Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have heard a lot of advice about being an artist from all sorts of people artists and non alike.
The one I am thinking about today is "you must find what people buy and paint that." I have to say I have done that and after many months found myself really bored. I admire a person who can paint an apple or an egg 25 plus times in a myriad of different lightings and setup and sell every one. And I can do that, too and probably make loads on that bandwagon. I have tried it on one day a week, too, and my heart and mind are thinking about what I really want to paint.
This is a struggle for a lot of us who feel our mark, our creativity is more valuable to us than anything else. Hear me right I do not fault these painting a day artists at all and I am glad they do so well, yet I can't seem to bring myself to do the same thing. Not that my work cannot or doesn't sell, I just think it isn't as widely accepted or accessible. So, the struggle goes on......and it IS nice to get paid for your work and twice as nice to get paid for doing the kind of work you absolutely love. Maybe there is a market out there for me.........I just have to find it, right? Now I ramble....
Anyway, I will probably feel a lot better about it as the day goes on and I finish up that amazing painting on the easel......
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here is today's update on "The Flowering Bull." A few more passes and it will be complete.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
It is a frustrating thing to feel like the last 4 or 5 hours of painting have been lost, but I try to remember that there is a lesson to be learned in persistence and a willingness to find another way to complete a vision better. (Despite my outward maturity on the inside I am saying "aarrghhh," though...)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I have an idea to finish out the lamb painting...so I hope to move on to that soon.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
A few weeks ago I came across the portrait of Heath Ledger by his friend Australian artist Vincent Fantauzzo. The painting was completed only weeks before Heath's death. It is a technical masterpiece, yet the greatest works of art always move the viewer past technique and into meaning.
Being an actor is in many ways about becoming someone you are not. It is a life of pretending, not only in one's work, but for celebrity status actors, often also in daily life. The appearance of perfection and a charmed life are required at all times and in all places.
I was so winded by the beautiful honesty of the work and Heath's willingness to display that transparency to the world. For a person as famous as him this sort of thing can be dangerous and ever misconstrued, even used as a weapon.
The overwhelming response to the work goes beyond mourning over the seeming untimely death of a tremendously gifted man. People see themselves in the painting. I know I do, as well.