Isn’t it amazing how much art is in our world today. Where ever you look, there are art clubs, schools, workshops, and so much for us to learn. The supplies at our disposal, the method of displaying our work, the abundance of information to learn. Surly, in the history of art and man, the opportunities to become artist, to communicate through our art has never been seen the likes before. The many contradictions, between what is art what isn’t art abounds. I have recently been blessed to have an opportunity to study under an artist who had his training in Eastern Europe. I was blown away to discover that in that world, many hours and years of training are required before an individual can call himself an artist. Whereas in the US, anyone at anytime can declare himself and artist. There is the crux, if we has individuals are born to create in any form, then why struggle to learn. It seems by mere observation, that if as an individual I can declare myself an artist, then do I need to struggle, to learn, to reach and try to perfect my skill to convey my thoughts through my art. I think so. I like that we should always strive to learn to become better with our tools, mediums, our understanding of the visual to tell our story.
“The Artist Model” Oil 24″x36″. The model has her foot resting on a seashell, which I found to be appropriate since it represented her coming out of her shell. While the artists are consumed with trying to capture her image, she is oblivious to their concentrations, she is deep in her thoughts.
This painting was featured in “Pastel Journal Magazine” as an honorable mention in a recent show. It is the faces of one individual in different stages of thought. Reflection, reaction, and realization. It is a pastel and is 12X16.