May 7, 2014 by smithartonline
In an effort to break out of a minor funk (to be nice, I will call it creator’s block, but in reality, call it a funk) I decided to just play with images and media with no specific agenda in mind. I had spent quite a bit of time on the previously posted piece in memory of Mr. Perry, and I was glad to do this for him. However, the work certainly required a significant amount of time, more than I would usually spend on one of these box affairs. I am also currently working on a much larger painting in anticipation of the annual Pasadena Society of Artists member’s exhibition. Both of the works are proving hard taskmasters. The bottom line is, sometimes one needs to step back and just play
If you look at one of my artist statements, there is mention of one of my students from the First Street Gallery Art Center, Danny. He was a genuinely happy fellow and found much joy in just pushing paint around with his brush. He really had no preconceived notions about making statements nor even making a predetermined image…he just let it happen. So I took his advice and just let it happen and I found a modicum of his joy.
For want of a better title (besides the ever popular “Untitled”) I will call the piece “Transformation.” The truth is, it is just a drawing to me. Possibly it will, down the line, provide an inspiration for a full-blown painting or box construction, but there was no motive by the artist. In this case, the picture is what it is…ceci n’est pas une pipe.