Musings of a muse
by Marilyn Karp
Evolution
We sometimes have to remind ourselves how long it took the Impressionists to be accepted. I don't know if people liked what they were told to like back when the first Impressionists where looking for acceptance, I just feel that today people seem as though they download their opinions.

But Tony and I have a distinct advantage in terms of our ability to influence people. We reach between 10,000 and 20,000 people a week between all our web-sites. People from all over the world. I only reach probably less than 1500 people week but them I have only been blogging for less than 2 years. People find me mostly through Google searches and when Tony points to me from his posts. My point is unlike the Impressionists, we are able to reach a wide audience without waiting for some jury to deem us worthy.

So today I thought I would post several images in a row so you can see how Tony's work evolves. For some seeing something very different, something they don't understand makes them tend to back away from it. I'm tying to influence those people by giving them some understanding of what they are looking at and how it was created. This has always worked when I am standing next to someone and they are looking at one of Tony's prints.

Today we are going to look at the evolution of a work that started as a photograph, taken in a little French bistro on 23rd Street and Park Ave in New York City. When we lived there we got out of our tiny house as often as possible. We love France and French food and we ate in many of the French restaurants in the city. If they served steak tartare we were sure to eat there. Tony loves it. Now that we live in the country and enjoy the peace and quiet and our incredibly beautiful surroundings, we make it at home. (A little secret - Tony is a great cook.)
by Tony Karp - Evolution - Techno-Impressionist Museum - Techno-Impressionism - art - beautiful - photo photography picture - by Tony Karp
Tony has already started playing with this image of people sitting in a restaurant, a waiter on his way to serve his customers. The colors are dull and it is not very interesting. But Tony saw something or maybe it was the challenge of can I make something out of this. He loves to work in the impossible.
 - Evolution - Techno-Impressionist Museum - Techno-Impressionism - art - beautiful - photo photography picture - by Tony Karp
Well now he has something a bit more interesting. He removed lots of the detail and you might be hard pressed to guess at what this was a picture of. But that is precisely the point. The photograph is only the starting point. Photographers try to impress you with their realism. Tony on the other hand is after an interesting image, something you will want to look at and perhaps even study.
 - Evolution - Techno-Impressionist Museum - Techno-Impressionism - art - beautiful - photo photography picture - by Tony Karp
And now we have something fairly interesting to look at. The shapes within the image are are showing themselves to you. They are more prominent than in the previous image. The blue brightens the whole scene and adds to the depth. But it is very blue.
 - Evolution - Techno-Impressionist Museum - Techno-Impressionism - art - beautiful - photo photography picture - by Tony Karp
But the real power of the image is in this purely black and white version. It is striking and it has real depth. People stand back and look at first and then they have to look closely. How do he do this they ask? It was a picture taken in a restaurant. Wow!

And so now you see who we start with a photograph, remove information and end up with a piece of Techno-Impressionist art by Tony Karp.
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