This Isn't Working!
This Isn't Working!
It's not awful, I think it has promise actually, But so far it has been a product of my head and not my heart. I will put it aside until that can be reversed.
The Yart Show was a huge success for me. About 50 people showed up. In this case 50 brilliant, passionate, articulate people. There were so many great insights and thoughts that it has been challenging to put them all into perspective. The most important take away was that no matter how important the concept internal to my Artists Statement that concept is internal to my experience and will never be intrinsic to what is received by those that view my work. And while this is sort of baseline aesthetics it is easy for artists to forget and I was trying to be too literal in my interpretation of what my stated goal is with this series.
Another reason for my over thinking may be that I did a sketch. I don't know that I ever did a sketch of the final image, ever. I have used them to create a feeling of where I'm headed but not of a finished idea. Perhaps I should put the sketch pad away and the painting may get more of it's own life.
I haven't talked much about these as a finite series. But I have 65 or so left in my 100 image goal. I hope to finish this within the next 2 years. I am at a point, however, where I am thinking about the next thing and how I get there from here. The reason I had a sketch pad out in the first place was I was reviewing some imagery loosely based on my big free flowing collages I did 30 ago, before I got into theatre. No rectangles , free floating and completely non-representational.
Working in theatre gave me a love of narrative,
and giving the audience something to hold onto that is part of the universal experience. But there was an energy to that old work I would like to reclaim. Perhaps this is a foolish wish, based as much on a wish for regained youth as a regained aesthetic.
These two figure studies may be my a better thing for me to look back towards however. They are ten minutes studies. Here is some of the energy I like in my work. But :
I was working every day.
I was working very fast.
Both of these things seem to be essential to getting where I want to be. This makes three time in as many months that I did not want to finish a piece. I don't know how that fits in with other Artists. Please leave a comment about you own experience about this. I feel this is just a bump in the road, and all this musing about where my images should go will have a purpose. I just need to trust in myself and remember:
More Painting - Less Thinking!
|You're right Studio Cat, getting 3000 pageviews in our first year is pretty cool!|
|Shoreline drawn. Conceptual sketch hidden in the clutter.|
|Got caught in the old "Painting Leaves of Grass" trap.|
|Too Pretty to paint inside!|
|The Shoreline is taking shape.|
|(Sung to your own melody)|
He's a Studio Cat
Yes he's a Studio Cat
Oh, he's the kind of cat that likes to play in a studioooo!
|Fresh Start! the Canvas below is the one on the right.|
|I think this one is asking to be a collage.|
Update: I enjoyed the thought of this image. But I couldn't hold on to it SOOO