By Rich Richardson
Rich Richardson here – Illustrator, designer, mixed media artist, about to expound on art as he has expounded on it for 59 years, but privately more than publicly.
(Please note: Read Rich’s bio here. Also, register for Rich’s Creativity Workshop scheduled for April 26th, 2014.
I am not an art historian since Chouinard Art Institute taught Draftsmanship, Design and Painting and not History and associated subjects, but I began viewing and reading about the great artists throughout the world.
It started with my delivery of the Saturday evening Post when I was 11 years old, and saw the work of the illustrators of the day, including Norman Rockwell.
At the time, illustrators were not viewed as well as they are today, however good drawing design and painting should be the goal of all artists!
“Traveling has probably been the most influential happenings in my 81 years across the world, and falling in love with ethnic art.” ~ Rich
Observation is also prime in the life of artists.
There is so much to see in the world, that’s why a camera is so valuable. The collection of photos has meant to much in my life – I love looking through them periodically and thinking about projects in the future.
Of course I’ll never get around to all the ideas, but I keep collecting! Now, of course, the computer is valuable with Photoshop providing all kinds of magic for your photos!
Traveling has probably been the most influential happenings in my 81 years across the world, and falling in love with ethnic art. Most of that art is derived from their religions or the animals in their surroundings.
“Dreamtime” from the Australian Aboriginals, which are simple and complex at the same time, with a few colors and (until recently) few implements to use, painted upon bark from trees. Nowadays brushes and canvas are used in a lot of cases.
Sculpture is every bit in almost all ethnic art as well as modern art. I love the vast array of art from realism to abstraction plus, without a doubt, the art of photography. Artists of all abilities should be bold and should never be afraid of failure.
Just scrub the paint off and start again, and HAVE FUN!