Marrying technical prowess with the intangible…..

My Life as an Artist (2)

Marrying technical prowess with the intangible…. is the goal of an artist.

To achieve technical prowess an artist must work at honing his/her skills for years.   This takes dedication and consistent work habits.

To tap into the intangible, an artist must take from life experiences, inner feelings and emotions.

Although commendable, pure technique doesn’t make for sublime art.   In the same way spewing ones emotions on the canvas without any technical know how, although therapeutic, often leads to frustration.

The two elements need to be married.

When I visited the Joseph Mallord Turner, RA – Turner and The Sea – exhibition at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich,  last Friday, I was reminded of this.

Born in London, 1775 – Turner became a very successful commercial and fine artist.    For anyone interested in learning more about him, there are of course many books, however when…

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