Dear fellow painters…”It looks like a photo”, are not my favorite words either.
Artists are a particularly worrisome bunch. We worry about everything,"Is my work good enough, will it be seen and appreciated, am I making any progress, will lesser talents get more recognition, can I ever measure up to the great masters?"
If you’re serious about showing your art then don’t wait until you feel your training is completely over. Start small and get into the game as soon as you can.
"Internal pressure to sell each piece can easily put the kibosh on experimentation..."
Too much reverence for art, past or present, creates a pictorial language and style that connects artists mostly to other artists. Or as I sometimes put it, we're sharing an inside joke and leaving everyone else out."
The following is an e-mail that I sent to a student just after one of our private classes. We had discussed whether to push a particular piece a little further and risk losing some of the freshness and spontaneity ... Nobody loves beautiful paint, brushwork, and an expressive touch more than I do. These are … Continue reading A Note to a Student
Giorgio Morandi Answer: "Great Art Sells" This from an art dealer that I met years ago. And although her words can certainly be argued with, I've never forgotten them. While it's impossible to define great art, I think she meant that artists typically sell their strongest work and that subject matter is secondary. Knowingly or … Continue reading What Kind of Art Sells?
Pablo Picasso Most of the artists I know can get way too serious. Though I don't always practice what I preach, I'm always telling my students to lighten up, with the reminder,"People; It's just a painting!"...or something along those lines... "You're not on trial." If that doesn't work then I'll belt out a bit of … Continue reading on the spirit of play
November 1, 2012 | download pdf Larry Groff, Editor, Painting Perceptions I’d like to thank Christopher Gallego for taking the time to share his thoughts on painting in our recent email interview. Mr. Gallego studied at the National Academy of Design in New York and teaches workshops in New York area. He has shown with OK Harris … Continue reading painting perceptions interview