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.