Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Paintings I do for me


There are a lot of paintings in my noggin that are filed under "Things to do". We all have these projects, lots and lots of projects that we would like to do. I have hundreds of them, all types. I realistically will never get to them all especially since new ideas crop up to be added to the file pile but I hope to accomplish most of them. One of the types of work I do are dimensional paintings, some are really dimensional and some are this flat layered dimensional thing I have been working on for quite some time. These paintings have become popular with the people that collect me, though I would make them anyway it makes me feel I am on the right track if people want to commission these works. I really enjoy making them because it is completely different than my other stuff. When you try different things it is just one more way to explore and delve deeper and add on to what you already do. I have worked with many artists and I always have a bit of a hard time wrapping my mind around the artists that hire people to do their work! Although people like me can benefit from this it still is a mind bender that they get paid handsomely, hang in museums and they really did not physically touch the work. Please do not think I judge, I actually think these artists are brilliant people, they are smart enough to get these amazing gigs by conceptualizing an idea and getting others to put it together. It makes me realize that I think on a much smaller level. I also am a hands on person. I need to touch the work, paint the paintings, print the print, sculpt the sculpture. Sometimes to my detriment because we can't do everything! And as time rockets past me it becomes more apparent that I might have to say goodbye to some of these parts of myself because I think I do better work now but I am not as willing, nor able to work every waking moment as I used to be. But I still enjoy making some things just for me.
This painting does not have any buildings in it for a change of pace . I have lived near the ocean my whole life and this is the island in my mind.

5 comments:

cream said...

Val, once again a beautiful painting! A sense of freedom, childhood...

Artists who use other people's work? Never thought it would happen. A lot like surrogacy but not as satisfying!

I like your hands-on approach!

andrea said...

I'm like you, Val: I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the minds and imaginations of conceptual artists, but I have to get my hands dirty! Art-making is a sensual thing for me. There's nothing more satisfying than a luscious stroke of the brush. I also wonder about people who get "blocked". It'll probably strike me down when I least expect it, but meantime my mind is teeming with ideas I'll never get around to.

ValGalArt said...

Thank You to the two people that read this blog. You know who you are...I could not have handpicked two better people in the world!

Caroline said...

Oh does that mean you don't want any more comments??? :-)

Janet said...

love to read your thoughts behind your work!