Thursday, February 23, 2012

"Wild Ride"

($60.00.....6" x 6"....mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)

"Truth is the reliable saddle for this wild ride called life." Building a life on a wrong premise is disastrous, especially if it's never realized. Having the truth will at least keep the overwhelming odds of life on your side.

Abstract art can give the essence of a thing without giving all of the details. Such is the case with this piece. The colors are the first hint that this could have a western look. The white near the center  and the added brown patterns are reminiscent of a horse and saddle. This type of piece only happens by reacting to a spontaneous process with no preconceived idea of what may appear. I do like realism, but I've almost developed an aversion to anything that looks too contrived. Capturing the essence of anything is probably the most difficult kind of art to create, but it is also the most compelling.

Even when painting a traditional still life or landscape, there is a strong tendency to want to paint in too much detail. I've come to realize that for me, the best road to travel is to practice painting and lettering until it becomes effortless. I remember very well what Yves Leterme said about gestural writing. (paraphrase)...."Practice the strokes or movements until you can lay down a gesture exactly where it needs to go. Hover over the paper and make the movement in the air before laying pen to paper." Now that's a wild ride!....and just something else to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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