Check this.

Just stumbled on this so, I’m throwing it out. It’s Green testosterone.

Friday, time flies.

Just to catch up. I didn’t get to gallery hop last weekend, inconviently distracted. Then I got a three day contract job. You know how working can get.

So to get back to art, and not to belabor Edward Hopper, but rather point out some watercolour. “Methodist Church, Provincetown” notice the use of paper white and treatment of the sky. This one is “Saltillo Mansion“.

If you are near Pasadena you would not be disappointed with this exhibit of Mary Heussenstamm’s work. These watercolour portraits are simply amazing, the book is fascinating.


Just saw this. Thanks Adriana.

Friday today.

I look forward to some gallery hopping this weekend.

Meanwhile here is Alexei Antonov who works in the Classical Style. He is quite good at it.

<politics> I lament the growth of censorship and continuing death of rock and roll. I was button pushing the car radio the other night and stopped on Dire Straits “Money for Nothing”. Some shitforbrains ie. “progran director”, or monkey further up the food chain, had bleeped the word ‘faggot’ when Mark Knopfler is singing about (Sir) Elton John’s money and hair.

This IS censoring. Music is art, is a form of speech, is protected by the Constitution. If the station doesn’t like the lyrics, don’t play the song. That is NOT censorship, that is the right of the station to program what they want.

This censorship is supremely egregious in that the term, in the song at the time, by the artist, in reference to the person, is actually a term of affection. In ‘English/Australian’ english “poofter” pronounced ‘puffta’ is the derogatory slang. And besides the ‘Empire’ is much more tolerant of faggotry anyway. </politics>

Lazy on Wednesday.

I’m so lazy I’m *almost* ashamed. I’m not though because I’ve been drawing and studying. Looky here

Random Monday.

Thinking about drilling. Practicing something repeatedly until it becomes your own.

I picked up a paint brush the other day and applied it to a canvas. While certain elements had potential it basically looked like crap. WHY?

Because I’d forgotten how to paint; it’d been so long since I’d wielded a brush. It didn’t surprise me particularly, except maybe how poor it really was overall, because I drill regularly with my pencils, and am usually pleased with what I produce with them. Not having drilled with a brush in ?? way too many years it couldn’t have been a surprise.
For me drilling is actually liberating in that I’m not ‘trying’ to produce something. Yes I am trying to get better, but that is quite different from getting that exact turn of the mouth that IS the expression you want or the right highlight on the skin that IS the glow you’re after. When you can get that glow on the sketch paper and then apply it to the figure you’re working on, that is satisfaction.

And how do I drill? If it’s an effect I’m trying to get I’ll research how others get it. What is the technique? After all I’m working with ground pigment in a waxy based stick scrapping it on crushed wood pulp and fabric thread so there has to be some way to combine these to look like flesh. Find out how it’s done. Google and the library are your friends.

Here is a made up example: I see a highlight on a leaf, it is PC1006 Parrot Green with PC903 True Blue and the highlight is PC916 Canary Yellow. So I fiddle with this until it looks like it’s supposed to. Then I’ll do it again with less fiddling, and keep at it until I hardly need to fiddle at all. Now is when I start to really learn something because I’ll take this technique and lay down 966 Cold Grey Medium first, or I’ll apply it to a colured ground, and see what this looks like. Or substitute a different green or different blue stretch the technique out. That’s the way to learn and grow, and perfect. Drill.

This Friday.

Today I point you at I think the posts from 1 Oct til yesterday, 4 Oct, relevant to this forum. I found this one and this one particularly of interest.

Another tidbit from an interview with Lee Child (whom I’ve not read,yet) but so refreshing and on point.

“… it’s absolutely not rational to look for validation from critics or insiders in the business. That’s another fatal mistake. You can sometimes tell people are writing to impress their friends or some kind of inner circle. That’s stupid. Your friends—how many are they? They’re going to buy, like, six books. What you need is to impress the audience out there.

So I don’t care what a critic says. Critics can say whatever they like, it makes no difference to me. It also doesn’t tell me anything. I’ve lived with the book for a year; I know whether it’s good or bad; I know where it’s weak or strong; I don’t need somebody else to tell me. So, it’s a matter of total indifference to me what anybody says. It sounds very cynical, but all that I care about is: How many copies does the book sell? And not because I’m greedy for the money, but because that’s the only true measure: Are real people actually reading this book?”

Something on Wednesday.

Being a supporter of Goodwill Industries I was in there the other day poking around and picked up a Yashica J-P 35mm slr. That has no significance other than it reminded me of my earlier photographer career, one of my student cameras having been a Yashica.

I had an awe-full amount of fun as a pro photographer. That to me is probably the most important thing in art work, have fun doing it. It’s too much hard work to be doing for any other reason, right? That’s why this and previous posts were short, that’s where I was the past few days. Too busy in the pursuit of the muse, chained to the drawing table, loving every second (maybe not every second, but certainly the majority of the time spent).

I had lamented not knowing how to put my pictures in this blog when I had the blinding realization I don’t have a digital camera. Duh, talk about missing step zero!

Some random thoughts:

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. – Ann Landers

Art and business may be strange bedfellows, but an artist must make room in her bed for both. – Eric Maisel

Artist’s quotes:

It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else. – Henri Matisse

No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time. – Martha Graham

Talent and all that are really for the most part just baloney. Any schoolboy with a little aptitude can perhaps draw better than I; but what he lacks in most cases is that tenacious desire to make it reality, that obstinate gnashing of teeth and saying, “Although I know it can’t be done, I want to do it anyway.” – Maurits Cornelius Escher

Lord, let me always desire more then I think I can do. – Michelangelo

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. – Mikhail Baryshnikov

Look, it’s my misery that I have to paint this kind of painting, it’s your misery that you have to love it, and the price of the misery is thirteen hundred and fifty dollars. – Mark Rothko

Artist quotes above found here.

Some random art links:

American Artist
The Artists Magazine