Saturday, February 18, 2012

Inspiration..

  In the beginning.... LOL  Lovely way to start a story,  don't you think?  Ok, ok,  I'll get on with it.  
In the beginning,  I would find a photo of a painting, and try to copy it.  Found out quickly that I'm lousy at that,  and it's boring. I had never seen a primitive or folk art style painting when I finally decided to do one how I wanted to do it.  I'm not sure exactly what I had in mind,  but it worked.  If I could see it in my head,  I could paint it.  No certain style,  just how I wanted to do it.  
  I could see these paintings in my head, so I kept doing them.  People started commenting.  "Oh, you do primitives. You're painting like Grandma Moses."   I didn't know what either comment meant,  and tried not to be insulted.
  When I finally did an art/craft show that had some folk art, good folk art... I was so excited.  I can't tell you how excited.  Their paintings were different... but the same.  Nothing was perfect,  yet it was so perfect to me.  Good folk art has an honesty to it.  A real person did it.  Not an over trained do it by the book mention who you studied under person, and don't forget the degrees at what college.
  It could be simple,  yet say so much.  At least I could hear it talking. That's when I discovered folk art.  Real folk art.  And realized that's what I was doing.  What that meant to me was: I can and will do it however I please.  There are no rules.  No one is ever going to tell me it's wrong again.  LOL  
  The true inspiration to me came when I found books,  then museums that had true folk art that was done in the 1800's, 1900's, and now.  Going over and over the books,  I wore those out.  The first Museum,  I cried.  Just cried.  We had to leave and come back.  It blew me away to stand that close to folk art I had seen in a book.  It was so inspiring,  so big,  so real.  
  That's when I realized I had been doing the real stuff.  I have no art training.  Never wanted any either.  What I was looking for was encouragement.  And standing in front of these glorious pieces of true folk art,  I had found it.  
  Don't misunderstand.  Each person that had bought my art had encouraged me.  My Richard had encouraged me.   My children had.  And some of my friends had.  But I had no idea of what I was actually doing. LOL  Seeing other folk art is when I knew.  Sounds crazy,  I know.  
  Then I finally got to see Grandma Moses paintings in person.  Oh, my.  Her paintings talk to you.  You just have to listen.  They reach out and grab you.   That much talent,  and she didn't paint until she was 61?  
  Now the "folk art" name/title/description  is put on everything.  That's a shame too.  Gives people the wrong impression.   I guess those folks are trying to find their niche also. 
  So now for inspiration I look at blogs, websites, showings at Museums, or dig out those old books on folk art.  I look at artists that I admire,  or new artists that are just getting their feet wet.  Or I get lucky and one of my collectors will leave a comment,  telling me how many pieces of my art they have.  That's very inspiring/encouraging/ and great for the ego.  That inspires me to do better pieces.  It encourages me to produce.  A healthy ego makes a better artist.  It drives me to try new ideas.  Gives me confidence.  And reminds me that I can't sit on what I did yesterday...


  According to spell checker,  I didn't do too badly on this.  I also do creative spelling if you haven't noticed...  
  Thank you for your interest in my art,  my stories,  my stuff.  Have a great weekend. xxoox PJ



9 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

Well said PJ! I really enjoyed reading this post.

PJ Hornberger said...

Thank you much, Robin.

Lisa D. said...

Great post! I too find it best to make what feels right to me, even if I adore other artists work, thats their work, their style.
Have a good Sunday, PJ

Lisa D. said...

Hey there, I tried buying your bead class and the paypal said it was outdated...lol...sometimes I feel outdated : )
Let me know how to send it to you. Maybe just your name? I don't know.

PJ Hornberger said...

Lisa, the crazy thing worked for me. Of course it thought I was using the "owners" account... LOL
Give it another try, please. If that doesn't work, I'll think of something. ;-)

Red W said...

You are the 'real' deal... that is what draws me to you... Your a free spirit with a HUGE heart!! It's funny how we spend ~ well some ~ ahem!! we spend so much wasted time trying to figure out US... and how to put it all into the right words... Inspiration isn't the right word... Confidence... you have given me confidence to be ME, and I thank you for that PJ... xx I admire you and your work a great deal!!

PJ Hornberger said...

Red, you're gonna make me cry. That is so sweet of you to say. Thank you. Confidence is what an artist needs to succend. It's what comes from inspiration and encouragement. Some people call them mistakes. I think they're a learning curve. Success comes right after that curve. big hug...

Beth Parker said...

Love the post, PJ! It's a shame we have to fall into categories. Your art is "absolutely happy" art!!

I didn't go to school either. People would say I had an illustrative quality to my work... which kinda bummed me out until I figured out that it really was okay and it kinda does. The best compliment I get now is when people tell me they love Bethville.... the place in my head where my art comes from. I'm doing a whole Bethville series now. (he he he) One day, maybe I can have more than one collector. :-)

PJ Hornberger said...

I'm going to love Bethville if it's as happy as the rest of your art. I know you haven't noticed, but I love COLOR! So that makes me like your art. Don't change a thing.