People are complaining about the Corona Virus, having to stay in and not go to their bars and casinos.
I don't get it. Maybe it's because this quarantine thing is not such a big change in my life.
Artists are happier being alone.
My mind is excited to wake up and realize that I have absolutely nothing pressing to do all day. I read, I paint, I nap.
Yes I realize that other people need to get out and earn a living, and I feel for them. But bars and casinos and tattoo parlors?
I sneaked away to "Holy Lobby" the other day during early "at risk" hours to buy a few things. I got a canvas for the OVAC 12 x 12 fundraiser, and came across these 6 x 6" gallery wrapped canvases.
They looked a little crafty to me, but they were half priced, and I thought it might make me think a little.
I can paint them and throw them in a shoe box if i need to store them. "Whaddaya got to lose?" whispered my impulsive self.
Anyway....here are a few of them, with a couple more toned and ready to go. Just a little fun.
"SHADOW GAMES" is an original 40 x 60" acrylic painting, and the latest in my "Origins" collection.
This is a big painting, but not the largest that I have done....remembering the three 84" square paintings I created for my"Oklahoma Gold" exhibit at the Oklahoma Capitol Building.
Like the rest of the "Origins" paintings, this work relies heavily upon "dreamtime" or flow of consciousness creation.
I find this technique to embody the highest level of creativity, with a general theme or feeling, working through design, color, and subject matter, ever changing as the painting evolves
It is at the same time, the most realistic and the most abstract painting, portraying intense shamanistic feelings in their most detailed story telling, along with the free will exchange of random color and composition exemplified in the most abstract tradition.
A friend compared this painting and the portfolio as a whole, to Plato's "Cave" philosophy, where some viewers see the shadows and think they are reality, where others see the objects and think they are reality, with each group thinking the other is wrong.
Who knows? If shadows are memories, are they real? Are memories of actual objects real?
In this case, these paintings are not memories, but feelings. Surely feelings are real. Who knows?
Sometimes I think we think too much.
Micheal W. Jones
Thoughts and work from a mid-career artist working his ass off every day
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