Monday, March 23, 2015

More Vacation Sketches (Not exactly why)
As promised, some traditional, not digital, goof-off sketch-cartouches.
 There's something very relaxing about hand-drawing symmetrical designs. Imperfect, rough-ish art has always appealed, and little baroque designs hit the spot sometimes. That's the why of it.
Over the years, in many conversations with gallery owners and patrons, I've been advised to be able to speak lucidly about the "whys" of my creations. Before that, I was encouraged by teachers and profs to do the same. Lately, I've read several blogs stating that an artist looks like an ignorant lump if unwilling to explain the "whys" of their art.

But flip it around. Would anyone who has bought an artwork want to explain "why" they purchased it, what deep, buried-in-their-unconscious mind-reasons provoked them to spend money on it? That seems pretty absurd.
It's not that I don't wonder sometimes, why certain themes continue to crop up in my work, and there's value in thinking about it for me as a creative person.  But I simply don't always wish to say, or even give it the time better spent creating more images.
Sure, I can tell you that I love scarecrows, and that Disney's Scarecrow of Romney Marsh series was a favorite of mine as a kid, blah blah blah.... 
But in truth, many of my sketches and works, like the one above, emerge from the paper or canvas as I'm drawing them. Guess it's like automatic writing or something. That alone is often enough for me, and it can be pretty thrilling.

And yes, I could easily make up a lot of horse manure about the heavy meanings behind each artwork I produce. I'd sound wonderfully intelligent, and I'm sure it would make the works so much better (oh sure it would). Seriously, I didn't become an illustrator and artist by being an ignorant lump, but I also don't care to increase my "stature"--or my income-- by being phoney.
 Finally, the work either speaks to the viewer or it doesn't. Too much explanation by the artist only steals the viewer's own imagination and personal interpretation of the piece. Plus, I'm just the maker--I don't care to be the object of attention. If that were my goal I'd wear silly clothes, act really quirky, or paint my body or something.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these little creations, and
thanks for reading!


  1. Oh no! Don't paint your body, lol. I find you sketches interesting and imaginative. They cause me to stretch a little and think about my emotional and intellectual responses to the imagery. (But not to the point of being phony- ha ha). Thank you for another interesting post.

    1. I promise--no body painting :) Glad to know that the images are demanding a bit of a response, too. Thank you for your comments, Miss Gladys!


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