All right, a New Year to dream and plan into. 2010 sounds so futuristic, and I suppose it is; modes of communication around our planet in the blink of an eye via 'social media' - internet connecting people in ways science fiction writers of the 40's - 70's such as Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein projected. Yeah, right, we said. Amazing but will never happen we thought. Hmm. I don't even want to mention George Orwell.
'New Age Daydream' 30" x 24" acrylic on canvas Diann Haist 1983
And what of Art? How has it changed? Artists 'painting' on their cell phones, cartoon style images popular with the new generation of art buyers. Do they actually buy art or is it uploaded? Is there still room for those artists of my generation who employ the physical use of paint to canvas and paper, the drawing skills learned without the aid of mechanical devices, the plein air landscape artists? I wonder about these insidious changes when I view the works of this newest generation of creators. There is a darkness in some of the works, and an anger toward the status quo. My generation and those previous have all had this attribute - shake things up, shock people out of complacency - have we now become part of the new status quo?
'Living in a Silent Film'
50" x 50" acrylic on canvas Diann Haist 1989
A couple of years ago I read a review by an art critic who is also an accomplished abstract painter, writing about a lovely impressionistic exhibition by a very good artist. The critic's memorable comment was "Do we really need another landscape?" My immediate response was a resounding 'Yes!'
Yes, because maybe one day there won't be much of a landscape left to enjoy, but mostly, for the reason that Art is the great destimulator - if even for a few seconds, a person viewing a well painted landscape will be in an aesthetic moment where troubles and bills and ills do not exist! That is the gift of Art. This also happens with abstracts or any other form of painting, or music, or writing, or dance.... all of the Arts. Yes we need more landscapes, portraits, figures.....yes we need all forms of Art. Even when I was making a good living solely as an abstract painter did I hold this viewpoint.
So, how will I plan for the new year in my career? A lot of good things were achieved in 2009 - 5 of my paintings won 7 major awards, I was invited to participate in several important juried exhibitions, works were purchased by collectors, new friends were made and thanks to the internet, some collectors from long ago were able to find and get in touch with me.
As long as people still live in houses and have walls in need of art, I shall continue to paint what I love and want to share. I will continue to create 'escape portals' from everyday trials. Should there one day be no physical walls, I shall continue to create, only using different media than oil and canvas. Perhaps I would learn to paint with light! Creating holograms!
Now I should catch up with this century and get an IPhone. Think it's time to get rid of the old dial up one? 2010 here we come.
'La Comedia e Finite'
48" x 36" acrylic on canvas Diann Haist 1986
Diann Haist with 'Large Yellow Rose' 72" x 64" oil on canvas 2006
Within this article, I have included some of my musically inspired abstracts, a genre I worked solely in for about 12 years. To see my more current works, have a click through this web site works pages. Landscapes and people are now my main focus in painting, although I still love music!