Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sound Sunset,Considering Minimalism and the Beauty of Calm

Sound Sunset, painting by Jan Blencowe

About This Painting:

Artist: Jan Blencowe

Title: Sound Sunset
Media: acrylic
Size: 16 in X 8 in (40.6 cm X 20.3 cm)

Price: $135 + $5 shipping

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Today I redeemed (finally!) my mother's day present, a gift certificate to the spa. I spent time in the relaxation room, had a hot stone massage, aroma therapy, spent more time in the relaxation room, took a long hot Swedish shower. Aaaaaaahhhhhh. Calm is good. I personally, like the feeling of calm, both in my surroundings and in my inner being. Over the years I've learned to cultivate an attitude of calm. That doesn't mean that I don't get enthused and excited over stuff or occassionally lose my cool, but I have learned to be calm more of the time than not. This little painitng captures the feeling of quietude and calm as the sunsets over the Long Island Sound, a scene that I find very appealing to see in person or to have in my home. The many horizontal lines, the calm cool colors and close value relationships all contribute to the overall calming mood. I think a few more of these will be coming as I use the very minimal composition to explore color relationships. And speaking of minimalism......


Minimalism - A twentieth century art movement and style stressing the idea of reducing a work of art to the minimum number of colors, values, shapes, lines and textures. No attempt is made to represent or symbolize any other object or experience. It is sometimes called ABC art, minimal art, reductivism, and rejective art.
Precursors to Minimalism include the Russian Suprematists, such as Kasimir Malevich (Russian, 1878-1935). from

Minimalist works thrive on simplicity in both content and form. In thier purest form they seek to remove any remnant of personal expression, thus allowing allow the viewer to experience the work without the distractions of composition, theme etc. In the 1920s artists such as Malevich and Duchamp produced works in the Minimalist style, but the movement gained ground in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. The best known of the Minimalists are American artists Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Ellsworth Kelly and Donald Judd. Their stark, simple works were created in reaction to Abstract Expressionism.

I like the idea of reduction, using a minimum number of shapes, colors, values, lines and textures, as mentioned above. However, I like applying that while still referring to a subject, a sharp departure from the minimalists proper. Art and artists need to be adaptable, and while drawing from many sources and inspirations create something personal and meaningful in their work. Minimal paintings can be very appealing because of their calming effect. I particularly like artist Rick Fleury's minimal scenes of Cape Cod.

Here's a link to more of my minimlaist type paintings, view.

When all is said and done the old adage less is more seems to be truer than ever. Find out exactly what that phrase means and where it came from here.

Enjoy the painting and have a calm day!

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