Never in our world’s history have we seen so many people involved in art. From professionals, to serious amateurs and hobby painters, everybody wants to get into art (or so it seems). But why do they do it?
Some want their work to ‘say’ something others want to experience the process more than the product, while others want to paint things that they understand. The latter is worthy of a blog post on its own.
We all have our reasons for our love (need) of art and all of them to a certain extent are quite valid (here’s another blog topic).
Personally, I look for artwork that has a message, something to ponder over and take with me. It doesn’t have to be deep, but I want it to make me think, not just stare.
I’m ‘over’ artwork that purely celebrates the skill of photographic reproduction. Art is not about direct copying, it’s about one’s own view of the world. Realism is only one of the ways we ‘see’. What about one’s feelings? Joy, anger, misery, love, sensitivity and awareness for example, are great sources of motivation in art.
I do however love the use of photo-realism in symbolism and surrealist artworks, because it’s what the objects represent that is important.
The medium you work with will often determine the success of your art. Take painting and drawing for example. Oils, acrylics, watercolours and gouache have their own individual characteristics, as do coloured pencils, dry pastels, oil pastels and wax crayons. Let’s not forget the ever-increasing role of digital art.
I have a favourite medium (coloured pencils), but I’m careful not to choose a subject that I know isn’t suited. I never want my work to have that ‘drawing’ look, I want a ‘painterly’ feel to my work, so I apply pencil using (brush) strokes and lay colours down side-by-side where applicable.
Why then don’t I use paint?
To be honest it’s more about my perception of drawing in the art world than anything else. I’m tired (actually quite angry) that drawing does not command the same respect as painting in the public domain, and I fear in some sectors of the art establishment. I have a ‘beat them at their own game’ attitude that’s what drives me.
I don’t always work in coloured pencil. I match the medium with a particular idea. Choosing the right medium adds both meaning to your art and shows that medium (we hope) at its best.
If art is a form of visual communication, then what we say is most important, but we should also take care to express our feelings using the appropriate medium.
Today’s images are examples of a theme on ‘Hawley’, a wonderful seaside village on Tasmania’s north coast.
From the top: 1. Digital image, 2. acrylic (flat) painting, 3. photo, chalk pastel, 4. digital painting, 5.digital painting.