- Producer29/12/2016Normalcy. . . And BeyondOur own little mental health nest?Are we interested in the likes of van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Edvard Munch because they (according to us) flirted with insanity? Or are we taken in by the universal powers inherent in their artworks? In effect,...
- ProducerI'm not an amateur! Yes you are! I'm not, I'm an artist! No you’re not! Yes I am! No you’re not!The beautiful word amateur once meant : “lover of”. Over time, it has evolved from its original French, Italian and Latin origins to becoming a generic belittling reference. Once, it highlighted a recognition of and respect for "appreciators" of one...
Comments29/12/2016 #16 Bernard Poulin#15 Hilarious reaction. No cyberneticist should be without a sense of humour - it would screw up fractal integrity! As for your da Vinci's structural resonance and Spirit and invention considerations. . . you're reaching way beyond my comprehension. As Pooh would say. I'm but a bear of little brain. . .28/12/2016 #14 Joseph Sprute#13 da Vinci's "Structural Resonance" ~ knowing how to visually distill "QuestionAnswers"; the infinite differences within us = context of how the paint is mixed and what method creates the best application ... e.g. how gray matter adapts color is more than an individuals perspective, it is the realization of collected passions, choices like a palette for Spirit and invention28/12/2016 #12 Bernard Poulin#10 Though I appreciate your respect for Leonardo, I beg to differ on his training regimen. He was apprenticed to Andrea del Verrochio in his mid teens. He learned to both paint and sculpt with a heavy concentration on the rigours of rendering the figure. He then stayed on as an assistant to Verrochio until 1478 when he started his own studio at the age of 26.28/12/2016 #10 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisInteresting how the individual who came up with the technique of perspective in drawing was 'just an artist' to his contemporaries, even if later on he went on to build unprecedented inventions and create the anatomical diagrams that have survived up to our time. This artista didn't have any formal training and yet managed to outperform most profesdional artists and engineers since the Rennaissance times where he lived. You may have heard of him. His name was Leonardo da Vinci.28/12/2016 #9 Bernard Poulin#7 Dear Paul. Not necessarily. I entered a world where everyone expected me to have to compromise . I didn't. At 9 I chose to become a portrait painter (much to the consternation of my father!) I wanted to earn my living doing what I loved to do. And so, I was determined to be recognized for portraits by "Poulin" not by everyone who thought they could tell me how. I have therefore rarely shown a work in progress to a client. My mantra is that they chose me to do a portrait - so let "me" do the job "my" way. Otherwise, I send clients to someone else who is willing to compromise. This old buzzard isn't ready to do that yet. . . :)28/12/2016 #8 Bernard Poulin#6 Thank you Harvey. I believe in the concept of success - success as a process and not a destination or achievement. Success is not an end in itself. If I can get up in the morning and enter into a world where i am pleased to be and do - then I am one successful man.28/12/2016 #6 Harvey LloydAmateurs remind us of where we were. Those horrifying days of low confidence and minimal acceptance. But we have arrived now, we have confidence and enough of a following that we feel vindicated from the amateur title.
Amateurs are the fruit of life. We know their journey if we share a common theme of existence. The journey will be one of enlightenment, challenges and surprise victories. Every new adventure carries this cycle. The peanut gallery lurking in the shadows poking at the journey have lost their sense of adventure. They have arrived, not sure where, but they think it is a place of success.
I envy the "amateur". They have before them the (another) journey of a life time. I have pity for those who have arrived, they have parked at something that others deem as success and lost their appetite for starting new adventures or becoming an amateur again.
Great post and i enjoyed the perspective.28/12/2016 #5 Bernard Poulin#4 Agree. If only we were all happy just being who we are and doing with pleasure what we do. But in our sad day and age, we are star struck and those who do not feel like they are stars but wish to be seen so often spend a lot of time and energy trying to be seen to "be" one (a star, that is). Happiness is focusing on doing not being.28/12/2016 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanWhat comes to mind is an amateur golfer - someone who has never turned professional or won a professional major championship. IMO, that doesn't make them any less talented than a pro. I agree with @Aleta Curry View moreWhat comes to mind is an amateur golfer - someone who has never turned professional or won a professional major championship. IMO, that doesn't make them any less talented than a pro. I agree with @Aleta Curry where the amateur was greatly appreciated. An amateur may signify a young but extremely talented person trying to move up the ranks.
