Thursday, December 27, 2007

Etsy


I was inspired by my studio mate Teague to start selling on Etsy. I am happily surprised that my hand made relief prints are selling. Come by my store and check it out.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Emily Ruth

I came across Emily Ruth's Blog. She writes about her visit to the studio sale. Thanks for coming by Emily.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Museum of Unfine Art

I have been exploring a different direction (actually a few directions) in my work over the last six months or so. It is a somewhat surreal-fantasy style. Sean from Museum of Unfine Art came by my studio when the Sound Visionary performed at my studio. He liked the new work. He offered and I thought what better place to show this new work. I only have one painting there but it is very large and quite unique. The Museum of Unfine Art will be on the First Friday Art Walk this week. Thanks to Eugene Weekly for mentioning me.
"the Museum of Unfine Art finally gets its First Friday due (they had to book a lineup of name-checked artists to get it, though … hey Marlis! Hey Rob D.! Hey John Holdway and Mackenzie!) for stop #5. The final stop of the year!"-EW 12/6/07

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Graffiti



I am impressed an unknown someone took the time to vandalize our postcard photo. Very funny.

All future alterations will be posted.

Monday, November 26, 2007

2nd and Blair Studio Sale


All the artists in the 2nd and Blair Warehouse have planned a holiday studio sale.
Friday December 7, 5-9pm
Saturday December 8, 11am-5pm
Sunday December 9, 12-4pm

Come check it out. This event has been happening for 10 years. I was part of it last year. It is pretty great.

Last Friday Art Walk

Its time for Last Friday Art Walk. Teague and I will be open as usual. 6-9.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Holiday Sale

All the artist's in the 2nd and Blair warehouse are planning a Holiday Sale, December 7, 8, and 9. If you would like to receive a postcard reminder please send me your mailing address.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Moments of Truth

Andrew who writes the Moments of Truth blog came by and visited me at the begining of his epic motorcycle journey. He is working on a a blogging project to interview artists in their studios as he travels from Seattle to Oaxaca.

What questions would you like to ask your favorite creative individual? What is it to be creative? What drives us human beings to create something new and different, altering our surroundings? What am I missing? I will try to keep the flow of posts as steady as possible. Obviously this is a work in progress. To challenge my self on this pilgrimage of sorts I have set the restriction to travel with only what can be carried while touring on a Honda Nighthawk motorcycle. You know, the most basic, like sleeping bag, socks and draws, tools, the digital recorder, some paper, colored pencils, etc. The next five month leg of this tour will take place on the west coast from Seattle, through Oregon, California, down to Oaxaca, Mexico. If you can put me in contact with some one you think has some creative things going on and they’d like to share I’d love to interview them. Post a comment or shoot an email to momentsoftruth.wordpress@gmail.com.


Check it out http://momentsoftruth.wordpress.com/

Monday, October 01, 2007

Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here

In Dante's Divine Comedy above the entrance to Hell, The sign says, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." I was thinking about putting this inscription above the entrance to my studio. Not because my studio is like hell. Actually just the opposite. In order to have the best attitude toward art making you must abandon your hopes. Seek to be in the moment and be present in the creative space. Leave the past behind and forget your ambitions. Sometimes I take the art too seriously. It screws the work up. Hope is a good thing until until it keeps you from working through.

My friend Juliet Wyers sings about a similar idea in her song Clear.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Upcoming Class

In my art classes I encourage students to play and have fun. Why do art if it isn't fun? It can be hard to get started painting. In our society of hyper-competition, to do something that you might not be good at can feel risky. Sometimes students feel nervous about having someone even see their artwork. I have a few tricks. I will give you some ways to paint with out risk. I give assignments. I don't make you do them. I don't grade you on them. But I build myself in as a scapegoat. If it doesn't turn out as well as you wanted, you simply didn't connect with the my assignment. An assignment also lets you stretch your wings when you get too caught up in something. I often give myself assignments to get myself out of a rut. Students have freedom to explore their own interests. In those times I serve as a technical adviser. I offer constructive criticism to help push your ideas more.

