“The Storyteller,” soft pastel on sandpaper, 20″ x 26″
A: I’m sure you and other viewers will see all kinds of states of mind, like anguish, happiness, and everything in between. I think that’s wonderful because it means my work is communicating a message to you. Sometimes people have told me that my images are unsettling and that’s fine, too. I would never presume to tell anyone what to think about my work. As one reviewer put it, “What you bring to my work you get back in spades!”
Some of this is intentional, but some is not. My day-to-day experiences – what I’m thinking about, what I’m feeling, what I’m reading, the music I’m listening to, etc. – get embedded into the work. I don’t understand exactly how that happens, but I am glad it happens. This work does come from a deep place, much deeper than I am able to explain even to myself. After nearly three decades as an artist, the intricacies of my creative process are still a mystery. Personally, I am very fond of mysteries and don’t need to understand it all.
Comments are welcome!
Posted in 2014, An Artist's Life, Art in general, Black Paintings, Creative Process, Inspiration, Pastel Painting, Photography, Quotes, Working methods
Tags: "The Storyteller", about, admit, anguish, anyone, artist, aspect, between, bit, Black Paintings, bring, certain, communicating, contemplation, create, creative, day to day, decades, deep, describing, effective, embedded, enjoy, everything, experiences, explain, feeling, fine, fond, force, glad, happens, happiness, images, intellectual, intentional, interaction, intricasies, listening, message, mind, mix, music, myself, mystery, nearly, paintings, pastel, people, personally., place, pose, presume, process, question, rather, reading, reviewer, sandpaper, series, simply, soft, something, sometimes, spades, states, sure, talk, think, unsettle, variety, viewers, wide, wonderful, work
* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.
I cannot even imagine the individual arts sufficiently distinct from one another. This admittedly exaggerated attitude might have its most acute origin in the fact that in my youth, I, quite inclined toward painting, had to decide in favor of another art so as not to be distracted. And thus I made this decision with a certain passionate exclusivity. Based on my experience, incidentally, every artist needs to consider for the sake of intensity his means of expression to be basically the only one possible while he is producing. For otherwise he could not easily suspect that this or that piece of world would not be expressible by his means at all and he would finally fall into that most interior gap between the individual arts, which is surely wide enough and could be genuinely bridged only by the vital tension of the great Renaissance masters. We are faced with the task of deciding purely, each one alone, on his one mode of expression, and for each creation that is meant to be achieved in this one area all support from the other arts is a weakening and a threat.
Ulrich Baer, editor, The Wisdom of Rilke
Comments are welcome!
Posted in 2013, An Artist's Life, Art in general, Art Works in Progress, Black Paintings, Creative Process, Inspiration, New York, NY, Painting in General, Pastel Painting, Pearls from Artists, Photography, Quotes, Studio
Tags: "The Wisdom of Rilke", achieved, acute, admittedly, alone, area, art, artist, attitude, based, basically, bridge, certain, consider, creation, deciding, decision, distinct, distracted, easily, editor, exaggerate, exclusivity, experience, expressible, expression, face, fact, fall, favor, finally, gap, genuinely, great, imagine, incidentally, incline, individual, intensity, interior, master, means, mode, origin, otherwise, painting, passionate, possible, producing, purely, Rainer Maria Rilke, Renaissance, sake, Studio, support, suspect, task, tension, threat, Ulrich Baer, view, vital, weakening, wide, world, youth