Back again

Back to artwork, and back to earth. There are only so many lofty ideas one can have about beauty, until it dawns on you that the more you think about it, the less you understand it.

So, I’ve gotten back to my artwork after having been so involved at my “real” job (the one that makes me money). Here’s the start of the newest, in art card form. “Creativity”.

Companions

I’ve completed “Companions”. I also viewed a video by Roger Scruton on beauty in art. It gave me a lot to think about.

The video is about the purpose of beauty to connect with the divine, and to transcend the tragedies of ordinary life. But how do we decide what is beautiful?

I’ve been over this in the past. I think appreciation of certain things being beautiful is hardwired into us, just as we are hardwired (so they say) to see babies as cute, and want to take care of them. There is also a genome that has been isolated that determines if someone will be spiritual and believe in God.

It all sort of makes ordinary out of what we consider sublime. But what of the mystery of how humans became what they are?

oh, dear

I’m looking at the ads for artists in Craigslist. They all want “cutting edge”, “raw”, “urban”, and “antagonistic” art. Is it a matter of these being done by young artists, to whom these things still matter? Or am I totally off on what’s the trend today?

Here’s an update on the “Companions” sketch. I’ve added some yellow to the composition to give the impression of incandescent light. It’s funny, but incandescent light always make me think of home, and the nurturing feeling that goes on in homes.

Show

I went to the opening of the show last night. It was a pleasant night, and some excellent artwork there.
I don’t know if I posted it before, but here’s one of the two pictures I entered. It’s called “Millstone”.

Beauty

More on the idea of beauty.

I guess in the physical (non-art) world, there is a consensus about what is beautiful. I find people coming into the gift shop where I work tend to ooh and aah over the same items. Just what is it they all find so pretty?

I can’t figure it out. Maybe I’m burnt out, but there doesn’t seem to be any tangible way of measuring it. My work is based on the idea that everyone brings their own associations to the objects they see, but that doesn’t explain why so many people respond to the same design on an item. Or color, for that matter.

There are harmonious shapes based on mathematical formulae, but I don’t buy that completely. It’s not the solution to everything beautiful.

I really don’t get it. If anyone has any thought on this, I’d like to know.

In the meantime, here’s Park Avenue.