Working with Water-Based Paints:
Watercolors, Acrylics and More

8 Thursday nights 6-8:30pm
September 27-November 29 no class November 15, or 22.
Members $75 nonmembers $90
Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 E 15th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403
541-345-1571
http://www.mkarcenter.org

Monday, September 17, 2007

Teague's Beads


I have a new Studio-mate! Teague Cohen is from Portland and a graduate of Colorado College. She is a bead maker and sells her beads on ebay and etsy. I have been fascinated watching her work. She uses a process called lamp-work. Each bead is built on a steel rod by melting glass with a torch. She carefully works each bead with class rods, powdered glass and metals. Then the beads are placed in a kiln to cure. Teague has an online store where she sells bead sets and focals for jewelry makers and collectors.
http://www.TeaguesBeads.etsy.com

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I started a new blog called DaddyFriendly. This is where I an other contributors review products that are "daddy friendly". Many of the products out there are geared toward moms and thats great but some things work better for dads.

http://www.daddyfriendly.blogspot.com/

Friday, August 31, 2007

In The Studio
Here is a photo from the studio showing a painting of four house shaped blocks. I like this idea of using objects that have a symbolic value. I treat it like a still life with the lighting and arrangement. Simply by using house shaped blocks it brings ideas of landscape. The simplicity of the block shapes themselves and the primary colors seems to reference childhood.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Last Friday Art Walk

It is time again for the art walk. I don't have too many posts between art walks since Henry was born. Hmmm. Below, I put in the link to the video that I made for those of you who have never been to the studio. It can be tricky to find. I think it will help you find me.

Next week I will have a new studio mate moving in, Teague Cohen. I will give a little intro about her next week. She makes glass beads.

As I was rearranging for Teague to move in I found a variety of older work of mine. Many people are surprised to see work when I stray from the still life paintings that I have been doing for the last few years. I have explored many many styles and ideas since I have been making art for a long time now. Gallerists like to show an artist's cohesive body of work but I think most artists like to explore and try different things. It is hard to develop a completely new body of work that is ready for a gallery. It feels like going backward a little to think about doing it. When you visit my studio you see more than the commercial package. You see my widely straying mind and all the experimentation that may never make it to the gallery.

Monday, August 13, 2007

World Mini Print Annual

I have been getting back into printmaking in the last couple years. I have always done prints such as etchings and relief prints. Some of you may know that my father was a printmaker and for a time was an artist in residence at Montpelier Cultural Art Center. I have a very tiny press that I use for printing relief prints and mono prints.
I have three mono prints on exhibit this year in Sofia, Bulgaria at the World Mini Print Annual at Lessedra Gallery.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Web Cam Chat

I created a chat room for those of you that just found my web page from watching the Owen Park Rose Garden web cam.

http://www.chatzy.com/444505157830

I will join in after I get back to the studio.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Upcoming Classes

I am going to be teaching two classes starting next week at Maude Kerns Art Center (541)345-1571.
Watercolor and Acrylic Painting
Thursdays 6pm-9pm
8/2-9/20
members-$75 nonmembers-$90

Plein Air Painting On Location
7/31-9-18
Tuesdays 9am-12pm
members-$75 nonmembers-$90


To promote the classes I am going to be doing a plein air painting demonstration from 12pm-1 Friday July 27th at Owen Rose Garden come by or watch on their web cam.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Last Friday Art Walk

Its time for the art walk (get a map) and I am hosting a CD release party for Sound Visionary. He will be performing his electronic music 6-9 at my studio.
Studio C
245 Blair Blvd
Eugene, OR



You will have the chance to see this new painting I have been working on. I hope to see you here.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Brendan York

The experiment seemed to work. I thought that Last Friday Art Walk could be more than an excuse to clean up my studio. New venues are joining. The count is up to 25. Unbelievable! Although my studio is a little hard to find. I get a lot of people strolling through. I advertise on Craig's list to find musicians looking for a place to perform. Guess what? There are a lot. Brendan York was the guinea pig. He even made some tips including a pack of bottle rockets.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

pandora.com

A friend told me about Pandora.com about 6 months ago. I finally got around to checking it out. It is great. I listen to internet radio while I paint. Pandora.com allows you to pick seed artists or songs and then it creates a mix it thinks you will like. It also allows you to share the stations you create. Here by seeding Andrew Bird, Jack Johnson and Robinella.

