Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Nature Inspired Simplicity and a Lit'l Insight"

30X30 Oil On Canvas
"Lucas In The Garden"

These days “nature-inspired” simplicity has been speaking volumes to me.  I’m suddenly on a studio-roll with country-houses and now this current landscape.  (Which by the way - is still a Work In Progress, But just Wanted To Give Y'all a Peek.) 
It’s odd, but lately I’m finding myself wanting to put my compositions into categories and neat little piles. This can often get frustrating especially when you’re trying to define your own work.  Hmm…Just where does my particular style fit?  Who is my market?  Where is the best place to sell my work?

It can lead to basically comparing yourself to everyone else with a brush - a dangerous road to go down.  Then throw in a heavy dose of numerous workshop indoctrinations and conversations with other painters, and you can find yourself saying, “What's the point?  It's all been done, hasn't it?”

Perhaps the overall reality is about making your own mark in the art world.  While my approach isn’t and shouldn’t be considered “fine art" it is by my own definition, “worthy art”. I think it speaks its own language and falls somewhere between “whimsical” and “folk inspired”.

Today, defining my stroke is somehow reassuring.  I realize that in the world of marketing, a product has to be labeled.  But at the end of the day, we're all just trying to make something heartfelt and worthwhile.  I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel; I just want to give y’all something pretty to look at.




Julia Kelly said...

Hi Terri-when you figure that all out, would you let me know, cause I'm at a loss too!!

patty said...

Great thoughts here, my friend. I struggle with a lot of the same issues. The comparison thing can drive me batty - I have to purposely take time away from the internet because I get crazy seeing what everyone is doing and all of their successes. I mean, I want to be happy for them, but I just have to draw the line sometimes to keep my sanity. You have a beautiful style of painting - just keep following your heart and you can't go wrong!!

Lisa DiNunzio said...

I would define your art as Fine Art.
But I really enjoyed your conversation with yourself that you shared...I have the same feelings sometimes, but the point is...making artwork makes me happy. And that's what God wants for us...happiness. And if my art makes someone else happy too...well, that is just the best gift of all!
I hope you are well, my dear friend, lottsa love to you♥♥♥