People look at your art


An art marketing guru repeats this question many times.
Your art should make people feel something. That "something" is what connect artist with its buyers.
I asked to myself what I want people feel looking at my art. I had to think a lot to answer, but I can say to my viewers and buyers...

Look at all my artworks, they are really different. Different styles, different techniques, different moods, etc.
It seems that I don't know what I want to do. It seems I experiment to find my style. It seems I'm not a mature artist. All that is wrong.

I struggled a lot to enclose myself into a "One-Style". Surrely having only One-Style help art lovers to recognize an artist, but an artist have to feel confortable with One-Style only.

Drawing and Photoshop

I'm experementing a new technique, and style.
First I draw a landscape with acrylic colours on paper, then I use Photoshop working with contrast, brightness, and elementary filters.

Using yellow, Terra di Siena, red, and black I get a vintage style pictures.


The beginning of Mark Tobey's lifelong travels

The beginning of his lifelong travels occured in 1925.
He moved to Europe, setting in Paris where he met Gertrude Stein.

Gertrude Stein

was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in the Allegheny West neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life.
Gertrude and her brother Leo shared living quarters near the Luxembourg Garden in a two-story apartment (with adjacent studio). Here they accumulated the works of art that formed a collection that became renowned for its prescience and historical importance.

Mark Tobey in Seattle (1921-1925) and the Pacific Northwest School

Here we are for our weekly appointment with Mark Tobey.
The years between 1921 and 1925 were full of important events and meetings with other artists.
First, I have to say that Tobey married in 1921, but the marriage lasted only one year, and ended in a divorce.
Said that, from 1922 to 1925 he taught art at the Cornish School in Seattle.

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Pacific Northwest School

The Pacific Northwest School was an art movement based in a small-town, Skagit Country - Washington, and in the Seattle area.
The early participants, known as "the big four", were Mark Tobey, Guy Anderson, Morris Graves, and Kenneth Callahan. Their work became recognized nationally in 1953, when Life magazine published  a feature article on them.
That movement used natural elements combined with Asian aesthetic elements.
The Northwest artists were labeled as mystics, although some denied this label. But surelly Tobey was a mystic,in the way an artist could be it. The influence of the Bahá'í Faith is a fact, and also his interest in Asian culture and Eastern aesthetics.

On SAM website (Seattle Art Museum) are showed many Northwest Pacific collections.

Mark Tobey and the Bahá'í Faith

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Today I want to talk about an important event in Mark Tobey's life.

In 1917 his first solo exhibition was held at Knoedler&Co. in lower Manhattan.
What was important in that event, wasn't the exhibition only, but the fact that Marie Steiner, who organized the exhibition, introduced Tobey to Juliet Thompson, a portrait painter from New York City.

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Thompson was a follower of the Bahà'i World Faith. Through her Tobey got interest in that religion, and in 1918 he got converted to that Faith at Green Acre, the Baha'i School.
The influence of the religion was profound on Tobey's life and in his artistic work.

How do I protect my oil paintings?

Oil colors are beautiful. I can do many color shades with them. I have to use them for my Serpents Serie, because that technique and style are possible with oil colors only.
Oil colors are beautiful, but they need to be manage with care to not damage the painting.
I paint my Serpents on plywood, depth 1-3 cm, it depends. When painting is finished, it takes a long time for drying. An oil painting needs about 1 year for being dry, not exposed to sunlight or heat sources.
The questions are...
1) How much dust is deposited on it during one year?... A lot!
2) How much space do I need for drying 10-20 oil paintings of about 120 square centimeters? A big store!
3) How long should I wait before I can send my oil painting safely? A long time!

Then, I had to find a solution, because... first, the dust drives me crazy, second, I haven't enough space to store 10-20 oil paintings in plan, and third, I don't want to wait 1 year for selling my paintings.

I have to protect them. To do that I build a wooden crate in the following way...

Mark Tobey and Fashion

Last Saturday (post) we left Tobey in Chicago, where he attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1906 to 1908, but he was mostly self-taught, like others of the Northwest School.
Unfortunately, in 1909 his father fall ill and Tobey gave up academic and artistic studies, and worked as an apprentice in a fashion house, and as a fashion designer for a publishing house.

The fashion industry increase everywhere in Europe and America. The industrial revolution and the feminist movement created new lifestyles, so, new kinds of clothes suited to modern life became necessary.
The first decades of Twentieth Century were the scene of dramatic events - the two world wars, the Great Depression, and the rise of the suffrage movement.

In women fashion were removed hemlines, color palettes, and all those previously constricting clothing in vouge during La Belle Époque (in Europe) and the Gibson Girl (in America) in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Another important element in fashion and in art too was the Orientalism. Since the seventeenth century Orient has been a source of inspiration for fashion designers. The term Orientalism generally refers to the use by western designers of exotic styles and patterns of Asian cultures.

The origin of Art and Crafts Movement

The Art and Crafts Movement took its name from the Art and Crats Exhibition Society, founded in 1887. The exhibition was divided in four section - Britain, America, Europe, Japan.
Who were the major figures of that movement, and what were the principles on which it was based?