Sometimes ideas come from the sketchbook, sometimes just parts. It’s a process. For me, a great deal of painting comes from working and re-working while trying to stay fresh. Paradoxically as that is.
Built a new easel for the studio this week. The base is a thrift store find, a printer cabinet. Got wood and hinges from Home Depot and a little time. Sturdier than what I had and can paint larger pieces AND it folds down to another work table!
The easel as table. A little storage to boot.
“Divide” 16×20 acrylic on stretched canvas, Feb 2021
History, it is said, is written by the victors. In many ways, I believe, history is a set of erasures. Cancel culture, contrary to what some would have you believe is being perpetrated on the conservative, has been with us for a long time. Nations and ways of life have been subsumed under the smoke. The richness that is the human experience will continue to be baked into pablum so that “history” is palatable. The arts are meant to scrape away the bland and season our lives with realities. Just sayin’
Making art, being engaged with the making, is an important part of my everyday. Admittedly it is a refuge but it is also a practice I depend on. Mark making, pushing paint around with a brush or knife, walking back, and being critical of the canvas and the next act are singular acts that weave themselves into my daily life. I gladly trade the frustrations engendered by the politics of the day with the frustrations of painting. I can work through an incalcitrant passage of an image. I can work through the paint to a resolution or at least I can see the path, the process, the inter-relationships. The making of a painting, the process, is what Art is to me.
Feb 7 ’21.
Admittedly, I’m a skeptic when it comes to offers of help that are offered to the creative community. There is no lack of marketing programs, apps, website creation tools, or instructional seminar vendors out there willing to trade their expertise for your dollars. As I said, after a thirty plus year career in corporate America, I’m a skeptic. So, when I do see or hear of something that strikes me as helpful to creatives, I need to give a shout out.
Jordan Harbinger hosted a podcast recently featuring Seth Godin that spoke to me as plain talk about being an artist, a creative, an entrepreneur. One of the many takeaways was this: “turn on lights where there weren’t lights before.”
Don’t give the market what it demands, offer it something unique, special, specific to you. That’s tough. It means to be honest to your own vision and that’s daunting if you’re working for the next buck or like or follower’s comment. But I take it to heart. Turn on those lights.
You can see the podcast here on YouTube. Please take a look yourself.
After a few weeks of intense work on my website, I’m ready for an afternoon of football. Whew!
It will be good to leave the technology behind and get back into the studio. Hope you and yours have a great Sunday afternoon. Enjoy. Tony
I am trying to revise this website and add in an eCommerce store so I can offer both originals and prints. Coordinating the pieces, digital components and vendors is devilish at best.
Sculptural Ceramics, a look back.
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Mid January 2021