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The Importance of Art in Difficult Times

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

So what can we do as artists? Does anything artists produce change anything? Well, my answer is not a resounding yes, but a quiet and confident affirmative.

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Influences

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

The art that I'm producing these days reflects dozens of influences, and to be honest, I'm not really sure exactly which ones combined to create what you see here. Everything moves through something else.

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Martha Graham and the Inner Nag

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

The attached photo shows a quote by Martha Graham that I taped to the top of my easel as a constant reminder of the reason I do this.

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Technique

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

I came across a feed on Twitter which featured a middle ages painting...you know what I mean. Almost cartoon-like with no sense of perspective or human anatomy. Someone made a comment about "weak technique". Ugh. One of those.

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Inner Wrestling

Posted by Gregory Johnson on

Whenever I create a new work, many times it sets off an inner struggle. I see flaws, mistakes, accidents, problems of technique and color, and so on. Then the back and forth begins. Should I scrap it, or are the flaws what make it interesting? Are those really flaws at all?

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