Category Archives: Art Musings

The “Talk” …


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You know what artists usually do best?

CREATE!

We are good at using pictures, colors and textures to convey our thoughts and feelings.

But in order to make those creations relate able to our viewers we need to do “The Talk”.

“The Talk” often fills artists with anxiety.

I think this anxiety partly comes from a fear of not being able to clearly and adequately express in words what we have already expressed on canvas.

It’s that old adage that a picture is worth a 1000 words.

I think it’s more accurate to say that some things, some experiences can’t be fully described in any other way but artistically and even then the art form used may still only be grasping at the coat tails of those experiences.

Then add in the problem of subjectivity, how you see and I see will be different.

Even how we perceive the same colors will vary from person to person and at this point a lot of Artists will take a hard pass on that “Talk” because they are scared to put themselves out there for fear of rejection.

Who can blame them, Society today places an emphasis on living life on fast forward click that thumbs up button or angry face and move on.

But we were made for so much more than that.

Imagine if we took time, actual time not just a scroll through to get to know someone, to learn from their experience and to share yours to actually interact with each other.

Can you imagine what the world would look like if we saw people, individuals for who they truly are?

You see friends I’m a Christian Artist not just because I believe in a Creative God but I believe in his creative process and that’s you.

You! Each and every one of you is a beautiful work of art and you are living a life that I’m not and there is value in sharing those experiences with each other.

And that is why I am doing “The Talk”.

It may not be as eloquent as I’d like, it may fall short of describing a particular piece from my original artistic vision, but I firmly believe there is value in our interaction and I’m willing to risk getting up in front of a crowd of people to share it with you,  so I hope you’ll take the time to join me.

To our shared experiences!

Cheers,

Amanda

My Exhibit “Blue Pomegranate” will be on display for the month of June with the official meet and greet happening on June 11 at 7pm and the Artist Talk happening on June 14th at 7pm at the ALFA (Alberta Lottery Fund Art) Gallery for “The Talk”  The gallery is located in the heart of the Sherritt Cultural Pavilion at the Dow Centennial Centre 8700 84 St, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 4P5

Exhibit Hours
Thursdays & Fridays
11 am – 2 pm
Also open during performances at the Shell

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In progress


Nothing is a better word picture to me of the relationship of God with humanity than that of an Artist preparing for an exhibit.

You see right now I sit in my studio surrounded by a ton of artwork “in progress” as I get ready for my upcoming solo exhibit in June.

Each piece needs something different to turn it into the artwork I had intended it to be. Some may just need a few changes here and there while others maybe so off course that whole sections need to be gesoed and started over so that piece can be transformed into it’s intended image to show at the exhibit.

Friends that’s what God wants for us. We are very much his artwork, his works “in progress”. He wants to smooth out those rough edges, fill us in with full color and transform us into the individual beautiful masterpiece he intended us to be ready to exhibit in front of heaven and earth while proclaiming “it is Good”!

I know the thought of handing over those rough areas on our canvas to God to gesoe over and paint over can seem daunting. We’ve often been so accustomed to seeing them there that we can’t picture it any other way but God knows what you were made to look like and though there may seem to be pain and fear in the process, there is always Joy in the transformation. So whatever God might be nudging you to let him work on in your life remember be brave and fearless and trust the Master Artist because friend you will be more beautiful and so much closer to the masterpiece you were made to be when he’s done.

Amanda

Where to find me on the Web & Where to buy my ART


If you’re looking for more Art content you can find me sprinkled across the world wide web at these locations.

Like and Follow me to keep up to date on what I’m making and where I’m exhibiting! 😊🎨

🎨Instagram at milke.amanda for a photo collage of all my in progress creations.

🎨Twitter at amanda_milke for featured art, musings and whatever else has struck my fancy that day

🎨Facebook at Amanda Milke Artist for all my in progress art, art classes and exhibits. You can also msg me here and purchase art or arrange a commission 🖌💳💱

And Finally for all your shopping needs my new

🎨🛍Etsy Art shop where you can purchase all my ready to hang artworks which more being uploaded on a regular basis.

Check it out at Amanda Milke Artist

You’ll find paintings & Gifts like these listed for sale

So when you think the blog is slow you can get your Milke Art fix at one of these locations while you patiently or not so patiently wait for more of what goes on behind the paint brush posted here.

Cheers!

Amanda

Where to find me on the Web & Where to buy my ART


If you’re looking for more Art content you can find me sprinkled across the world wide web at these locations.

Like and Follow me to keep up to date on what I’m making and where I’m exhibiting! 😊🎨

🎨Instagram at milke.amanda for a photo collage of all my in progress creations.

