Category Archives: Painting

Paint True

Musical Still Life – Acrylic – by Ken Riddles

PAINT TRUE

Most artists need an audience. Whether entertainers of whatever kind, or visual artists – all must (even reluctantly) admit they ‘do art’ for the eyes of others.

We tell ourselves we are being true to ourselves and (in the fine art genre) are only painting what we want to paint.

Now of course there is truth in this. Because if the artist him/herself doesn’t find any kind of fulfilment in what they do, then we can ask: ’what’s the point’? We therefore as a result – paint what we feel is a true expression of our own ‘vision’.

A graphic artist once referred to as a ‘commercial artist’ has however, to work to please the client.

So there is more to-ing and fro-ing of communication to ascertain if what is being created meets the criteria of the Client.

In this we have the artist using his creative ability to realise the clients ‘vision’.

We know there’s a whole history to how art has changed over the years, nay centuries, and what it’s raison d’être is – presently.

Originality has certainly climbed to the top of the list, of ‘must haves’ when art is judged today.

The enjoyable thing (for me anyway) about art is – there are no rules. There, I believe, should be moral censorship. But no rules in the sense that it’s an open field of endeavour.

There have been, and there are, so many schools of thought as to what art is and what it should be. All can’t be wrong and all can’t be right.

It is a very individual thing – to choose – what you think is good, bad or indifferent in art. That’s part of the freedom of art. 

At the end of the day – you ‘know what you like’ – right?

Because of technology and the digital age – art skills, have changed. But the basic ability to design is the one remaining factor that cannot change in visual art.

Drawing, and painting skills, have been superseded (to some degree anyway), by the digital means of producing fine or graphic art.

Sculpture cannot but be – hands on. It is not sculpture when on a screen, because of it’s inherent requirement for solidity.

But no sooner has a pronouncement like the above been made, when someone will contradict it and somehow a computer screen will find it’s way to being accepted in the world of sculpture.

And that’s how it should be. Art is always changing. But in another sense cannot escape being the same as it always has been.

I haven’t fully ‘sussed’ why artists feel the need of praise for their work. Certainly it may help.

Satisfaction at the end of the process of production, is one of the legitimate pleasures of life, enjoyed by the artist.

Sometimes that will have to do.

Sleepy human landscape

Sleepy human landscape – Markers by Ken Riddles

SLEEPY HUMAN LANDSCAPE

(Coloured markers) by Ken Riddles.

There are all kinds of things happening in this imaginative landscape. There are no hidden narratives or messages in it. It is simply an exercise in imagination.

The foreground chap asleep has his arm resting above his head and his hand-fingers become the legs of two ladies. Where his inner elbow joint is at the bend of his arm, is a footbridge. Or it could be the arm of the chap to the right.

A lady in the background has covered breast-hills from which grow a few trees.

The sleepy chap to the left has a river running past his nostril, as though it was depicting an old Bisto advertisement (whiffing the aroma).

The clouds are asleep also. The chap to the right has a fence acting as a laurel crown. The two ladies are growing leaves from their arms.

Financial schemers

Smugglers Watchman – watercolour by Ken Riddles

FINANCIAL SCHEMERS

I’m going to write a poem today

About those who would say:

“There’s no point in writing poems”

“It’s a distraction and no money in it anyway”

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Who are ‘they’ you might ask…?

Well – ‘they’ are obsessed with their task

Of money making…

Which sometimes includes illness-faking

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Cooking up lies –

With conspiracy ‘thought-baking’

You have come across such?

Whose heart is in the money

Mercenary in the extreme

They are not what they seem

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Pseudo-sick-days off work

Making extra dough

With their latest dodgy scheme

Well – as I say – you know the type I mean

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One track mind – money all the time

Cajoling you to part with your money

Slabbering out their deceit

Words of bitter honey

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Their anger may arise

If their scheming you can’t abide

Going off in huffs –

When their bullying you deride

How hard it is for a rich man schemer

Drop the ‘beautiful’ from the dreamer

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Uncertain riches can pierce you through

With many sorrows

‘Take no thought’ we are told

‘For tomorrow…’

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We know it’s not the money at fault

It’s the way it can totally steal your heart

Winter Corner

Winter Corner – Watercolour by Ken Riddles

Watercolour 22

The paintings I have been posting in recent days signal a return to pure watercolour. All may know that it is a unique medium – like no other.

It is – it’s uniqueness and unpredictability that is both a challenge and a joy.

All my paintings go up and down the scale from the intuitive to the naturalistic.

At the moment they are naturalistic as expressed uniquely through the dance I have with the watercolour medium.

(You may have noticed a few trees in recent posts. 🙂)

This blogging thing…

Imaginary landscape – felt tips – by Ken Riddles

This blogging thing…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am well past the ‘new fangled-ness’ of blogging.

Past the ‘what must I do to improve the spread of my posts’.

I have never made much effort in the promotion department.

I know it is a recurring topic with some bloggers, how to get the hits, the likes, the comments, the thumbs up etc.

There are of course, blogs on how best to blog.

But I’m afraid I have settled into an average eleven-likes syndrome, and reception of the odd comment.

I’m kind of resigned to the idea that whoever needs to, will stop by.

As a matter of interest when I show my paintings I will get the most likes. Rightly or wrongly I put this down to the readers needing the least amount of effort when deciding to hit the like button.

All that is needed is a few momentary glances at a painting, and bam! Moving on already to another blogger.

Those who are hungry for God’s truth, I hope will find Christian feeding on seedsinmotion, and those who like words for words sake might find a few poems to enjoy. Accessible ones, and not so accessible, fun poems, serious poems, Christian message poems, quirky poems.

Paintings?

Intuitive paintings, abstract, semi-abstract, naturalistic, expressionistic, designs, the descriptive terms could go on…

As I am writing this, I’m thinking it should be an ‘About’ – but when I look at my statistics (I look at these once in a blue moon) – I seem to have 728 followers (I thought it was more, but haven’t looked for a year or two). I guess we can lose followers – is that right?

And as I do not often ‘follow back’, that would be no surprise 😍.

So this blogging thing, – well – we just must – isn’t that right…?