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Monday, February 1, 2010

In The Pink...365 Days of Drawing



What's the difference between greatness and mediocrity in art? That's a very big question, isn't it? Well, if anyone saw Pink's performance at The Grammy's last night the answer was there. She followed a rather labored performance by another female artist who while technically perfect was also using all the props in the world, including a fair dose of bump and grind, to get her message across.

Then came Pink in a white shroud who flew into the air in a Cirque Du Soleil kinda feat. She was astounding. Poetic. Took the the art of performing a mere song to a whole different level. It was very moving to me. She got a standing ovation. It was a tear-jerker moment.

It reminded me of what my mentor, the great Everett Raymond Kinstler, N.A., once said in a workshop and I don't quote him directly. But it is something I have never forgotten. Something along the lines of being a fine technician (in art) is just fine and dandy but something less perfect said with passion and conviction will soar. Perfect can be boring without the passion.


This has nothing to do with last night's drawing. But I can't stop thinking today about how I can't wait to get to the studio and perform just like Pink although I might leave my shroud at home.

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7 comments:

The Josie Baggley Company said...

'tis true..like the situation whereby you have someone with all the papers in the world to prove they've been taught art-but alas cannot inject any 'feel' into a work compared to a someone who may never have gained any academic qualifications but somehow has the uncanny ability to 'just know' because it's a feel and a passion..a'knowing..much more engaging!
Check out my blog Johanna! ;)

The Josie Baggley Company said...

This piece is lovely!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Hey Ms. Josie Baggley...I am so thrilled to have a piece of your art. It makes my french trip painting your pink house, how we met really, all the more poignant. I will never forget sitting there that very cold morning battling those ancient beams of your house, and now we have a lovely thing to show for it. Both of us.

THANK YOU dear new artist friend who I admire so much.

Marian Fortunati said...

Lovely drawing and lovely words, Johanna. I think you combine the technician and the passionate and that's why what you do works so well!

Trish Siegel said...

Your work is beautiful! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and allowing me to become acquainted with yours. This drawing is exquisite, as well as your comments regarding perfect versus passion. This is so true.

Julie Hill said...

Johanna, thanks for sharing...it resonates loudly for me (and i am sure many others)....the technical (the "shoulds") versus the feeling (the "passionates")...as an artist who has no formal training and only one painting class/group (over a couple years now) under her belt...I am clearly in the later, yet if I may say, I have been gifted...and thus where the passion arises...because one cannot deny a gift from God.

great drawing, you passionate gifted "Pinkish" artist you!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Agreed Julie...thanks for thoughtful post...and you may say you have been gifted. I agree...