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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Crafts - What is Art really?

The accepted definition is "the use of the imagination to make things of aesthetic significance."

The great thing about this definition is that the words "aesthetic" and "significant" are open to interpretation by the individual, and "things" can mean almost anything.

The flaw in this definition is that "thing" tends to mean a material object of some kind. "Thing" should include gardening, culinary and textile arts. It should mean Performing Arts - Dance, Theater, and Music are Arts, as are any variation of these forms. It should also include the "arts" of medicine, teaching, business and other creative pursuits.

There are many types of art. Some of them we refer to it as Art with a capital A.

Art is a statement in itself, an expression of something the creator was feeling (consciously or unconsciously) at the time, but also has meaning to the viewer. It may have been created for another purpose, but in the process, something that hits some sort of "universal chord" and it becomes something more. Truly timeless works are those that have the power to transcend the moment, to "speak" to many people, in different times and different circumstances.

I have tried my hand at just about every media... drawing, painting, sculpture, many crafts, dance, acting, music... some more successfully than others. Media is a tool for expression - the ART is in making it speak.

Painting - Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor

Back in the "old days" we actually used paint and brushes on paper or stretched canvas... The fluid forms of Asian ink work, French Art Deco, Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture and Georgia O'Keeffe have had profound impact on my work.

Amaryllis - 18x24" acrylic on canvas.

Michael - 30x40" a full sheet of Arches cold press, is the largest traditional water color in my portfolio.

Amador Boardwalk - 4x5" watercolor, part of a series and one of my smallest.
Done from photos of a trip to the California Gold Country.


Nude - 18x24" on coated paper. One of many Life drawings done with the Pentel brush marker.

Onions - 5x7" watercolor

El Toro on Pinecrest Lake - 11x14" watercolor

Warren in costume, two works:

Digital drawing - Photoshop, with a Wacom tablet.

Cow Coat - 22x30" watercolor portrait from life and photos.

Every New Year's Morning - 11x14" watercolor

Sculpture

Sculpture is not a media but a technique.
Cast metal, synthetic or fired clay, gum paste on a Birthday Cake or any other physical medium, it's all great fun and very rewarding.

A favorite retired dancing shoe brought back to life in galvanized wire.

Warren in chainmail - 22x22" black cotton embroidery floss on tan linen... literally drawing with thread from photos, sketches and life... over 200 hours worth.
Notice: This piece went missing on a rainy weekend at the Vahalla Renasiance Faire, Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe. If you run across it somewhere, please contact me. We really would like to have it back.

Sunday Morning, a study in negative space - fabric and found objects

Baloon Payment - Roma clay, toothpicks and twist ties.

The images and data on this site are the property of sandra ragan/plum grafik, clients thereof, and others as noted. Please respect their hard work and creativity by following the "Golden Rule,"
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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