Monday, January 17, 2011

Forgive me bloggers for I have to vent. :)

There are a lot of online workshops these days and of course you’re gonna see a lot of similar work on blogs. Students of said workshops are learning and they want to show their progress. But does that mean everybody is making the same kind of art?

Of course there are lots of similar techniques used and you can see a similar painting but that’s because you’re learning by copying the teacher. However later on I always notice that students adopt their own style of artistic expression. You mix and match different techniques you’ve learned and put that something extra in your art. That something extra is called your heart and soul. And even though a bunch of bloggers are doing, let’s say “folk art dolls”, I never see two folk art doll faces alike.

So I’m baffled by some comments saying everybody’s doing the same thing. I feel like some people that are formally schooled have a problem with self taught artists. And they might or might not be artists themselves but they have so much to say about the art everybody else is making. And it’s not a constructive criticism either.

So what, if it seems like everybody is doing the same style of art. And so what, if the shading is not perfect. And so what, if the lines are crooked and not symmetrical. Have you ever thought that maybe the artist intended it so?

As long as your art makes you, the artist, feel warm at heart, nothing else matters. What if you’ve never heard of Picasso? Looking at one of his famous cubistic (did I say that right?) paintings, would you still think it was done by a genius? Or would you say my five year old could do that? :) And I see a lot of artists that can do amazing realistic paintings but choose to make whimsical folk art instead. What’s wrong with that? The beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
P.S. These paintings are for Mačjelovka, the accociation for feral and stray cats I told you about. And they are inspired by Natasha Wescoat.


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24 comments:

  1. I actually know what you mean...just like art classes in school students draw what the teacher is telling them to draw...but they all look different and are adapted differently in each students mind and then onto paper! Art is just amazing anyways!

    I love these cats you have posted! The colors are so vibrant and the whole thing is playful.

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  2. Of course, each drawing/painting is not art - so what? Most bloggers who draw/paint do not present themselves as artists ... and no one has any certificate that says that an educated assessment of what art is or is not ... creativity, originality - hm ... we tend to that, but the path to your own style takes a period of learning/copying ...and then - for some people (like me) is irrelevant is it art that what we are doing .. we are having fun watching art workshops and discovering the different possibilities for artistic expression. That facts are proof that we have a creative spirit otherwise we would not even interested for that.

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  3. I'll keep this short ... Who cares what other people say ? I only care if they give me nice compliments LOL (unless it is really constructive criticism) Your art is beautiful, I love it, and I guess you love your own art as well ... that's the most important thing ;-) Couldn't agree more with your blogpost ! As Bob Ross would say : happy painting !

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  4. Tele mačkice so pa luštne! Ćeprav so mačke črne so slike zelo živahne! Všeč mi je:)

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  5. I don't understand why people have to say these things. If it's created by someone's hands-it's art--it's part of their creative spirit--everyone is an artist!

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  6. Mačke so super.
    Na vse ostalo pa: Amen :)

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  7. Mačkice so super. Tudi cel tvoj prispevek je super. Sicer pa veš da je slovenski hobi kritiziranje, ob tem, da sam nič ne pokažeš :)
    Važno da uživamo ob "packanju".

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  8. Prekarsno i preslatko, bravo!!!

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  10. Hi Natasha, an enlightening post about artists and creating similar art. I think everyone should be able to feel comfortable and loved in what and who they are inspried by. Art is a soulful journey and when someone knocks your art they knock your soul. We should be very careful in being critics of anyone.
    There's a lot of love involved. I say don't be afraid of creating what you feel you must create. If you do hold back, it hurts.
    Being inspired by other artists is the way we learn.
    We live to be inpsired and inspire!
    Thank you for sharing this post Natasha, you have shared some loving words, that we all deal with as artists. Yeah I agree with the above person BRAVO!

    Read more: http://natashamay.blogspot.com/2011/01/forgive-me-bloggers-for-i-have-to-vent.html#ixzz1BIeQfHLR

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  11. I love the paintings and I agree with what you have said. There is room for all...

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  12. I concur Natasha! I think everyone expresses themselves so differently it really doesn't matter that there's so much of the same "art" type out there! Who cares? Be creative!!!!
    Hugs and blessings

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  13. I couldn't agree with you more!! Good vent!! : )
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Love yours!!

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  14. kako živahno, posebno, pripovedujoče!

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  15. Hi Natasha, I completely agree with you!!! I find other artists so inspiring but everyone has their own take on these styles and subjects and I love seeing that!

    Loving your paintings too, so bright and beautiful! :0)

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  16. Wonderful post! Thank you! I agree with Diane!!

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  17. I soo agree!! I have been having this convo with my hubby this past week, bc I read a post from a blogger about this, very well put:O)

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  18. What a wonderful post! It's true to that you may take a class and learn the teacher's techniques - but the art that is created is the artist's own. Bravo for sharing this! And your kitty paintings are beyond adorable!!! Theresa

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  19. Mucke so tako igrive in barvite, da kar kličejo, da jih kdo posvoji :)

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  20. Thanks for sharing, its pretty cool. This year I'm looking forward to take a break and enjoy nature as I go for vacation, well maybe after I find some Texas Land Sales. Anyway I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

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  21. Hi Natasha,

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I love it. It is very sad when people make comments like that about other people's art. We all have learned from Teacher's and Teacher's have learned from someone else. But everyone's art is so individual. I applaud you for this post.
    If you have a chance please visit my blog and become a Follower. :)
    Thanks and hugs

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  22. I totally agree with you. We all learn from other artists, and naturally you will pick up some characteristics of their work. But, you shouldn't be content with that. By working a little harder, and paying attention to what comes naturally...you can make what you learned your own. You always have to keep reaching higher. Love ♥, Wyanne

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  23. I agree with everything you said! You learn something, then you add to it. You give it your own voice.

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  24. I agree with you but I have to say I heard a comment once about artists. "ANYONE who puts a pencil to paper is an artist" I agree! There are people out there that take hours to create something and others that take years. There are fine artists and then there are mixed media etc. all are still artists. I think a schooled artist is no better than a self taught they just had the benefit of a teacher and the self taught had to work a little more to learn the techniques. Making fine art makes me nervous and unhappy. I love being able to mess up and cover it up or paint over it. For years I didn't do anything because I was worried it wouldn't be good enough. Art is supposed to enjoyable not work and if someone has to be negative about other peoples art then they need to re-evaluate their lives. Anyway your pretty faces look soulful ;)

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