Well, Merry Christmas…
This year I am giving myself the ultimate gift. Permission to paint, draw and create in an unlimited fashion.
After a brutal year on the circuit in 2013, I noticed a couple important trends. The good news was that I was getting into better art festivals and winning awards. The bad news was that folks were outselling me. In one instance, a patron came into my booth and I invited them to look at the work on a back panel. They came back, saw my neighbor’s abstract work and walked immediately over to her spending a considerable amount of money on a large painting!
I had always eschewed abstract work, claiming that I needed something to hold on to in a piece. I needed an anchor.
Recently I was reviewing an Andy Warhol documentary where it was shared that he never threw anything out…no work was ever rejected! Again, this was stunning. I can’t tell you how many dumpsters around the country have my work in them. Work that didn’t sell, work that wasn’t good enough, worked that I had judged unsuitable.
I have decided to try Andy’s way. That is, adopt a philosophy of “there is no bad art.”
Rather than paint abstraction, I have decided to paint concepts. A dialog if you will, like Gerhard Richter. The dialog is always the same. The Beatles said it fifty years ago and it hasn’t changed – “love is all you need.”
Again, please excuse me, but, going back to Warhol, he worked with analog tools in an analog world. A tape recorder, he called it his “wife,” a Polaroid camera, a movie camera…all analog.
Well, today the tape recorder is replaced with a digital servant on the phone, “Siri” The phone also makes movies, takes stills, plays music…all digital.
In the digital world everything is either a one or a zero. Quantum theory tells us that there is a third state that is being explored now.
So, to update Warhol, all of my work in 2014 will be digital. Instead of 1’s or 0’s I am working in X’s and O’s…those same symbols that people used to close (analog) snail mail with…X0X0 or hugs and kisses.
Yes all you need is love. So, all I am going to paint is love…X’s and O’s.
Hang on, the first wave of experimentation looks good. I will be sharing it with you soon.