating artists, which always makes for an interesting show. Come enjoy an evening of art Tuesday, Sept. 7th, 6-9PM with live music provided by Jim Hughes. Beverages and light refreshments, as always.... a great way to welcome the beginning of Fall. I'll have a grouping of 'Spirits in Stone', a few paintings and a bin of prints to add to the mix. Hope to see you there!