The Grey Area
I must let you know that the newsletter is still alive, but slightly off schedule again thanks to some commercial art deadlines. The last few weeks I have been very busy producing 18 watercolour illustrations.
Generally speaking, most commercial art is not as creative as fine art. It can be plain drudgery to be honest, but commercial art as well as commercial writing has helped to subsidize many of the world's better known painters, musicians, actors and writers. It is well documented that some of our beloved Group of Seven painters were accomplished commercial illustrators. Andrew Wyeth, an American icon in fine art ,spent some of his teenage years working on illustrations with his Father and world renowned illustrator, N.C. (Newell Convers)Wyeth.
This brings to mind the question of where the demarcation line lies between commercial art and fine art. It has been defined by some as a fine line. I find it more of a soft, sometimes indistinguishable line that has many overlapping facets. The primary difference that I see in commercial art is that we have parameters and specifications set out by someone else, and are motivated by schedules and profit. In fine art, we are generally motivated by our own choice of subject and are limited only by our mastery of the medium and creativity. The concept of profit or actually being paid for something you enjoy creating also seems to be a grey area, and a contentious subject of discussion.
Here are a couple of examples of my commercial work - architectural subjects that I rather enjoyed because there were few restrictions, and I had little more than a verbal description of what my client needed.
Proposed Railroad Museum - 8" x 10" Watercolor
Proposed Town Center Gardens - 8" x 10" Watercolor
Victorian Garden - 8" x 10" Watercolor
This architectural subject is my own choice, and appears to bridge the gap between my commercial and fine Art.
Until next time, keep those brushes clean and ready to go!
Quote for today:
"What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness, second, their imagination, and third, their industry."