The Country where Mark Tobey was born

Here we are at our weekly appointement with Mark Tobey.
I already talk you about how I discovered him (here).
Today we start reading his bio and knowing the historical and cultural context in which he was born and grew.

Mark George Tobey was born in Centerville, Wisconsin on December 11 1890.
The village of Centerville dates back to the early '60s when a Lutheran and a Catholic church were erected there and several stores and a mill established.
He was the youngest of four children. His parents were George Tobey, a carpenter and house builder, and Emma Cleveland Tobey.

Ancestral call by Larry Roberts
What kind of Country was North America by the end of 19th Century?
Before and during the Civil War (1861-1865) America was an agricultural nation, but in the late ninteenth century the United States became an industrial country.
Its population triplied, the farm production doubled, manufacturing grew exponentially, and working-class women were important to the new industrial economy. Millions of peoples moved from the countryside to cities, and also migrants from Southern (Italy) and eastern Europe (Poland, Russia) went to live in the new American cities.

How do I feel while I paint?

Abstract art. Contemporary art.
I'm going to write my personal experience, not a theory.
Some stereotypes show a lady who sets in front of the canvas and with a light touch she slides the brush on it, creating dreamy landscapes, or enjoying the portrait she's making.
Well, I'm not like that seraphic lady.
Painting is not a relaxing activity. The action of painting take my a lot of energy.

I spend a lot of energy before painting, thinking about the subject I want to paint. I think about what I want to say with a new painting. I ask to myself if I really want to say something to who will look my artwork. I also ask to myself if the artwork I'll make is really necessary. Can it be useful? The answer is a "not" often.
Art is not useful, instead a car is useful for our trips. Art is not necessary, instead we cannot live without food.
Art is a futile activity for our daily life and survival
Said that, I could say you that art is fun. It's a playful activity with no practical use.
If this is true why do I feel so bad and tired while I paint?

The amazing experience to discorver Mark Tobey

When I talk about discorvering someone I allude to that particular experience we do when we discover a precious treasure after a long search. When that happens we feel astonished, stunned, and excited.
The research take a long time, and we feel disheartened often, because the treasure is not handy, and we feel alone without  it.
The History of Art is full of great artist sand painters. We learn their names and we know their artworks, but often their names and artworks are so far from us, from our story, from what we've experienced in our life.
That happens to me so many times that I feel disheartened often. But sometimes the miracle happens, and it happens suddenly, as a bolt from the blue.

The digital future of wall art

Wall Art's becoming digital.
Electric Objects is a Company that has the mission to link art, internet and home decor.
On its website... "We believe that in the next five years, we’ll witness a similar dramatic change in the way that we discover, share, enjoy and pay for the visual media that adorn our walls: the art in our homes.
The Internet and the personal computer are two of the greatest engines of creative expression ever invented, and together they have unleashed a total revolution in the way that visual artists create and distribute their work. For millennia we have used our walls to celebrate art, to connect with objects of culture that have meaning to us and to the people around us.
Our mission at Electric Objects is to bring these two things together, to afford to digital art the same time and space that we afford to paintings and photography; to place the most modern technologies available into the service of our most ancient spaces for creative expression: the walls of our homes."

Peggy Guggenheim and the death of Art

Documentario Rai Storia su Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenhein - Rai Storia
Yesterday I watched an interesting tv program about Peggy Guggenheim.
Peggy is (I use the present tense also if she died) an awesome woman. I'd like to meet a woman like her, but it's not simple.
I've thought a lot on what she'd said about the modern (contemporary) artists.
I translate what you can listen in this video at 40.52 min.
"The modern artists? I have to admit that I've been increasingly disappointed by contemporary works. For a long time I tried to keep me updated, buying new artworks, but then I realized after having those paintings for a time that they were not up at all."

Why should I write on my blog?

The first obvious answer to that question is "because I already have one".
This summer I stopped to write on it. The reason is simple and complex at the same time. I'm simple and complex at the same time too.
When I write something for my blog, I say to myself  "I can't write about that topic, so many people already wrote about it. Can I write something that is original? Something that people can not read anywhere else?" I can't.
Anything is really original. What I could wirte is the final point of a social process, and inasmuch as social it's common to many of us. So, nothing new under the sun.
Many artists begin to write on their blog, and after a while they stop. I'm like them, but I want to be different. Then I'm here again.

Why do I make art?

I can simply answer "I make art, because I like creativity and art allows me to express myself", but this is a partial answer, it doesn't explain the deeper reason.

You need an answer that could connect you with my deep soul.

Maybe you are not interested to my soul, perhaps you like my paintings and you don't care about what were my thoughts or feelings when I painted them.
Well, then enjoy my paintings and feel you good with them. It's enough for me. Your joy gives value to my art, and you can stop to read this post.

If you're reading again, it means that you want to know more about me... not only about my art, but about me as an artist.

 I admit that it's difficult to answer the question "Why do I make art?", because for first I have to tell you something of my life, and about the experiences I had.

Do you want to know them?
Well. We go on.

Selling Art on Catawiki Art Auctions

If you are an emerging, or even a unknown, artist, what you want is selling your artworks.
There are many ways to sell art offline and online.
I want to talk you about selling art on Catawiki Art Auctions.

Catawiki is a website where collectors can find different items in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, books, stamps, and many others.
Terms and Conditions and Private Policy are easy and clear for sellers and buyers.
Catawiki welcomes many millions of visitors from all over the world every month. this means that your art has a good chance of being seen by many people.

If you are an artist you can sell your art directly on the art auction you want. You haven't to pay for offer up your artworks. What a seller pays is a seller's commission (very low), increased with VAT if applicable and other taxes and/or duties that may be due.

Who buys on auction wants to win without paying a lot. This means that your artwork could being sold at a lower price than its value. You have to consider that your ernings don't enrich you.
Then... what are the benefits for an artist to sell on Catawiki Auctions?

1) Selling directly, without galleries or agents
2) Selling on a sicure website, which takes care of seller and buyer's rights.
3) Selling quickly.
4) Selling your artworks in many Countries.
5) Promoting your art.
6) It's fun.

I sold many paintings on Catawiki this year. I'm satisfied with it.

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