442. November 22nd…Conquering the new Studio…

Art and my thoughts about being an artist

“Better Days…Again” 2010

“Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art.” – Robert Smithson

the tendency to drift from side to side or maybe it’s up and down…but drift nevertheless…occurs…could be the way we look at the project ahead of us…or perhaps it’s some of the left over thoughts from the project behind…how I did what I did…before that made me reel with the excitement of creation…

the way I moved the colors across some defined space and it became perfect…I had some part in it I suppose….the design itself fell where it should have and all that was there was there from the beginning…I was just unaware of everything at that moment…things revealed themselves as part of the developing plot….in a sense…

I awakened this morning at 4:39…again my mind heavy with the many things to do…I tried falling asleep agin…spelling every word I could think of that began with the letter…”B”….then a few other letters….when I awakened from my slumbering spelling Bee…I knew clearly what wasn’t…that had jolted me awake…and clearly the one thing that I needed to do…

I’ve recently moved…my new studio is much like the “Other woman”….if that makes sense….I’m having to find a way to make peace with the fact that all of time now…goes to someplace else…I know that sounds odd…but every studio has a presence…an energetic…that resonates with the work that has been produced and that work yet to be produced…there is a balance in every studio I’ve had….the perfect music for the ideal day…for the optimum time…for the exact moment it all falls right into place….the perfect lover…if you will….

my new studio is moments before the first date…a nervous energy that makes me walk funny…my voice accents the wrong parts of words…and the idea of just getting in there and taking over seems a bit to early to move in…maybe a few more days of courtship….all of the amulets have got to expend all of their energy….fill the room with the right juju….everything is where it should be….yet there are a few land mines…I purposly set just incase…you know that personal sabotage I need to keep my eyes wide open….and each day I venture into the room…say a few things out loud…sort of announce that I’m the new sheriff in town…then leave and close the door…simple process…with a great deal of formality….maybe some ancient ritual…who knows…

today though…feels like the day…I’m asking her to move over….let Robert take over…it feels that all of the dancing…sprinkling the gri gri…in the corners…owning the space by possesions…announcing myself daily for the last month…and the opening and closing the door quickly…looking for ghosts…has finally come to the point where I get to break the champagne bottle on the doorway and make the maiden voyage of my new studio….Bon Voyage…..

in the words of Etta James….

“Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last”

 

422. September 29th…Doing that Voodoo….that we do…..

Art and my thoughts about being an artist

“No More ‘Thank you Come Again’.” 2010

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” – Viktor E. Frankl

I am setting out in some wonderful new directions lately…adventures I have been interested in….and finally we have opted to meet and make it all work….or at least see how it works…..

as a painter….there is a trap of definability of work….something that has a presence that oozes the artists style….that after a few views of a few paintings…everything is pretty much going to look similar or have a signature that is clearly that of the artist….from the side of sales and representation…that is perfect…yet from the position of the painter….the work becomes a continual exploration of the same work with…little variations that are small vacations but it’s…..always the same hotel….

by definition repeating similar processes will give similar results…..and even changing that process….will often give a personal “Chop” that no mater what…it is the handwriting of the artist…something that may venture into figurative and landscape paintings as well as explorations into abstraction and non-objective work….from the same artist…..and there might not be a thing that can be done to change that…..or if changing that is even necessary….

I feel like everyone…..artists find what works and tend to stay where the things that work well….do…perfect their abilities over a life time…come up with a flawless example of themselves…represented by a few hundred/thousand paintings…drawings…sketch books…and the like….things that show them over a period of time in every way they have been……in every situation they have experienced….one of my instructors feels if you are a painter…you paint…..nothing else…I don’t agree with that….and feel that if the exploration sends me into carving Oreo cookies into giant 300 foot sculpture as part of some process of discovery….then that’s fine…and a necessary part of the way it all gets to where it gets….

as far as painting….I feel for me….the ability to have slept with a particular style of painting until I know it so well it is difficult to separate me from the work is my ultimate desire…yet along that route…i want to experiment with other ways of thinking….producing work that takes me seriously out of the box…that is comfortable…carpeted…and full of everything I know….place me in the desolate….. where the wind blows hard and it’s very dry…..and I am forced to respond and respond quickly…..learn a new way to…breath differntly….see through my eyes in an alternative way….paint what I know nothing about…in essence….start…..

as an artist…I am constantly looking at works I’ve never seen before…..that is my obligation to me…it takes me out of my box….on….small field trips…gives me the opportunity to see what I’m NOT doing…..and what I would like to try….or not try….it makes me question how things are done….how processes are developed and refined….

one of the greatest things about this is….all of the new tools…..you know…..that stuff you just have to have….and it’s all the Holy Grail……

“The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional.  Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art. ” ~Kenneth Tynan