Impressionism is presented by small thin brush strokes sometimes barely visible. It is an emphasis on the way light changes in the scene. The light changes suggesting a passage of time. Often the colors are soft rather than bold. The colors become more important than the strokes. The picture on the left below by Claude Monet was titled Impression, Sunrise and was oil on canvas
Growing up I did not think I was a good artist but even so I took a art class in the 9th grade. Many in the class were talented and I wondered if I had made a mistake. Mr. Lampson, the teacher was passionate about art and early in the school year he mentioned a phrase that just drove him crazy. He explained that when he heard someone say, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like”, that he just wanted to scream because he took it very personally and felt offended.
He said it wasn’t really our decision if “Art was art”, adding that, "We don't inform art, that art informs us".
Even though this class and teacher did not set me on the path of greatness in art, it did get me thinking, and over the years many things I learned told me that Mr. Lampson was right. Art does have its own role and purpose, but the question of whether art is a reflection of the artist’s feelings, or if art created those feelings, is still unclear. Maybe it is both?
Oscar Wilde, in his 1889 essay, "The Decay of Lying" said that: “Life imitates Art, more than Art imitates Life, and what is found in life and nature is not what is really there, but is that which artists taught people to find there, through art”.
Do we really see what is there, or what an artist taught us to see? It has been found that people do see what they are conditioned to see. When people are hypnotized and asked about what they saw when they walked through a room they have very different answers than when not hypnotized. People under hypnosis can remember the number of tiles on the ceiling, or even the faces on the magazines laying on the tables, and they can’t remember those things otherwise. Their conscious mind was not interested in them. .
Mr. Lampson also showed us how a lump of clay, spinning on a pottery wheel, grasped by an artists hands changed into what he imagined for the clay to be and said that the clay itself informed the artist through the feelings it brought. He said that the bowls and vases produced were different when finished than what was first intended and that the clay could talk to us. He attempted to teach us how to listen.
Writers and artists reveal much about themselves in what they do but they also find a great deal waiting to be expressed.
Is the Object of Art to give Life a Shape or is it to give Shape a Life?
Pink flowers represent grace and elegance and are captured in paintings to communicate feelings.
The object of art may be to give life a shape, according to Shakespeare, but does the painting of a flower ever equal or surpass the original?
Clay is modeled, dried, and fired, usually with a glaze or finish, into a vessel or decorative object. Clay is a natural product dug from the earth.
The spirit of the potter and the earth come together to inform us of beauty.
PS: Note to those that love Art. See the review of “Art Before Breakfast” by Danny Gregory Click Here.
Qute by Danny Gregory
“It’s ironic that people speak of artists as dreamers. I think they are the most grounded people around. Conscious and present. As an artist, you really see life, connect with its beauty, and create something that shares those observations with others. You notice things.”
Is Street Art really Art?
If the main difference between graffiti writing and street art is intention the what is the intention of each approach? Graffiti writers are said to be not interested in the general public understanding their artwork and are primarily concerned with other graffiti writers who can decipher the coded tags and appreciate the style of the writing. This ignores the intended public impression that is created by graffiti which can be complex.
To assume that street art is intended for a different audience still leaves the question as to whether it is really art? Perhaps it is enhanced art with the advantages of real surprise being captured.
Contrast can be a defining principle of art. Opposite elements of light & dark colors, rough & smooth textures, large & small shapes create and capture the message...............
Contrast creates it’s own dominance and we are drawn to where the artist wants us to go.
Does art communicate ideas or emotions, or is it just decorative? We express ourselves with the tools we have and words, feelings and eyes serve us well in that regard.
Art can be in various forms, shapes, colors and texture, but the meaning will be different depending on what the viewer knows of them.
If the meaning is weak then the images may lack the needed complexity. Graffiti qualifies as art but some disagree and some feel it is only negative saying “If art was a positive agent of change graffiti would have made a better society out of all of us.”
Isn’t the question really what is better, not, is that art?
