Creative Minds

Once you read this article – whether or not you’re not one of the creatives – it makes some interesting observations on why we stand out from the crowd.

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Children and art

Sometimes it is difficult to take kids to art fairs as they always want to touch.  I’m always happy to point out to parents that my work is pretty kid proof and if they poke at it, I won’t have to cut their hands off 🙂 which usually is a relief as it’s often too late at that point.

I follow the Red Dot blog of Jason Horejs of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He covers a lot of interesting topics (though sadly he doesn’t transmit on WordPress).  I was really interested in his blog of August 9th about kids looking at art in museums and galleries.

From what he says about children appreciating museum/gallery art, it seems like art fairs are a little more interesting for little ones – for a start there’s frequently something hung at their eye level in a booth, some of it (like the one below) would be ideal for a child’s room, and there aren’t quite such strict rules about running between displays.  Occasionally I will get a youngster who comes back to subsequent shows with enthusiasm – and I know that I can’t be the only artist who enjoys this phenomenon, so here and there, future collectors are being created.

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#1271 Night Watch.  Mixed media on panel (refractured watercolor, poetry, acrylic). 14×24″.

The oldest studio

I always figured that the oldest known art work was the paintings on the caves at Lascaux, but it appears there is another category in the ancient art world – the studio!  Or perhaps it is best described as the paint manufacturer.  I think many people forget how much chemistry there is in art – here’s an article about some of the pigments that they worked with about 42,000 years ago.

It seems though that they hadn’t gotten into being muralists at that time, likely just body painting.  So that classifies it as time-based art.  Or beauty products…..

Spontaneity

My other half is, like me, clumsy.  We buy glasses etc at Goodwill because then we never get upset when, inevitably, they are broken.  I like it that we are both clumsy because neither can give the other a hard time about it.  The other day I saw that one of his newer polo shirts had been used during a bleaching phase in the laundry and had two huge and several smaller bleached areas.  OK, so I should’ve taken a before pic but you can figure out which were the accidental areas as he leaned against the washer then took off the shirt and let the front accident soak through to the back.  I figured at this point there was nothing to lose from making a piece of art from it.

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Newer work #71

Mixed media painting

#1259 Outreach. Mixed media on pine panel. 14×24″. $250.

“Outreach” is clearly a sibling of “Reaching”, that I posted last week.  The main difference is that this is the first of a series of cloudscapes on a cloud-shaped support.  I have some friends who do woodworking and they carved out a few clouds for me.  I’m happy that with the way I’ve photographed this one you can really see the texture.

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Outreach on the wall.

Summer viewing….

East Jesus Sculpture Garden in Slab City

One of the artworks at the East Jesus Sculpture Garden in Slab City (by Niland), California. Perhaps best leave this one until the fall.

Just when you thought it was safe to take a stay-cation and relax in front of the tv, ArtNet recommends a lot of travel-worthy art museums to visit.

(And just in case you were wondering, no, my refracturing technique is not a copy of David Hockney’s photo collage technique, despite some of the similarities in appearance.)

If nothing is close enough to go to, maybe there’s one closer!

 

Confluence of Disciplines

Sometimes you can just answer a simple question with the first honest – and incomplete – answer.

Here’s my monthly mailing that explains why art forms can be so interwoven.