I believe in it
Not long ago, I started calling myself an artist
It was not particularly true, but I had painted a few paintings
And did some drawing
I made mechanical drawings and got paid for it
Not particularly well, but enough
Then I quit
Just up and quit
Oh, I had my reasons,
Most of them not logical from the world’s standpoint
But valid to me.
And took up painting again
Not particularly well, but I did it
And got a sketchbook and started to draw again
Not well, but I kept at it.
I posted stuff on line and asked questions
[drove some kind guides wiggy I would imagine]
but I kept at it and started to call myself an artist.
Some looked funny at me.
Thought I was getting uppity
Thinking myself better than them
Or cultured, putting on airs
Pretending to education I did not have
But being an artist is not about being educated
It is about being
It is about doing.
I picked up a camera and started shooting
The pictures turned out great
Showed them around,
“boy what a good camera you have”
not about what a good eye I have.
But I kept on.
Putting it all together
Started mounting and framing and putting it together
Found some walls
Put it up
Had some people in
“Wow, I can’t believe you did this
Where did you take that? My house?
I don’t remember this around the neighborhood”
Then the reporter calls.
“can I see where you work?”
He dignifies the basement, calls it my studio
Suddenly, it becomes one.
So the paper comes out
“Wow, I didn’t know you were an artist!”
Now it is official
I am an artist.
Was all along,
But now the label sticks.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
How to start
Nothing is more intimating than a blank sketchbook with expectations. The book is so nice and clean and full of ambitions. This is not a private journal, but something that will be seen by other, and archived for the future.
But will anyone want to look at it? Will it grab attention? Inspire or educate? It is worth the effort I will pour into it?
How do I start?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
December 20, 2009.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I have thought about it for a while and now I am going to do it.
This will be more about getting started in art, than about my own artwork, although I will use my own work as examples.
My own work can be seen on my website, tschantz.myexpose.com, and I am closely involved with shows and presenting artwork at the Renaissance Gallery in Huntington, WV. Their website is: http://www.orgsites.com/wv/renaissance/index.html with the gallery blog at: http://renaissancegalleryart.blogspot.com/