Some say art is a human invention and that nature is not art because art needs a conscious mind and nature is not conscious, some say.
Beauty is just a part of art but art is not always beautiful nor it has to be beautiful to be consider art.
Some may be surprised to find that nature may indeed be conscious and occasionally turns mans work into Art.
“We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents” - Bob Ross
“A picture is a poem without words” - Horace
“Every artist was first an amateur” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Listening is an art that requires work, focus, insight, self-discipline, and skill. Art springs from knowing when to listen …………………….
See prior posts: The Texture of Art, Natural Art, Does Street Art Speak to the Marketplace, Painting is Poetry and More
Texture is used to depict depth and dimension. It is an element of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs and is distinguished by its perceived visual and physical properties. Use of texture, along with other elements of design, can convey a variety of messages and emotion
Some things feel just as they appear; this is called real or actual texture. Some things look like they are rough but are actually smooth. Texture that is created to look like something it is not, is called visual or implied texture.
“Those freckles make you seem like a galaxy of stars, just waiting to be explored and loved.”
― Nikita Gill
Natural Art, painted by the creator.
Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in a community on its surrounding buildings, streets, trains, and other publicly viewed surfaces.
So does Street Art speak to you? The marketplace speaks to us and business people who want to know what to do “Listen to the Marketplace” (see essay on this in Essay Section) Should artists listen ?
So is Street Art a reflection of the marketplace? Artists can listen to what it has to say and learn from it. It will tell of trends, fads and coming changes. The artists who paint Street Art live in society and their voice is revealing?
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
Texture is an element of art that is used to bring depth and dimension.
Smooth strokes create a softness and rough, reckless and varied strokes create hardness conveying a message.
Paints can be blended and three dimensional effects can be created.
Texture can be implied using a combination of long and short strokes but texture is an important goal.
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
Julius Klever(1850-1924), "Golden Autumn"
Oil painting has unique character-like properties that speak to you in a different way from other art forms, or photography.
The oil paint is different in flexibility and depth of color and can be applied in many ways, from thin glazes diluted with turpentine, or linseed oil, to dense thick paste........ (more on this in previous post in this section July 30th, "Oil Paints Resonates Realism)
1. Digital Oil Painting of Mother of Thousands Plant by Charles W. Bailey Jr
2. Digital Oil Painting of Rutland Beauty Flowers
3. Vincent Van Gogh, Church at Auvers
4. Charlie's Girl
“What do you think an artist is? …he is a political being, constantly aware of the heart breaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. Painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.”- Pablo Picasso
Why do artists present faceless art? The quick answer seems to be that that viewer quickly ignores the absence of the face and looks for beauty elsewhere.
Art can have its own voice: an active or a passive voice. The difference in voice with language is determined by subject of sentence. If it performs the action it is active and if it receives the action, then it is passive.
Faceless art changes the subject. The energy and focus of the image take from the face and focuses it on the body, changing he dialogue. The body, cloths, surrounding, colors, and textures are left alone to project their own raw emotion.
Leonardo da Vinci said that “Art was art”, adding that, "We don't inform art, that art informs us". The message that art brings may be more exact if the art has a face compared to one that is faceless leaving us to find what the face might be.
Art can have its own voice: an active or a passive voice. The difference in voice in language is determined by subject of sentence. If it performs the action it is active and if it receives the action, then it is passive. Did you eat it (Active) or was it eaten by you (Passive). The issue is how the action occurs.
If a painting has an active voice it can be found in the same way. What is the subject of the painting and does it make the people who view it want to stand and look longer, as compared to a passive voice which evokes just a shorter look.
Bold textures, vivid colors and strong contrasts, like those found in oil painting, present active subject areas. Smoother textures, more neutral colors, and less bold colors all create relationships that express passive areas.
Sometimes a painting is either all active, or all passive, but sometimes an artist may blend and present two types of expressions in the same work. It is tempting to take a quite peaceful setting and add something bold.