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October 21, 2012


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Lopez Moral | Landscape art

Excellent post and great work that you develop.

rebecca nolda

Sue, thanks for writing about this. I think it's a tricky problem, but one well worth pursuing. I write because it helps me fasten down my ideas a bit and it gives me another side of my art--not just an image but a way to think about what I am trying to do, what interests me in making certain images, etc. Approaching writing with questions is perfect. It makes it an exploration not a series of answers.

sue smith

The idea for this post came from a book on Agnes Martin that I am reading, where she describes her efforts to remove the "me" from the work. Martin writes " I have sometimes, in my mind, put myself ahead of my work...I was taught to think that I looked very big and the work small. But now I see it quite differently."

I was curious to find out what other artists thought, about whether writing the formal Artist Statement got in their way at all. Or whether they found that casual writing about the work helped clarify their thoughts. I know from my own experience that an Artist Statement works extremely well for a particular body of work, but not as a means to define the artist's journey.

Donna Sellers

Thanks for your comments about writing about your art. My husband and I are co-artists and we both enjoy traveling in our imagination, especially true after finishing an art piece. As we primarily do "Story Art," our work does indeed inspire many possible stories for each painting and we want to encourage others to do the same. We are thinking of starting a blog and opening an avenue for sharing art and stories with others but so far we are, as you said, focused so much on the visual art, that we are just beginning on the writing. Mostly we just share with each other and others in local exhibits, which is one of our greatest passions. As past therapists of the deep and creative arts of the mind and body, our mixed media/ acrylics approach reflects too many themes to put into one collection.

Patrick Gracewoodstudio

Excellent post, Sue.
Writing about my art changed because of my blogging. The regular practice has given my writing confidence and simplicity.
Funny, that's what I want in my art as well.

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