My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

My diary pages are followed by thousands of artists, art students and art lovers in over 50 countries.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Second rate poets and artists...

For a one man show of my work some years ago, I added captions to my paintings.  I wanted the viewer to understand the creative thinking behind the painting – a similar concept to this diary.  More eminent and established artists were critical of my captions and online diary notes.  From their ivory towers, they claimed that a painting should speak for itself.

Well, I am happy to be in the ranks of second-rate artists.  To quote Oscar Wild:

"A great poet, a really great poet, is the most unpoetical of creatures. But inferior poets are absolutely fascinating. The worse their rhymes are, the more picturesque they look. The mere fact of having published a book of second-rate sonnets make a man quite irresistible. He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize."

Here is a painting from that exhibition, with caption. 

“Every painting is a love affair.  As with such traits of the heart, the memory lingers on. 
This painting drips with affection.  I will never forget.”

1 comment:

  1. This looks far from second-rate, to me.

    I've lost count of the times when I would have appreciated a little insight from the artist, regarding a particular work. Admittedly, part of the joy of experiencing Art, is the interpretation we bring to it, but understanding the artist's perspective, makes for a much more rounded view. Surely, this can only increase our appreciation?