"I speak a visual language that has been woven with threads of experience and colored with the seasons of my life." - Susan, artist
I laughed, thinking about writing my ex-husband's artist statement for his art shows. We are friends. Over the years, he has depended on my writing skills to get a new job (resume) and promote his art classes.
Alas, Terry gives me three pages of vague rambling about his "process." King of the run-on sentence. A recent show had portraits painted by Terry. Some of his best work.
"Terry, nobody cares about your artistic process besides you," I said. "Who are you trying to reach? Parents of kids who could take your art classes?" Yes.
So, I asked questions, getting him to describe how he helps kids feel safe taking creative risks. Then I gave him one sentence on his artistic process:
"In creating portraits, I begin with a realistic image of my subject and explore the symbolism, ambiguity and mystery behind the image."
The last two paragraphs listed Terry's education and experience as an artist and art teacher.
Three pages of rambling turned into less than a page.
Have you edited vague rambling?