Famous Abstract ARtists ……

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Willem De Kooning (1904-1997) a Dutch American ARtist.  Here he is immortalized for all time.  Another Abstract artist who believed that he was an “individualist” as opposed to abstractionist .   He was a hard drinking man who had notorious escapades with woman.  The hallmark of de Kooning’s style was an emphasis on complex figure ground ambiguity. Background figures would overlap other figures causing them to appear in the foreground, which in turn might be overlapped by dripping lines of paint thus positioning the area into the background. 

“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.”   De Kooning


Endless Days of Fun

Being an artist is a full time job.  Having been doing it now for 20 years has created some of the most interesting moments with myself.  For one … I always give my best to my art.  Always … I don’t put a bunch of villains or shadows in my work because I feel that life is given with the best hope of success.  I believe that If my work hangs in a person’s house I don’t want negative symbols floating around.  So I do my research.  I study the ancient purpose of them and their use.  I find a lot to love about geometry and it’s perfection.

I love nature.  Long walks, the beach, the warm days and the starry nights.  A patch of sunflowers in an open field have a million poems waiting to be written.  A smiling child or a laughing couple … or friends enjoying themselves. 

There are moments of introspection …  that society doesn’t have maps for.  Those moments may be strange and scary.  Having exposed myself to passion has allowed a lot of un masking.  I often find that this is a great teacher in my life.   If I have the space to share a “real” side … it’s as abundant as the fields and the starry nights and the tides of the ocean.  Aren’t we all a bit like that?  I think so …..

Saturday …

Up at the ungodessly hour of 4am this morning.   My cat decided to do a pounce on my face and just really kept going until I woke up.  Cup of coffee and time to work on my next painting.  I decided to maintain the same structure in my work for  20 pieces.  Not changing my direction has been a wonderful experience which is entirely exasperating, daunting and down right frustrating.  Yesssss and no.  I have just this day begun to see the good yes.  A lot of emotions have come out … and that’s not always good for an artist.  Too much can overwhelm and defeat.  Keeping things on task has helped and defeats.  Twenty years of this process and I know a good bit of myself and yet these other parts I have shielded myself from the ooze.  I’m a pragmatist.  What gets in the way of success isn’t going to happen.  But giving myself the time to work on this “dark matter” and not believing I could/can manage it has helped me through not always an entirely pleasant experience.  I have managed to transform some of it to the better and understand myself which is good for me and better for my artwork.  I think it’s hard to be innocent in a predatory world.  Better still that the predatory finds a different path.