FACT OR FICTION?


Flight of Fantasy

60 x 80 cms

Museum Aquarelle & Luminance coloured pencils on Canson pastel board

Own reference.

I have recently completed a drawing that I started 6 years ago. It was one of those drawings where I had to be ‘in the zone’ because of the nature of its subject and composition. I’m not publishing it as it will be entered for an upcoming art prize. This drawing gave birth to the one featured today (and there have been others). What is of particular note is that today’s drawing is radically different.

I often ‘play’ with images of my completed drawings using different apps. The results are varied, but always interesting. On this occasion my imagination led me to believe that what I was looking at were objects flying across a landscape woven with shapes. Yes, this was an ‘accident’, but without such research it would never have happened. The result is a rather abstract composition with some decipherable landscape objects.

Should artists always paint/draw what they see? What happens if they ‘see’ something different? On such occasions (unfortunately) commercialism rears its ugly head and often such ‘fictional creativity’ is destroyed. Frankly, I’m rarely influenced by the commercial viability of subjects for artwork. That explains why I don’t sell as much work as I would like to. Factual representational art always has a chance of selling. Those of us who walk a different path suffer for being unconventional.

Richard

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About artkleko

artist, art curator, art teacher, art judge, art critic
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7 Responses to FACT OR FICTION?

  1. Probably most of us who have had some art training could produce work that appeals to the buying public, but I prefer to experiment and simply enjoy my art, and I think this would be the same for you too. Its important not to compromise one’s integrity if at all possible. However, if one relies on selling art in order to survive, that’s a different thing. Although, having said that, I would probably prefer to get an ordinary job rather than compromise. Treading our own path can pay off every now and then though, with recognition of other kinds!

  2. Donna Hoffman says:

    I’m a retired Gifted and Talented teacher and I learned that artists of all stripes move to a different drummer. Even though funding for teaching gifted kids has been taken away, we need to respond to and embrace the work of those who are marginalized because of their vision and the way they are compelled to interact with the world around them. It takes courage to put your Self out there.

    • artkleko says:

      Thanks Donna for your comments. Unfortunately, those who play a different tune struggle in more ways than one for both recognition and self-confirmation that what they do is valid and meaningful.

  3. Linda J. Kulyk says:

    I guess I am one of the people who walk a different path — because I LOVE this!!

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