Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art Is All Over the Place

Art Is All Over the Place

I enjoy the ambiguity

I enjoy the ambiguity of the statement “art is all over the place”. Two meanings immediately come to mind.
1.      Everywhere you look you see, hear, or read some form of art.
2.      There is a tremendous variety in the art that we are exposed to.
Even when we limit the “art” to visual arts, we still are presented with an overwhelming amount of visual variety. With variety comes preferences. With preferences comes identity, which leads to choices. When choices are made they often become personal. When people have similar preferences and choices they often form “camps”. Now the variety is becoming filtered. It is a way we deal with the overload. As we identify with a certain media, style, genre, etc., we become personally invested. Now things start to get interesting….
Groups, clubs, associations have been formed to impose filtering. Rules are agreed upon. Renegades need not apply. Of course, there are more open-minded associations, but even then most require a declaration. Watercolor, oil, mixed media, collage, drawing, sketch….there are so many methods, so many ways to filter….abstract, observational, realistic, plein air, urban sketch, landscape, portrait, figurative….
Sometimes the filtering becomes boundaries. The strong personal identity leads to exclusion and exclusion to elitist attitudes. To me this is detrimental to “art”. Of course, I understand that if you are having a Watercolor or other media competition you need the boundary. I’m referring to outside of competition when some artists take a position that only their favorite media is legit.
So much for my mini-rant. I know there are very few artists out there that take these extreme positions, but I do occasionally come across them.
I’m so new to “art” that I just now learning about the “camps”. I haven’t been considering them much. I have “paintings” with Gouache, Acrylics, Watercolor, Ink, and Charcoal. I wasn’t filtering at all. Just grabbing for something that might solve a problem. Maybe as I mature as an artist I will gain control over my impulses. Learn to filter. I doubt it, though.
I am reusing a painting from the Still-life post.
So Succulent - 11x14 canvas on frame,
mostly gouache, but acrylic, a bit of watercolor,
ink, and a smudge of charcoal.
Today I have been reading reviews about acrylic gouache. It sounds intriguing. Just might solve a few of my problems. It won’t solve my main problem, though. I just need to do some painting. I haven’t made a mark in days.
Anybody have experience with acrylic gouache???

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