Monday, June 25, 2007

LFAW

It is time again for Last Friday Art Walk. Here in Studio C at 245 Blair, I am having Brendan York perform with his classical guitar. So come by and see me for an arty evening. I will have a glass of wine waiting. 6pm-9pm
15x15 in Baltimore

I have a painting in the MICA alumni exhibit during June. I am pretty late in mentioning it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ON THE EASEL
This video shows how I painted this origami crane with a monochromatic under-painting and color glazes.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Painting Small Things

I came across Jeremy Gordaneer's Blog. I like his unique vision and how he depicts what he sees.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

It's time for Last Friday Art Walk!



I will have the studio open for the Last Friday Art Walk May 25, 6-9pm. Come by and see me. Get a map here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Jerry William's QuARTerly

I am featured in this Summer's Jerry William's QuARTerly. He found some work from a few years ago that has still life as a theme but is focused on a more internal vision than the crisp representation that I have been doing recently. There are a lot of parallels between the older and more recent work. There is a similarity in subjects, color and theme. I also see similarity in the geometry of the composition such as the strong horizon line.

It is interesting that Jerry found an old blog post to use as a statement. I think that works since my current statement about the work is focused on observation.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Studio Visits

Eugene Weekly was kind enough to list Studio C in the gallery listings. If you would like to visit please email me first. I am a new dad and my studio schedule is a little off.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Last Friday Art Walk



It is already time for the Last Friday Art Walk. I hope to see you here. It looks like it going to be a beautiful night. So that mean fun in Eugene. This picture is from my sketchbook. I drew this box of wine while at The Broadway Bistro & Wine Bar eating a roast beef sandwich before my life drawing class one Tuesday. I used my artistic license to alter the sign. It fits for tonight.Come by the studio and I will give you a glass of wine.

Maybe you saw my print in the Eugene Weekly. I will have "Munin" available framed and unframed. If you want to do something artsy for Last Friday I made a list of possibilities in an earlier post.

Monday, April 23, 2007


Aloe in the Mayor's Office

My painting "Aloe" is on loan to Eugene City Mayor Kitty Piercy and hanging in her office.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Fun With Art

I was thinking about the Last Friday Art Walk here in Eugene. It could be even more fun if the guerrilla artists came on down. Are there any more guerrilla artists?

Here are some ideas that anyone can do as a guerrilla artist.

Wear a trench coat. Hang art on the inside as if you are selling stolen watches. Get people to haggle with you. Sell it all.

Where a sandwich board displaying your art. Ring a bell. Proclaim "This is art"

Get arrested for showing art. If they let out meth dealers and car thieves after a few hours, how long could they keep you? Great for the resume.

Have an art parade.

Sell crayon portraits for a nickel. Be sure to bring change.

Compose instant poetry for people. Charge a penny a word.

Set up a shoeshine stand and offer to spray paint peoples sneakers gold or silver for $3.


Add your ideas to the comments.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Print Release

I have a new print now available. Munin (memory) is the name of one of Odin's two ravens that traveled the world gathering information. On return they perched on his shoulders and whispered what they saw on their travels.



Title: "Munin"
Medium: 2 color linoleum block print
Edition size: 30
Image size: 3.5"x 2"
Paper size: 5"x 4"
Available on Etsy.com

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Last Friday Art Walk

Fire Eating, Sword Swallowing, Marching Bands!
Beautiful dirty hipsters misspending their youth.
Punk Rockers selling gloomy art painted with tar on hunks of plywood.
Neo-Hippies hawking jewelery made out of old tires and pop cans.


