Art Spring Break 2018

 

One Angel Ready wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break series

“One Angel Ready”

 

 

I planned Spring Break at about the same time as I was making resolutions. I am keeping the Art Spring Break 2018 plan.

While friends and family are taking a break traveling I am making good on a pledge.

This week I explore different ways to express the fundamentals of Art.

  • Exploring a variety of unfamiliar modes of making or representing concepts. Shapes come to mind for instance.
  • Experimenting with known materials but used in a different way.
  • Enlarging my visual vocabulary using images and postponing judgment.
  • Experiencing the media in the moment rather than going for a plan or assumption of what I am processing on the canvas.

 

In exploring I find I must question my biases and assumptions about Art.

 

Angel Novice wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break 2018 Series

“Novice Angel”

 

Small format paintings have some large challenges, overcoming these and opening new ways of seeing the composition is the result.

 

 

New Angel wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break Series

“New Angel”

 

It is a visual story along with all the requirements of making Art any creative endeavor must have meaning communicated to some audience, if only to the Artist.

Note: All paintings are liquid acrylic on gesso primed Masonite panel  ~ 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm, ~ 5 in x 7 in

 

Lemuel

4-3-18

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Take the Path, Art

Apples color pencil study 2 1-10-18

I enjoy taking materials and making something. My intention is to be original and to avoid being derivative. There is only so much I can do with a still life of fruit.

I am reminded of this advice:  “Take the path.” Go on with what inspires you. Make your Art.

I have learned every attempt brings new insight. Especially be gentle with other Artists, we are all our way to self-discovery. Remember, be gentle with my own work. I cannot always see my path, always reaching.

That’s the fun part.

Color pencil on card stock ~ 15 cm x 20 cm, ~6 in x 8 in, 

No One Holds my Leash

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Some time in the past I learned to “practice the fundamentals”. This advice or maybe it was a hard-bitten lesson to my hard head, anyway the rule has followed me through all aspects of my life.

If you want to get good at something, then practice the fundamentals. Talent will take you only so far. Sometimes luck will take you further than talent. The basics make the game and in my case make the Art.

The fundamentals are the framework for your razzle-dazzle.

I learned to pay my dues. Own my mistakes. Learn and move on. Accept my successes. Learn and move on.

No one holds my leash.

Of Sky, a Bird, and Art

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In my county the cold clung to March with talons.

The sky was ice blue, more glacier blue, and ice crystal clouds played a game of crack-the-whip up next to space in the thin atmosphere.

I want to tear that picture from the sky, paste it in a scrapbook.

My paintings do no sky justice. The only hope I have is to rip the sky from the horizon and glue it on my canvas.

The air was cold but the sun was bright and made prisms dazzle.

A male Finch bumped my window a glancing blow. He was out cold, lying beak up, little feet curled as if perched.

I made a sick bed of a pasteboard box and a fresh warm towel.

I repeated, “You cannot keep a wild thing.”

Once warm and with no apparent damage the addled Finch stirred.

I placed the bird bed outside my window.

Soon the Finch flew—I almost missed its launch.

I knew that bird was back in the sky, part of a picture I had some small part in painting.

 

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