Posts Tagged ‘arts’

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Puzzle 101

06/05/2014

Puzzle 101

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Pools

06/03/2014

Pools

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Vista 1

06/01/2014

Vista 1

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The Yellow Door

05/30/2014

The Yellow Door

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Telling Stories; the story

11/20/2013

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I have been working on this piece (detail above) called Telling Stories. The challenge I set for myself was to go bigger. Could I expand what I do onto a larger canvas? 30″ is about the largest I can fit in my limited space. I have to say it was a satisfying experience and I now long to go even larger. Maybe someday when space lends itself.

The title comes from sitting in a number of critiques and workshops where my fellow artists see narrative, seemingly in every piece. I do not derive my connection to art this way, especially not my own. There is always a journey through my pieces from beginning to end but it is not a story. I guess it is about process, composition, materials and technique. The final work offers up various clues to items that tease the viewer to construct their own story. I want my work to connect for people through their own experience not mine. If that means there is a story in it, so be it.

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be SUCCESSFUL

05/07/2012

What does success mean as an artist?

Society would measure success by tangibles; shows and sales of our artwork. Perhaps fame as well. While there is nothing wrong with these, it is important to recognize that true success is less tangible. There is the success of a piece – is it balanced? are you happy with it? is it fully resolved? And there is the success of you, the artist – what did you learn? does the work reveal your intentions?

For my work to be successful I need to feel that I fully resolved the work and it represents my artistic vision. I also like to feel that I got something out of the journey. The best is when I have dared to push myself (BOLD), tried new things and discovered new means of expression (ADVENTUROUS) all while keeping in mind my artistic goals (MINDFUL) balanced with what is true to  my artistic soul (AUTHENTIC). Yes, money and opportunity are all lovely things but true success has to evolve from expressing yourself and keeping your vision.