Through Facebook I’ve met an wonderful Arizona artist by the name of Kent Looft. His paintings are mainly realism (check out his chili peppers, they’re hot!), something I aspire to but have not reached the levels he has. I asked him if he’d like to be a guest “heArtist” on this blog. Below is his reply, which says more about my art than I ever could. This is an artist with a generous heart indeed, and I’m honored to have him as a guest here on my blog. See his article below.
Hello, Gretchen. You asked if I would be willing to contribute to your blog at heartaday with an article. Initially, I wasn’t quite sure where your readers might take interest, so I thought this overview might prove insightful and strike some discussion. To begin, I want to congratulate you on choosing to express your art with the HeArt a Day Series.
Reflections. Back in art school, I recall seeing a book that was a series of photos from Europe that consisted of a series of shots of simply, doors. And on the surface it would seem boring and a waste of time viewing much less shooting, but what it revealed was surprising.
Results. The door book viewing provided a portal of reference to people across the diversity of cultures, life styles, values, and position. And while some doors were magnificent with carving and ornamentation – others were profound in their simplicity, color and utility.
Variation on a Theme is an expression that is found in many art forms including music. The masterful works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Beethoven were often expressed with compositions based on a fugue theme that is woven throughout a composition. Today repeating themes are evident in current rap and hip hop music with the use of pre-ecorded audio loops and tracks that overlay the lead vocals. Da Da Da Dum…
One graphic element that occurs in many of your HeArt works I have seen is the spiral element. In a series you may choose to keep some aspects of each work the same – such as size, substrate, media, and a signature element (like your spiral) and alter other criteria such as color, pattern, scale.
The Medium is the message. Or create a series within a series of one design rendered with charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic on different surfaces which will illustrate the range of expression each media brings to the table (easel).
Tell a story. The reason behind your choice of a heart form may be the most significant to center your expression through it. What does it represent to you, your life & family. Is is always happy or sometimes melancholy? How would it be seen thru someone other than yourself? A child? A grandparent? Shakespeare said; How do I love thee? Let me count thy ways….
Best wishes on your journey, Kent