That what SHOULD be at the Last Friday Art Walk. So get to it. Did you use up all your freak at Burning Man?

Download a map of everything on the Last Friday Art Walk.

I am posting this video again so you can find my studio.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Subconscious Servant

Follow this link to read an an interesting passage from Birge Harrison's book on Landscape Painting from nearly a hundred years ago. I own a copy of this book. I got it from my grandmother. It is interesting to for me to read books on painting from a long time ago. This book is especially interesting because it is written for a professional artist. Books on art now are mainly written for hobbyists. This passage on the subconscious servant talks about training your visual memory. It is interesting to hear from the voice of an traditional landscape painter before modernism started to emerge. I have enjoyed reading this book over and over for years. I had the chance to see one of his paintings in Atlanta in the Fall.
Controlling the Genie

At that moment the Ginie opened its' mouth and said, "You have heard the condition on which I can accept to work for you." "Yes, I did," said the merchant. "Think about it once more before you finalize the deal," said the Ginie. I will do whatever you will like me to do, but if you fail to provide me some engagement I will destroy you, your wealth, and your family - everything…." "I agree to it. I have enough jobs for you. You will not be disappointed."


The Genie in the classic Hindu story is a metaphor for the mind. The mind has unlimited creative potential but equally destructive power. The story teaches us to use meditation to control the destructive qualities of the mind.

I see a lesson for artistic creation. When practicing art, during the process when images are created, the artist must winnow the grain from the chaft. The artist must be critical. The inner critic can take over and begin to find fault in every aspect of the work and artist. The critic must be controlled as the genie in the story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

On The Easel
This is a small 5x7 painting of a pear that will probably find it's way to Opus6ix. It will need a period of drying and a frame. You can buy it from the studio for $150 plus shipping. email me.

From My Sketchbook
Here are a few pages from the figure drawing class I lead on Tuesday nights. We had Sugi the model who did some very nice ambitious poses.

15 minute poses


20 minute poses


40 minute pose

Monday, March 19, 2007

Paul Etienne Lincoln is an artist I like who has a fantastic blend of craftsmanship and art speak.


He will be showing this new piece at Christine Burgin Gallery.
Two Mechanical Symphonies for Two Cities:
New York New York Sinfonia Torinese
April 21 - June 23, 2006
I wish I could make get there.

I had the chance to see some of his work in Baltimore. In 1995, I saw his In Tribute to Madame de Pompadour and the Court of Louis XV the in the Going for Baroque exhibit at the Walters Art Gallery. In 1996 Ignisfatuus was created for, and first exhibited in, the conservatory at Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, where it was presented as a project of The Contemporary.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Earning The Right

I was talking to a guy visiting my studio during one of the open studio events. He saw an abstract painting that I had done. He brought up the idea that I had earned the right to do what ever I want, knowing my realist work. I think the guy was telling me his feelings about abstract art. He doesn't like, understand, or have interest in abstract art. But I have heard this said of abstract artists before. The idea is that in order to do abstract work you must be proficient in naturalistic rendering. Of course most artists and critics would think this is idea is absurd.

Monday, March 12, 2007

David Byrne

When I first met Sam Karp he showed me David Byrne's book Arboretum. The book is a combination poetry and drawing. Each page is a kind of refined brainstorm. It reminds me of the familiar whiteboard brainstorming. Here the goal is different. The tool is turned into a creative expression itself. I see a connection to what Danny Gregory says in his book about not using your sketch book as a dumping ground but as a space to create.



This is an interesting connection. Danny Gregory the probably uses similar brainstorming in his advertising work. David Byrne has taken the sketchbook and brainstorm format and turned into a conceptual work of art.

I see a lesson in paying attention during the process. Look for ways to turn everything into art.

