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"what style"

by msonya , December 14, 2008—08:01 AM

Topics: expressionism, impressionism, painterly, personalized, seascape, style

Have read the descriptions for Impressionistic, Expressionistic and Painterly; however as yet still am left with what "style" am painting in. How does one make the most accurate description of their work and does it change from piece to piece as feel my work does? Prehaps am giving myself too much credit to even qualify the work in a select style- Anyone have some input? Do majority of work in mixed media (acrylic inks, watercolor and some collage and textured based gesso)




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01/09/2009 * 07:09:37

web quotes by Robert Genn Twice-weekly newsletter


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12/22/2008 * 12:14:57

Perhaps therein lies an answer of sorts (what credibility warrants artistic validation). If upon reaching into the artwork that create, draw from the viewer an emotional response or reaction to the artwork; that in itself is the credential needed for foundation. A start.


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12/22/2008 * 07:40:57

my mind has come to rest on this quote:
"The only thing that's being overlooked is the human emotion. There are many artists that have titles and degrees, but the ones that are able to really create and invoke emotion are rare. An artist that has a degree might be able to recreate art because they are technically proficient in that medium, but who can replace the computer or photograph when it comes to copies? Why would anyone buy an expensive original when a reprint is much cheaper? Anyone knowledgeable in art (critic) might think this is better than that because one style may take many more hours to complete like from realism to gestural. However, take these pieces in front of a class of kids and it's not hours spent, the strokes are clean, great shading, lines are crisp,undercoat, overcoat, etc...that is taken into consideration. They are moved in the direction of their heart. Their emotion carry them into an ugly thing, beautiful thing, and things that don't make sense to you or I. It's raw. I think as we grow older we tend to develop a split personality. One that says this is better because we've experienced it and know the effort it takes to recreate something. Then there is the "kid" buried deep in our psyche that says "no, no, yeah I know the craftsmanship is unbelievable. I want to give him all the credit that's due to him for all the painstaking effort, but for some reason I want to buy this other one. It's not perfect, something about it, I don't know what it is, but I want it." Things like these are apparent when a class of students are asked to paint a still life. Some will make it perfect because they know the medium. Some will make it imperfect because they can't manipulate the medium. Some will make it imperfect on purpose not because they are technically incapable, but because they were able to see something in the object that goes beyond what can be seen to the level of deep emotion. Then only after this artist has made it apparent we notice it and wonder why we didn't see it before. I think it's a rare gift only a very few artist have. Professional musicians are able to play symphonies perfectly. No flaws absolutely perfect. However, how many professional musicians are able to really create? Like Mozart, Beethoven? I think a true genius of visual arts are able to capture the perfect moment. It might be a mom talking to her baby a man walking his dog. Very mundane things that may have tens of thousands of frames. he is able to capture that one perfect frame out of millions."


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12/22/2008 * 07:16:56

found a quote on website this morn...Robert Genn,
"Buyers should buy art because they think it's good art - not because the artist went to an art school. It's either good work or it's not. Would you pay to see a musical performance because of the quality of the performer or because of who taught the performer? Degrees are irrelevant - unless you plan to teach art. Some of the most pedestrian artists have arts degrees while some of the finest artists are self taught"
this gives me hope but as read through the some 132 entries you find the flip side stated as well.
The importance of a certified art degree.
Nothing replaces the degree of the basics and "certification" that comes with still mulling around out here


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12/21/2008 * 07:31:57

side bar: wonder if being a product of the various workshops have attended is more the credit than category. Am a bit of a clone in that love to imitate the style and direction of those talented artist that take the time to share their knowledge and craft. Many a fine artist out there and am particular fond of searching the masters (thanks to the likes of Peter Barnett, Gary Peterson for providing endless hours of research via the net). All of the folks here at Artids' insight counts as a valuable resource for this individual. Now before you think am schmoozing to get input; have several questions am asking myself and need the insight from all of you to move on without questioning the path am on.

Would be interested in finding out from any of you in the galleries and the staff if research, workshop attendance, and various lines of exploration is as strong a background as putting in the time and money for an art degree.

Have been painting for more than 40 years (kinda had to drop the goal of completing art school when some events happened early on in life) This was nothing traumatic just for rhythm of life opportunities; no implied drama is to be read into the history of my past.

Result has been continued exploration when time and money allowed; to make up for what felt "missed" in life and the hope of being the very best I can be with what our Creator has sparked with my own canvas.

It's a given that one needs the basics of drawing, design and color interpretation just often wonder if what missed in life is ultimately within my each to be an established artist without the degree platform?
(have discussed this in the bio part of my artist statement however in today's market what does hold "water" with today's clients) Does one downsize their resume by being honest at the get go. Does it make the work less "marketable". Given that have spent so many years in the background of the art field coming forward we are told its all about presentation. With that in mind, have opted to use candor(not to be confused with rambling -smile) with honesty being utmost in the presentation.

Perhaps have gone off track with these questions. Ultimately when setting down to paint; at this time in life shut out the questions and put myself in the moment so to speak. When finished; the nagging resumes. Stopped "painting for people some time ago". Want to evolve and question the foundation out IRL in the meantime.


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12/19/2008 * 18:16:27

Good question Mary,I work in mixed media too and it is very hard to describe one's style. It does change from piece to piece. It's almost impossible to categorize some art, the categories on this site are really intended for someone doing a search. They are the keywords that someone might use to look at art. I think it's great that you don't fall into any category, now that's something to give yourself credit for.

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