People look at your art

WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE FEEL WHEN THEY LOOK AT YOU ART?

An art marketing guru repeats this question many times.
Your art should make people feel something. That "something" is what connect artist with its buyers.
I asked to myself what I want people feel looking at my art. I had to think a lot to answer, but I can say to my viewers and buyers...

Look at all my artworks, they are really different. Different styles, different techniques, different moods, etc.
It seems that I don't know what I want to do. It seems I experiment to find my style. It seems I'm not a mature artist. All that is wrong.

I struggled a lot to enclose myself into a "One-Style". Surrely having only One-Style help art lovers to recognize an artist, but an artist have to feel confortable with One-Style only.

Drawing and Photoshop

I'm experementing a new technique, and style.
First I draw a landscape with acrylic colours on paper, then I use Photoshop working with contrast, brightness, and elementary filters.

Using yellow, Terra di Siena, red, and black I get a vintage style pictures.






 

The beginning of Mark Tobey's lifelong travels

The beginning of his lifelong travels occured in 1925.
He moved to Europe, setting in Paris where he met Gertrude Stein.


Gertrude Stein

was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.
Gertrude and her brother Leo shared living quarters near the Luxembourg Garden in a two-story apartment (with adjacent studio). Here they accumulated the works of art that formed a collection that became renowned for its prescience and historical importance.

Mark Tobey in Seattle (1921-1925) and the Pacific Northwest School

Here we are for our weekly appointment with Mark Tobey.
The years between 1921 and 1925 were full of important events and meetings with other artists.
First, I have to say that Tobey married in 1921, but the marriage lasted only one year, and ended in a divorce.
Said that, from 1922 to 1925 he taught art at the Cornish School in Seattle.


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Pacific Northwest School

The Pacific Northwest School was an art movement based in a small-town, Skagit Country - Washington, and in the Seattle area.
The early participants, known as "the big four", were Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, and Kenneth Callahan. Their work became recognized nationally in 1953, when Life magazine published  a feature article on them.
That movement used natural elements combined with Asian aesthetic elements.
The Northwest artists were labeled as mystics, although some denied this label. But surelly Tobey was a mystic,in the way an artist could be it. The influence of the Bahá'í Faith is a fact, and also his interest in Asian culture and Eastern aesthetics.

On SAM website (Seattle Art Museum) are showed many Northwest Pacific collections.

Mark Tobey and the Bahá'í Faith

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Today I want to talk about an important event in Mark Tobey's life.

In 1917 his first solo exhibition was held at Knoedler&Co. in lower Manhattan.
What was important in that event, wasn't the exhibition only, but the fact that Marie Steiner, who organized the exhibition, introduced Tobey to Juliet Thompson, a portrait painter from New York City.







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Thompson was a follower of the Bahà'i World Faith. Through her Tobey got interest in that religion, and in 1918 he got converted to that Faith at Green Acre, the Baha'i School.
The influence of the religion was profound on Tobey's life and in his artistic work.










How do I protect my oil paintings?

Oil colors are beautiful. I can do many color shades with them. I have to use them for my Serpents Serie, because that technique and style are possible with oil colors only.
Oil colors are beautiful, but they need to be manage with care to not damage the painting.
I paint my Serpents on plywood, depth 1-3 cm, it depends. When painting is finished, it takes a long time for drying. An oil painting needs about 1 year for being dry, not exposed to sunlight or heat sources.
The questions are...
1) How much dust is deposited on it during one year?... A lot!
2) How much space do I need for drying 10-20 oil paintings of about 120 square centimeters? A big store!
3) How long should I wait before I can send my oil painting safely? A long time!

Then, I had to find a solution, because... first, the dust drives me crazy, second, I haven't enough space to store 10-20 oil paintings in plan, and third, I don't want to wait 1 year for selling my paintings.

I have to protect them. To do that I build a wooden crate in the following way...

Mark Tobey and Fashion

Last Saturday (post) we left Tobey in Chicago, where he attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1906 to 1908, but he was mostly self-taught, like others of the Northwest School.
Unfortunately, in 1909 his father fall ill and Tobey gave up academic and artistic studies, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion house, and as a fashion designer for a publishing house.

The fashion industry increase everywhere in Europe and America. The industrial revolution and the feminist movement created new lifestyles, so, new kinds of clothes suited to modern life became necessary.
The first decades of Twentieth Century were the scene of dramatic events - the two world wars, the Great Depression, and the rise of the suffrage movement.




