Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I have a date with a model

well... technically a nude model, which I am invited to sketch. This thursday evening. Cant wait.

Thursday Night Sketch Group

Meets: 
 Thursday Evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Cost: 
 $5 for students and members, $6 for non-members

Meeting is in the third floor studio. (Subject to change without notice)

Draw from a live model. Improve your drawing technique. The model may be nude or partially nude at times 

Coordinator: 
 Greg MacNair
Phone: 
 314-862-1410
 314-621-7883

Potato Bug



Potato Bug...



Image source Mandolin cafe

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Update on Piece

Process: Added old pieces of transparency paper in layers to the bottom left with varnish. Then added white acrylic and wiped off.  Added a thick piece of old graph paper to the top left, with some additional graphite lines. Added transparency paper to the top of that. I am thinking I would like to add graphic of some sort, something from nature. 

This is a Dobson Fly. Wile camping this weekend, we found two of them around the lantern. They look so vicious. The boys thought it was a freak of nature and wanted to use it to catch some bass the next day. They ended up dying the following day after their tupperware container was flooded by boat water. So Sad. Upon investigation, I found out the following... They are in a larvae state for 2-3 years, and live under rocks in fast flowing, clear water. They then crawl onto land and cocoon, then hatch into a fly, measuring 2-3 inches in length. The one shown above is a female. Once they turn into a fly, they only live for two weeks. They don't eat during the two weeks, they mate, and their eggs fall off trees and into the water. Its sad that the ones we caught were born in water and then drowned in water. The guys used them for bait, but didn't catch a thing. 



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Studio Content





This is my studio. Engulfed by my home life and day job crap. I will find a solution, and put up a curtain for separation. One Section for Home, One for Studio, and One for Work crap.
I just realized... I am searching for content. I want content in my works, and am unsure of what to include. I feel that right now, the work is about process. I am hoping that content will emerge. 

con⋅tent

1[kon-tent]  Show IPA

–noun
1.Usually, contents.
a.something that is contained: the contents of a box.
b.the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
c.the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document: a table of contents.
2.something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts:a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.
3.significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
4.substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation: publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy Web site, but without much content.
5.that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
6.Philosophy, Logicthe sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
7.power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.
8.volume, area, or extent; size.
9.the amount contained.
10.Linguisticsthe system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression ).
11.
a.Mathematicsthe greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial. Compareprimitive polynomial.
b.any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.


Does it make a difference in an artists work, if they have a studio they work in? I remember in College, when I had my own space to work in, and it was fabulous. I worked in a frenzy, and in constant struggle to fill the walls of my studio with drawings. The space needs to be empty, with no inspirational images, just my work and me. I cannot work at home, home is draining me of myself.  I need a place that is void of any distractions.

Artists

Below are my findings for the day. I am attracted to a sense of contemplation in an art work. I am attracted to people, drawings, unfinished looking pieces, transparency, and clashing patterns.
William Eggleston
Image Source: Cameraposition
Sophie Jodoin.
Idea for Large Sculpture #2
2002-2003
 
Image Source: Artnet
Sophie Jodoin.
Bathroom Scene #6
Image Source: Artnet
David Hockney Drawing
Image Source: Camera Lucida
Image Source: Camera Lucida
David Hockney
Image Source: Tomatocan

Alex kanevsky


Fantastic works in progress by artist Alex Kanevsky.  Click here to see his process.  He responded to the question posed by Making Art: DialoguesQ. Is painting a comforting endeavor, or is it terrifiying? maybe neither? what’s your relationship to the process?

A. Certainly not comforting. Who wants comforting? It is not a sofa. Nor is it terrifying. Painting is not something I do to a canvas. It is a form of conversation, and just like a conversation it can turn out exciting, boring, ugly, beautiful, enlightening. Like a conversation, it can have unexpected turns, sudden discoveries and hidden subtext and periods of silence. All this is what makes painting endlessly fascinating.

Friday, June 19, 2009

My time without TV



Very nice. I worked a bit. It is really hard not to give up and go watch tv, to "take a break." But, i will go to bed soon, without TV as a night cap. The urge is strong.

This piece: Process. Started with Brown Taco Bell Napkins. No plan, just went. Drew a pattern in Micron. Then, on a second napkin, painted it with white acrylic. Uneven edges were blended with graphite. The napkins were sewn together. They look bruised. They were then scanned a few days ago and used as this blogs Graphic. Tonight, I took the napkins and varnished them to an old piece of drawing paper from the 70's. Michael Crotty left to live on a Ranch in Colorado and gave me the oldest paper, with sun burned edges. It is BEAUTIFUL, and fragile, and so transparent. After varnishing the napkins to this paper, I added a bronze dust, and saw it was too Bronz-ey. I decided to play with a transparent white acrylic and hated that as well, washing it with water. Then came the Phthalo Blue, watered down, and then blotted off, which gave a nice stained bruising to the paper. I brought out the Payne's grey and went to work, laying tape over the napkin, painting with a que tip, wiping off, and then ripping off the tape, which took off some of the napkin. It was a controlled rip. I added a bit of photocopied linens and then added some graphics with the micron. My favorite was adding the payne's dots to the surface. I am looking forward to seeing where this goes next.  

Addicted to TV

I waste more than 3 hours a day watching television. By the time I am 75, I will have waisted 9.5 years of my life. Thats worse than smoking. I might as well trade TV for Cigarettes. I have hated television for years, and yet, I have never given it up. THey say that watching TV can decrease your problem solving abilities. The funny thing, is that over the past few years, I have felt dumber and dumber. Things take a while for me to grasp and figure out. But, I know I'm not dumb. I know it is going to be hard, but I am going to quit TV this week. I will document it here.
I remember the summer i went to an Art Camp for kids in all areas of art, I was a Junior in high school i think. I don't remember watching any TV, and i also remember it being one of the best times in my life... in fact, all the enjoyable times in my life have been when i am too busy to watch tv, i have more energy, and accomplish more. Yup. I've got to quit tv... But how??? Do they have a support group for people who are addicted to tv?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ivan Albright



Ivan Albright. I think it would have been great to study under him as a student. He would spend months, sometimes years working on the same painting. 


Older Work

This is my work from a few years ago. I think its good to take a good hard look at it. To remember what it was like to work that hard, and care so much about what I was working on.


Unidentified Persons in America's County Morgues. 56 Portraits. 5"x7." Acrylic on Hardboard.

Fish on wallpaper. 22" x 11." Ink, Acrylic, & Graphite on Paper.

Burial Site for the Unidentified. 2' x 4.' Graphite and Ink on Vellum. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

about myself

This was me 3 years ago. I haven't done any work since college and am looking to get IT back. We can only hope I care enough to take the plunge, otherwise, I may continue in this constant state of boredom.