I wanted to share a few articles that you might find interesting. They're all from LINEA -- the official publication of the Art Student's League in New York City. I used to take classes there when I lived in NYC and I still find their articles fascinating. You don't have to pay anything to subscribe to their newsletter.
I don't necessarily agree 100% with this list, but it's 15 tips that are worth thinking about. I particularly like #4:
4. Different teachers can have very different concepts of art. Don’t lock yourself in. Explore many. Beware of classes where all of the students’ work looks the same as the instructor’s. Learn what you need to know and move on. Ask yourself continually throughout your education what you want or need to know to create art based on your own vision.
I often say something similar to students in my classes: Don't create work that looks like mine! Learn the techniques and ideas and then make work that looks like yours!
I guess I like lists. This is another list. 100 survival tips for the painter. Again, I don't agree with every little idea 100%, but there are some important take aways! This list emphasizes: doing the work, personal style, working from y0ur heart, being generous, and constantly being a student. All tenets I wholeheartedly agree with!
I think this article is of particular interest to me because this is the path I'm starting to go down -- exhibiting work publicly. In fact, I have three paintings appearing in two upcoming juried exhibits (here and here -- all work for sale, btw). I read the following excerpt with particular interest:
Some wonderful work had to be rejected because it did not meet the Hudson Valley Art Association’s exhibition criteria. Some competent work was turned down because it was too similar to other work. Many excellent images of typical subject matter — winding roads, boats docked at sunset, vases, flowers, fruit, grapes, and portraits — ended up competing against each other for the exhibition’s limited wall space.
It was often obvious which artists had studied with the same teachers, and those images also began to compete against each other. The goal of the exhibition was to find from among the submissions the freshest and most personal approaches to traditional concepts.
For me, it was disheartening to see how many submitted images were painstakingly detailed copies of photographs. The use of photo reference is an unfortunate necessity to be handled with discretion as a starting place for inspiration but not as an end in its self. To me, an image that “looks just like a photograph” is not a work of art. It is just an excellent copy of a photograph. I felt work done from life sparkled alongside those images too closely rendered from photo reference.
Reading it, my take away is that originality is the key to success in a show environment. As for the last paragraph, I've heard a great deal of discussion on this topic in real life and online. In fact, this LINEA article also tackles photography as an art tool.
What do you think about working from a photo?
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