MPs Peter Stoffer and Scott Simms have introduced Bill C-513 legislation regarding resale rights for artists in the House of Commons. Now all artists must contact their MPs across the country and ask them to support this bill. It is up to the majority Conservative MPs to make sure that this passes ... but artists must do their part. You can see Bill C-513 online. Here is a letter written by Anthony J Batten who does a good job of presenting the need for this bill:
Representing as you do one of the country’s largest and most important communities of visual artists I urge you to support the passing of Bill C 516.Canada is one of the developed world’s few countries who do not have such legislation in place.The gallery, auction house and dealer’s markets are against this type of regulation as it does mean further record keeping for them and they often claim that the profits from the resale of significant art works should go to the original buyer or the investor. They treat fine art under these circumstances much like a stock-market or real estate transaction.
The reality is that unlike real estate that profits from further investment interest, maintenance or rebuilding an original art work must remain very much as it was created by the artist to retain its value. The rise in any art work’s value is invariably caused not by the investor but by the further efforts of the creator.
In other jurisdictions the rules apply only to high figure sales and the commission paid to the artist or his/her estate is quite modest. What they do however is treat visual artists of all disciplines in much the same way that copyright legislation protects the legacy of writers, musicians, composers and other creative individuals.
One only has to look at the high sums that have been paid out by collectors for the work of the automatistes, the abstract expressionists and of course our own post impressionists to appreciate that nothing has been awarded back to the estates of such individuals as Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, Paul Emile Borduas or Jean Paul Riopelle! It is high time that the stars of the visual arts community were treated in a manner comparable to that earned by their peers in other disciplines. This attempt at market fairness can only be achieved through legislation of the type being proposed.
Such protection is urgent as we as a nation face further cuts to arts funding and the long range financial expectations of all visual artists are further eroded.
Anthony J Batten
I love discovering new artists, at least they are new to me. What draws me to this particular artist is the way she applies colour to the canvas and the way she sparks colours off each other. She does not "make a study or draft of each painting before she confronts the canvas. Instead, all choices, both conscious and subconscious, are made during the creation process. Her mark-making method consists of working herself up into a raptured rhythm while listening to music by Leonard Cohen..." "Her subject is the process of painting itself, as she revels in the activity, creating playful accidents that result from free-wheeling experimentation."
This is how I like to work and I find her work both inspiring and captivating.
Click on the painting to check more of her work.
This amazing site puts the audience “behind the scene” and shows what is involved in the process of creating a painting. How do they do it, where they do what they do and when they do it. Each artist lets us enter his or her world. We learn not only about the art techniques, but also about the feelings, the dreams and the inspirations that artists use in their artworks. "A painting is a story." The story of the painting is told in images and is enhanced with side by side explanations of the artists.You can view artists from different parts of the world showing their own unique way of creation. It is a fascinating exploration.
"Creative geniuses tend to be less the ones with the quickest answers and more the ones who keep working till they get it right."
It's statements like this that keep me going. Click the image and read about the 5 principles. In our present society that seems to focus on the quick fix and providing instant gratification it is reassuring to know that there is still room for the deep thinking and the hard work that forms the creative act in whatever form it may come in.
This was an interesting book that views the world from the perspective of a young American woman with a burning desire to become an artist during a time when people didn't know what to make of females with artistic urges. Her adventures and struggles in Paris at the start of the Belle Epoch make for compelling reading. A bit long winded at times but still a good read for those of you who like a story served up with a healthy splash of Art History.
My cup not only runneth over it is geysering everywhere (is geysering a word?) Anyhow it's my blog so I can make it a word.
Work-Life balance:what is that exactly? I have not been feeling very balanced at all these days and sadly one of the things that has dropped off the edge of my chaotic life is my painting. I start to feel vaguely uneasy and there is a still small voice that starts to call out to me (and no I am not hearing voices, not yet anyhow. I mean this metaphorically) Anyhow I digress. What I know is that when I have no outlet for my creativity I begin to feel like I am living a partial life rather than a full one. Being insanely busy is no substitute for the way I feel when I am fully immersed in the act of creating something on my easel. However, like all states of being, this one is temporary and once I get settled in my new home I can reconnect with my creative side and pick up where I left off...
In view of our recent mock jury process held up at the Inglewood clubhouse I felt compelled to research further the whole idea of the jurying process and the bigger issue of what it means when your piece doesn't get chosen for a show. I saw this letter and thought it was worth sharing:
Here is a rejection letter sent to Andy Warhol from the Museum of Modern Art, New York dated October 18, 1956.
Dear Mr. Warhol:
Last week our committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your drawing entitled "Shoe" which you generously offered as a gift to the Museum. I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection. Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept a gift of a work which may be shown only infrequently. Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.
Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Director of the Museum Collection
P.S. The drawing may be picked up from the museum at your convenience.
Martha Moore and I met at the Talking Donkey to discuss and plan activities for our group to take part in. Once again I am struck by the creative momentum that occurs when you get two or more artists together in a room. I look forward to being able to meet regularly with fellow members and learn with and from each other.
On a side note my mother and I were unpacking and figuring out how to use the new digital projector purchased by our chapter. It was an interesting comparison of learning styles between my mother who pulls out the manual and starts to read it and me who goes at it based on past experiences with other electronic devices and my own intuition. At one point I remember her saying"You're just like your father!". In the end it usually takes a combination of approaches to get the job done. I foresee many great sessions using that machine to explore some of the creative possibilities of the internet.