Friday, 24 January 2020

A LITTLE MYSTERY

A Nest for One by Sea Dean

"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people."
Edgar Degas

I see thousands of pieces of art each month as I tour galleries, shows and studios and view newsletters and mega art platforms online. It always amazes me what a huge variety of work is being produced, and especially how the designation of what is “art” is expanding daily. I saw a TV show a couple of years ago where so called “experts” were debating whether a carefully constructed and brilliant piece of fabric collage could be considered art. I bet they would be embarrassed today if they saw a rerun. I’ve had my own battles over exhibiting and selling my completely original, non photographic but digital iPad drawings.

GLACIER LAKE by Sea Dean

However, I digress. A minority of professional artists have other streams of income, like pensions or supporters, but most need to make a living. So what most artists want to know is the secret to creating art that sells. After years of collecting and creating, I have to agree with Monsieur Degas, there needs to be a little mystery, something that stops people in their tracks and makes them ponder. A collector may even buy a piece of art just because the mystery compels them. There’s a reason why detective shows are so popular, because we all love a challenge.

So the next time you finish a work and step back, ask yourself if there is enough left unexplained for the viewer to explore. Perhaps you can't even figure it out. As far as I’m concerned thats another reason for ignoring some of the rules.

BLUE WEAVE by Sea Dean

Sometimes the mystery is just where, like in an impressive landscape, or why, as in my nest with one egg. Sometimes its in the technique or the fact that something is indistinct, as in my weave painting above. What mysteries appeal to you, or what is the best one you have created? I’d love to read your comment.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

I’m Easy Like Sunday Morning


Art Lover AKA Josephine has new additions and a new owner. Thank you Artfinder for enabling the sale. She is on her way to California, believe it or not in a plastic Christmas Tree storage box which fit most of her parts.

I asked my patron if he wanted to add a favorite quotation and he chose ”I’m easy like Sunday morning” lyrics by Lionel Richie. In honor of the late Leonard Cohen I also added one of my favorite lyrics, “There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”. And on the sole plate there is an addition of hammered paint and sgraffito and lyrics from Paul Simon “I have diamonds on the soles of my shoes”.

As she has been in several exhibitions, I conducted a search for exhibition wear and touched her up, finishing with a triple coat of matte varnish before she cured in the fresh air for a few days.

With Josephine off to a new home I’ve been thinking about decorating her pal Oscar, who currently graces my lounge and gets frequent hugs from yours truly.

To add a song to your day here are the lyrics and YouTube link for “Easy”.

https://youtu.be/65lZt1EEW4E
Lyrics

Know it sounds funny
But, I just can't stand the pain
Girl, I'm leaving you tomorrow
Seems to me girl
You know I've done all I can
You see I begged, stole, and I borrowed! (yeah)

Ooh that's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning!

Why in the world would anybody put chains on me?
I've paid my dues to make it
Everybody wants me to be
What they want me to be
I'm not happy when I try to fake it! no!

Ooh that's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning!

I wanna be high, so high
I wanna be free to know
The things I do are right
I wanna be free
Just me! Whoa, oh! Babe!

That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning, yeah
That's why I'm easy
I'm easy like Sunday morning, whoa
'Cause I'm easy
Easy like Sunday morning, yeah
'Cause I'm easy
Easy like Sunday morning

Friday, 17 January 2020

Finally Frida VII





I’ve been looking back over my posts last year and I realized that I gave a sneak peek at Frida VII while she was in studio, but never the completed version. She was as much a handful for me as the real life Frida, but after 6 months of work she was complete. I think this is my best painting to date, my Masterpiece, so if I died tomorrow I could say I achieved my 10 year goal.

On the back I quoted Frida Khalo “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” And I think that sums up how I feel about my work heading into 2020. I took time off to spend with my Mum in 2019, but I’m back and excited about what is yet to come!

Thank you all for your continued readership, it means the world to me.

Progress shots