Posts Tagged ‘art’

The Great Art Exhibition

October 19, 2018

 

Many years ago, a young man with a love of painting
traveled to The Great Art Exhibition held annually
in the largest city of a country much like our own.

The show was filled by painting in a Classical style.
He loved the proportions and eloquence of the work
and stayed in the city visiting the show until it closed.

On returning home, the artist set up an easel in his room.
For twenty years he worked to perfect his vision.
His paintings were wonderful. The works of his heart.

When he was ready, he took his paintings to the jury
that decided what to allow into each year’s exhibition.
But all the paintings he saw around him were Romantic.

The judges reviewed his work. “Classical painting!
We don’t want Classical art. Take this crap away!”
The painter went home weeping. “My paintings failed.”

After a few days, he decided to try Romantic painting.
“If I show the judges I can paint the art they want,
they might let my paintings into the Great Exhibition.”

He took twenty years to perfect his Romantic style.
“These paintings,” he thought, “are not works of my heart,
but they are bold and dramatic. And they are beautiful.”

He went to the jury with new paintings and new hopes.
When he got there he found the old judges were gone.
The paintings he saw around him were all Realistic.

The new judges reviewed his work. “Romantic painting!
We don’t want Romantic art. Take this crap away!”
And so he went home again, weeping. “I have failed.”

Now an old man, the artist gave away his paintings
to farmers and villagers to hang in their cottages.
He gave away his paints and brushes, and his easel.

For another twenty years the painter lived on in grief.
Then, after he died, an art dealer discovered his work.
The dealer bought all of his Classical paintings

and took them to the jury for The Great Art Exhibition.
The new judges wanted Neoclassical art. “Wonderful!”
they said. “Here is the grandfather of our movement!”

So they hung the dead artist’s work at the front
of Exhibition Hall. “Such promise this painter had.”
They all sighed. “A pity he never painted more!”

 

Copyright © 2018 by Michael B. Smetzer

 

Beauty in the Field. Photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

Beauty in the Field. Photo by Vera Lisa Smetzer.

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

December 27, 2017

I have been thinking about doing chip mosaics for years. Finally tried my hand at it. It is tedious but enjoyable. Kind of like doing a jigsaw puzzle without having any pieces cut to fit. It suits me since I like creating by accretion.

To begin with the plan was for a much bigger spruce tree, as gray fox are climbers. Alas, I ran short of aventurine in my chosen shade of green. I also know I could do better with the spruce tree if I lined up the chips to follow the flow of the branches. And if I were concerned about filling in the gaps, more tiny pieces would definitely help.

I am not looking for a polished image here. More like the chance images people see in nature, in clouds or the grain of wood. Suggestive rather than technically correct or realistic images. Gems in the rough.

The stone chips are green aventurine, labradorite, and garnet. Labradorite is an iridescent mineral, and you can see its play of color in the fox’s right ear. These chips are attached with varnish to the back of a postcard intended for watercolor.

 

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree - chip mosaic by Mike Smetzer

Gray Fox Inside a Spruce Tree

Chinese Year of the Horse 2014 Bead Wall Hangings

January 29, 2014

Only four wall hangings competed so far for this year’s Chinese New Year (January 31), the Year of the Horse. A fifth variation is planned but is awaiting recovery from a minor hand injury at work.

I wove these wall hangings on a wooden bead loom.  I then stitched the top rows together and inserted a wooden  stick.  The hangings are approximately 3½ inches wide.  The beads are Miyuki 8/0 glass seed beads. The most recent hanging is first.

These designs are my own.  Copyright © 2014 by Michael Smetzer.  Thank you for not duplicating them.

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 4 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 4

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 3 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 3

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 2 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 2

Chinese Year of the Horse Wall Hanging 1 - Original Beadwork by Mike Smetzer

Year of the Horse 1

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