Unhinged. I'll leave you to decide if this applies to me or just to the diptych I entered for the Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society's annual exhibition at the Burton Gallery in Bideford. Quite possibly both you will decide. A painting from a couple of years ago but I thought the two parts of 'Making It Up' - click on each picture below to go to larger representations and read a little about their origin - was something they might have liked. It was not to be.
They told me I created a problem for them: they were too big (both together were less than one metre), and that I'd stated the works should not be separated. That is so, because it is one work, which to me looks pretty obvious.
The truth lies elsewhere. Incidentally, since these photos were taken I'd made it more clear by starting the signature on #1 and ending it on #2... but you'd have to look to see that.
People look at paintings far too quickly and make snap judgements in most selection processes. The old adage, 'You only get one chance to make a first impression' might be cool business speak but it doesn't apply to anything which demands contemplation. Research shows that most people look at paintings in galleries for a few seconds, half a minute at most. How long do you listen to a symphony? As long as it lasts. But a painting is infinite; it lives on the easel for say 3 days, and thereafter for ever.
Cezanne said, "I have to work all the time, not to reach that final perfection which earns the admiration of imbeciles. And this thing that is so commonly appreciated is merely the effect of craftsmanship."
Nothing wrong with craftsmanship, but if that's ALL there is it had better be up to Pre-Raphaelite standards.
Never mind, my own lonely furrow is enough to plough.