I had a discussion yesterday about art. Some days I paint perfectly recognizable art projects, like birds and things in nature (for example.)
Sometimes I make random art, which is so easy, but the pages don’t necessarily mean anything to me. The person I was talking to swore by random art.
It’s interesting because the art journal pages I don’t care much about get the most “likes” on Instagram and Facebook. Not that the likes matter much, but they are an indication of what speaks to the viewers.
People like random “loose” renderings. I feel very ambivalent about that kind of art. It doesn’t SAY anything to me. I like a good story or something recognizable.
Not that random stuff is ugly. Many times I’m drawn to the energy, and that’s enough.
To stretch myself I’m going to make art that doesn’t always sit well with me and see where it leads. If it’s easy, it flows, but there are no rules. Easy doesn’t mean fulfilling.
I do like abstracts as long as they draw me in. I’m very ambivalent about my own art at this point. These art journal spreads have been painted, mostly, with a paint on a credit card edge. I like the texture, but I also like texture on house walls. 🙂
When is it decorative, and when is it art? Well, it doesn’t have to be labeled, but it’s an interesting question .
One time I painted walls that had a leather faux finish. It was a lot of fun experimentation to get it just right. In the end, it was a satisfying project. I wouldn’t call that art, but it needed skills.
The above spread was totally random painted with a credit card, except for the art picture that I glued on top. I can’t say that I like it, but it is what it is.
What is your opinion? What kind of art makes your breath catch in your throat and your eyes widen?
For me, I would say it’s some kind of mastery that shines through the art. I’ll never forget when I first saw some real Renoirs at the Met in New York. The light he had mastered! I’d say it was an awesome immersion experience.
As it is, we live one day at a time, and any creative endeavor brings us closer to the heart of who we are. Each piece of art brings us closer to more deeply express the essence.
I aspire to inspire, one step at a time. 🙂 What about your art?
Lots of love,
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2 thoughts on “I had a discussion yesterday”
Maria, I love your line about texture on house walls. I feel the same way. I often thought I should have worked in construction using a tool that splashes on the thick texture goop and spreads it out. Love working with modeling paste and getting wonderful texture on canvas! Quite satisfying. I think colors get to me more than anything else — bold, vibrant splashes.
Hi Carol, There is something so satisfying about texture, and also working on large areas like a wall. I enjoyed making faux finishes in the past, but it’s hard work. Now I focus on smaller canvases and my art journal. 🙂
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