Just What Is A Painting?

My definition of a painting:

A few brilliant strokes of paint to be found among a number of not so brilliant stokes of paint with a large number of useless strokes of paint added in a feeble attempt to correct the not so brilliant strokes of paint.

Probably could include literature, film making, music composition as well. In fact probably could include the universe.

Just wanted to help those in the art academic world who may be researching the topic.

Having Faith in Your Art

For some reason I ended up on surfing around videos of people proclaiming the need for self confidence in their creative output. Most of these posted videos tend to be aimed at young artists, or maybe people new to art making.

I like to look at what I do objectively. I can see things that may not have been exactly perfect. I guess that is always the case with everything made by human beings. However, sometimes people misinterpret that objective evaluation as a lack of self confidence. This is not the case.

The bottom line is there really are many many opinions or maybe many many esthetic proclamations made by the never ending pontificating bird brains. (No offense meant to Aves that may be reading this.)

The only opinion that counts regarding an art object is from the creator.

Useless Information Regarding Art That Is Actually Quite Useful

This post is yet another rambling bit of nonsense making no claims of sagacious insight, so you are now warned.

First two unrelated thoughts which could make great sayings on coffee mugs, although the coffee mugs would have to be rather large.

Very large coffee mug one: One thing that I keep telling myself is that an artist doesn’t “draw” the model but rather “interprets” the model.

Very large coffee mug two: Art historians present lectures about how art changes through time. But art doesn’t change. The customer does.

Now some thoughts as to the types of people who bother to look at art objects or what ever creative product is in front of them. And more importantly how they see the object. To illustrate the concept I have created a beautiful diagram because you can never go wrong if you have a beautiful diagram to make something sound important. I sincerely hope there are no spelling errors in this diagram because I am too lazy to re-do it.

types of people who look at art
Types of People Who Look At Art

Obviously there is a wide amount of overlap in these groups, but for now let us assume this orderly structure (since humans generally love orderly structures) consists of five discrete buckets. The categories are determined by what each group thinks when looking at an art object.

  1. Art Collectors would say “Could I buy this?”
  2. Art Professionals (academic instructors, museum personnel, etc.) would say “Could I verbalize and curate this?”
  3. Art Dealers of course would say “Could I sell this?”
  4. Art Makers would say “Could I make this?”
  5. People who are simply curious would say “Huh?”

Well so much for that. The system works great if everyone stayed in their bubble.

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