Artist Statement – TAKE 101 (at least)

Not sure today is the day I should be writing this, but then again a little soul-searching may be just the therapy I need right about now.   So here it goes…

…. It’s about a half-hour later – nothing yet.   I’m thirsty . . . be right back.

I’m back.  Okay, so while I was puttering in the kitchen (grabbed a snack too), and still contemplating the task at hand, I recalled a conversation I had with my dad (one of my biggest supporters on so many levels) just yesterday …

He said I’m at the perfect point in my life to start concentrating on getting my art/photography out there (he used the word commercially).   I timidly agreed.   I went on to tell him that I was working on putting together a cohesive body of work and we talked about all the ideas I had to do just that . . .  go “commercial” (although I’m not sure that is the word I would use,  but for lack of a better one. . .).  I felt that this cohesive base was key to taking that next step, and it is something I have been working on quite diligently this past week for the first arts fest I’m doing.

I realized, no lie, as I recalled this conversation, and in the processing of writing it down, that I really have gotten where I need to be.  The last two (wow, it’s only been two, maybe three) years have been filled with learning, exploring and experimenting, and well simply just finding my way . . . to where I am right now, this place, this very moment.

And with that revelation . . .  Back to my artist statement and my conversation with my dad . . .  As we were discussing resolution and I was making quite a skimpy argument for my 12 vs. his 36 megapixel camera (yes, I know there really isn’t one), at one point I explained to him, “The end result, the picture in the frame, is a meld of what the camera recorded and what I imagine it to be.”   And there it is!  Whoo-hoo . . . This is my artist statement!

Umm, too short?  It should probably be a little bit longer, huh?  . . . but really all that comes to mind right now is.

“That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”

~ Mr. Hoggett in the movie Babe ~




2 thoughts on “Artist Statement – TAKE 101 (at least)

  1. I popped over after reading your comment at today’s Beyond Layers class.
    Just wanted you to know … I get it, I sooooo get it.
    Your artist statement is just right … and as it comes to you, I’m sure you’ll add more but for now it’s what it needs to be.
    I’m still getting my blog set up the way I want it to be. My goal is to move my artwork into the commercial end of it all now.

    I have a question while I’m here … Did you go pro with your blog so you could have more creative control? … the reason I’m asking is that I am with WordPress also and I cannot find a way to put our sharing buttons onto the right side as you have done here. Driving me crazy. I am just using a free theme right now. Do I have to buy the subscription or the like to be able to do this?
    Apologies, I am having a brain crap today, normally I’m very techie minded.
    =0) … thanks Marie for the help if you are able.
    I look forward to reading your blog …

    Have an amazing day,

  2. Hello,
    Am visiting from Beyond Layers 🙂
    I photograph for fun but I am seriously considering the ‘professional’ aspect as well. I can relate to your post in so many ways.. thank you

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