If a person is happy and proud of what they are doing, then being referred to as an amateur or an artist should not make them feel as an ordinary or lesser person. Close27/12/2016 #3 Aleta CurryExcellent, @Bernard Poulin. Interestingly, I have always moved in at least one sphere where the amateur *was* greatly appreciated: Dog Fancy (how many people make their whole living showing and breeding dogs, yet it's a respectable and multi-million dollar business), Acting (the Pantomime and Repertory system forms, though of course we now have actors with degrees disdaining those without) and even my academic disciplines, Film and History (consider the role of the amateur in Historical Recreation, Costumes, Artisans and craft skills) and now, in Antiquing - well, any antiques dealer who doesn't know that sooner or later s/he'll run into an amateur collector who knows more about the specialised field than the dealer does, is either deluded or a moron.26/12/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsWhat an interesting post Bernard. I see an 'art' in many of the things I do, whether it results in a painting, a story, a cold/boring dining room turned into a winter wonderland for the enjoyment of military personnel, or (and I mean this absolutely;) designing reporting metrics for the logistics department or a tracking system for a retails sales department. All these come from the same part of me. I step back and in my mind's eye I see the painting, or I watch the story unfold, or I see how to simplify an excel spreadsheet so that it can contribute to the company long after my 'contract to work' has ended. It is this inner designer's eye that allows me to turn the most mundane of tasks into my 'art'.
It is explaining this concept of 'art' that is the most difficult and most often met with those oh so frustrating smiles of tolerance. It is those 'tolerant' snobs that just don't grasp that design, is design, is design, and it all originates from the same place within the artist and the 'results' are in fact irrelevant, it is enough that it satisfies that need to 'create'. Other's definitions of 'artists' aren't really that important when the artist's 'need' is satisfied. I chose long ago to see their not understanding as being a source of amusement. I 'get it' and that's all that matters.
- On Life, Death And Nude Painting (2015) - Cover design for the book of the same name - Author : "moi" - This is a rather irreverent presentation of life in both the visual art studio world and the "other" worlds beyond it. The focus is on years of observations made and presented for consideration. I would hope the contents would stimulate thinking, discussions and. . . even. . . arguments. :)
- North of Darkness - Cover design for the book North of Darkness (2016) - Author : Elaine Poulin - A book on PTSD - the illness and the chance to overcome its debilitating effects.
- A Pall Of Vengeance Is In The Air - Oil/huile - 24" x 18" (61 cm x 46 cm) -2003 - 2003 was the year I discovered that politics was increasingly taking on an aura of personal attack mentality rather than on policy difference considerations. For the subsequent dozen years I have been creating a series of artworks highlighting this phenomenon.
- Perdre sa boussole - 2013 - couverture du livre, auteur : Elaine Poulin - Sujet : Le stress post-traumatique et comment surmonter ses effestts psychologiques et physiques
- Beyond Discouragement, Creativity - Cover design for a 2010 publication of an essay on the effects of the 20th/21st century on creativity.
- Depuis des millénaires et ça à travers toutes les religions, l’humain se reconnait “humain” - les variances de la bonté mesurée que par la capacité de l’un et l’autre d’être à son meilleur aujourd’hui, afin d’essayer plus fort demain. Donc une bonté naturelle a toujours été reconnue, malgré nos “taches originelles”. Mais aujourd’hui, les temps sont ennuagés par une dictature pharisaïque. On dicte à la masse ce qui est et ce qui n’est pas “bon” - et ça du haut d’un “Mont” réservé à une élite des “choisis” qui s’enrobent d’une droiture vraie afin d’éliminer toute variance dans la reconnaissance de la valeur des “autres”.
Throughout time and within all religious beliefs, the varying “grays” in the human make up have been respected as a collective’s recognition of every individual’s capacity to be “excellent” - that which drives us to be the best we can be today with the proviso that being better in the morrow is always possible. From birth our basic goodness has been noted; despite each our “original sin”. But today, goodness is being redefined - re-calibrated to meet the impositions of a select few who, at the peak of their Mount of Self-Righteousness haughtily dictate the parameters of “their Truth” to the hordes who will forever be seen to be in need of “reform”.
- Franco - Être francophone chez-soi n'est pas toujours facile. Depuis 1638 mes ancêtres sont enracinés au Canada. Et toujours. . . on veut m'arracher mes racines et me peindre "anglo". . . Malgré tout, je suis "Franco" et Franco je demeurerai.
Comments26/12/2016 #3 Bernard Poulin#1 Dear Pamela, Thank you for the welcome. Joined many months ago but only now have moved into my new n=home and studio and have the time to communicate. I joined BeBee as I was looking for something more sophisticated than Facebook and . LinkedIn. Hope it works out. :)26/12/2016 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsIt's the hand that captures my eyes...I've always had a fascination with hands as they tell a story all their own. Thanks for sharing your work with us; hope to see much more! Welcome to beBee. I love all the artists that have joined our community and especially the diversity of their work.