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Barbara Keith

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November 16th, 2007 - 11:17 AM

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Lately, I've noticed a few "discussions" about FINE ART, HIGH ART and so on. In my humble opinion, does it really matter which it is you do as long as you're enjoying the journey?
I classify my art being collages, portraits etc. as vignettes.. not really complete and never really done. With the portraits, I don't like adding a background - in my mind's eye, that just mucks it up. I want all the attention on the subject - whether that be human or animal doesn't matter. I don't want anything detracting from it. With the collages.. well, it's very hard to put in any kind of background that won't look weird.. so they all end up having this complete/incomplete look to them. Which is what I want.
On rare occasions I actually put in backgrounds (the dachshund series).. but that's mostly because somebody wants it that way. The art I do strictly for myself is more to the point.
It all goes back to a teacher in a commercail art school I attended. He was walking around the room checking on how every one was doing (we were illustrating children's stories). He came by mine and said he was pleased (the background was only partially in). A while later.. he came cruising by again and this time he said "you've ruined it"!! I had "filled" in the background thinking that it would look more "complete" that way. Well. guess what I never do now.. FINISH ANYTHING!!
When I abandon a piece.. it is because I am pleased with it at that point. I know that there is always more I can add.. more detail, more color but why? I rarely go back to change anything and I try very hard to NEVER come back and FINISH it.. and it's all because of that teacher.
On the other hand, I guess that means that I'll never be a "fine" artist.. I'll just be a working artist for the rest of my life, which in the long run is just "fine" with me.

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Marlene Piccolin

14 Years Ago

Greenville, PA

I don't ever expect to be hung in a museum (my art either HA!) and that isn't and never was my goal. I do what I do because I GET GREAT SATISFACTION from it. And it seems to please a hell of a lot of people. The rest don't matter.

Marlene Piccolin

14 Years Ago

Greenville, PA

Ron, I really admire what happens when you "let'er rip". Junkyard is probably my favorite. Kevin, I agree with the fine are smine art statement. :) If there is one thing I have learned from being a member of this site, it is that for every opinion about art there is a somebody. And in the end, the only opinion of my art that matters is mine. The rest is either gravy, enlightening or unimportant. I can afford this attitude because my art doesn't pay the bills.

Ron Morrison

14 Years Ago

Courtenay, BC

One thing I am reasonably sure about, is that there are many approaches to art production. Some artists love to lose themselves in laborious detail and fidelity to the image they are painting is the "thing". Others love to let'er rip or create their own scenes (me). Its all a matter of what you love to do because that passion will show, inevitably.

Kevin Callahan

14 Years Ago

Parkville, Mo

Fine art? Smine art! Let em' eat paste! If Christies or the MoMa bring in your work to sell or hang you can bet it will amazingly become "fine art". I don't really worry about it all. On another note I have many paintings (all I suppose) some done 30 plus years ago... maybe some small thing bothers me, something I might not do today, or do better. I NEVER go in and fix them. Once I'm truly done, I'm done.

Barbara Keith

14 Years Ago

Maple Heights, OH

Ron.. doesn't matter to me but I figured that I'd drop my two cents in this way .. just to see how many others have an opinion on that. I see you and I feel about the same..

Ron Morrison

14 Years Ago

Courtenay, BC

I always thought the term "fine art" or fine artist" was reedikilus anyway. Fine or not? According to whom?