Write About Art and You Can Shape Culture

Critics and Reviewers shape taste by telling us what they believe should be allowed to pass through their gates to the public as worthy art. But there is NO way that they can cover all the art that is being produced. Nor be correct in what they say all the time. Luckily there are blogs like studio critical with interview postings by Valerie Brennan that go a long way toward providing connections to artists we should know. And yes quite a few others, but not nearly enough. The reason I say this is because in your town there is very little written about the arts. By your town I mean any town that is not a major city. So go ahead and start writing. The more you write the better you get at it and the more involved in the arts you become. Very quickly people will seek you out when the local art association has a new show or when some local celebration is held. You will be the one that influencing culture in new and important ways. So get out there and write! And if you really aren’t sure about how to start here are a few tips; Walk through the exhibit to get a feel for how its arranged Does something stand out, select 3 or 4 pieces that you are drawn to that you like, it’s easier to write about something you like at first then not. Take pictures (ask permission) then SIT DOWN and write notes. You won’t remember what you were thinking when you get home. Besides it looks cool sitting there writing. If the artist or Curator is there, talk to them about what the show represents, where the title came from, what inspired the art. One important thing is to make sure you have everything spelled correctly. Take the time to get the titles, sizes, mediums and artist names right!


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Driving With Your Artistic License

Creating art is a journey and traveling it can be a very rewarding experience. Learning about technique through reading books and magazines and watching videos or talking to other artists is like looking out the windshield. Hands on painting and sculpting, the act of creating, needs to fill miles. There is no substitute for doing!

When you first got in a car you were sure you couldn’t drive. You probably even said it to yourself. I can’t do this, I’m not sure what I’m doing, and you may even believe you weren’t any good at it. Get over it. You are allowed to become an artist, tell yourself so! The process of creating art is fun and filled with mistakes and happy accidents that I guarantee will make you smile. So go along with it and have fun. That’s why you started.

My first few cars were beaters that ran on maypops (worn out tires). As the cars got better so did the experience of driving. Your art is the same. Cheap quality brushes and paint will have a lasting effect on painting that IS NOT GOOD. Use better quality materials and you will quickly find that the work you create will be better in quality. And you know that it’s hard enough to create without having to deal with the frustration that is caused by inferior quality brushes and paint.

Having artistic license means that you have a responsibility to driving the creative process. Make it interesting. You don’t have to travel down the same roads day after day. Experiment with getting from one point to another. Instead of long careful brushstrokes across a landscape, dab and stroke blotches to see how they relate to the rest of the surface. Instead of pressing forward with your eyes open, squint at the artwork. See the tonal relationship that makes up your art. Color can be important but tones and their relationships are part of the variety that makes a work of art. By changing the size, shape, color and texture of elements in a painting, you are creating an interesting visual environment that a viewer will be pleased to visit. This is the importance of using your artistic license.

Your journey will put you in touch with the elements of design, the rule of thirds and maybe even an exploration of the golden triangle. You will play with cool and warm colors and tints and use them to create depths and perceptions. Your textures might create movement across the surface where you make your marks. And who knows what medium you will choose to express your ideas. Your artistic license will not be revoked for mistakes or experiments. Enjoy the journey!



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Art Core Newsletter Aug/Sept Online Now

The Art Core Aug/Sept newsletter edition is now online  And it’s still FREE

The feature Interview is with Louise P Sloane whose work focuses on geometric forms, grids, repetitive motifs and lushly layered color with a fascination with mark making as a fundamental principal

A article by  Jeremy Fitz  on Robert Raushenberg an American Collage Artist

‘What is Art’ by Liam Huston of www.theopening.us   The answer may surprise you!

‘Woven Art as an Art Form’ by Judith Schwartz  Although associated primarily with fabric and two-dimensional swaths of cloth, weaving as a medium provides a large range of possibilities for sculpture.

“An Incredible American Collage Artist Named Robert Raushenberg ” by Jeremy Fitz

And a Quick Look at the amazing work of  Astrid Fitzgerald 




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Redoing your Statement or Biography

After reading this post I decided to rewrite my Bio. I think like all good spring cleaning, this should definitely be on the list.

The Artist’s Statement vs Biography

by Keith Bond

This article is by Keith Bond, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.

Recently, I have felt the need to rewrite my artist statement and biography.  With this on my mind, I felt that I would share some of my thoughts.  Most of these thoughts are not mine, but ideas that I have gathered over the past couple years from a number of different sources.  I cannot take the credit.

Don’t confuse an artist’s statement with a biography.  Many artists often combine the two into one document that lacks the intended focus.  I’ve probably been guilty of this.  They should be two separate documents with different purposes.

Artist’s Statement

1.    Should be brief – only a couple paragraphs.

2.    Should be written in first person.

3.    Should be about your current art – not past periods.

4.    Should evolve and grow along with your art.

5.    Should compel the viewer to want to look at your work.

6.    Don’t include bio info here.

7.    Don’t include teachers or other’s whose work has influenced yours.  This is a statement about YOUR art, not theirs.

8.    I want to repeat #5.  This is the most important thing to remember – your artist’s statement should compel the viewer to want to look again at your work.

Biography: Many shows and exhibits will request a bio from you.  This is an important document to have.

1.    Most bios are extremely boring.  Mine included.  Most artists’ bios read almost identical to each other.  Again, mine included.  That is why I am working on rewriting mine.  I want mine to stand out and be different.  I want it to be read and not tossed aside after the first few words of the first sentence.

2.    In a nutshell, your bio is basically your resume written out in paragraphs.  It includes the highlights from your resume, not necessarily everything.  But remember, spice it up a bit (see #1).

3.    Should be written in third person.

4.    Include a description of your current work.

5.    Here it is okay to include your past – including art instruction, influences, and what events or upbringing have shaped your artistic direction, etc.

6.    Include important exhibits or venues.

7.    Include important collections or commissions, accolades, awards, etc.

8.    Include where you were born and where you currently live.

9.    This document should also evolve and change along with your career.  More important items will be added as your career grows and less important or less relevant things will be removed.  (Where you were born should remain the same, though 😉 ).

10.  It will likely be longer than your statement, but don’t make it too lengthy.  Most people won’t read it if it’s too long (unless you have a very compelling or entertaining story).

What have I missed?  What do you think makes a good statement or resume?

Best Wishes,

Keith Bond
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