Friday, April 14, 2006

art & criticism

Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

You're confusing product with process. Most people, when they criticize, whether they like it or hate it, they're talking about product. That's not art, that's the result of art. Art, to whatever degree we can get a handle on (I'm not sure that we really can) is a process. It begins in the heart and the mind with the eyes and the hands.
Jeff Melvoin, Northern Exposure, Fish Story, 1994


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful !!! :) { Your fun cat painting, I love the look on their faces and the wonderful colors ! }

15/4/06 5:02 a.m.  
Anonymous Paula said...

Andrea, I didn't find -spotted- but saw very nice paintings and thoughts.

15/4/06 9:41 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh now this is my new favorite...

15/4/06 8:00 p.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

I really like seeing the detail in your paintings up close. Thanks for posting!

16/4/06 8:57 p.m.  
Blogger camera shy said...

i love the devil's dictionary
i use it in my classroom
as part of an exercise
to talk about how it is we know what we know
and how to internalize it so that we can turn around and rename it as our own.

16/4/06 10:36 p.m.  
Blogger cream said...

Lovely, lovely painting!
Northern Exposure! My favourite series of all time!

17/4/06 2:04 a.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

This is very profound - the words, ah ok the painting as well. So from now on I will try and judge my output not by the aesthetic quality but by the process rating. It will be interesting to see whether such a mindset leads to better "results".

17/4/06 2:55 a.m.  
Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Thanks for reading my post... anhd posting your sunflower/poppy (?)painting. I have another "new on line friend" named Andrea... but who is in Texas.. so I had to make sure who was saying it was unusually cool for Easter since I'd heard it was in the mid 90's back home!! Dh's computer doesn't have photochop... and I'm horrible with just plain paint... I might have to actually hand draw or color something and upload it for IF! HA!!

17/4/06 8:11 a.m.  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

I love poppy seed pods! Great painting!

17/4/06 4:37 p.m.  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

lol i like that definition from Ambrose Bierce! and you are right! the process of making the artwork is as important (if not more) than the outcome or final product. 8) cool illo btw, love the color combination and image-collages.

17/4/06 9:13 p.m.  
Anonymous irvine said...

ohh those flowers will not bloom at night.. but I know for sure they smell good! sniif..

cool artwork btw!

^_^ hihi huggss

17/4/06 9:16 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Interesting idea that to judge art one should judge process not product - not sure that I buy that one... I agree one should DO art for the process but I'll only buy art that I like as a product...

18/4/06 9:49 a.m.  

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