What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
It's a good idea to take yourself seriously as an artist but don't slide over into the area of pomposity. Art that moves us deeply is a wondrous creation. The world would be emptier without those art pieces that make us cry, that make us want to shout, or that strike us into silent awe. Yet there is also something to be said for the artwork that simply makes us smile-- or occasionally laugh out loud!
Of course, everything that applies to creating a "regular" art is equally important in humorous art. Good composition with a nice flow of the eye through the work, color choices that work, a balance of values that helps us make visual sense of the work, etc. This is so important to me that even in newspaper comics, the quality of the drawing can make a difference in whether I read the cartoon. Simple is fine, but you lose me if it's ugly.
The painting/drawing I show here is at first glance a simple, charming cityscape at a street corner in an older section of town. Only at second glance does the viewer begin to check out the various oddities. I recently had it on display in a show, and usually the snake in the planter or the dog in the street was the first unexpected element that caught people's eyes then they were drawn in to the rest of the detail.
Several artists on ArtId make good use of humor if you wish to check their work. These include Bruce MacDonald, whose "Well Dressed Frog" I particularly like, ArtId blogger Michael Mize when he moves away from painting and printmaking and goes wild with Photoshop, and Allan Baker with his intriguing drawings. There are many others whose works I'm apt to click on when they pass across the banner on the home page.
Some of the most delightful 3-D humor I've seen is found in the works of Samuel Bassett and Pepe Pool http://www.studiosamba.net/Exu-Cli.html who live just up the highway from me. Their cartoon series touch on the absurdities of the English language, on our tendency to adopt cliches, and on aspects of the economy. You may want to take a look.
Humor helps us all get through life's tough moments as well as enjoy the bright ones. So if you are having the kind of day when that great museum piece just isn't going to happen, lighten up. Play. Let the absurd in. You don't even have to show the painting if is too far from the image you cultivate. Maybe you'll share it with a friend and both share laughter.