10 April 2012
James Nares: Still my favorite
When I get stuck in a rut or caught in a hard spot in life, I turn to art as inspiration to keep my thoughts moving forward. Aritist James Nares does just that for me. I've been meditating on this painting for a while because it is fluid, complex, but not too serious all at once. I can get lost in staring at the details which helps calm me when I'm nervy. It's always been my quirky habit to rush right up to a painting to see the details. I want to see exactly how each brush stroke was achieved. Sometimes, I get lost in this observation for a long time (museum docents love me! no!). Then I take a step back.
When I taking a step back to take in the entire painting, it reminds me to stay in the moment and not get ahead of myself. I think this is a great metaphor for my life as I often do this and get lost in speculating. Observing a painting from several vantage points--up close--pulled back--moving farther away--helps me appreciate every bit of the process.
These paintings are done in a single swoop (you should see his technique!) and there's only once chance to get it right.
Despite this, the paintings come off as relaxed to me. It tells me to relax and trust the process. Each artist has a groove they get into that guides them through completing a painting. We've seen Nicole talk at length about this.
I just love these paintings. For me, they are all about fluidity and the twists and turns life throws at you. Some are planned, others unexpected, but if you take a step back to see the whole picture they're part of something bigger and beautiful.
By the way, how awesome does designer Kara Mann rock the shit out of this interior with that one painting?