May 4, 2014
This is my third day in the row where I try to focus on painting a landscape, that is outside my living room window. Being the son of an artist, one tends not to go into a parent’s occupation and field of expertise, but then, there is that vision that I have in my head, and what I see outside the window matches pretty much, with respect to how I feel, a workable relationship. I never or ever cared about contemporary art. I’m mostly interested in capturing nature as not only how I see it, but I believe how most people see it as well. So as an ‘artist’ I basically just always want to share a common vision that we all have that is nature. The tricky part is the skill in conveying that image as well as finding the perfect picturesque quality of that painting.
Most people I know are very much taken with the skill of the artist or painter, or even musician. For instance, it is hard for most to convey if the idea is good or even original, but on the other hand if I can play the piano, and use certain stylish flourishes on the keyboard, most people will be satisfied with the results. My focus is very much on that aspect of making art. For instance, I pretty much studied the works of the American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church who specialize in not only painting realistic landscapes, but also added a touch of spirituality to the mix as well. When we examine the nature, we’re trying to see the face of God. A landscape painting has certain aspects to search for a religious feeling of some sort through the relationship between the sky and the trees. The psychology of the painter, where he or she (there are woman painters as well) expose their inner demons by attaching it an image of nature. Or perhaps one is wanting to make the ‘ideal’ world, by expressing the beauty of such a nature. Often when we put in an animal or even a human in the landscape painting, I find that kind of risky. That image could throw off the whole theme of the work, or bring the viewer to another part of the world, where you the artist, don’t want to take advantage of the viewer. It’s a complicated relationship. That’s for sure.
The mechanical skill of using the brush is of great importance. The fact is because i want to hide my brushstrokes to make it look like no artist touched the painting. I hope to lessen the artist’s presence in the work, so the viewer can just concentrate on the work, without thinking about me as the artist. There are individuals out there who always want to take the credit, but for me, I rather the work takes the credit, and if the viewer can forget that I painted the picture, well that is the charm of the art piece itself.
Bartolomeo Cristofori is considered to be the inventor of the piano. Originally he thought of the keyboard being attached to various species of cats - because each type of cat has a specific sound. This of course wasn’t logical, for various reasons. For one, the original piano wire, which was made out of catguts, is considered cruel - especially when that piano string may be a relative to the actual cat used in the keyboard. Over time, the catgut was replaced by piano wire made from tempered high-carbon steel. And of course attaching the steel wire to a cat was not such a hot idea as well. The big problem I see between a painter (like myself) and a piano player is that of ego. I believe when one hears or sees a performance, they immediately think of the player and his or hers (there are woman piano players as well) performing that music. On the other hand if you walk into a gallery or museum (hopefully that is where my work will end up), you come upon the painting, and the viewer throws themselves into the imagery as well as the spiritual feeling of the piece. The painter is removed from the work, which I think is the proper position of an artist.
The tension between music and the visual arts is sort of like putting a cat and dog together in a cage. The personalities of both beasts are so different from one to another. It is my view that the music and the visual arts need to be separate from each other. I tend to get upset when I pick up a classical music album, and they utilize a romantic landscape painting on its cover. I don’t believe that it is the role of the painter or artist to convey what the music sounds like that is inside the album cover.