18×24″ Acrylic on canvas
(Study) 11×14″ Acrylic on canvas board
Well, it’s finally done. Complete with Mars in the sky. I know, there’s a lot of finicky detail to take in with this one.
I usually have some semi profound and/or pretentious things to say about my paintings, but I think you can go with just the title on this one and take it anywhere you want to go.
I know it can be helpful for the artist to write something about their art, but if I could put it into words I wouldn’t have to paint it, would I?
So what am I trying to say with this artwork? I’m not sure the title even relates to what I’m trying to say with it. Now that I think about it, I’m not trying to “say” anything with my art. If I were, my paintings would just be illustrations to flesh out a narrative of some sort. And they’re not that. Usually, anyway — don’t hold me to that in every case!
I think the pieces just want to be born. It’s my job to deliver them, then they can interact with each viewer in a very personal way. And I don’t like to limit exactly what that looks like for anybody, because what do I know about that?
Of course, that runs exactly counter to all the marketing advice for artists. Tell a story to engage your viewers or collectors! And I know that’s good advice, and it really helps a lot of people to enter into the spirit of the artwork more easily. But my paintings are more about feelings and spirit, and I don’t want to constrain or limit what that looks like for anyone.
Gotta strike a balance here though, hence at the very least: a title.
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