works on my easel today
I’m not meaning to offend, but a thread on a art forum I visit got me a bit worked up today, and if you will excuse me, I need to vent.
Realism bores me.
I have no interest in it. For me, the preference a lot of ‘art lovers’ have for realism is their narrow and self-conscious view of what constitutes ‘art’. I think a lot of people don’t trust their own taste to let themselves fall in love with a work that they fear others may perceive as bad taste or imperfect in some way.
To buy a painting that is recognisably a bowl of obviously well-executed fruit is safe and a well-worn path, but to purchase a unique work and invest in an artist’s personal vision takes courage and strength of character. To let oneself be carried away takes bravery in my opinion.
I think we should all be brave.
A website was pointed to – which showed methods for producing realistic art using some quite nifty little tools. Apparently anyone can do it. I looked at the website and had a little pang of ‘that sells…….’ which was quickly overrun by a wave of ANYONE CAN DO IT. And Yeah – and it’s boring and safe, safe, safe, safe – and it doesn’t feed anyones soul.
I can paint realistically, but in my view a demonstration of technical ability alone doesn’t feed the soul of art-maker or art-purchaser. If you would like a bowl of fruit so real you could reach out and touch it, you should bloody well go and buy some fruit – and enjoy reaching out and touching it and eating it too.
I do what I do because I need to, and I want to, and I hope it makes others happy to own one. I hope my works continue to send out good vibes in the homes they find themselves in because they are visually pleasing, and because they remind the purchaser that they were brave, and marvellous and helped the artist pursue their vision as well.
I hope people who buy my work will be rewarded with good kharma, and that they will continue to grow in value. I am doing everything I can to ensure they will be worth more than they were bought for at some point in the future, but I also hope that is irrelevant, because I hope that they will be enjoyed by the person who bought them for a lifetime.
I vote for continuing to be brave, and to encourage others to be brave. It’s evolutionary. It’s honest. It’s good.