Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 32
“Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see.”
Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917
Getting ready for the New Bedford Harbor in a New Light show that’s coming up this coming May at the New Bedford Art Museum. The piece I’m submitting will be one of the largest I’ve done in a long time. It won’t be any smaller than 8′ x 4′ and could “grow” to at least 10′ x 6′ before it’s finished.
The piece’s working title is Pressures: New Bedford’s 1871 Whaling Fiasco, more of a mixed media piece than a painting. I will attempt to convey and illustrate the sensation of the financial and natural pressures on the whaling fleet.
The challenge, as an abstractionist, is to get the single point of focus – pressure – across to the viewer along with cold, desperation and a feeling of surrender.
This F-Series drawing is a black and white study for the final piece and is exploring the value of edge proximity and whether the image will come to your eye or drag you into itself. I’m also looking at how scale, depth and the validity of calligraphy as an iconic element can be best used.
One thing I did discover is that I should replace some of the calligraphic words with numbers. The next studies will be color; the color of ice, snow and smoke.Posted on: 08/01/2013, by : Ron Fortier