If you've followed my artwork, you know I tend to vacillate between a number of subjects and styles. From Figurative to Abstract, from Local Color to Imagined Color, Still-Life to Cityscape. I haven't decided what my "thing" is yet. This creates quite a challenge for setting up shows; however, I think it is necessary for me to explore every avenue of my creative spirit.
This brings me to an important concept I've been considering lately: The idea that an artist should be prolific and unrelenting in their exploration of creativity.
I call this, Churn.
perhaps a better way to explain this is to compare this concept to a cherry tree which puts out thousands of blooms every year of which only a few that happen to get pollinated, to produce a handful of cherries and then to produce an even smaller number of viable seeds which grow to cherry saplings and further carry on the species.
In my short career as an artist, I find that I produce three times the number of paintings that will ever see the public view, or gallery walls. If you look through my sketch books you'll see the many attempts at common subjects (muses), for instance Maker's Mark, Art Tools, Sacramento City Hall, Condiments, Hydrants and cups of coffee. Through this process of exploration, I hope to produce work that inspires you, to see the world from another angle, to slow down, to consider your impacts on this world. Because this exploration is lengthy and arduous it is necessary to price my pieces accordingly, in order to support my journey. If you see my works up and around, consider the tens if not hundreds of times I have painted that piece, and am not satisfied with the results. If you are buying a piece of my work, you are getting the absolute best representation and distillation of my creative process.
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Chris Holt is an Architect and Artist. His art work centers around cityscapes, still life, and abstract work.