David Byrne went to Maryland Institute College of Art as a freshman then transfered to RISD. When I was a student at MICA I used to frequent the Mt Royal Tavern. Which is one of the world's great bars. And has a very nice replica of the Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel on its ceiling. I knew a guy that I met there that had lived with David Byrne during his MICA days. He said they kept monkeys in their apartment. I can't remember the guys name now. I don't know if it is true. The Tav's slogan is
Where art is bullshit, and good bullshit is an art.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

From My Sketchbook


A chair at home and a chair at the studio.


An origami crane and a quick scribble looking out the window.



Drawings of Gerald the model at the DIVA Open Figure Drawing class.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Creative License



Here is a spread from my sketchbook. These pages show show a sketch from the life drawing class I lead on Tuesday nights 6-9 at DIVA. I added a little watercolor to one of our favorite models, Mariama. You can also see a couple of artists drawing. Thereis also a face from TV and a guitar player from TV.

I have been enjoying Danny Gregory's book Creative License. This book has helped me have fun with my sketchbook again. I have kept sketchbooks for over 20 years, usually the black hardbound type. Sometimes I take the art too seriously. I loose the fun that got me interested in following the artist's path and that is where the sketch book comes in. I need a place to enjoy looking, drawing, and thinking; my sketchbook helps me do that. But seriousness is fun too. I want to make my sketchbook great but it is just for me. It is not going in a gallery.

Danny has a great perspective on how to handle the inner critic and not take the sketchbook too seriously but still making it good. He has lots of good stuff on getting started, basic drawing, writing exercises, and creativity exercises.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Forbidden Desire

This a excerpt from on going back and forth email rants between myself and my old friend Blaine. I have tried to convince him to start his own blog but I guess he is too shy. But here is a taste on how awesome it would be.
I picked up an old copy of a book about the Olympia Press, the publisher of pornographic books that also brought books like 'Lolita', and 'Tropic of Cancer' to press. (It was supposedly named after that painting, at least in part.) It's funny the way that many of the book sales were driven specifically because the books were considered filth, and were banned in English speaking countries. Once those bans were lifted, Olympia could no longer make any money. (Well, that, and the fact that the guy who ran Olympia was a litigious bastard.) The same thing happened in the eighties with Tipper Gore's PMRC.
Many mediocre Heavy Metal band sold millions of albums after being featured in a Congressional hearing. Nothing boosted sales like having a Senator's Wife call your album a piece of subversive filth. There was one album in particular: "Fuck Like A Beast" by a band named WASP. It was a terrible album—worse then terrible, it was a bad album. It sold millions! And only because its cover was a constant feature of any picture of those PMRC hearings. It was a photo of a guy's crotch featuring a cod-piece with half of a circular-saw blade sticking out of it.

I almost wish that the conservatives would start to ban books again—we could all move to Canada and start an underground press. The so-called protectors of morality just never learn. People like the thrill of the forbidden. Nothing boosted drinking more then Prohibition. And I've even heard that major drug use in this country didn't start until after Nixon started a publicity campaign against drugs. (If Nixon's against it, then it must be cool!) I've even found a quote from U. S. Grant's Memoirs that mentions the same phenomena:
Up to the time of which I write, and for years afterwards--I think until the administration of President Juarez--the cultivation, manufacture and sale of tobacco constituted a government monopoly, and paid the bulk of the revenue collected from internal sources. The price was enormously high, and made successful smuggling very profitable. The difficulty of obtaining tobacco is probably the reason why everybody, male and female, used it at that time. I know from my own experience that when I was at West Point, the fact that tobacco, in every form, was prohibited, and the mere possession of the weed severely punished, made the majority of the cadets, myself included, try to acquire of using it. I failed utterly at the time and for many years afterward; but the majority accomplished the object of their youthful ambition.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Last Friday Art Walk

It is already time for the Last Friday Art Walk. It lands on Feb 23rd this month. It looks like a good one. Lots happening. Some people have told me that they have had a hard time find the studio so I made a little video to help you know what you are looking for. I hope to see you here.

