I've been doing some housekeeping and re-organizing of my art business and over the next few months I will be introducing new features to my website and here on this blog. The first of these is a monthly article called "Notes on Painting". This will comprise an ongoing (monthly) discussion covering the language of art. I will include an excerpt in my post here and the entire article is available as a PDF file free for you to download. Yes, free! You can find the PDF over there on the right in the side bar. Each PDF article will be available for one month only, or until the next is published, whichever happens first.
You may not know this about me but for a time I taught college level art as a part-time instructor. And even though that was quite some time ago, the fundamentals stay the same. So I've dusted off the old syllabi and started writing. Why not put all that past work to a good use and give it more life, right?
I will eventually be covering all the basic elements of design, composition, and color, in short, casual monthly articles that you may download and print if you like for your own use. I only ask that you please respect my copyright and do not distribute or otherwise reproduce. Below is an excerpt from this month's article...
Realism, Abstraction, and Non-objective
Art has its own language. But where do we start when learning a language? Just because we come into this world with a capacity to learn to speak, we still must all learn language. It is only natural for people to assume because they can see that they can see art. Yet by learning the language of art we can then begin to see art more clearly, and with a better understanding.
How do you make the elements of design work for you so that you can better articulate your intent with your art? How do you translate the language of art so that you can more easily “read” the artworks of others? Knowledge of the language of art can help you have a deeper, more meaningful experience whether as a viewer or a creator of art.
Art is a visual language, a form of visual communication, and while that visual communication can and should be accessible to everyone, when one knows the language the understanding can potentially go deeper beneath the surface to the essence of what the artist wants to communicate.
Please let me know your thoughts on this first article by leaving a comment here. I would love to get your feedback!
As always, paintings shown here are available in my Etsy shop. Clicking on the photos should take you right there.