🎨Twitter at amanda_milke for featured art, musings and whatever else has struck my fancy that day

🎨Facebook at Amanda Milke Artist for all my in progress art, art classes and exhibits. You can also msg me here and purchase art or arrange a commission 🖌💳💱

And Finally for all your shopping needs my new

🎨🛍Etsy Art shop where you can purchase all my ready to hang artworks which more being uploaded on a regular basis.

Check it out at Amanda Milke Artist

You’ll find paintings & Gifts like these listed for sale

So when you think the blog is slow you can get your Milke Art fix at one of these locations while you patiently or not so patiently wait for more of what goes on behind the paint brush posted here.

Cheers!

Amanda

Happy Tree vs Trashy Tree


So I saw this today
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/france/parisandaround/11169917/Paris-sex-toy-sculpture-causes-a-stir.html

And was reminded yet again why I get so frustrated with the Modern/Abstract art community.

First off the next person that gasps and calls my art riské is getting a list of MUCH more evocative pieces than mine and told to suck it up, because I am positively conservative in comparison…you know who you are!

Secondly, artists like McCarthy frustrate me. Didn’t you study Art History? Duchamp made his point with his “Fountain” now move on, learn from it and stop peddling crap (in some cases literally).

Just because it worked for Margritte does not mean you can pull it off especially when the piece you are trying to re-create is giant, bright green and clearly resembles a sex toy. “Ceci N’est pas une…” Um yes, yes it is.

I’m sure the Slap Happy Parisian was just trying help Mr McCarthy snap  back to reality.

As good old Shakespeare said
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”….
Hmm wait, You say “Tree”, I say “Sex toy”…it’s still a Potato.

The other trouble with pieces like “Tree” and many, many others like it is that they cause the non Art community to question the value of Art as a discipline, especially a government funded one that will cause lil Timmy to have grand thoughts of someday creating giant inflatable sex toys and sticking them in the middle of a major city and also tends to add fodder to the grand debate to cut Arts from schools altogether.

So just a thought, for future reference (and to keep the non-Art community off our backs,) the next time you want to evoke the whole identity switcheroo you aim for subtly.

For example

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How about a giant inflatable Green Lego Tree called “Sex Toy” 😉

If nothing else, Bob Ross might rest better knowing that “in our world there lives a happy little tree”.

Muse? No Thanks, I am my own muse.


Art Musings issue#1

Thalia~the blossoming one

 

Ah, the Muse, the ancient source of an artist’s inspiration.  

Well, that is unless you’re a visual artist.  

You see, there is no muse claiming credit for the visual arts of painting or sculpture.  

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Surely, Amanda, you must be mistaken.  

But nope, I assure you Art has no Muse.  

Let’s take a look at those famous Greek ladies of inspiration.  

The muses according to Greek myth were the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne and were the protectors of the Arts and Sciences. 

 

So who inspired/protected what?  

The Nine Muses

Well let’s see, let’s start with the lady in charge, Calliope.  

Calliope, known as the beautiful of speech, was head of the muses and was the muse of epic or heroic poetry.  

Clio~the glorious one~was the muse of history  

Erato~the amorous one~was the muse of love, erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs  

Euterpe~the well pleasing one~was the muse of music and lyric poetry  

Melpomene~the chanting one~was the muse of tragedy  

Polyhymnia/Polymnia~the singer of many hymns~was the muse for, you guessed it singing, lyric, oratory, rhetoric, and sacred songs.  

Terpsichore~the one who delights in dance~was the muse of choral song and dance (like that wasn’t obvious)  

Thalia (pictured above)~the blossoming one~was the muse of comedy and bucolic poetry  

and finally  

Urania~the celestial one~ was the muse of astronomy  

Now I know what you’re saying , ” but, Amanda, the Greeks…they were so progressive, surely they had a soft spot for visual artists. Maybe there’s some lost sister out there?”  

Well actually, the Greeks valued the written over the visual. Just like some uptight writers I’ve known… You try arguing a picture is worth a 1000 words, and it gets ugly! Anyway, I digress.  

My point is, painters and sculptors were  held in low regard, somewhere between freemen and slaves.[1]  

I know. Nice, eh? Then again, some days it feels like we’re paid the same, lol.  

Regardless, no muse.  

Looks like we’ll just have to continue drawing inspiration from inside ourselves, grabbing hold of the things we feel and experience in order to create.  

Cheers,  

Amanda  

[1] In Our Time: The Artist BBC Radio 4, TX 28th March 2002