One of my favourite photos from the Florence Biennale in 2015 --
My friend the superb artist, Miranda Brouwers and I talking about art.
(One of the super things about
being in a large art exhibition is
meeting wonderful artists and talking
to them about what they do.)Few things are more inspiring when an artist is in the
midst of working on creating a painting than talking
to other artists. Ideas and methods, and information
about how to accomplish what you want, and where
to buy what you need -- other artists' work to look
up, courses -- it's endless. And so fun -- the interactive
back and forth on what you're doing, how it's going,
how your friend in a completely different medium
is handling things.
Plus there's the bond -- who can imagine it -- between
people who are trying to do the same type of work.
Trying to figure out what they need to do to get
an image onto the canvas. And artists often share
a similar sense of humour too -- a pleasure in a world
that sometimes doesn't get what art is, or that it's a
job on top of everything else.
One of the best things I ever did as an artist was join
an art group that held regular model sessions, brought
in guest speakers and hosted regular exhibitions.
A great way to get into discussing art with artists.
Have a talking to artists day!