Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Landscape Echoes 4 and Artist Bloggers who Bash Other Artists

Abstract Landscape Painting, painting by Jan Blencowe

Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:
Title: Landscape Echoes 4

Media: acrylic
Size: 12 in X 10 in (30.5 cm X 25.4 cm)

Price: $300, unframed, includes shipping and insurance in the USA

How to Purchase: Sold
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OK here's #4 in the series, and now I really need to order more panels! Today I went out with a 20x30, and did a plein air landscape using the palette knife. It was a real challenge to use techinques similar to these abstracts to create a more realistic image, with space and distance, mostly becasue the palette knife is a less precise tool than a brush, but I LOVE the surface texture I'm getting. That one needs a little studio time before it's done then I'll get it photograph and ready to post for you to see.

Bloggers Who Bash

Be forewarned this is going to be a little rant. I've been blogging for several years, and for several years prior to that I was involved in a couple of internet forums for artists, in particular. Ninety-nine percent of my experiences have been really, really positive. I've gotten to know so many wonderful artists. People who were supportive, caring, helpful, and overflowing with generosity when it came to sharing knowledge and information about creating art or about blogging/websites technical stuff etc. I learned so much and have been very blessed by their critiques, and encouragement and inspired by their paintings. I've generally found the art community on the internet to be an amazing group of people. I know the internet is a big place, so maybe I've just been lucky. I've tried to give back some of that support and help by passing on what I know when another artist posts a question in a forum, asks in the comment section or e-mails me. When someone asks for critique I try to be balanced, honest, helpful and leave the other person with possible solutions and a general feeling of encouragement. The creative spirit is something I never want to discourage or, heaven forbid, crush in another artist. Being an artist is a difficult thing and requires you to take many emotional and personal risks, and people should acknowledge and respect that. So imagine my displeasure when I came upon a blog today written by an artist with "5 years of art school" presumably recently graduated based on statements this person makes, who did a "mega-critique" of daily painting blogs. My blog was simply called "plein air boring" but the dismissive, condescending remarks made about many of the other truly fine, professional artists who have daily painting blogs really blew my mind! She said Julian Merrow-Smith's work looked like the good work she saw in art school, but no better than that. Is she kidding??? She needs to get a raging clue! This young person has no idea about these daily painting artists. How many of them are vastly exprienced with excellent gallery representation, national awards, loyal collectors, and thousands and thousands of hours of painting under their creative belts. Nor does this person realize the discipline and work that goes into producing a new work each and every day, month after month and year after year. Does she even realize that many of these artist support themselves and their families through their art? That they have worked hard for many years to get where they are. That they do much more than small daily paintings, they have larger more substantial works, they supply galleries, do commissions, maintain websites, teach classes and workshops,have shows, participate in arts organizations, and other arts related business ventures to make a living. But there she is with her grand total of 5 years of art school pronouncing judgment on these professionals, and most don't fair very well according to her highness. Is this Envy? Insecurity? Stupidity? Just plain boorishness? Most bloggers endeavor to contribute to the community in a positive way. When they find something they like or find valuable they pass it on to others. Very few ( with the exception of political blogs lol) take such delight is dissing others. I am NOT going to give this person's name or blog address, she deserves no recognition. This blog post does exist and you can search for it if you really want to find it, but I suggest you use your time more productively. I prefer to be a force for good, for kindness, for uplifting others. I love the Golden Rule, and what my mother (and probably yours) always said..."If you don't have anything nice to say, than don't say anything at all." , which is also right up there on my top 10 with the proverb "even a fool if he is silent, people will think him wise". This blogger has made an utter fool of herself. To all the daily painters who committ themselves to their art each day and bring something new and beautiful into the world on a daily basis I would like to say thank you for sharing your vision and gifts with us, you are inspiring!


Roxanne Steed said...

Greetings Jan! This painting drew me in right away from reads well even in a thumbnail & I had to see it bigger! LOVE IT!! and I DO love working with a palette knife is so freeing and the results can be realllllllly exciting and surprising! Nothing short of thrilling! I was surprised to read the rant part...surprised that there are STILL those who feel the need to vent (over what - to feel superior in some weird way?) I agree- it's nuts & a waste of their time/life to do such...and it shocks me even more when some one like this has the gall to speak this way in person... in a room full of people. I shake my head & cringe & think of something a friend told me ....just listen and people will tell you "all about themselves", sometimes more than we want to know.

Paint on! your work is beautiful & I'm glad there's someone else who loves going from brush to palette knife & back again too!

Jan Blencowe said...

Hi Roxanne,

I know that you're one of those hard working daily painters consistently producing beautiful work and I encourage everyone to take a look at your blog!!
Yes, palette nife is very freeing. I used to do more work with a palette knife and I think it is time I got back to it for a while.

Jan Blencowe said...

Here's an UPDATE: The critiquing blogger in question has posted a comment on my other blog (an art blog I now no longer use). She has taken down her post of "mega-critiques" and writes that she realizes now that her post wasn't very helpful to fellow artists. I responded in a positive fashion and thanked her for re-thinking her post and taking action to make amends.