The shapes used in the Visual Arts can be compositional and constructional. Artists use the compositional shapes as themes driving the symphony of their work. Within that theme are the smaller pieces, the pieces that link this visual language to the real world. They hold it together, each piece working on its own but nothing without the whole.
In symphonic music, a piece revolves around a period, generally eight measures that define the theme. In its most abstract form it’s a shape of sound. This shape will be used throughout the piece: stretched, twisted, turned. Always returning us to the delight of the original theme.
Recent events have shown how far we’ve advanced and how great humanity can be. I want to focus on that. This was difficult to write though because it’s a dedication that needs the appropriate voice. So, I yield to those voices . . .
In the Fine Arts there is something extraordinary that can happen, if you’re paying attention. If you’re open. If you’re allowing yourself to be sensitive to it. In this instance, it’s the “Alchemy” of Oil Paint, but it happens elsewhere.
Vigor (noun) – strength, energy, or determination
This has never been a field for the weak or the timid. This is neither the time nor the place to hesitate. Fill your brush with strength, energy, and determination.
The greatest names have always held strong to our hearts. Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rodin. All inspire something, some great feeling. The names as words possess an energy unto themselves. Just the mere mention straightens the spine and quickens the pulse. As greatness should.
On a recent visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, my soul was nourished and I was reminded of vigor.
When thinking of color, too often ideas about the “local color” interfere. We think too much about color as a rigid construct. The sky is blue, the grass is green. These thoughts are meaningless. When thoughts of local color take over, we have paintings of things. Looking to other artists for knowledge, we find many thoughts and solutions to color.