Are you a socially engaged artist?


Many artists focus their work on social issues, and they make art with children, with people who suffer of mental illness, with immigrants, etc. They work locally, but also in international projects, helping people to use art as a tool to improve their wellness.

Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum in New York, defines social practice as “art that’s socially engaged, where the social interaction is at some level the art.” He think that the popolarity of social practice is a reaction against the excesses of individualism.

I don't want to talk about the reasons why some artists choose to being socially engaged artists, but... if you are (or would being) that kind of artist visit the following websites:

Tips for choosing art for your home


The house where we live is not an house simply, it's our home. It's very important we take care of it. Choosing the right artworks to hang on walls is a way to take care of your home.
The interior design of your home is expression of your style and personality. Fornitures, colors, accessories, spaces, etc. show who you are.
But there are many artworks out there... then, how can you select the right artworks for your home?

1) Look at everywhere

We are lack, because we are surrounded by art. On streets in public or privete offices, at homes of our friends, on offline galleries, or on internet.... everywhere we can see art.
Put attention on art around you. Stop and stay in front of it, and let it talking to your soul.
Art always talks to us. In some way it provokes us, if we allow it to do it.

Origin and meanning of the word "Art"


When I see an ambiguos word I search in the dictionary its meanning. Dictionary is not enough to understand what is the deep meanning of something, but it helps to understand what concepts are hiden in a sequence of letters that we call "word". And, as Italian I have to do this work each time I write in English.

The word "Art" comes from the Aryan root ar-, and in Sanskrit it means "going to", "to move to, from Latin "artem" (nominative ars),  in the Old English "eart", from French "art".
So, "art" means moviment, and in a figurative sense, making, producing, and then, a skill as a result of learning or practice.


What kind of artist are you?


Many artists feel unconfortable if someone asks "What kind of artist are you?".
There are few "pure genre" artists, the most part of artists like mix different genres and mix different medium, so it's hard to define the artistic genre and the kind of artist.
Many artists refuse to define themselves, they don't want to be limited. Sometimes they justify that refusal saying  "I don't wast my time trying to figure out what kind of artist I am. I put that time and energy to being an artist and creating my art. I let others define  my art."

I know, It's not easy to define ourselves, but I think it's useful.
We can discuss about subject, styles, medium, etc., but the basis question is "Why". Only when you are able to answer to the question "Why do you make art?", you can say what kind of artist you are.

Then, Why do you make art? Take time to answer.

I suggest to fix some points, and choose one of the two extremes. They should help you to focus on what you like.

How to choose the right frame for a painting

You bought a beautiful painting, but it's not framed. Maybe you bought it online, you was happy when you received it, because it looked better than the image you'd seen on the online gallery. You are happy with your new purcase, but you have a problem now.
The problem is: what is the right frame for your new beautiful painting?
I know it's not easy to choose the right frame, then I want to give you some tips to choose the right frame for your painting and for yourself.
You have to be patient, don't choose with instinct. Observe, observe, and observe.
First, you should give an answer to three fundamental questions: what, where, why.

1) WHAT

This is referred to painting.

1.1 Period
Is it a classic or modern painting? Is it a contemporary painting?
1.2 Size
Size is the first attribute your eyes see. Is your painting small or large size? Is it a miniature or an oversize?
1.3 Material
On what is it painted? Canvas, wood, board, paper?
1.4 Medium
What is the medium? Oil, acrylic colors, watercolors, mixed media?
1.5 Colors
Are the colors warm or cold? How much white is there? Is it a monochromatic painting? Are colors balanced or they working on contrast?

Well! You have a list of objective elements. Now you should answer to other questions.

2) WHERE

Where will you place your beautiful painting? Is the size right for your wall?

2.1 Home
Will you put it in your home? What's the style of your home? What type of forniture do you have in your home? What is the dominant color in your home?
2.1 Office
Will you put it in your office? Office is a public space where other people will see your painting, not only your family.
Then, the questions are: What's the style of your office? Have you an office for you only, or you work with your fellows in the same office? What is the dominant color?

Well! Now you have two list of objective elements... but the work is not finished. There is another important question...

The creative process

The creative process is a relationship between matter and mind.

This is true for me, and my paintings are the "products" of that relationship.
My idea (the project, what I want to represent) gives a shape to materials I use (gesso, glue and colors), but at the same time the materials can modify or change my initial idea.

This relationship between mind and materials is what makes the creative process exciting.

When I paint I never start from a drawing, but always and only I start from an idea, a mood, perhaps from unconscious fragments that push to get out, and while I try to give a shape to the idea (the "incorporeal thing"), I let myself be carried where matter tends to go, because the real body is a physical thing ever.

To touch my paintings

When we go to a museum or art gallery we know it's forbidden to touch original paintings, because our hands contain harmful oils that react to the surface of painting.
But, how many times do we want to touch paintings we like, or odd paintings we want to understand the materials that were being used?
3-D Print technology is being developed to give us the pleasure to touch paintings we like.
I would touch paintings always. I need to know, to understand,... viewing is not enough, I need to touch.
This is the reason why I create artworks that you can touch without fear... and more... you should touch to have a tactile experience, and not a visual experience only.