positive v negative messages in art…

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02/09/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

This morning I received some interesting feedback – about Canvas #4: Hope Riseth – on the peer review site paintingsilove.com. Below you will read the feedback, and then my reply. It throws up some interesting points about art…what are we trying to say in our art pieces? What does the world need to hear from us? Does it matter anyway?

To see the work of this reviewer – Nathan Belomy of California, USA – you can visit his page on paintingsilove.com.

——  FEEDBACK  ————————–

Ok here is my feedback on any positive message sent in artwork; why? We have enough fake people on the planet. Messages in paintings should be either eye opening or negative. We have enough positive images constantly in the movies, tv. Why do we need negative messages presented in art? So people wake up and realize what they are not seeing in reality.

——  MY REPLY  ————————–

I appreciate your candour. I can see you practise what you preach in your art pieces. For me, I see enough of the negative on the tv (in the news, the countless murder and vampire programmes, etc), in the daily newspapers and as I look around the streets where I live. I want to make people think (when they view one of my pieces), however I prefer to do that by bringing encouragement to the viewer…especially in their stressed out, negative lives where the world has thrown a lack of hope their way. If I can do that, then – for me – I consider that a successful painting.


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