In women fashion were removed hemlines, color palettes, and all those previously constricting clothing in vouge during La Belle Époque (in Europe) and the Gibson Girl (in America) in the late 19th and early 20th century.











Another important element in fashion and in art too was the Orientalism. Since the seventeenth century Orient has been a source of inspiration for fashion designers. The term Orientalism generally refers to the use by western designers of exotic styles and patterns of Asian cultures.










The origin of Art and Crafts Movement

The Art and Crafts Movement took its name from the Art and Crats Exhibition Society, founded in 1887. The exhibition was divided in four section - Britain, America, Europe, Japan.
Who were the major figures of that movement, and what were the principles on which it was based?














The Country where Mark Tobey was born

Here we are at our weekly appointement with Mark Tobey.
I already talk you about how I discovered him (here).
Today we start reading his bio and knowing the historical and cultural context in which he was born and grew.

Mark George Tobey was born in Centerville, Wisconsin on December 11 1890.
The village of Centerville dates back to the early '60s when a Lutheran and a Catholic church were erected there and several stores and a mill established.
He was the youngest of four children. His parents were George Tobey, a carpenter and house builder, and Emma Cleveland Tobey.






Ancestral call by Larry Roberts
What kind of Country was North America by the end of 19th Century?
Before and during the Civil War (1861-1865) America was an agricultural nation, but in the late ninteenth century the United States became an industrial country.
Its population triplied, the farm production doubled, manufacturing grew exponentially, and working-class women were important to the new industrial economy. Millions of peoples moved from the countryside to cities, and also migrants from Southern (Italy) and eastern Europe (Poland, Russia) went to live in the new American cities.


How do I feel while I paint?

Abstract art. Contemporary art.
I'm going to write my personal experience, not a theory.
Some stereotypes show a lady who sets in front of the canvas and with a light touch she slides the brush on it, creating dreamy landscapes, or enjoying the portrait she's making.
Well, I'm not like that seraphic lady.
Painting is not a relaxing activity. The action of painting take my a lot of energy.

I spend a lot of energy before painting, thinking about the subject I want to paint. I think about what I want to say with a new painting. I ask to myself if I really want to say something to who will look my artwork. I also ask to myself if the artwork I'll make is really necessary. Can it be useful? The answer is a "not" often.
Art is not useful, instead a car is useful for our trips. Art is not necessary, instead we cannot live without food.
Art is a futile activity for our daily life and survival
Said that, I could say you that art is fun. It's a playful activity with no practical use.
If this is true why do I feel so bad and tired while I paint?

The amazing experience to discorver Mark Tobey

When I talk about discorvering someone I allude to that particular experience we do when we discover a precious treasure after a long search. When that happens we feel astonished, stunned, and excited.
The research take a long time, and we feel disheartened often, because the treasure is not handy, and we feel alone without  it.
The History of Art is full of great artist sand painters. We learn their names and we know their artworks, but often their names and artworks are so far from us, from our story, from what we've experienced in our life.
That happens to me so many times that I feel disheartened often. But sometimes the miracle happens, and it happens suddenly, as a bolt from the blue.

The digital future of wall art

Wall Art's becoming digital.
Electric Objects is a Company that has the mission to link art, internet and home decor.
On its website... "We believe that in the next five years, we’ll witness a similar dramatic change in the way that we discover, share, enjoy and pay for the visual media that adorn our walls: the art in our homes.
The Internet and the personal computer are two of the greatest engines of creative expression ever invented, and together they have unleashed a total revolution in the way that visual artists create and distribute their work. For millennia we have used our walls to celebrate art, to connect with objects of culture that have meaning to us and to the people around us.
Our mission at Electric Objects is to bring these two things together, to afford to digital art the same time and space that we afford to paintings and photography; to place the most modern technologies available into the service of our most ancient spaces for creative expression: the walls of our homes."

Peggy Guggenheim and the death of Art

Documentario Rai Storia su Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenhein - Rai Storia
Yesterday I watched an interesting tv program about Peggy Guggenheim.
Peggy is (I use the present tense also if she died) an awesome woman. I'd like to meet a woman like her, but it's not simple.
I've thought a lot on what she'd said about the modern (contemporary) artists.
I translate what you can listen in this video at 40.52 min.
"The modern artists? I have to admit that I've been increasingly disappointed by contemporary works. For a long time I tried to keep me updated, buying new artworks, but then I realized after having those paintings for a time that they were not up at all."