245 Blair Blvd.
Studio C
6-9pm

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Digital Advertising
In case any of the creatives from the coffee morning missed this story on NPR yesterday, have a listen.

Online Ad Agencies Face Shortage of Workers
by Frank Langfitt

Morning Edition, February 19, 2007 · Digital ad firms are on a hiring binge as more money migrates towards Web advertising. But they're having trouble finding workers with the right mix of creative and technical skills.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Box of Inspiration

My friend Blaine and I are experimenting with an idea. The ideas is simple, I put together a collections of items that Blaine would use as a catalyst for a story. I mailed it to him. His box included some faked pictures and other odd items that seem like artifacts from some failed or forgotten revolutionary.

I would like to expand on this idea. So kind reader contact me if you would like me to make you a box of inspiration and we can share the fruit on the blog.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Survival Skillz

Edward Winkleman recent musings on knitting, yurts, survival skills, 9/11 and art got me thinking. The most important survival skill is teamwork. When I was in my early 20s, I took a wilderness survival course. I was feeling the familiar disenfranchisement and desire to drop out of society.

I went west to Boulder Outdoor Survival School in Utah. Now BOSS is starting to get famous because of Josh Bernstein and his tv show Digging for the Truth. At the time Tom Brown's school was more famous for survival skills training and I lived in Maryland so it seemed better to go to Utah than New Jersey.

I learned to make fire with a bow drill, catch rodents in traps, and fish with my bare hands. By the end of the class it was clear that although it was cool to have all those skills the most important survival skill is teamwork. Art is how we connect. Don't lament Edward. Artists are the glue of society transforming the ordinary and changing points of view. Art making is a survival instinct.

The instinct to be distinctive and create a tight group has an ugly side. When we create an us we create a them. How can we live with our nature without going to war?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Fuel4Arts

I just received the new Fuel4Arts Newsletter. After the first Coffee Morning in Eugene hosted by Sam Karp, it occurred to me that this would be good info to pass along. Fuel4Arts is an interesting Australian organization that exists to help arts organizations reach their funding and marketing goals. They have innovative and exciting ideas that they share easily. On their web page arts professionals can share their ideas in their ongoing forums and discussions.

Creative New Zealand recently commissioned international arts marketing expert Jerry Yoshitomi to work with professional arts organisations in New Zealand over six months, focussing on innovative peer-to-peer marketing strategies to engage and build new audiences.


The Peer-to-Peer thing has been all the buzz but stood out today because Sam Karp just mentioned something similar. There are a lot more stories including an interesting bit about how a British literary festival is trying to change Colombia's image from drug producer to tourist destination.

It would be great to hear about more work in the arts like this here in the US.

Monday, February 05, 2007

inaugural coffee morning
Thanks to Sam Karp for organizing the coffee morning at Midtown in Eugene. The idea is inspired by the Portland group that meets to share thoughts. Our group is currently dominated by U of O Journalism School graduates but open to others.

It is interesting for me to be around so many J School grads. I actually know quite a few outside the Coffee Morning group. I would have thought that the Journalists would be focused on Journalism but marketing and pop culture seem to be the interest. Joe Leary calls it Hybrid Ed. Perhaps the changing environment for journalism jobs is forcing journalists to become more entrepreneurial. Local newspapers are disappearing and the ones that still exist are more dependent on AP stories. But also our corporate culture increasingly values the creative class. So new opportunities are opening for people with journalistic skills. My outsiders idea of a journalism doesn't fit the reality. The role of journalist has changed.

Next coffee morning will be Friday Feb 9 at 9:30 a.m., Midtown Marketplace (formerly Triomphe Bistro) 1591 Willamette St. (in the back section near the fireplace). See you there.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Authentic work

What is authentic in art? I'm not talking about using microscopes and x-rays to verify a work was made by a particular hand. I am talking about the intentions of the maker. The artist should have the highest intentions for the work. The work should be created with honest intention on making it the best it can be.

