Archive for January, 2010

Artist

January 27, 2010

I’ve been subjected to the definition of  “Artist” for too many years to count.  In the end, I find myself wondering if I need a new word to describe what I do because I can’t be an artist.  What I do isn’t art just because I say it is so, I can’t be an artist.  What I paint isn’t cutting edge or experimental so that leaves me out.  I never got a Masters degree in art so I’m not  a “serious” artist.  I don’t live in New York.  I can’t cut hair.  I’m not much of an interior decorator.  I’m not enough of a showman and I’m not gay…I just don’t fit anyone’s definition of artist these days.  I wonder what would happen to music if we started to apply the same rules to it.  It’s music because I say it is.  “Officer, no muffler on my car is my music and my art”.  If the definition doesn’t work for all the art forms can it work for just one?  If we let the word be used for anything then what does it mean?  It means “anything”, and “nothing” at the same time.  I feel like Art has been dead for some time and now everyone is just feeding on the scraps. 

Studio Time in the New Year

January 2, 2010

This last year has been a strange one.  Due to a few thousand distractions I haven’t done much in the studio and I feel bad about that.  My resolution is to work much more this year at the business of painting.  Having said that, my house is still on the market (market? ) and when it sells, everything will change again.  Painting aboard a boat will be a challenge but, at least there will be no shortage of subject matter for me.  About the only thing I know for sure is that my work will get smaller.  Let’s see.