THE FREEDOM OF ART
My dream, actually a dream I have had for a decade, is for this page to function as an interactive arts’ blog. While nascent in conception and birth, the thinking behind this blog has been lingering in my mind for a long time.
Too often art schools can be very critical and shaming. The art critiques are just exactly that – critical. While this mode of feedback inspires some, for many, constant criticism thwarts productivity and creativity. Where can people go to find support and nurturing for their personal art productions, especially early productions?
I would like for this site to be one place.
I entitle this section of my web site, The Freedom of Art, because this is where I invite people to show how the arts have benefited you and your life. You may also show how art has benefited your family, friends, colleagues, and even your community.
Because this site is open to the general public, and for safety reasons, I will monitor all posts for before publishing. A submitted image, even an outstanding work of art, may or may not be posted.
The primary goal here is not quality of art, but authenticity.
Although seemingly contrary to the comments above regarding safety, I have a few very strict rules of engagement. These rules of engagement are for the purpose of safety for all. Please read carefully before posting.
First, please consider this site to be PG or R rated.
Second, I expect you to behave as if you are sitting at a dinner table in my home, as my invited guest.
This means that aggressiveness, hostility, judgments about other posts, name calling, pornography, political or religious statements that attack a person, sales pitches, and threats of any kind are not welcome. As the owner of this site, I reserve the right to post, not post, or delete posts. The large majority of issues that arise will be handled privately.
The above actions depending upon their severity, including child, elder, or dependent harm may result in a requirement to call the authorities.
If your art work is private and personal, I encourage you to protect your identity, by considering a pseudonym. In addition, for your protection, this web page will not post your email.
If you know me, please do not expect me to guess who you are.
Also, if you post on this site, you are giving me permission to publish it here, and to republish via social media. I cannot protect your identity if you elect to post on this web site with or without your name attached. Please use good common sense.
I hope you will check out the page entitled, “My Art”. There you will see examples of my personal art processes. Periodically, I publish deeply personal information, and I think carefully about the nature of my posts before releasing them into the Internet web of information. Please do the same.
All of that said, please experiment, be bold, make mistakes, take risks, have fun, fail, succeed, scribble, try again, and above all, make art.