Thursday, November 17, 2005

Artwork of the month: The Attributes of the Arts and the Rewards which are Accorded them.

Throughout my life there have been a few paintings that heavily influenced me to become an artist.  As an artist I partially blame my career choice on this painting.

Jean-baptiste Simeon Chardin
"The Attributes of the Arts and the Rewards which are Accorded them."
1766, oil on canvas.

I saw "The Attributes of the Arts and the Rewards which are Accorded them" for the first time while on a grade-school field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It changed me forever (as powerful paintings do). I already wanted to be an artist, and after seeing this painting I was convinced that being an artist was the most important work a man could aspire to do.

This painting is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Go check it out and enjoy its truth and lies.

"You can be sure that most of the high positions in the country would be empty if one were admitted only after an examination as severe as the one we painters must pass."
-Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin

Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Still Lives.

These paintings are what remains of the series I started out working on in Minneapolis.  The still life was my first lengthy study, and it was also my most disorganized.   

There were at least 50 oil paintings in this style...
...I have no record of their whereabouts as I sold them all.

Saturday, November 5, 2005

Welcome to my new Blog


I am Adam M. Considine and here we go...
...Welcome to my blog.

"The Aesthetics of Composition in Abstract Oil Painting"

Today is November 5th, 2005 and it is my birthday.  To celebrate I worked on an oil painting for the last three days straight through.  I completed it several hours ago.  I stared at my new work for several hours just thinking, and I decided to start a blog.

In the next few years we are going to talk about art, my life as an artist, my ideas about what art means to me, and who knows?  I honestly have no expectations about where this blog will take me and what I will be interested in over the course of the next 5 years or more.  I am not even sure that I will continue to blog in 5 years, but I am sure that I will still be working within the arts in some manner.  I am a frequent flyer of museums and I will also be writing about what I see and what I like.

As it stands now I am an out of work artist that is trying to find my own voice in modern art.  Not the first time you have heard that, its not going to be the last.  I see myself as a compositionalist, as the composition of an oil painting is my main focus.

So if you are reading this, have no expectations because I have no idea where this is going to take me.  Albeit, I do hope you enjoy my blog "The Aesthetics of Composition in Abstract Oil Painting"

Thanks for showing an interest in my work...
...welcome to my blog.