HOW TO START A PAINTING
No question: Even after a lifetime of making art, a blank canvas is intimidating. A blank canvas is perfect. It is untouched and therefore, has a unity of color and conception. The first mark it receives fractures this unity, and makes it imperfect. The artist is suddenly confronted with the problem of what to do next. Will the painting fail to meet the challenge posed by the empty, white canvas or will it succeed and create an identity all its own? Read More
WHAT IS STYLE?
By the 1980s, I had been making art already for fifteen years when I learned there was a gallery on Madison Avenue that, once every month, hosted an open house for unknown artists. It was a chance to show your work to a curator. If the curator liked it, a show might follow. Armed with a selection of slides, I waited nervously until it was my turn to show what I had done.
The curator looked attentively at every image, and. perplexed, turned to me and said: “ Your work is interesting but you don’t have a style. You need a style.”