Monday, February 23, 2009
A picture is worth a thousand words... but what do you do when you own thousands of photographs? My private collection may be an oxymoron (LOL). Most readers would assume this is a rhetorical question; however, I assure you it is not. When ever I go through the files I always feel as if I am about to have a Dr. Seuss moment for one could get lost playing in there if he or she is not very careful (and the fact of the matter is my friends frequently do).
We are so into eye candy, we can spend an entire day just hunting around for something beautiful to obsess over and capture for later use. I don't know how your friends feel about your photographs, but my friends go wild because I take very interesting pictures and they always want to know how my shots come out "like that" when theirs look so much different. We can talk about focal points, film, digital cameras and lens apertures for hours on end. Do you know why? It's because we are passionate about our photography. Talking about Photoshop is not something the average person in the street would want to hear about, but I do and frequently read text books on the subject. God wired artist differently on purpose, HE stamped our DNA with that extra wire that helps us see the world differently through our mind, will and emotions. We're "gifted." Our left and right side of the brain function very differently. We've got that switch we can flick to channel our creativity.
There are so many ways to define passion. Each definition has an intimate meaning for the person experiencing it, but it's an intangible quantification internalized that one may not always be able to articulate to another person who has no interest or appreciation for the gift set before them.
Every work of art is a gift of expression. If you don't have a meeting of the minds, you will not experience the meeting of the soul. You will risk missing the very quality that makes the work beautiful.
Artist are people who want you to see what they see how they see it, not necessarily how it really is. If realistic in the rendering, then it is the detail and point of view we obsess over, manipulating the colors, textures and contrasts as best we can to share a special moment in time that will never quite ever be exactly the same because time marches on and the moment has passed. The more unique the imagine, the happier we become. That's why I love creating paintings. I start with nothing and turn it into something and people are always amazed at what it is I am able to make them see.
Part of my passion for creativity is enjoying the reaction of surprise when a patron observes a work of art for the very first time. To transform what people can define into something they can embrace and admire but not articulate makes the effort worth while. When I create a portrait I am trying to catch my subject's personality. I am looking for a quirk or expression that makes them unique and readily identified to anyone who knows what that look means. The ability to read people means one has the ability to recognize when a friend is smiling nicely or giving you a smirk or a secret, sly smile. Why do you think the Mona Lisa is so famous? It's because the artist captured the essence of her smile...
Will I publish my photography and painting collections? Maybe... maybe not. It depends upon the project and I will quite happily confess to being in Copyright Heaven because I have taken a photo, sketched and/or painted just about every category of item, person, cityscape, landscape, seascape, fauna as well as traveled to interesting geographical locations throughout the tri-state area. My sketch books are getting marked up by the two year old, so I think it's time for me to start preparing for another gallery show. I am way overdue and need to move some of this inventory because the little minions have already disposed of 22 paintings while "fixing" them (LOL). I am in the middle of 15 new paintings and I may be giving AR an exclusive sneak peak as I roll along with my projects. After all, a few of my blogging buddies are this years Gallery Guide victims (LMAO). Not everyone is going to be able to fly into New York for the show. :-)
My passion is art and I am always an artist. It colors how I think and everything that I do. It's a lovely gift from God and I think I am so passionate about it because when ever I create something out of nothing I always find myself thinking HE does that... I'm taking after my Daddy in Heaven... What a lovely feeling. :-)
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