Art is a verb. It is for viewing, contemplating, listening,
reading, watching, questioning, performing. Art is that which
demands attention. It can be intellectual or emotional.
Last year on her birthday, Elsha made presents for us. The stone
I received said "why not?" It inspired this haiku:
A long series of
"what if" and "why not" brings me
to this paradise
My art career was in abstract painting - predominantly mixed
media on paper. I was moderately successful in the Psych 101 way of
an experiment giving intermittent rewards Just enough success to
keep me going. I was persistent enough to stay in the game, but
never a star. It didn't matter as I like what I do. I view abstract
art like instrumental music where there is freedom of
interpretation. Abstractions requires more work on the viewers part
to learn a visual language. Realistic art, is like putting lyrics to
the music. It gives clues to a narrative, but it is limiting. My
fascination is with shapes and textures, sometimes disguised as
people or palms.
Artists get to focus our attention. A melody can stick with you
for days, a book can change your life, you can get lost in a film
makers world for 90-120 minutes, maybe repeatedly, and you can enjoy
a painting for years. But without that interaction: a communication
between two or more people it is meaningless.
It is just lines on paper.