Why should I write on my blog?

The first obvious answer to that question is "because I already have one".
This summer I stopped to write on it. The reason is simple and complex at the same time. I'm simple and complex at the same time too.
When I write something for my blog, I say to myself  "I can't write about that topic, so many people already wrote about it. Can I write something that is original? Something that people can not read anywhere else?" I can't.
Anything is really original. What I could wirte is the final point of a social process, and inasmuch as social it's common to many of us. So, nothing new under the sun.
Many artists begin to write on their blog, and after a while they stop. I'm like them, but I want to be different. Then I'm here again.

Why do I make art?

I can simply answer "I make art, because I like creativity and art allows me to express myself", but this is a partial answer, it doesn't explain the deeper reason.

You need an answer that could connect you with my deep soul.

Maybe you are not interested to my soul, perhaps you like my paintings and you don't care about what were my thoughts or feelings when I painted them.
Well, then enjoy my paintings and feel you good with them. It's enough for me. Your joy gives value to my art, and you can stop to read this post.

If you're reading again, it means that you want to know more about me... not only about my art, but about me as an artist.

 I admit that it's difficult to answer the question "Why do I make art?", because for first I have to tell you something of my life, and about the experiences I had.

Do you want to know them?
Well. We go on.

Selling Art on Catawiki Art Auctions

If you are an emerging, or even a unknown, artist, what you want is selling your artworks.
There are many ways to sell art offline and online.
I want to talk you about selling art on Catawiki Art Auctions.

Catawiki is a website where collectors can find different items in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, books, stamps, and many others.
Terms and Conditions and Private Policy are easy and clear for sellers and buyers.
Catawiki welcomes many millions of visitors from all over the world every month. this means that your art has a good chance of being seen by many people.

If you are an artist you can sell your art directly on the art auction you want. You haven't to pay for offer up your artworks. What a seller pays is a seller's commission (very low), increased with VAT if applicable and other taxes and/or duties that may be due.

Who buys on auction wants to win without paying a lot. This means that your artwork could being sold at a lower price than its value. You have to consider that your ernings don't enrich you.
Then... what are the benefits for an artist to sell on Catawiki Auctions?

1) Selling directly, without galleries or agents
2) Selling on a sicure website, which takes care of seller and buyer's rights.
3) Selling quickly.
4) Selling your artworks in many Countries.
5) Promoting your art.
6) It's fun.

I sold many paintings on Catawiki this year. I'm satisfied with it.

 
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What are Archetypes?

Archetypes are original patterns, which reside within the collective unconscious. They have primitive origin, and are linked to heredity.
Archetype has no form of its own, but it acts as an "organizing principle" of our behavious and motivations.
Jung described many archetypes (family, nature, animal, etc.), but there are several basic archetypes within all of us. They are the Shadow, the Anima/Animus, and the Self.

I'm trying to explore the jungian archetypes in my Archetypes serie..
I show a theme-archetype in each painting. The title help you to know what archetype I faced.
I chose red, yellow, and black as basic colors to paint these artworks, because I think they are right to show our basic instincts.
I don't want to shock you with "amazing-stunning-astonishing" images, I don't want to affect your unconscious. I want make you thinking, and while you think, you can discorver  your unconscious sides slowly.

Watch my video or go to my Archetypes Gallery.

Art for our pleasure

There are many reasons to make art, and even for buying it.
But, the main reason is the pleasure, the excitemen, the joy, and the enjoyment.
We don't care if an artwork is perfect technically. Often we don't care to understand what the artist wants to say or showing. We are only interested to the effect that artwork has on us.
What we look for is a kind of pleasure, always.
In freudian psychoanalysis, the pleasure principle is the instinctual seeking of pleasure (and avoiding of pain) in order to satisfy biological and psychological needs.
That's all, and it's simple.
We can "use" art for wall decor, we can "use" it for increasing our social status, or for investment, hoping for gains in the future.
Basically, we are seeking the pleasure.

Art or Wall Art? The world of interchangeable words

I think it's usefull talk about the words we use for naming "things" we work on.
How you can see the title of my blog is "Art and Wall Art", but... what is the difference?
Has Art the same meanning of Wall Art?
If you are an art critic you know the difference, and you wouldn't use the words "Art" and "Wall Art" as  interchangeable words.
If you aren't an art critic, as I'm not, probably you use the word "art" or "wall art" to name something that you can hang on a wall.
If I ask you "Is it Art or Wall Art?"... maybe you answer "It's the same".
And if I ask you: "What is the difference of Wall Art and Home Decor?" Maybe you'll answer that Wall Art is a part of "Home Decor", because there are many itemes used for decorating our houses which are not done to be hang on a wall.
Paintings decoreting our homes, then... when we buy a painting to hang on a wall, do we buy a piece of art or a decorative stuff?

