I’m thinking about art.
What is art? I think there are three components.
There is a creator (or more creators). There is the work and you have a public.
The more the public likes the work the more important the creator(s) become.
But what if there is one creator, one work an one person public who likes the work very much ?
Can you call the work art?
Does it matter why the public likes the work?
And can you call work art if nobody likes it?
I’m not sure…
Yesterday I send two works to an art contest for the television. I have no idea if I send art to the contest.
What is art?
Sometimes I don’t know what to make. A girl is always good. They make me feel happy even if they don’t look happy. I don’t know what that is…
I made this girl on cheap paper in a journal from the flying tiger shop. (I regret it, but it’s to late.)
And with the last finishing finishing touches… I loved to dress her!
After a very busy week I really wanted to do something unpretentious. Just for fun.
I took my inspiration box and drew three cards (papers). Old photo’s of a human being, lace and a mix of patterns. O my, not the easiest cards…. I was tempted to chance one, but then I’d cheat. And I would be unfaithful to my inspiration box idea.
It worked! I had fun and this is the result:
I made these in a journal and the girl and the boats are from a page out a magazine (flow).
I hope you want to hear why I start this series.
It started with a lesson by Carla Sonheim in The year of the Spark. We learned a fabulous technique with gesso and watercolor.
I used that technique for a portrait of a girl from the newspaper.
And I made a self portrait.
That was the beginning of the idea to make more portraits based on family pictures. (only as a reverence) I also had a lot of old frames at my attic and I want to use them for the portraits. I made two last year and then I lost focus. Now in the lessons by Carla Sonheim Y is for Yellow we learn to make a series. The perfect time for me to finish this series. I used all the old frames, painted them black. That is the practical story.
The romantic story is that I made a new family. You can look at a face(s) and imagine if it is your mother, your aunt or your granddad. What is it for person? And how do they all relate? I hope everybody who looks at these imaginary people find there own story.
Here are the last 4 portraits:
I started this series a year ago…. finely I finished it! Such a good feeling!
I start series all the time. Mostly in my head. No damage there. But as I really started a series of work I lose interest after 2 to 4 pieces. I know the process and more or less the outcome so why bother to do more…
All these incomplete series are a burden for me. I know that there is something, in my studio or on the attic waiting for me. I really wanted to finish these series but I lost interest. That cost a lot of energy. So there is damage. I hope to finish all the all ready started projects this year. (or next year)
And I’m more motivated now because I experienced how fantastic it is to see more than four pieces!
I read somewhere that you have to create a lot off the same work to let the public understand what they see. They don’t understand a piece of this and some pieces of that and than again something completely different. To be honest, I don’t understand myself in why and what I create.
So I’m sooo pleased with these portraits. Creating them wasn’t boring, it was interesting. They hang above my piano in the living room so I can see I can do it!
I hope to learn more about myself and my art work by finishing the other series. I let you know!
And I hope to tell you later more about why I made these portraits.