Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Only Four Days Left to Sign Up for the FREE RAFFLE!!

You can sign up by:

1. Send an email to brownartworks@gmail.com saying you want to subscribe to our email newsletter
2.When you do this you are automatically entered into the FREE RAFFLE
3. The results will be announced on Saturday, August 17, at the end of the meet and greet. The drawing will be filmed and posted on this blog.

So email us at brownartworks@gmail.com !! Sign up now before Saturday!

Works being raffled:



The print of this photo will be slightly cropped and without the watermark (my name)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mendocino, CA and Fort Bragg, CA - Art Communities to Behold

This week we were able to spend time in Mendocino and Fort Bragg. Both of them are wonderful art communities, with Mendocino have more galleries than Fort Bragg, but both are equally wonderful and inspiring. I found the artists and gallery owners to be most friendly and knowledgeable about everything they are doing. 

Not is the art scene great, but the landscape and scenery is most inspiring as well. It just feels like it can help you produce more art by allowing you think better and expose you to scenery like the photo above. That is from the Mendocino Headlands. A wonderful place with trails to explore and sea caves creating a beautiful backdrop for the very clear water. 

There are some great artists and galleries that I will continue to follow-up on and talk about in the subsequent entries here on my blog, in addition to the show that we have coming up. If you have any thoughts about visiting this part of California, let me say that you will enjoy your trip, especially if great art and scenery are high on your agenda!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Matter of Perspective and Point of View: Forming a Connection


As we approach our show that is going up on August 13, at James and the Giant Cupcake in Oakland, CA, I am motivated to start thinking about more ideas that can transform our group and our art. I was speaking with my wife yesterday about this idea that I had, and it led me to think about what is it about art that makes every artist unique, as well as their work. My solution came back to a matter of perspective. Art is really about perspective and point of view, no matter which way you break it up, look at it, divide it, or anything else you do.
Take this image of mine that I put up here. It is multi-colored and fragmented, something like that of a Cubist, with a Surrealist line of thinking, at least from my perspective. This is how I see things when I make my art. It was the way I saw things as I was drawing this image out. This is one of my favorites because it speaks to me strongly. Isn't that what each artist is really trying to do, speak to an audience? Coincidentally, it has a good home now where someone else besides me can appreciate it. This image found its audience, and that is the goal that I have for my art work. I want it to connect with people. I believe that is what we all want as artists. I also believe that is the essence of the human condition, to connect with others. We all form groups, work in certain areas, socialize in certain areas, all because we are wanting to connect.
What makes this connection difficult is when artists are trying to think up the next new thing or interesting idea. My advice, if someone is to take it, would be to just be yourself. Don't copy someone else. Find yourself and your audience will find you. However, finding your audience means you have to look for people who might like your art. That  is another subject for another entry.
Every artist has a way of looking at the world and the world is becoming smaller because of the internet. Just do what you feel represents your view of the world and do it well. People will stop to look and listen if you develop a way of working and representing yourself in a coherent way. I think that is the strength of our family. We all do what we do well and we remain true to ourselves, and we support each other as we work. We are our own collaborators and audience. We have individual and collective perspective that is valuable to us.
Bring people into your perspective so they can understand you and they will be your audience. Art, like so many other aspects of life, is about communication. It is perhaps the most basic of communication because it is communication through images (text-based art not withstanding). Images are a universal language, except perhaps those you cannot see and rely on hearing, where music would be a more universal experience for them.
Something that happens as we move forward through art history is that the visual language becomes more complex. Yet, what I notice, is that people prefer simplicity in their art experience, however you may define that. But, simplicity it something that people truly move towards. It is a challenge for us as artists to take a more complex visual complex language and simplify it for that true visceral and/or emotional response that a wonderful piece of art can inspire. It all comes back to perspective and point of view.