Monday, February 22, 2010

What is FUN Painting

At the Indiana State Museum Indoor Art Fair this past weekend, I sat for many hours (those of you that have done art fairs, know what I mean) and watched people and listened to comments made about the paintings on display. Art being very subjective, people usually don't offer up comments if they are not thrilled with your art, but body language and comments can be very revealing if they do like it.

I didn't think about it too much on Saturday, but during Sunday, I started thinking about a word description that I kept hearing. And, that word was...FUN. I finally ask a few people what they meant by the one word description of almost 40 paintings. Their replies were: "It looks like you really enjoy what you are doing", "It just looks like you're having fun". "The subject matter (the cupcakes and cows) are fun subjects and happy...they make me smile."

Now, to a non-painter that was as a very honest assessment of "first reaction". But, to a painter, I suppose (this is my story and I'm stickin' to it) those comments really mean that I have finally reached the point in my painting that the struggle is not evident...my brush work is direct and has meaning and the work has a fresh look and not overworked. This was especially true in the plein air works that were completed within a 3 hour window.

So...thank you public. My takeaway is to continue having "fun" painting and to try to carry this spirit into the larger studio works.
And...paint more cupcakes. They always bring a smile.