Painting is action, faith and ecstasy at work

Each artist has a personal relationship with his way of making art.
Today I want to talk you about what art means for me.
Art is pure creativity. I don't make art to do something that is useful for your dayly life, or to help you to solve your problems or to give you the answers you're looking for.
At first, I do it, because I have to do it, I must do it... yes, I must, because creativity is like a master, and I have to obey. If I don't obey I feel bad, sad, and sick.
Creativity is something that I love and I hate at the same time. It makes me feel always engaged with myself, and fighting with myself.
That fight is in action when I paint, or when I think what I want painting. Someone could see my struggle if he looks me, but the most part of that fight is inner and hiden.
I ask to myself... how can I show my inner world in an artwork?
Often I think I can't show all my inner world, and I think it's better if I do something else, but immediatly the voice of  Creativity hits my mind saying "Don't stop, go ahead... you have to do it, and when you've done it, you'll discover the world of endless possibilities... that is ecstasy."

I look my painting, and I don't know from where it comes from.
I smile...
that is ecstasy...
 

The Nature inspires my paintings

Ocean Waves
If you take a look to my paintings, you can see in almost all of them some reference (or symbolic element) to nature. The titles contain words refered to natural objects, as river, ocean, algae, drops, forest, aquarium, Earth, Nature, etc.
My "Decor" serie is a joyful tribute to Earth and its wonderful gifts, in which we live.
The Earth is not only an environment for humans (and animals), it is our food metaphorically. We can't live out of and without it.
I know, Nature is not a friendly place sometimes. I don't know if I would be able to survive in the wild world, probably I don't, but I really like it.
Nature has an huge energy we can feel only when we listen it, away from the din of our cities and the bustle of dayly life.
I love nature, it has beneficial effects on my body and mind. And, it is like a Muse, a source of inspiration endless, and it inspires my paintings.


 

Are you a socially engaged artist?


Many artists focus their work on social issues, and they make art with children, with people who suffer of mental illness, with immigrants, etc. They work locally, but also in international projects, helping people to use art as a tool to improve their wellness.

Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum in New York, defines social practice as “art that’s socially engaged, where the social interaction is at some level the art.” He think that the popolarity of social practice is a reaction against the excesses of individualism.

I don't want to talk about the reasons why some artists choose to being socially engaged artists, but... if you are (or would being) that kind of artist visit the following websites:

Tips for choosing art for your home


The house where we live is not an house simply, it's our home. It's very important we take care of it. Choosing the right artworks to hang on walls is a way to take care of your home.
The interior design of your home is expression of your style and personality. Fornitures, colors, accessories, spaces, etc. show who you are.
But there are many artworks out there... then, how can you select the right artworks for your home?

1) Look at everywhere

We are lack, because we are surrounded by art. On streets in public or privete offices, at homes of our friends, on offline galleries, or on internet.... everywhere we can see art.
Put attention on art around you. Stop and stay in front of it, and let it talking to your soul.
Art always talks to us. In some way it provokes us, if we allow it to do it.

Origin and meanning of the word "Art"


When I see an ambiguos word I search in the dictionary its meanning. Dictionary is not enough to understand what is the deep meanning of something, but it helps to understand what concepts are hiden in a sequence of letters that we call "word". And, as Italian I have to do this work each time I write in English.

The word "Art" comes from the Aryan root ar-, and in Sanskrit it means "going to", "to move to, from Latin "artem" (nominative ars),  in the Old English "eart", from French "art".
So, "art" means moviment, and in a figurative sense, making, producing, and then, a skill as a result of learning or practice.


What kind of artist are you?


Many artists feel unconfortable if someone asks "What kind of artist are you?".
There are few "pure genre" artists, the most part of artists like mix different genres and mix different medium, so it's hard to define the artistic genre and the kind of artist.
Many artists refuse to define themselves, they don't want to be limited. Sometimes they justify that refusal saying  "I don't wast my time trying to figure out what kind of artist I am. I put that time and energy to being an artist and creating my art. I let others define  my art."

