“Your reach should go beyond what you can grasp.”
“There is a time for….. ” Many of you know in some form or another these often quoted verses in the Bible. I just read these verses in paragraph form and I thought I would share them with you all. It is so rare today for spiritual people to think about their own happiness they are always thinking of others – but it is as these writers state our happiness is”a gift from God.”
Each year “Artists Magazine” conducts a major art competition that draws entries from around the world. The competition is divided into five categories: Abstract/Experimental, Animal/Wildlife, Landscape, Portrait/Figure, and Still Life/Interior. Read an interview with Christine Alfery here: http://www.southwestart.com/articles-interviews/feature-articles/the-jurors-choice
“Campfire” – 48×48 Acrylic on Canvas My daughter and I were recently in Miami during Miami Art Week and Art Basel. I know of no where else where so many fine artists, galleries and lovers of art so gather. South Beach/Miami exploded with the powers and juices of many creative people. The event is
God causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall on both good and evil. Proverbs
It is what we do when the sun shines and the rain falls is where there is difference.
Mere money making has never been my goal, but I have always had the drive, the force, to create art and be an artist.
There has never really been a need for art. Especially, as we understand the concept of art today. Visual images, including 3-dimensional images are used and talked of today as a visual language, an historical document, a political ideology, a psychological outlet, so if these visual images are how the concept of art is understood, known and used today there has been a definite shift away from a concept of art as an independent, unique form as the artists of the 60’s understood and knew the concept of art.
I was never very good at anything. I couldn’t read, I hated math, science did not suit me. Why? I believe I have always been a visual learner, I could not learn like a normal kid. And I was dyslexic.
So how can one find “self” express “self” in their work? The criteria haven’t changed, uniqueness, originality, independence, freedom. What has changed is how those ideas are currently controlled or governed. To pursue self in art one must treat others as individuals, respect the uniqueness of their work, and not be forced to follow in the footsteps of those who want to govern how art and the self in art is understood and is to be governed.
Self and art need a purpose to be. They cannot just be the “in the moment” of aesthetics there is no purpose of in the moment other than that moment, there needs to be more. The self and the artist need to give themselves a gift of genuine self-esteem. That means knowing your work and yourself. Ask yourself how is it that you know your “self?” Ask yourself how is it that you know your “art?”