Quality is something different. Quality may be pushed to a high degree of finish or worked in a rough manner. Quality can have infinite variation but is tempered with a personal aesthetic using honest intention on making the work the best it can be.

How can anyone possibly expect to judge a works authenticity? Perhaps art is exactly about judging authenticity and quality?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Skillz

I like what Dennis Hollingsworth thinking about. skillz- the would be artist should create their own skill training regimen. A sculptor would learn more about metal fabrication at a community college than from any 25 year old MFA art professor. An art school could be half poly-tech and half art history and philosophy.

A different approach would be to train an artist to access technical trades men as an architect does the building trades. The artist as the mastermind directing metal fabricators.
Post Studio sits in the chair of an engineer without scope or experience to know what is possible.

Where is the art for the artist? Is it purely in the concept or does it flow from the process of making? The art is the process for the artist and the product for the audience. The product may 99% concept but takes some form to bridge the mind gap.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Optimal Experience

I came across this idea of optimal experience from the book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
This idea of course seems to be in the realm of painting.

Below are the markers of the optimal experience. I have made comments on the markers from my experience during painting.

1. A challenging activity that requires skill
It seems obvious that painting requires skill. It is does take constant effort to create new challenges so that the work doesn't start to feel repetitive or formulaic.

2. The merging of action and awareness
It is the nature of the painting process to pay close attention to the sensation to what is being seen. This does also lead to a feeling of awakening in the moment and quieting of the inner voice.

3. Clear Goals and feedback
The goals are simple for me to paint what I see. But it fascinating what the sensation of seeing feels like.

4. Concentration on the task at hand
Concentration is important. I think that having a solid technique helps sustain concentration.

5. Lacking sense of worry about losing control
This takes practice. There is a fear of failure but after a painting fails a few times then its not so scary. Also the more you paint the easier it is to gage the appropriate challenge.


6. The loss of self consciousness
This is important for the the creation but reappears when the product is set free in the world.

7. The transformation of time
In painting this can be both the frozen sustained act of looking and the sense of time flies when you are having fun.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Big Read

I see that David Kipen was just in Enterprise, Oregon as part of the NEA's Big Read Program. The Big Read seeks to encourage a culture of readers. They are focusing on a few classics.

Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury

My √Āntonia
Willa Cather

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck

The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan

Monday, January 22, 2007

Open Studio

My Studio will be open for the Last Friday Art Walk this Friday. Maps for a self guided tour are available here.
Life Drawing At DIVA

I am starting up the open figure drawing class at DIVA again. Now we will be drawing from the model on Tuesdays.


Drop-in Figure Drawing

Date: 1/23/2007
Time: 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: 110 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401
CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
Phone: (541) 344-DIVA (344-3482)
Cost: $10

Drop-in Figure Drawing
Instructor John Holdway
Every Tuesday 6pm-9pm Starting January 23rd
Cost: $10 per session.
10% discount when purchasing a block of 5 or 10 sessions.

Working from models this class will help the figure drawer lean techniques to improve. Instructor John Holdway will be on hand to assist and coach. Warm up exercises will include gesture drawing. Students will move into drawing longer sustained poses in each three-hour session

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Christo and Seth Godin

I was watching Seth Godin's speech to Google on Sam Karp's blog.

I would love to hear Seth Godin analyze the work of the artists Christo and Jeanne Claude. They are able to tap an entire network of art historians and museums. Their work of environmental installation by their nature creates a spectacle that can be discussed and artifacts from the event exhibited. By engaging the art world in this way the art is infused with a kind of meaning that does not exist in the work itself. Christo and Jeanne Claude maintain that their work does not contain underlying symbolic meaning. The work is to be appreciated as it experienced. But the work benefits from the buzz that the event creates. The "story" of the event easily overshadows the actual piece. So does the art exist in creating something that can be discussed?

I am fascinated with this idea and would love to hear comments.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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