Sunday, February 24, 2008

Size Matters

Get your mind out of the gutter. We're talking about art. What did you think?

I'm a big techie. I like the digital age. Pretty weird for a new age, granola, hippie girl... I know. But there is one thing I'm discovering as I'm posting images of my artwork here. Size really does matter. Size is an integral component in a piece -- be it small, like an assemblage piece made from a cigarillo tin or large, like the 30" x 40" canvases I work on sometimes that are almost as big as I am. The size of a piece of art work is as important as the subject matter, color, or medium. It's easy to forget this in www-land. Seeing a digital image of a piece can be misleading. The small assemblage piece can lose some of it's intimacy. The large canvas can lose some of it's impact. We sometimes forget to place the online images we see into the context of the "real world".

I love my blog. I love being able to share my art. But most of all, I love the art -- the "real" art -- and the process of creating it. So I'll try not to forget the real world, and that everything is relative.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Breaking the Rules

I can't remember the first time I was told you have to learn all the rules before you can know how to break them. Somehow that set up a weird process in my mind. I must learn -- and follow -- all the rules. I must not break the rules until I know all the rules. It seemed safer to simply follow the rules. Breaking them "properly" seemed so confusing and, quite frankly, dangerous. What if I broke the rules wrong? Anyone see the irony here?

So I've been pondering the idea of breaking the rules, burning the rule book, and drawing outside the lines.

Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?