|The New Normal|
10" x 13" Image size-Matted to 14" x 18"-acrylic on wc paper
As I was sitting there listening I was also thinking about what I was learning-how it might be incorporated into my paintings. I am envious and in awe really of other artists who can take a vague idea, something that is difficult to literally represent, and turn it into art. Trying to represent something, to get an idea out, is always a dicey proposition. The results can be misinterpreted or worse, not even understood! But perhaps that is a good thing. When I was in high school I remember being frustrated on many occasions. I would read something and have an idea of what it meant only to find out that my interpretation was "wrong" somehow. How could I not be smart enough to grasp what the author was trying to say? Years later, I have come to think that it is this "misinterpretation" of things that makes each of us unique somehow. Different ideas add flavor and variety to the mix. And different ways of understanding things can prompt other ways of thinking or problem solving. Yes, it would be nice if we all understood what the author (or artist) was trying to say but other ideas and ways of looking at things have validity too. It is important (my opinion) to honor that difference. And so with that idea in mind, I made the above piece. I chose colors and shapes and proportions that for me, could represent things such as water, dirt, lawns and "cookie cutter" approaches and structures. I have one more version of this idea planned also so stay tuned!
Hope everyone had a nice weekend and that Monday is off to a good start. Thanks for reading and commenting.