In last week's post, I discussed art appreciation, and the importance of knowing WHY an artist does the things that they do. Is there a reason for the colors/materials they use? The surface they paint/draw on? The things that they put into their compositions?
My current style of artwork is not the style that I started with. I started out studying animals and drawing/painting as realistically as I could. When I went to study art in college, I shifted to painting things like this:
After graduating, I hit a wall. This happens all the time to artists who get cornered by their "style" of artwork. My style was surrealistic--frequently including hands. When I graduated, there was a time when I was completely frozen in fear of creating something new. I tried numerous times, but literally couldn't figure out where to begin. If someone asked me, "Are you an artist?" I would guiltily fumble around with my answer because I knew that to be an artist, I had to actually be producing art!
In 2012 something amazing happened. I was surfing the web for new ideas for my elementary art lessons when I came across a do-it-yourself stencil project of a bird on a branch with a collage of magazine pages in the background. This project inspired me to try mixed media collage, and led to my first painting in my current style of art:
Since this first piece, I began creating a piece every week or two--a habit which I continue to this day!
So... What is my "WHY?"
I LOVE stories--particularly fiction/fantasy/fairytales because while they are not real events, many of the characters and situations resonate with real life truths and situations. The tradition of oral-storytelling particularly interests me--passing down history, events, and human truths through fictional characters and events; The act of story-telling IS a form of raw human creation. I enjoy folk art for that same reason--the raw/unrefined creations have a human touch that many fine art pieces are lacking.
My paintings capture fleeting moments of a story--just a snapshot. My work is not meant to tell a complete story, it is meant to encourage storytelling! It is my hope that viewers will be inspired to tell their own stories and find a connection with the story that a specific painting is telling. I frequently use text from old book pages in my work, as a connection to the written word. In addition to the storytelling aspect, it is my hope that my characters and colorful compositions bring JOY to those who are in need of a reminder of the beautiful and happy things in life.
May this weekend bring you inspiration and joy!
Welcome to the whimsical world of Tara Pappas' mixed media art! Thank you for stopping by to view samples of my work and read a little about my adventures as an artist. I am always looking for new ways to connect and grow as an artist, so would love to hear from you if you have any questions or interests in a particular piece. I hope that my work brings you inspiration and joy!
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