What Art Means to Me
To me, art is not just a pretty picture, nor is it something produced only to be disgusting. Art is the work of an artist who pours his or her soul onto the paper, or canvas.
I am an artist, I take art very seriously. For me art goes beyond a “pretty picture” or something to match the sofa. There are many people who paint pretty pictures, there are many artists who pour their soul out in a strong desire to express something more. I believe art should have meaning, it should convey a message. This message can be the transfer of information, ideas, or emotions.
I am including photographs of my own art, and using them as examples of my art philosophy. For me personally, cutting down a tree, so a person can draw, or picture of a tree, is ridiculous. Although I love painting and drawing, I try to be careful about what I do as an artist, and what message it conveys. This is not only what art means to me, but what “Good Art” means to me.
Pen and Ink Drawing “Emerald Toucanette”
This sketch is an homage to turn of the century explorers, and particularly those who documented the new animals they found through drawings. These studies had a immediacy about them for the time, akin to modern video. They were gritty and pristine at the same time. This is an example of how art can transfer information. By doing these relatively quick drawings, an artist is able to build their rendering skills. Without a solid foundation on form and structure, a person can not adequately do other forms of art, including abstract.
Pen and Ink Drawing “Will Work for Soul”
This sketched is based on a quote from G. I. Gurdjieff’s concept that humans are not born with a soul, but are robots in search of a soul. It is a fantasy piece, being used to convey a concept. Art that conveys deep spiritual,or psychological ideas, through fantasy or pop culture icons, helps people to digest those ideas on a more intrinsic level. In this piece, the ideas of a mystic like Gurdjieff might be exposed to people whom might not otherwise be reached. My belief is that a good portion of art will convey deeper messages, other than “Oh, what a pretty flower!”. Although to back track on that, many artists paint flowers in such a way that they portray a sense of spirituality, the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, or Van Gogh, for example.