Artistic Hands

Artistic Talons

Artistic Talons



The hands of an artist do not terminate in soft, plush fingers
but rather end in clawed talons-
prepared to scratch and grasp at the pigments of imagination.

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( When I created this, I pictured a talon grasping at the pastel pigments in order to form something.)

When I read blogs or see artistic work of any sort, I always picture the artist and creator as scratching away at the surface.

Artists are the diggers and excavators. You may not like what the artist has found or dug up, but the fact remains the artist produced, from his or her digging, something that was not present before.

Art, to me, when it is honest, carries a hard edge, even if the picture is “soft”.

The hard edge of art evolves from its mere presence that can not be ignored.

Simply by being in created form, the artistic endeavor demands a witness- even if the witness is only one- the original creator.

Don’t ever stop creating ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 thoughts on “Artistic Hands

  1. “When I read blogs or see artistic work of any sort, I always picture the artist and creator as scratching away at the surface.”

    I can only imagine what you imagine from my work!

    “Art, to me, when it is honest, carries a hard edge, even if the picture is โ€œsoftโ€.”

    This, I think, is very apt. Good art will arrest its audience and the best art, not commercially driven, will enlarge its audience when they come into contact with it. But this seems to me to require a certain openness to art, a critical awareness that openly receives art then engages with it to find the truth: ‘what does this mean and what can I, what should I, do with it’.

    And this, of course, implies that art is intentional and directed at not just communicating a particular thing but how it is communicated and that it is communicated well.

    • Oh…..love that laugh paragraph…..”implies that art is intentional”….I really, really like that. I am going to keep that in mind. All artists should have that as a principal.

      • There is a theory in art, mainly tied to literature, called Intentionalism. Post-Modernism tried to blow it apart with their incoherent suicide; it didn’t work.

        I’d recommend reading into Intentionalism, specifically William Irwin’s theory of Urinterpretation. Your school’s library should have a few books, probably even Bill’s book, available.

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