Not Just a Landscape
On my recent visit to California,just last week, I got to hang out with my good friend and amazing artist Stephen Workman, and we went to a few galleries in town to see what the current San Francisco art scene is up to.
As we went about our business we walked past one of the schools of art, which was having an exhibition on landscape paintings from one of their program's faculty. The artist is a self-proclaimed landscape artist, so she basically ONLY paints landscapes. Which brought us to talking about how we felt about landscape painting.
The Salt Lake City Temple paintings I have do remind me of good times and great people from there. I had really great friends and despite it being a much slower pace than what I enjoy now, living in NYC, it was a great lifestyle for the time I was living. A lot of people ask me if I'm mormon because of having lived there and seeing that I have those paintings, and I'm not, but most my friends there were, and they are all great. The temple is beautiful and it does bring nice memories.
Same goes for the painting below. Miami is one of my favorite places to visit, I love the city, the weather, the vibe, but most of all, I mostly visit it with my family, so its a place full of memories with them. One thing i never considered when painting it though, was that I could do the same service for other people, such as the person who wound up buying this piece from me. I know he likes Miami a lot, and he visits quite often, and as he said (and i'm paraphrasing) "now I have the Miami views that I wanted". So to think that every time he sees the painting in his home, would make the connection for him with the place that he loves so much, gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
So maybe there is more to painting landscapes, and we can all see them for more than what they seem to be ;)
The Birth of ArtONaut (ärt- ə- nôt)
WOW. I can't believe it just suddenly came to me. For the longest time (possibly over a couple years) I've been trying to figure out what to call my blog/vlog in a way that it would actually feel right and describe by its name alone what the theme of it is, and suddenly, on my way back from the grocery store... BAM! Artonaut hit me.
I've been meaning to start this blog for quite some time, but for various reasons I just hadn't quite gotten around to doing it. Not even one post, not some pointless "Hi this is my first post" post, I had nothing. I also didn't want to be stuck writing an Art Review and then hating having to only do that, when in reality I do so much more.
You see, life gets a little weird when you are a dancer-painter-webdesigner-singer-business enthusiast-photographer-funiture restorer-well... you get the point. The deal however is, I am an artistic creative being, and everything that I do has to do with art. Why? because life with art is much better. There is a reason why these practices date back to the beginning of humanity, and why some of us crave to produce art on a regular basis even today, when functioning as a human is absolutely different than it was maybe 100 years ago thanks to all of the amazing technological advances we have come to get so used to.
I knew however my purpose of wanting to have a blog, was to share my daily experiences in the immense universe of artistic possibilities, to sort of perhaps opening someones eyes into realizing how wonderful life can be if you incorporate art in to your life even in the most minimal way, be it hanging some art at your home, appreciating art that you see someplace, or getting down to actually creating something. Art is everywhere and there is potential for there to be art involved in every aspect of life. Art enriches our lives, it serves as therapy, it touches us and ultimately it can change us, and if through sharing my experiences, I can get at least a few people to benefit from art, my blog will have served its purpose.
Now, why Artonaut?
Because that's what I am. I believe the universe of art is infinite, and I consider myself someone who explores this infinite universe on a daily basis, in one way or another, either by dancing, painting, or seeing someone elses art. So that's what this Blog/Vlog will be about.