Monday, February 21, 2011

What do you think?

What do you think?

What do you think? It’s lovely. Isn’t it?

That’s alright you don’t have to be an art critic to have an opinion on art. Seriously tell me what you think.

It’s important that you remain objective though.

Excuse me? As a matter of fact it… yes I am the artist.

I’ve been painting since I was five years old. In fact, my first painting was a kitten that looked a bit like a dog sitting next to a ball of yarn shaped like a square. The colors were all wrong too. Can you believe that?

You can. I see. If you don’t mind my asking, what do you mean by that comment? Oh, you’re absolutely right. Everyone does have to start somewhere. Ain’t that the truth of it?

Thirteen years ago is when I decided I wanted to do this professionally. Progression? You might say there is a lot of progression in my work. There’s a piece on the wall behind you that is at least eight years old.

Look at that one. Now look at this one then tell me what you see.

No, not at all. I don’t want a critic’s voice. If I did, I could ask that man over there.

Who?! He’s a writer for the Post. He crucifies painters and eats their insides for breakfast. For being an art critic he rarely appreciates anything artistic. As a matter of fact, he didn’t think too highly of my last showing a year ago. It was at this tiny place in Brooklyn. And not only did he manage to attack my work, he found a way to butcher the gallery in the same three line critique.

Touchy? You might say I’m a little sensitive. But you like the work, don’t you?

Really, tell me what you think.

300. Inspired or not, people want an opinion. Or rather a judgment. And they want to see it before its coming. Except the one thing they don’t want is a negative one. Why? People worry about what others think. In any aspect of life you can’t worry too much about what others think. Or spend your time trying to interpret their actions. It will do you no good to become consumed by it. The only thing that will help you is not worrying about making things happen, especially with people. Besides I’ll let you in on a secret… Reading people only truly works when you aren’t trying. You can not force something or someone, when it should be easy. It all makes sense when it comes so easily. Have you ever had anything in your life come easily? It is amazing when it comes together cause that is the moment when it all makes sense. And it all will keep coming together if you let it.

 Regarding Matisse… he once said that an artist should cut out his own tongue, before discussing the art. People will see what they want. You can tell them different, but they will still see the same thing. Just don’t worry about it. And if you do… remember you are in control of how much and how long. Enjoy. kisses. m.

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