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Outliers

November 17, 2015

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Definition of outlier:  A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.

I think it was John Sloan, the painter, who said that all “great” artists are standing on the shoulders of all of the other working artists in the world. He also said “Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.” I take two things away from that: It’s okay to be influenced by what other artists are doing, recognizing that we are ALL influenced and supported by the vision and work of others. And, having that as a base, we should feel pretty good about exploring unpredictable approaches to making art.  In other words, outliers really have something in common with everybody else (why else compare them??), and they stand out because of some characteristic that makes them unique. In artmaking, those unique characteristics get folded into styles and content choices of the next generation of artists.

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I’ve been working with different ideas in black and white drawings—a result of starting a series (some of which were in the MasterWorks of New Mexico Spring 2015 show and some in the Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More exhibition that is still showing) experimenting with charcoal and powdered graphite. It seems like the possibilities are endless! But I am having trouble finding the perfect paper to work on. I’ve tried different smooth drawing papers (around 80-100 lb. weight), hot press 300 lb. watercolor paper, off-white Canson papers for ink, etc., and I can’t get just the right surface to create the deep blacks that I like. Hmmm. I’ve also been messing with ink washes and gesso washes to see what that adds. I haven’t decided if I like them or not. I’ll keep experimenting. Here are a few of the latest (all small, about 6.5 x 6.5):

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mikki Aronoff permalink
    November 17, 2015 4:30 pm

    Always inspiring…..mixxx

    Sent from my iPhone

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