I know, It's not easy to define ourselves, but I think it's useful.
We can discuss about subject, styles, medium, etc., but the basis question is "Why". Only when you are able to answer to the question "Why do you make art?", you can say what kind of artist you are.

Then, Why do you make art? Take time to answer.

I suggest to fix some points, and choose one of the two extremes. They should help you to focus on what you like.

How to choose the right frame for a painting

You bought a beautiful painting, but it's not framed. Maybe you bought it online, you was happy when you received it, because it looked better than the image you'd seen on the online gallery. You are happy with your new purcase, but you have a problem now.
The problem is: what is the right frame for your new beautiful painting?
I know it's not easy to choose the right frame, then I want to give you some tips to choose the right frame for your painting and for yourself.
You have to be patient, don't choose with instinct. Observe, observe, and observe.
First, you should give an answer to three fundamental questions: what, where, why.

1) WHAT

This is referred to painting.

1.1 Period
Is it a classic or modern painting? Is it a contemporary painting?
1.2 Size
Size is the first attribute your eyes see. Is your painting small or large size? Is it a miniature or an oversize?
1.3 Material
On what is it painted? Canvas, wood, board, paper?
1.4 Medium
What is the medium? Oil, acrylic colors, watercolors, mixed media?
1.5 Colors
Are the colors warm or cold? How much white is there? Is it a monochromatic painting? Are colors balanced or they working on contrast?

Well! You have a list of objective elements. Now you should answer to other questions.

2) WHERE

Where will you place your beautiful painting? Is the size right for your wall?

2.1 Home
Will you put it in your home? What's the style of your home? What type of forniture do you have in your home? What is the dominant color in your home?
2.1 Office
Will you put it in your office? Office is a public space where other people will see your painting, not only your family.
Then, the questions are: What's the style of your office? Have you an office for you only, or you work with your fellows in the same office? What is the dominant color?

Well! Now you have two list of objective elements... but the work is not finished. There is another important question...

The creative process

The creative process is a relationship between matter and mind.

This is true for me, and my paintings are the "products" of that relationship.
My idea (the project, what I want to represent) gives a shape to materials I use (gesso, glue and colors), but at the same time the materials can modify or change my initial idea.

This relationship between mind and materials is what makes the creative process exciting.

When I paint I never start from a drawing, but always and only I start from an idea, a mood, perhaps from unconscious fragments that push to get out, and while I try to give a shape to the idea (the "incorporeal thing"), I let myself be carried where matter tends to go, because the real body is a physical thing ever.

To touch my paintings

When we go to a museum or art gallery we know it's forbidden to touch original paintings, because our hands contain harmful oils that react to the surface of painting.
But, how many times do we want to touch paintings we like, or odd paintings we want to understand the materials that were being used?
3-D Print technology is being developed to give us the pleasure to touch paintings we like.
I would touch paintings always. I need to know, to understand,... viewing is not enough, I need to touch.
This is the reason why I create artworks that you can touch without fear... and more... you should touch to have a tactile experience, and not a visual experience only.
 

Yellow, energy at work


The hidden River - detail
Yellow is the most visible color, and is able to stimulate our nervous system, to increase metabolism, to stimulate mental activities, and to generate muscle energy.
Then it has an effect on our mind and body.
It's the color of summer, and it's even symbol of friendship and spontaneity.
Optimism, idealism, happiness, inspiration, expansion, brightness, light, innovation... are some of the positive effects of yellow.
Energy is a powerful thnig, so we have to handle it with care. This is the reason because yellow is used in dangerous situations, as in the alert signals.
Also when we have too much energy inside of us we risk to become angry quicker.

I use yellow a lot in my painting. A pure yellow without mixing it with black or white.
I like it, because it brings out many images from my mind, and I really like to mix it with red... another "hot" color.

Decorative Panels for modern houses

Drops I. Luxury - Detail
I'm doing a series of decorative panels suitable for modern houses. I chose square size to focus on the decorative appearance.

The process is the following.
First, I mix gesso with a bit of glue, then I spread it on the panel (plywood or masonite 0.3 cm. depth). Second, I drop drops here and there on the surface.
When it is almost dry I smear a glue layer on the entire surface.
When this base is completely dry I paint it with several layers of acrylic colors, using the same color shades.

These paintings have a solid surface with iridescent reflections, so if you change your position you'll join different aesthetic effects of light.
These decorative panels are made also to be touched, because they have a rough and hard surface. So, you can do a tactile experience.

Aquarium. Detail
 
 
Decorative panels are a pretty wall art solution for your home.