Friday, November 28, 2014

The Story of My Art - "Perspectives"

This was the title piece for my Senior Art Show in college. (That really makes it "vintage")

While most of the drawings in my show came from photographs, this one was from my imagination.  We tend to look up at these massive structures and feel so small.  This perspective was a little different in that it makes you feel like you are hovering over the barn, or standing on the roof looking down.  It is interesting that most people who see this, think it is upside-down.  We just aren't used to this perspective...

In deciding what subject matter to use for my show, I fell back on what I knew at the time.   The place I grew up, the familiar.  There was something about the buildings on a farm that held my interest. 

Was it an old barn, still in good shape because it was still being used and had been standing for perhaps hundreds of years, protecting its contents for generations?

Was it a more modern, impersonal building that was strictly for practicality?

What were the stories it held?

Our way of life gives us a certain perspective.  Where some see an old building that has outlived its usefulness, others see character, or a beautiful testament to a life of hard work and dedication. 

“Looking at the same rose bush, some people complain that the roses have thorns while others rejoice that some thorns come with roses. It all depends on your perspective.” -Francis Frangipane

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