Artist's Statement: “Consider An Artist’s Eyes”
The Eye For Places and Things
As I have matured as an artist, I find my eyes often roving, scanning the places I go and the things I visit, looking for fascinating scenes, composing shapes into a design that can be engaged with passion. What emerges on paper or canvas does not need to be a masterpiece. But I want it to engage me and, hopefully, move or entertain the viewer.
Of course, my eyes don't do it alone. They have helpers: hours of mastering watercolor and acrylic pigments, hundreds of sketches, a maturing vision that begins to see possibilities where previously I had seen none. I see the potential for a painting as I hike or travel. There is a work of art lurking in a rock outcropping framed by a twisted ancient oak. A rusting piece of an old steam engine. Two snails entwined on a boardwalk in Poland. The cowboy carefully helping youth learn to ride a horse. A bustling city street in Kiev. Wherever the place. Whatever the thing. An artist's eyes help make beginning pencil or pen scratches into a scene that can be inviting.
An Eye for Visions of the Mind
The "theatre of the mind" is another potent tool can make art come alive. It forms in the mind's eye and doesn't need something real to be the stimulus for art to be formed. It utilizes colors, shapes, and lines to be the backbone of a resulting piece of art, an abstracted form without necessarily mirroring something real.
My "theatre of the mind" can work overtime, turning out a painting that doesn't need to represent a real place or thing. And some people who like well-turned-out realistic art may move on to another painting. But I find my Mind's Eye a place where I can play and create and loosen my spontaneity. But don't be fooled. Abstract art can require sweat and problem-solving to mold it into something pleasing and exciting.
Some of my best abstract paintings have emerged when I allowed my sketch pad to be the palette for mingling imagination and free-flowing movement of my pen. The result may not be something that anyone can name. But I'm the one trying to please myself, and I often end up having someone else finding the product alluring.
Thus my tools of creation make use of both my physical eyes and my Mind's Eye.
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