Sunday, August 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The reason is actually simple. I have resisted the world of modern art for over 40 years. In college, I felt that I didn't "understand" abstract art, and so it was easy to kind of back away from and sneer gently at the whole subject. After all, wasn't it a case of the Emperor's new clothes — a vast gag on the art-buying public?
Well, I have to say that in some cases I feel that it has been so, and to the ruination of the artist. Too many artists, producing a line of abstractions that "caught on" and were selling, were then stampeded into producing more of the same (as that sold). Art became a business.
But you see, an artist isn't really a business-man. You could say that the artist thinks in futures. He (or she) is playing with the fabric of reality, using the tools available.
In the case of "abstract art", the visual artist is simply playing with the fundamental components of a visual presentation: line, shape, color, composition. So I thought, "Why, I can do that." And perhaps in the process, I'll learn things that will make my future art, whether it be realistic or abstract or something in-between, stronger. Do you see?
L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, and himself an artist in many fields (although primarily known as a writer) has some interesting essays on art. I urge you to read them.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
In this book, he includes 20 different artists, illustrating 20 different approaches to the use of Acrylics. It's very instructive for those artists approaching the use of the acrylic medium as it gives you an overview of some of the very different ways to handle this medium.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
This show will be a retrospective called: Water Forms, from 1965 to 2007. Since early in my art "career" or "avocation" I have been fascinated by water and the many forms it takes. Ninety-nine percent of the paintings will have water in the painting. A few I included because they refer to water, such as "Sink in Athens" or "Watering Can".
This is a small reproduction of the painting that will go on the postcard. It's called "The Beauty Spot III" and is of a location just a short hike west of the western-most parking lot at the Virginia Great Falls National Park.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Here’s a Youtube video of a lady who sold drugs for pharmaceutical companies for 15 years, gradually realized that the drugs were doing more harm than good, and quit to write a book about the experience. Note well: She’s a Christian, not a Scientologist. She’s worth listening to.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
You can see more of my paintings at my gallery website: my gallery
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Around 200 horses got stuck on a small island for days after a heavy storm. People feared for the lives of many horses!
I was so touched by this video that I decided it should be posted to my artist blog. If the version I have posted ceases to respond, look it up by goggling "rescue 200 horses, the Netherlands, 2006"-- Pam