Viewing Art Notes
Viewing art can be exhilerating and depressing. I think it is important to view some other art regularly because it stimulates my creative ideas about painting. I also think it can be a mistake to spend too much time looking at other work. I can become depressed over art that is either better than mine or worse, yet more successful in popularity or sales.
When you reach the professional level of established artist it important to believe in your own muse. There will always be more talented painters than I am. That is part of life. I can either try to copy the styles of popular artists or be myself with my own place in the art world. I choose to be myself and work to improve my skills and grow.
I have found that fame and popularity are unnecessary for making a living as a painter. Being the best I can be and honoring those who purchase my work make me successful. I can enjoy my work and pay my bills. What else do I need?
For beginner and emerging painters who are trying to find their style, my advice is to spend time viewing art that you like. Find a dozen painters whose work you admire. Begin to look for the reasons you are attracted to their work. You might find that you are drawn to certain compositions, color schemes, value schemes in their work. If you find you are liking high contrast work, mid range work or darker paintings, then these will give you clues to what you may develop in your own future style. Now that you have these clues, let go of others’ work and pursue your own direction. Your style will show itself in it’s own time. You can not force it.
I have learned that painters are somewhat pre-wired in certain directions. I know that I am a warm palette, high contrast painter, skewed toward lighter key with accents of dark. I am not a mid range painter or tonalist. I know they are quite popular, but are simply not in my interest or skill set.
Forget what other people do or what is in fashion. Paint for yourself always. Remember that the popular painters you see, struggled for some time to be known and to achieve the skills they have hard earned. Don’t rob them of that, they deserve it.
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
Broccoli Spoon Bread
1 package frozen chopped broccoli (10–12 oz)
1 (8.5-oz) box corn muffin mix
1 (14.75-oz) can cream-style corn
2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray.
Microwave broccoli on HIGH 3 minutes or until thawed. Drain broccoli thoroughly, squeezing to drain any water; transfer to medium bowl.
Stir remaining ingredients into broccoli until blended; transfer to baking dish. Bake 25–28 minutes or until center is set and top is golden. Serve.