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What a painting "means" is useless and has likely always been so.

The new freedom will be to own our own experience of what is being viewed. The notion that anyone can "know" what the artist intended is preposterous. All the knowledge in the world about what was in the artist's mind can never get you inside the artists head.

My own paintings have never been about what I had to say or what I was trying to communicate---they have always been about the viewer having their own experience---whatever that might be---and owning that experience.

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    • Dec 8 2012: Carolyn, your experience of my paintings would just be your own experience---how could I have a problem with that :) Art lives on long after we die and people still have experiences with it---the presence or opinion of the artist certainly does not matter then and most likely does not really matter now. Could my feelings be hurt? Possibly but that has more to do with me than the viewer and is not what we are talking about. If you want to see what my work is like you can easily find it by googling my name + "art." Art, like love, just is---as soon as we give it reasons it ends.
    • Dec 9 2012: Oh why make it difficult :)
      http://buellinspections.com/art

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