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What about abstract art?

January 9th, 2016

What about abstract art?

This painting is titled "Orbs in Space 1 -- Crossing Paths". The spheres represent two people crossing paths in life and the center shared orb, which is the time they spend together whether long or short. Would you have understood this painting if I had not explained it? Probably not. And that is something that is very difficult about abstract artwork. I believe the understanding the painter had of the painting is not always clearly relayed to the viewer, at least not very often. But there are still many things to like about abstract art. One can enjoy the overall color effect of the work, or even just the movement displayed within the piece. Color, movement, texture, size, and last but not least, price. But it has to be something you will enjoy seeing a lot of, should you decide you have to have it in your collection.

Yes, before you buy a piece of art, decide if you can stand to see it every day.

I like providing this image large so people can order large blowups of it. It makes a good poster.

I like this piece, and I like to share it.

Rod Ismay



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Abstract Art Again

February 22nd, 2015

Abstract Art Again

We will be discussing abstract art.

Lifes to short to be subtle

February 21st, 2015

Lifes to short to be subtle

Will enter this a little later. Come back again. The days of our lives continues from boriing day to boring day, does it not.?

Orchids

February 12th, 2015

Orchids

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Finding Personal Peace

February 9th, 2015

Finding Personal Peace

The name of this painting is Finding Personal Peace. Well, there have been hundreds of books devoted to discussing and guiding the reader to finding his/her personal peace. Let us hope this picture is worth a thousand words.

Interesting Titles

August 6th, 2014

Interesting Titles

This image is my Avatar or Symbol of who I am and what I discuss. To be direct, I discuss art. The Avatar also stands for Idea and Ismay. As for Interesting Titles, I will come back to discus this at a later time.

Clouds

August 6th, 2014

Clouds

I like clouds to look at. They are fascinating and one can take a long look and see many images come to mind as they observe changing clouds. Fast changing clouds require a long look.

Color Glorious Color

August 20th, 2012

Color Glorious Color

In the picture "Hot Tasty Freeze," to the left. I used color and shape to try to look like a three dimentional figure, without any shading to define the shape. I think it worked a little bit, because I can imagine it as a sculpture. Also in this picture, I just like the color combination I chose to use. Usually when I work in color I like it to be rich in color.

Color is very interesting, because it can be calm and peaceful or agitated and shown in combinations which jar the nerves. And then it can be anything in between as well. I feel my own use of color to often be subjective to how I feel concerning the subject I am portraying. And since we are all different, the appreciation of color can be a very personal choice and experience.

It does seem to me that most people respond positively to the bold color that Vincent vanGogh used in his paintings. That is one aspect of what people like about his art, that he used color very effectively and with emotional conotations to it as well.

But in its appreation color is very subjective and can affect peoples emotions rather directly. And that can be a good or bad thing.

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What is Good Art?

July 26th, 2012

What is Good Art?

What is good art? And who cares? I would say forget about artwork and whether it is good. If you like a piece of artwork whether by an established artist who is famous, or a good artist you like, or even a talented drawer or painter who is completely unestablished, consider buying it. Consider how much it would please you to see this piece of artwork several times a day every day from now on. If the answer is a lot, buy it. And keep in touch with the artist from time to time to see how they are doing in their career and what events they will be displaying at and where. They can probably keep you updated by e-mail or checking a site like this one.

The only people who must be concerned whether their art is good or not are the people who are investing in art to make a profit. Here it would be important to incorporate an art advisor of some sort, who can indicate the trends and types of art to invest in, and the artists to watch.

So good art? Well, there are plenty of reviewers of art out there making money talking and expressing their feelings and knowledge about what makes art good. Guess what, there are as many opinions as there are reviewers. There is a great deal to learn about art history and all that has transpired in art over the many centuries. Classic art has already been judged to be good or at least popular at a particular period of time, and it still is. The public's taste in art changes drastically sometimes. I wish I could post pictures in this content and comment about them so you, if you don't know how, could learn from me what to look for, especially if you intend to buy some artwork. But I still restate my initial statement that if a piece of artwork speaks to you it has achieved its purpose. You have understood it, it has spoken to you. That is always a special experience, and if you can afford the piece, invest and buy it. If you can't afford it, go home get on the Internet and copy pictures that you like to your hard drive and experiment with printing them out. Of course, if there is a water mark on the picture with a name, you won't be able to get rid of that. Another option, slightly more expensive, is to search the Internet for a poster of the piece you like. If the artist is famous you will find it.

I put this picture up for a purpose. I think most viewers would agree that this picture of "Blue Iris" is good artwork, but why? Well, simply because it looks like what it is representing; it looks like two blue iris flowers. Well, it is actually representational art, meaning it looks like what it is portraying. But some people now paint paintings that look exactlly like a photo of something. Hey, we have cameras for that now. No need to paint like that anymore. My personal opinion. Okay so why did I put this picture up? Well, I have always liked the impressionists and on the back of an 11" x 14" art booklet on how to draw or paint was this photograph of the blue iris so I decided to paint it and this was the result. It was painted in 1962 when I was in the tenth grade. Well, maybe I was a genious, who knows. But when it came to be time to make money in my life I knew I didn't want to starve, and that I wanted to be able to pay the bills, so I took a government job I could do. Well, I am now retired living on my good government pension and will be doing my artwork in the time I have left in life. Well, I think the art work I do now is better, but it is not as pretty. So yes, Picasso has influenced me and he was correct. And remember, like what you like, and only buy what you like.