It has been said that paintings lose value when turned into functional objects. I’ve had arguments in favor and against this theory on a few different occasions. Obviously (in relation to my own artwork) I have always been against this statement or belief. At the same time I can understand where this mentality comes from. In my mind it always traces to the conversation of form vs. function. The truth is if you have both those elements in equal proportion, the object will have value. This value should and will increase over time. Look at furniture by some of the greats. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright are great examples. There work is priceless. Forget the fact that they were architects. In the end these individuals were artists. Creating objects of beauty that hopefully try and balance form and function. An artist is essentially doing the same thing, in a “juxtaposed sort of way. They are balancing form in the composition of the piece, and function in the action or emotion of the piece. The value of either architect or artist increases with eithers ability to do this “timelessly.”
It takes years to master this technique, but I feel like it’s one of the key elements to any great “artisan.” Actually it can be applied to any and every individual. We are all attempting to master something. If one is not on a mission for this in there “work lives” I can imagine how lost life would feel. I feel The concept of mastering something is essential to maintain rank and order not only in society, but also in ones mind. Imagine a life without a task to look forward to…
“Everything we do in life is pointless, but we must do it anyways.”
-Old buddhist proverb (misquoted by me, but you get the idea)
“Lamb on the Run”
I did this piece as two different works. The top is a painting that would hang on a wall, and the base portion is an herbal garden. Both were gifts for my family members. The painting is a new technique for me. It has an illustration presence that has obviously progressed since my days as a designer trying to be a painter…2009ish. The background is from my head, I really like the spots of yellow light in the distance. They really add to the distress. I used bigger brushes on this pice, so her face was really hard to do. In the future I would like to get the faces nailed. Thats all I can say about that.