Thus it begins. I have accepted an idea true to me. This is about symbolic representation as important to energizing my deepest self. I accept it, my images may mystify some viewers, but no matter how perplexing, puzzling, convoluted, mystifying, and unaccountable it may look to some, this is core me. I must do it. The new painting, "Crevice", is such consequential image.
Art is all about finding one's personal niche... that which looks right to me. This is a major problem, because a complex and sophisticated personality, such as Vincent van Gogh, creates work that is not easily recognized by others. Viewers do not feel familiar when looking at images that are deeply personal but created by another person. Lack of personal familiarity breeds discomfort. People did not buy paintings by Vincent van Gogh when they were first produced. In fact, it is said that Van Gogh sold just one painting in his lifetime. This brings me to me. My work is increasingly personal, increasingly different from anything I have seen before. What am I supposed to do with this? People are not familiar with these images. I am not familiar with these images. Yet these images look right to me! Do they look right to you? I think they will look right to anyone that gives adequate time to openly dwell upon them. After all, the images may be alien, but the use of the principles and elements of art are the same as they have always been. Also, I am not using radically different media from that which has been used for over a millennia.
PRINCIPLES OF ART: Balance, emphasis, movement, proportion, rhythm, unity, and variety.
ELEMENTS OF ART: Line, color, shape, form, value, space, texture.
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