February 20th, 2014
Well, it is to me, anyway. Today I learned that not everyone wants to make art.
A young person was telling me how her sister, who studies medical management, had to take an art class and she hated it because it held no interest for her. We tend to think everyone loves art, but in fact everyone doesn’t. What a shock. I knew there were people who felt they couldn’t do art but I’d never contemplated anyone actually disliking art.
Or perhaps it was the fact that she had to pay for the class and spend a whole semester at it when her goals are very focused on something else.
Do universities have an obligation to require studies outside a person’s major? I think so, but given the economics and narrow focus of today, perhaps these other courses could be made more relevant. Perhaps she could have been offered an art appreciation course or a course in medical art. Or forensic art. Those might have resonated with the medical aspect of this young lady’s mindset and given her the taste of creativity the course designers probably intended.
February 14th, 2014
The seasons are about to get ready to change again. I know a lot of people in the northern hemisphere are ready fro warmer days while many in the southern hemisphere would welcome cooler ones.
To everyone I say, “enjoy the day!” To my readers I say, “Thank you for reading.”
January 30th, 2014
A couple of Sundays ago, I went to a daytime opening at Davis Gallery in Orange CT. It was very engaging but I was still surprised at the turnout because the weather was not very good. It was wet in fact, and very cold. It even started to snow while I was waiting for a break in the rain. (I’ll take snow over rain!) Nonetheless, people came and everyone was there to scope out the work, talk to the artist, and have a good afternoon.
Apparently, at least in New England, winter is no excuse to ignore the arts.
Do you find yourself staying home more in the Winter? Are you waiting for better weather?
would you like to see hot cocoa served instead of wine?
January 28th, 2014
“Love Grows” ©2013, Patricia C Vener
When you buy fine art and fine craft works you are buying a work imbued with the soul of whoever made it. The hands that worked the piece moved with the conscious direction of someone who cares about what they are forming. It is a voice unheard.
Handmade is sharing. Maybe a vision, maybe a sentiment. Maybe just a coincidental love of a particular form.
Some message is being communicated between artist and collector (often between artist and artist because most artists are also collectors of art). Without someone to appreciate the artist’s work, that work is incomplete.
If you receive a handmade gift this Valentine’s Day – or any day – you will have received a very special gift indeed.
January 23rd, 2014
We artists often fall in love with our own work even before it is finished. The work sometimes does not love us back. It refuses to cooperate or it just isn’t turning out as we planned. This is when we have to be strong and call off the relationship.
We have two choices, then. We can either put the work away unfinished or we can start over. For my bead woven work this means I can rip it apart and use the materials in another project.
More often, though, only part of the work isn’t cooperating. In this case I take apart only those aspects that aren’t working but keep those parts that are. Sometimes an entirely new vision arises from the remains of the old.
Purple Perfection ©2005, Patricia C Vener
Purple Perfection is a necklace I don’t love. I made it nine years ago when I was just teaching myself the tubular netting technique. It doesn’t have the “wow” factor other pieces (even some that are not recent) have. I put it away, but now I am going to take it apart and use those beads to create something that will evoke amazement from those who view it.
January 21st, 2014
“Pink is Perfect” © 2007, Patricia C Vener
Pink is not watered down red. It isn’t a single, well defined color. It can be neon bright. It can be muted with the addition of one of its complements. It can be so pale as to seem almost white. Pink can be rosy in tint to almost orange.
“Hot pink” is an invention of the 20th century, in 1947 by fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, by adding a bit of white to magenta. I can’t think of a single other color that it doesn’t work well with. “Hot Pink” might be the new black (or white) because there’s no other color that goes with all other colors as successfully as pink.
In Japanese there are different terms for peach tinted pink and cherry blossom pink. We have to use three words – or make up unofficial names. Working With Color displays the variety of pink possibilities as the palest versions of several color families. They assign common names based on the English speakers bias as many of these are generally accepted in English. Pantone assigns more whimsical names, probably because the are the go to resource for the fashion industry.
Pink has a wide variety of connotations depending on the specific pink being considered and what it is combined with. These vary from innocence to sensual, but I believe these are mostly short lived fads and trends unlike the stronger emotional connections given to Red hues.
What emotion do my earrings (shown at the start of this post) evoke for you?
January 16th, 2014
“Dancing Heart” digital art © 2012, Patricia C Vener
Red is the color of life, of love, of intense emotion. It stands out in fiery brilliance and makes us stop and look and maybe pay attention. It is my favorite color and has been all my life. I am in constant danger of buying more red beads and paints as if I might run out. Red comes in a delicious variety of hues leaning blue-ward or yellow-ward. It is the complement of green and mixed together red and green light make invisible white light. (Red and green paint, on the other hand make mud.)
Different cultures and societies have assigned different meanings to this color – thus proving that color psychology is cultural (nurture) rather than instinctive (nature), but very few of us humans assign it no importance at all.
What do you feel when you see red? I want to know. I will respond to all comments.
January 14th, 2014
“Positive Space” © 2013, Patricia C Vener
The new year is only two weeks old but I have started seeing hints of Valentine’s Day already. Some stores waste no time taking down their December holiday decorations and putting up the red and pink hearts and glitter of a holiday that’s a month away.
If folks really were inured to the advertising this ploy wouldn’t work, but I suspect many people find the short cold days of Winter to be more dreary than beautiful and the bright colors and promise of chocolates raises their hopes for an early Spring. Also, it is a well known truism that the more people see a company’s name and product the more likely they will make their purchase from the company rather than from a competitor.
This is the first in a series of posts relating to this holiday that, like Hallowe’en, has lost most (if not nearly all) of its religious connotations in exchange for a festival with secular meaning and so transformed becomes a national celebration. I hope you will join me as I explore some of the art related facets of this February festival.
December 26th, 2013
“Three Birds in Winter” © 2013, Patricia C Vener
How often does the Earth get a “shortest day of the year?”
While the northern hemisphere experiences (and celebrates) the shortest day of the year, (Winter Solstice), the southern half of the planet enjoys their longest day, (Summer Solstice). The reverse likewise holds true. Except at the equator where the days and nights are always 12 hours each.
The cause is Earth’s 23.5 degree axial tilt. This tilt is also responsible for the shift of the positions of sunrise and sunset over the course of the year. At most terrestrial locations, the sun does not rise due east and set due west except twice a year (Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes).
Today is 26 December 2013 and our northern hemisphere days are growing longer and our nights shorter. But don’t look for any real warming trends for at least another two or three months. It takes time for the planetary surface to react to these changes in a significant way.
December 8th, 2013
Luxurious Velvet Gift Bag, photo ©2009, Patricia C Vener-Saavedra
The controversy rages: gift bags or gift boxes?
My preference is gift bags.
* They are elegant keepsakes in themselves, representing luxury and the portent of a rare treasure.
* They also fold and fit into randomly shaped spaces without breaking or becoming crushed.
* Their material usually lasts longer than even the sturdiest of cardboard.
* They look fresh and new for a longer time than cardboard or paper boxes.
* They don’t get scratched as plastic does.
* They often can be washed (by hand at least).
To be fair, gift boxes do have some good characteristics.
* Boxes are easy to wrap in gift wrap
* They give some people a sense of security when being shipped (but really, good use of bubble wrap negates this advantage).
* They stack
* They can be written on (but why would you want to?)
In the comments or by email, I’d love to know your opinion. So, tell me, what is your preference?