>A Different Direction

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Summer Storm, image extended onto mat in pastel painting, 11×11 inches,
© 2008 by Jeane Vogel

The biggest complaint heard at art fairs is “there’s nothing new. It’s all the same old stuff.”

Sometimes that’s legitimate. There are artists who find a “formula” that works for them and every piece they produce looks the same. There are painters who brag (to other artists — not to the buying public) that they can paint a 4×6 foot panel in about 2 hours. They paint the same thing over and over. It’s production art.

I hate to say this of my colleagues, but there are a handful of photographers who haven’t updated their work in years either. It’s the same images, over and over and over.

Hey, we all need to make a living, but doesn’t that get boring after a while?

We all struggle with keeping our work fresh, vibrant and meaningful — and attractive to patrons. But we have to experiment, grow and stretch if our work is to have any consequence over a lifetime.

This year, I’m starting down another path: pastel painted mats for my hand-altered Polaroid images. I’m showing these mixed media originals for the first time in Louisville next weekend, April 26-27, at Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.

Unlike my limited editions, there’s only one of these. Each is an original pastel painting or drawing. I only have a few right now, so email me at jeane@vogelpix.com if you’re interested in reserving one before the show or to see thumbnails of the whole (limited) collection.

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About jeanevogelart

Art saves lives. That's my mantra and my motivation. My primary purpose as an artist is to inspire, entertain, make you smile, make you mad, make you think or recall a memory. I strive for work that is intimate and genuine, and sometimes whimsical. It's always more than a "pretty picture." I demand a relationship.
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