This is my 90th post! Do I want a medal for it? YES!
Continuing with page 19 of my Altered art book:
I thought that this extract from my dissertation would go quite well with page 19 of my Altered art book:
“The idea of the artist as magician is not a new one. The act of creating out of nothing could be in itself, an act of conjuration. In a sense, all art is an illusion. The actual act reality of the feeling that the artist experiences when he paints – by the very act will go into the painting: making the painting a physical reality. Hopefully, there will be a reciprocal exchange between viewer and painter. Sometimes this will be a deliberation on the painters behalf: sometimes, accidental communication may be established. Many ‘tricks’ may be employed by the artist/magician that he will have learned through his apprenticeship in the arts. Where it is possible to depict sadness or pathos in a figurative narrative painting through the learning of the craft, what actually are we admiring when we look at these images? surely this art is more about the ‘cleverness’ of the artist as a magician and, if that be so, then the subject matter then becomes secondary. Through abstraction, it is possible to provoke emotional responses through colour and form in a non figurative way – reaching the viewer directly through the senses…..”
“My large canvas ‘Veil’ incorporates drawing and painting. Gestural marks made with soft pastel were stroked onto the canvas. These sweeping marks were then smudged with a damp brush and when dry, worked into again. This provided a framework, albeit a blurred definition of the drawing. Subconsciously, a uniform rhythmical pattern began to emerge which I then began to work against with white acrylic paint in places. The whiteness of these spaces began to detract from the work, so these were washed down again with watered down soft pastels.