Cottage At Castlemaine - Blue Earth - Unison - Sennelier Soft Pastels by Ryn Shell
Colour is Interconnected with all other Senses.
One of my greatest joys was having blind children visit my Buninyong Gallery. They came so that I could give them paintings to feel and for the chat I'd give on sharing how they might understand colour.
Lemon colour is fresh like the smell of lemons. Lime is a vibrant, bright green, smell the lime leaves and imagine the colour lime. Violet is soothing and restful—smell the lavender and imagine violet. Emotions smell and colour all interconnected. Red, the healing colour, the colour of oxygenated healthy blood, feel the warmth of a fire and think of flickering interactions of red, orange, yellow, with white-hot core, white also for purity, swell the delicate fragrance of a white rose, and grief—smell the lily. The blue-greys in the smoke, as the heat cools—move from sunshine into shadow and imagine the colours changing from the hot colours to the cooler blues, blue-green and blue-violet. Move deeper into the shade, fool yourself becoming cooler, and imagine those cool colours becoming darker.
I could get carried away talking about colour to people who also love the subject. I loved reaching to responsive students.
Art Basel's Banana in Duct Tape is a well played out performance artwork, publicity stunt for the artists and Art Basel Gallery that has made them world-famous for the small cost of 120k. Now that is the public relations, in this instance in providing entertainment, and the business side of art used with a flourish.
while in my 565 years as a professional artist I never pulled these publicity stunts, I also never had my art exhibition advertised to the world, as I preferred a less gimmicky PR campaign.
This is a reminder to all artists who want to succeed, that public relations and business skills are 2/3 of the work of the artist. The production of art is the remaining 1/3rd.
If you do not work a balanced three skills, PR—Business—Production, approach to art then you cannot succeed in making art your business.
Your PR and business model can be conservative. Mine ranged from from inviting Newspapers and TV channel to a newsworthy event of my handing over a major work of art to a charity for their fundraising, as a promotion for my art show, to going on the talk show trail from local radio to major ranking talk shows, or to what today's young artists are working social media, but PR must be a highly active part of the work of a selling artist if they seek to earn a living in art.
I think we all agree that this is the art of public relations—and as such it was a huge success in ensuring with the art buyers of the style of this gallery, their name won't be forgotten and this exhibition is sure to draw a crowd.
No one ever claimed the banana in duct tape was fine art. No one being conned here, just good fun—and a reminder to us that art does not sell itself.