What do you want from art?

As a Student, or Artist, whichever position you are in, stop and have a think for a bit. What do you want from Visual Art.. and perhaps why do you want it.

Lets explore a little. Oh and feel free to give me feedback via the comments as I think this is a hot topic to think about.



Note at the Artist’s level the wants can be different to the student’s but there is a solid overlap.

Would working on these points assist or hinder the people involved? or would it provide a springboard for further discussion, development etc…

Let us know what you think!

How do artists know…

These and I guess many other questions float in the heads of Artists, I know some of these do in mine. Is it good to have so many doubts floating, so many queries bubbling, so much angst, annoyance and pain. Well I guess it sorts out the ‘wheat from the chaff’ as they say and in the end if you have created works which may have significance to you then others will see the genuine you in the works. Those close to you who know the process will (hopefully) appreciate the ‘struggle’ and the life journey Artists are on and be supportive. 🙂

I have long been an advocate for Art Students (and Artists for that matter) doing lots of work and focusing more on quantity than quality (to a degree and depending on what medium they are working in etc.) so they can work fast through issues and not get bogged down in the ‘is it ok’ scenario.

Recently I have been working on a big bunch of paintings and have now accumulated over 40 works in a few months, each one put aside and not looked at as the catalyst for a new work bubbles to the surface and off I go. That one is put away and I move on again, and again.

At one point I counted them up and started to take photographs… nah too hard. Ideally they would be hung and photographed in situ to make the whole thing easier. It’s a ‘catch 22’ how do I show people without the photo’s (the old days of dragging works from gallery to gallery is surely over…)

So as you can see readers my questions posed at the start are a solid part of my reality and if I am not careful I would end up ‘looping’ (not loopy! Well not yet anyway…) this is a process where your brain ways “Yeah go for  it, make art” while a short time later “I can’t do this… it’s not valid” and then “Yeah go for it!” and so the cycle continues.

Welcome to the Visual Artists lot in life, a struggle of immense proportions at times.

Drum up some art…

I’ve recently been having fun playing a Djembe drum in a drumming circle, fairly casual affair and good value.

Being inquisitive I started looking for ways to make a drum (too stingy at this point to fork out $250 or so dollars to buy one). Started looking online, hmm… off to the hardware to explore some other options.

I came back with a length of PVC pipe 110mm diameter x 1000mm long, a stainless steel hose clamp (to go around the diameter) and a piece of clear PVC (fairly thick). I sanded off one roughish end to make the hard edge rounded, wiped the dust and such off it, then pulled the piece of PVC over the top (it was sunny out so that part was easy), I set up the hose clamp over the top edge pushed it down about 1 cm and did it up, pulling the PVC taught as I went.

Drum! A bit of a bash about with it and it sounded ok (not sure my drum groovy guru will think so but hey…)

I may try some differing lengths to see what happens.

So the Art part, well you could sand it off a little and paint it in acrylics or enamel… or create a sleeve of fabric, decorate that and attach with velcro or  a lace up arrangement. Perhaps sheets of paper wrapped around could be useful too. (ok a little bit primary schoolish..)

Go ahed make one, explore the sounds and decorate it.

Make noise have fun!