I was rereading my artist statement after one day. Is it still true. Yes. I think I don’t know the outcome of my work but it is also another thing.
Art therapy is happens without you even knowing it. Everything in your experience comes out and will manifest one way or another. This gives everyone their own style .
I paint what I need to paint to deal with my thoughts. The result is different for every viewer according to their experience of course too. So maybe a certain look will either attract you or totally put you off depending on your immediate experience. So it is art therapy for both artist and viewer. It is healing for both.
I like to think my work can heal you. What else is art for if not that, I look at old paintings and think of what was happening to me then and how things turned out. Do they weather the storm with you too and do you find new things as your life changes.
Art is sort of a living thing that grows with you.
I have an orchid that blooms so much it is ridiculous. It blooms and is spectacular and the blossoms last for a couple of months which in itself is pretty fabulous. It quietly slips off those blossoms and bursts forth another outfit in a new arrangement of snow light. Doesn’t the orchid need a sleep stage like every other plant. Isn’t it tired after all that work?
Do I blossom like that?? I seem to need a few months in between working on work to just sleep and do nothing. Like this blog, sometimes I go a couple months before I write.
Its time to wake up now with a show on the horizon and not rest on my laurels. . Last night I got the entire show delivered to me in a dream so I am just going to go do it. This is the first dream show so you and I both will see how it unfolds.
What do I want to say? facts… too boring and totally not important here. You want to know the spirit and the secret place all this paint flew from. You want to know an invisible thing put into words. These words will have to do , but think of them as portals to a new place. The truth is the feelings don’t come out till after the painting is done. While I am doing it I have no feeling that I can say. So I don’t start with a feeling.
the only exception is the grief paintings when my Dad died but usually there is no feeling. there also is no idea.
I enter the painting process the same way you do. Discover it as it goes. I just take all the paint out that makes me sick and leave the rest. When it is done I know its done and no more can be done or it will be ruined. Thats when I stop. Art is knowing when to stop.
The images I do are not anything about women or tables or chairs or anything that you look at. I really can’t draw to save my life and that in itself makes my art the way it is.
My subjects though on the whole , are only the mannequin from which the real art hangs.
I think people act one way with people they don’t know and then another way with people they are super close to. There is a third group of people that are even closer , and that is people who do your same work.
Being with artists is the most euphoric experience because we have this big huge thing in common. We have this life force in common and this way of thinking that is different from other relationships.
I wonder if anyone has looked at artists’ minds in an X-ray and seen a common thing there. Maybe one part of our brain is bigger than other people or maybe one part is missing.
All I know is that being with a group of them is like breathing pure mountain air without the climb.
I was reading that it is healthy to be with other artists so we could spark each other. I think it might be more than that, People need to be by each other for more than that.
Its more than just getting ideas. Its more like getting validated that no you aren’t crazy and yes you have value and you are important. We are so in our own worlds a lot of the time that it is easy to feel like an alien.
Art groups are so good for that and most artists are not even in one, like me I’m not right now and I sure would love to be. If you stay alone too long you automatically go crazy and we wouldn’t want that.