Juried Art Exhibit at Moncton City Hall - painting in lower right "Time Stood Still", Oil on canvas 20X30" © 2010 Shayla Perreault Newcomb (frontal view here)
How are you doing keeping up with the fun busyness of summer? Much of my routine has gone out the window but my studio is full- 20 canvases all set to go. Some already started. This is the first time I've stretched them myself and they're as taunt as a drum. That's great for keeping the brush from hitting the supports in the back and leaving funny marks on the painting.
Also enjoying summer reading on a quilt in the park. Here's a quote from my latest book, "Power of Art" by Simon Schama:
"Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality."
Actually, I love it when a painting roughs me up like that. As in, changes the way I see things, or surprises me. Talks to me. What do you think... can a painting be aesthetically pleasing and still be "a thug"?