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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Artist Pamela Hunt Lee: Creating Art is Work

Artist Pamela Hunt Lee: Creating Art is Work

Creating Art is Work

An Artist Who Is Creating is Working.

Lake Tahoe painting
Crystal Bay Boulders
48x48

With regularity I see Internet posts of lists of things you should never say to artists. They look something like this:

1.  Can you do a work of art for my event for free.  You will get great exposure.
2.  You charge that much?  It looks so easy. It couldn't have taken you much time.
3.  You're lucky.  You don't have to work, you just get to paint all day.
4.  One person to another:  You could do that.  Just copy it.

Lake Tahoe painting
Balanced Boulder Again
48x36

The lists usually go on with 10 or so points.  All of the statements are basically the same and somewhat belittling to the artist.  Most of them overlook the fact that an artist is working.  It's a job, albeit a job we are driven to do, and one we love to do, but it's a job.  We read and hear all the time, do what you love to do.  Artists are following that advice.  

Lake Tahoe painting
The Big Split
48x36
Currently Exhibited at Vista Gallery, Kings Beach, CA

As we move into art festival, art show time of year, let's take a look at those points listed above:

1.  Artists are asked over and over to donate their work.  While we all believe in certain fund raising efforts, the requests can be overwhelming. The artist must run their business (it is a business) with thought and precision just like any other business.  I encourage artists to set their gifting at the beginning of the year, selecting charities they believe in, limiting their gifting which makes it less overwhelming. 

Caught Rock From The Back Side
48x48
Currently Exhibited at Village Interiors, Incline Village, NV

2.  Creating art is never easy.  Thought, planning, education, time, and dedication all go into creating.  Hours are spent thinking about, sketching, and then creating a particular work of art.  It's not just the time making the actual work, in my case a painting, there is loads of time spent before I even pick up the brush.  

Lake Tahoe paintings
Split Above and Below
16x20
Currently Exhibited at Village Interiors, Incline Village, NV


3.  It's work.  It's a job.  When an artist is disciplined and productive it may appear all they do all day is create.  Let me tell you, much of that creative time is spent working with your galleries, working on sales, working at the desk and on the computer.  I recently heard that Roy Lichtenstein spent one day a week painting and the remainder of the week selling.

Sunrise
20x24
Currently Exhibited at Village Interiors, Incline Village, NV


4.  Oh my....you could copy that?  Hardly.  It has taken every single bit of work, of creativity, to get to where an artist is at any particular moment.  If it weren't for all the work that has come before, I would not be able to paint what I do today.  The selection of the palette, the composition, the nuances of the brush strokes, are all individual.  

We artists work diligently, hour after hour, to accomplish what we do.  As you visit galleries, art fairs and shows, remember these points and think about what you say to and in front of the artist.  Creating is our job.  It's work.  

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Artist's Statement

If you are an Artist,

You are frequently asked for an Artist's Statement.

Not only can you be asked for a statement about your work in general, but for a statement about a group of work or an individual work.  The other day I was asked to describe my work in one word.  I chose BOLD.  That seems to sum up my composition. 

The Big Split
48x36
3500.
Currently Exhibited at Vista Gallery in Kings Beach, CA

I might have chosen DRAMATIC.

Golden Boulders
48x60
6000.
Currently Exhibited at Village Interiors, Incline Village, NV

I thought about STYLIZED.  And CONTEMPORARY entered my mind.

Serenity
16x20
650.
Currently Exhibited at Vista Gallery, Kings Beach, CA

Or even COLORFUL.

Three Birds
36x36
3500.

But in the end I settled on BOLD, as a one word description. Taking it a little further my description becomes:  

Bold, colorful, representational paintings presented with contemporary stylization.  

The process of distilling a description of your work into one word helps with the process of creating a succinct, understandable description.  Give it a try.

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

See Where You Are.

That's The Title Of My Book.

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If you have seen or read my book you know the title refers to observation and my belief that we should all take a good look at our surroundings to actually see what is there.  Many years ago I received the gift of a child's crayon drawing with the words, "Be Where You Are" written in primitive, child-like block letters, across the bottom.  I was captivated by sentiment, so this framed drawing hung in my home for many years.  I attempted to live the sentiment and found it inched its way into my art theory and practice, with a small twist.  No only, Be Where You Are, but SEE Where You Are.

Caught Again
48x36
Acrylic on Canvas

We look at things every day, from the moment we get up in the morning until we go to sleep at night.  We look at everything around us, but do we actually see these things?

Back Side of Caught Rock
48x48
Acrylic on Canvas

Observation is not a passive activity.  You must engage to be aware of your surroundings.   It is frequently helpful to carry a notebook or sketchbook to record what you see, to note the details.  If you prefer an additional mental challenge you might engage and challenge yourself to remember.

Three Birds
48x48
Acrylic on Canvas

What should you record?  How about the variety of color, as well as lights and darks, the values,  in the clouds.  And pay attention to the height and width of those clouds as well as the shapes. Are they billowy and puffy, flat and thin, wispy, towering?  How do they compare in size to the earth below?  Do they cast shadows on themselves and the earth below,  and what about the details of that shadow?  Get it?  Just apply this observing to everything around you.

Big Flowered Euphorbia
48x30
Acrylic on Canvas

All the while, be where you are and engage so that you can see where you are.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Art Commission Installed.

Another Commissioned Painting


Done, Delivered, Installed!


It was inspired by small, lush palms that grow in the yard of the new owners' home and it's titled:  Palm Paradise.  


The palette for this triptych, the blues and greens primarily, were selected to make a visual statement, to allow the painting to move forward off the wall.


Typical of my style, the subject is stylized and the composition is bold.


The new owners, who now count eleven of my paintings in their collection,  exclaimed:  WE LOVE IT!  And they have commissioned another.  An even dozen sounds good to me!

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