Oh! I know that I am a stranger to the art scene in this country. But one is only a stranger until he/she attracts enough attention, either negatively or positively, to become known within the target reference group. The need to support a family of 4 forced me to pursue a reasonably remunerative professional career in geography and transportation planning that serendipitously aided and abetted the development of my artistic endeavors. As a art hobbyist I have spent more than 40 years independently developing my skills and producing a large body of work (minus the portion that was gobbled up by my offspring) to offer up to the art public. The freedom of retirement now provides me with the opportunity to finally focus on developing and publicizing my creations (and hopefully earn a little money at it.) This website represents the first baby steps in this transition to professional artist.
With this introduction I would like to pose a rhetorical question. Have you ever wondered how a master artist conceives and develops his visual ideas and progresses them to their ultimate realization? How did Michelangelo, for example, envision the frescos that he painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and more importantly bring all of the individual figures together to form a harmonious whole? How did Rodin imagine, plan, and implements his Burgers of Calais? Quite frankly I do not have a clue. Although I am nowhere in their class, I do, however, know how I go about it particularly with regards to my more complex paintings. I thought it may be of interest to the visitors of this sight to follow this process from conceptualization to final implementation with a few diversions into my artistic philosophy and discussions of art traditions that I encounter during my travels.
This blog will be linked to the gallery titled “Catch as Catch Can. (CACC)” What you will see in it will not be for sale. It will primarily include concept sketches, preparatory drawings, photos of work in progress, and other illustrations that will better inform the viewer about how a painting is developing. The gallery and subject will change on an irregular basis depending on where I am in the world, what I am working on, or time availability. Hopefully, with the feedback loop provided, we can incorporate reader generated ideas into the finished work. Imagine going to a museum and pointing to an element in a painting and telling your companions “I suggested that idea to the artist”. (I think I know what their response will be.)
To plant the first kernels of seed to germinate this process I have inserted a series of rough concept drawings into the initial CACC gallery that may or may not be incorporated into a large thematic painting which currently sits in the back of my brain but has not coalesced into tangible form as yet. If the mission is accepted, it is the task of the reader to try and ascertain what the theme of the painting will be by the clues provided in these diverse drawings. As the composition begins to come into clearer focus, I will provide the readers with a title which I believe will generate corollary ideas based on personal experiences that hopefully would be fed back to me to render into visual form. Your ideas would surely enrich the final composition.