This blog - I'm Wes Rehberg - is dedicated to what I'm up to in writing and in the visual arts. I have a site also for experimental video art work called "The Video Curio Theater" at http://blog.rehberg.net. The theater is open.
Seems complete, “Coffee Shop,” acrylic painting on 20” x
24” canvas. Except for touch-ups, letting it rest. I get to a point where I don’t
know where to take a painting anymore, so I acknowledge it could be completed. Different ways to approach this one -- some things aren't immediately apparent perhaps -- the eyes need to settle on the moods, then on how the shape operates and how the roughness works that.
I’m conscious of the streamlined design emphasis of a lot
of today’s visual art and at times wonder if I should emulate it or whether
it’s enough just to work on content, and on combining it with the abstract and
representational. Rough those two aspects up. Muck around with these in paint
and other media.
Then I look outside into the woods and see Nature’s
turmoil. Engage the news and social justice and try to fathom human turmoil. All
rougher hewn, even with the delicate its midst. Feel both the abstract and
representational qualities this way. Appreciate what other artists have done in
this realm. And let my imagination embrace this mode of seeing, thinking,
feeling, and creating. It could be viewed as throwback. It could be out of
vogue. But to be true to myself and its roughness, it’s the way I feel it.