Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Miso and Omeed were very helpful when it came time for the dump run.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"There's always a confusion implied between my materials and the way I manipulate them. The sterile, sleek, refined and clinical qualities of my cast, molded, and spilled acrylic polymers are filtered through the fluid, the organic, the chaotic, and the ornamental. Categorical shifts like these are very meaningful to me--much more so than the actual choice of physical material. I'm fascinated by the ways in which, for instance, my paintings can reference at once psychedelia, science fiction, modernism, the rococo, decadence, and hermetic texts--wholesome, natural beauty, and toxic, synthetic glamour." - Gordon Terry
If you don't believe that there only appears to be spirals of dayglo lime green and light cobalt blue in the image above, than you should go experience all eighteen of Marilyn Fenn's Color Theory Exercises. You should because the blue and green in the image above are identical (R=0, G=255, B=150). (link)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
1) "Respect" and "Cherish" are good goals.
2) I should seek gallery representation in Portland and San Francisco.
3) I am more of a "gossip" than I thought.
4) I like people who paint.
I finally had a my PowerShot with me because this book has been singing to me through the window of some store.
One's-Self I SingNext chance I get, I'm going to buy that book.
One's-self I sing, a simple separate person,
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.
Of physiology from top to toe I sing,
Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say
the Form complete is worthier far,
The Female equally with the Male I sing.
Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
Cheerful, for freest action form'd under the laws divine,
The Modern Man I sing.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
- When was the last time any of you used Technorati? I'm deleting it.
- I keep forgetting about Mental Floss even though it has been bookmarked forever. I'm adding it to my Link List and maybe I'll remember to check in then.
- Same with Unusual Life.
- I can't figure out why I am going to delete On the Cusp. I sincerely feel I should support this blog, but for some reason it doesn't resonate.
- Today is OK is one of those blogs that is more of a curatorial thread. It is simply someones accumulation of taste. I think I'll add it to my Link List.
- Bearskinrug is sufficiently dark and clever illustration stuff that I will also keep.
- What should we call blogs like Arkhives? Like "Today is OK" above, it is a string of images that the author is "looking at and thinking about." They don't write anything. But I dig their taste. To the Link List it is!
- I'm deleting my College Art Association link. I don't think we would move anywhere in the U.S. right now for a low paying teaching gig. In fact, I've let my membership of 15 years expire. I'm not applying for grants, entering competitions, or creating curatorial proposals, so what is the point?
- MW Capacity is "a painter blog for no-coasters" and is potentially interesting. Despite my obvious exclusion living in Southern Oregon the blog has some interesting posts. Although, I could do without that annoying "snap-shot" pop up application. Tough call this one.
Monday, July 06, 2009
1. That all forms of imitation must be despised, all forms of originality glorified.
2. That it is essential to rebel against the tyranny of the terms “harmony” and “good taste” as being too elastic expressions, by the help of which it is easy to demolish the works of Rembrandt, of Goya and of Rodin.
3. That the art critics are useless or harmful.
4. That all subjects previously used must be swept aside in order to express our whirling life of steel, of pride, of fever and of speed.
5. That the name of “madman” with which it is attempted to gag all innovators should be looked upon as a title of honor.
6. That innate complementariness is an absolute necessity in painting, just as free meter in poetry or polyphony in music.
7. That universal dynamism must be rendered in painting as a dynamic sensation.
8. That in the manner of rendering Nature the first essential is sincerity and purity.
9. That movement and light destroy the materiality of bodies.
1. Against the bituminous tints by which it is attempted to obtain the patina of time upon modern pictures.
2. Against the superficial and elementary archaism founded upon flat tints, and which, by imitating the linear technique of the Egyptians, reduces painting to a powerless synthesis, both childish and grotesque.
3. Against the false claims to belong to the future put forward by the secessionists and the independents, who have installed new academies no less trite and attached to routine than the preceding ones.
4. Against the nude in painting, as nauseous and as tedious as adultery in literature.
We wish to explain this last point. Nothing is immoral in our eyes; it is the monotony of the nude against which we fight. We are told that the subject is nothing and that everything lies in the manner of treating it. That is agreed; we too, admit that. But this truism, unimpeachable and absolute fifty years ago, is no longer so today with regard to the nude, since artists obsessed with the desire to expose the bodies of their mistresses have transformed the Salons into arrays of unwholesome flesh!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I did learn something however.
Sarah Burns, who was sitting to my right, was occasionally twisting her body away from her drawing and mechanically twitching. I thought, at first, that she had a piece of something in her eye. Then I thought Sarah was applying makeup because she was peering into a compact mirror. But it turned out that the twitching was because of the minute adjustments required to see her drawing and the model at the same time, in reverse, in a mirror the size of a sand dollar.
When I tried this device on my own drawing, I crumpled. In the future, I will always carry a small mirror to help my proportions.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
"the first two are large scale (6' x 6' and 6' x 5' , on panel and on canvas respectively) All are oil and oil enamel."
"The black and yellow one is smaller ( 32 x 48") and is on aluminum."
"None of these are titled. Statement? Please. Memories? I remember being very comfortable /confident with mark making at the time and was almost at the point where these were beginning to approach the visage in my "i can see what I want in my mind, kinda" thing. I remember going to sleep during this time in my loft and every night I would fall asleep to this screeching clanging black noise cacophony thing going on inside my head. These remind me of that sound. I still try to capture that noise."
"so there I was in Hollywood in the late morning. i had just left some sort of eating/drinking establishment and we were collecting ourselves outside. i look up over my shoulder to find a massive billboard. "steve larose is proudly using facebook". had a little picture of you as well. I'm thinkin' damn this looks expensive! And then you come out of the same place i just left except it seems as if you are really hungover or off to an early start. I suggest we go back inside and talk about your advertisement. we sit at a booth. I can't figure out what to order, some girl sitting next to me has a ginormous purse that seems to take priority over everything else on my side of the bench. i look aver and you and your friends are eating macaroni and cheese! then i woke up."
Todd has started painting again. His furniture design web site can be found by clicking here.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Occasionally I have spikes in the stats that intrigue me. Even this week, someone from a usfca.edu computer is likely getting carpal tunnel damage from clicking through this blog's archives.
I thank them. I will likely never know who they are. But it does reinforce that the medium has been worth spending time with. Still, it is the old model, isn't it? I post things, people look at them. It is not very interactive or collaborative, except in the comments section or when shared themes are pursued. I've dabbled in co-blogging with various people and under various umbrellas but they didn't last on my end because I always felt stretched too thin. I guess I am wondering how much things have really changed? Blogging doesn't seem that "new" or different. Now, this whole augmented reality thing has got me interested. Maybe it can truly be revolutionary and help us to see the world in a new and better way.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Jake's new favorite mid-morning nap spot is on a Groovy Girl bed. He may be in heaven, but I'm thinking YARD SALE. I haven't seen my daughter play with dolls in quite some time. I'm thinking she needs the bookshelf space.
Jake is the king.
Jake had to deal with the introduction of Miso, the Chocolate Lab. Miso. Me so brown. Me so chocolaty. Me so sexy, mellow, and food driven.
Miso does not chase balls with that whacked out passion that some dogs do. She'll retrieve, for a price. She has created a relationship with ticks that I take personally. Her best friend is Omeed.
Miso and Omeed share many characteristics. Youth? Omeed is certainly the Jester of the House. Imagine being a 16 year old cat being pounced upon by a goofball.
"Balance" is obviously a good word when you have binary operations, but what is the language for a three-way balance?