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"For the last 20 year period I've been working with ideas conceived as a child." -Red Grooms

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Art As Adventure

     We are preparing for a featured artist show at ShiawasseeArt Center in Owosso, Michigan. The Center has grown so that an additional room is available for more paintings. We are carefully selecting recent works to put into the catalog for the show. In the process of going through paintings, we find ourselves discussing the back story on some pieces, the inspiration, the problem solving on route to completion. The more serious and challenging aspect of going through the inventory is seeing the subtle and not so subtle changes that take place over the course of merrily painting and looking for that next exciting jump hopefully in into future progress. All the last few words are trying to gently say I found some, dare I say, junk.

Summer Fusion 20x24
     Well, what to do with the weak stuff? Everyone in the arts has the same dilemma being self-critical but not beating ourselves up too much. Over the last few years my style has made some changes from object centered to more colors and forms moving and flowing in space creating interesting shapes and patterns. This phase of my journey is uncharted and sometimes down- right nerve racking but I have my guide book, Art and Fear (David Bayles & Ted Orland, The Image Continuum Press, 2004).

Eleven Wonders 16x20 acrylic on linen
     Today’s  comfort reading came just in time ”…the far greater danger is not that the artists will fail to learn anything from the past, but will fail to teach anything new to the future.”

     These words of wisdom are very helpful when looking over the artistic production for this show and thinking of the adventurous steps taken in the last years. Here’s to the new steps taken in the New Year and wishing you artistic adventures without fear.