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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tooting your own horn?

Tooter   oil/canvas   20 x 10 x 1.5
is a questionable pastime, in my opinion.  Although we visual artists work, for the most part, by ourselves in a solitary endeavor, we really are engaged in a common goal, i.e. promoting the visual arts and one-or-a-kind works that elevate the buyer and sustain the artists as well.  It would be healthier for us, again in my opinion, to think of ourselves as members of a team.  One is not better than the other.  One is different than the other.  There is room for everyone.  Teams of musicians.  Teams of architects.  Teams of athletes.   I believe that hierarchical thinking is a thing of the past, gone the way of old boys' clubs and debutante balls.  Perhaps it is lateral thinking, our connectedness to others and the world around us, that will help us evolve into a world where each person commands respect.  No more us versus them.  Most of the tooting that goes on in my world is between artists themselves and is designed, I guess, for some to feel superior to others.  It just is not necessary.  We all experience successes.  We all experience failures.  I was reminded of this notion last week in a re-read of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield......excellent, excellent, excellent.  He speaks primarily to creative resistance to which we all succumb.  A slight bump in the creative road causes us to doubt ourselves and our abilities.  For Pressfield, "tooting" is in the amateur category...elevating those whose need to fit in surpasses the feelings of others.  One artist I know says that he has given out no less than 9 copies of this book to friends....well worth the read.

This particular beaten brass horn was stashed on the shelves at the art center.  My original idea included a blue background with tonal variations.  I guess I thought of the brass and shiny, light and gleaming.  Not so......rather....dark and tarnished.  So the background ended up light.  Scraffiti was added to energize the work.


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