Sunday, January 29, 2012

Close Ups

I am taking an art class. I've already decided that if I desire to grow as an artist, I have to get out of my comfort zone.

I have to make mistakes.

Then I've really been thinking about composition and the aesthetic behind the work.

These 3 paintings are predictable compositions. They are safe. The originals are centered within the canvas.Smack dab in the middle. I cropped them later on to attempt to make them more interesting. But can something this static ever be that interesting? They are still just paintings of a phone, a singer (Karen Carpenter), a little girl, and my Snickers. They don't really evoke any emotion (Except for the painting of my German Shepherd. I am fond of anything having to do with her, but I don't think others feel as strongly about her as I do.). I want to create artwork that is evocative. I'm not talking about the static blobs and geometric designs that hang above your Dentist's Waiting Room. 

I need to focus on goals. How can I make my paintings better? What paintings do I absolutely and whole-heartily admire?
Monet's Le dejeuner sur l'herbe

 Van Gogh's The Sower
And Edward Hopper's Sheridan Theatre

I never noticed this, but there is quite the theme between these 3 paintings for me. I'll have to strive for that commonality from here on out.

Do you see what they have in common? Care to take a guess?

Do you notice what you appreciate about a work of art?

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