Marsoun Art Studio News The latest news from Marsoun Art Studio. en-us Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:28:54 CDT Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:28:54 CDT A Hole in the Wall <p>As a theater, scenic designer, I am always looking at the backgrounds in movies and TV productions.&nbsp; The other night, I was watching a detective drama.&nbsp; On the back wall, I saw an interesting painting of a broken door hanging from its hinges.&nbsp; As I studied the painting, I came to the conclusion &#8211; It was a broken door hanging from its hinges.&nbsp; Part of an artist&#8217;s job is to observe.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:58:04 CDT Sell It <p>Since I started selling my paintings, often, I am asked, &#8220;How can you sell your work?&nbsp; How can you let it go?&#8221;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Everything is for sale</strong>!&nbsp; If I am in the business of selling &#8211; it is all for sale.&nbsp; Some works mean more to me than others. I lose a little of me when they leave my inventory.&nbsp; I hope they will find a good home. I put larger prices on these items. But it is all for sale.&nbsp; Not everything sells.&nbsp; I have paintings I love, but they never sell. If a painting doesn&#8217;t sell, I lower the price.&nbsp; I have a stack of un-stretched paintings which did not sell.&nbsp; Since I started painting for money I painted 472 paintings.&nbsp; 286 have sold.&nbsp; Some have been painted over.&nbsp; Some were discarded.&nbsp; I move on and paint something else.</p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:22:51 CDT Perfect Pitch <p>Yesterday, I wondered, &#8220;Where are all my paintings?&#8221;&nbsp; I know some people like them, but there is this thought.&nbsp; Maybe someone purchases my canvases because they are the ugliest things they have ever seen.&nbsp; They take them home to destroy them, so no one needs to be offended by the work.&nbsp; </p> <p>My mother could not stand poorly executed music. I was told she had &#8220;perfect pitch.&#8221; There are times when we at church she had to leave, because the choir was so irritating mom couldn&#8217;t take it any longer.&nbsp; That is one of the reasons none of the Marsoun family play an instrument or took a voice lessons.</p> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:09:44 CDT Where Do They Go? <p>It has been over seven years since I started Marsounart.&nbsp; I wonder where all the paints are?&nbsp; When I was enrolled in &#8220;Independent Honor Study&#8221; at ISU, I had to create a series of works in various media. One of the sections concerned a ballet dancer.&nbsp; I painted four panels. Each panel had a dancer, but each panel was painted in a different style.&nbsp; When the project was completed and my show was over, a dancer I knew asked me if she could have one of the paintings.&nbsp; I gave her the one she wanted.&nbsp; In the days to come others asked for the remaining three panels.&nbsp; None of us had any money so they were all gifts.&nbsp; I had no place to put them (or my other works,) therefore they became parting gifts.&nbsp; I have often wondered, where are they.&nbsp; Do any of them still exit gathering dust in some attic.&nbsp; Or, are they hanging somewhere? Like a bottle cast on waters, I rarely know where works end.</p> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:39:05 CDT Math vs. Art <p>Many of you know I have degrees in both Mathematics and Art.&nbsp; I taught both Math and Art. The question becomes, &#8220;That&#8217;s a strange combination?&#8221; or, &#8220;That&#8217;s very left brain, right brain?&#8221;&nbsp; I see both disciplines as &#8220;Problem Solving.&#8221;&nbsp; Neither study exists in nature.&nbsp; Both describe nature.&nbsp; Both start with a problem of the mind.&nbsp; Both start with a blank surface.&nbsp; The problem solver must see the solution in their mind and recreate the &#8220;vision&#8221; on the surface.&nbsp; Sometimes the solution is not correct.&nbsp; For math, it is a defined answer.&nbsp; For art, it is the ability to transfer the &#8220;vision&#8221; in my mind to the surface.&nbsp; Both, have correct solutions and both have failure.&nbsp; Many great Mathematicians were artist and may great artists were mathematicians.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:12:09 CST