Journal

Time For A Data Cleanse...

“In case you already didn’t know, every single email you’ve ever written or received, every photo you’ve uploaded, every location you’ve looked up on Google Maps, every search item you’ve typed in—all of this data is stored and available for Google to use in whichever way it likes..
All of this personal data is “relentlessly collected across all our devices, services, and accounts, and eagerly analyzed, shared, and sold.
If that doesn’t already completely terrify you, perhaps the horror of coming face to face with a detailed archive of your entire search history (aka the dark and inner workings of your psyche) will do the trick.
Just log on to google.com/history and voilà: All of your embarrassing questions, your weird YouTube video rabbit holes, the restaurants you ate in, the hotels you s

Art Scammers On The Move Again..

You have received an email from someone who says that their wife saw your artwork online and fell in love with it instantly. They would like to purchase a piece at once, for her birthday – which is coming up very soon. That sounds great, right? Of course. But how do you tell if it’s real or an art scam?…

These scammers never stop their dirty work…over the years they have tried to scam me many times and have never succeeded and I thought this particular one had died a natural death..
However lately I have read that artists on Facebook and elsewhere are being targeted again…some have even had the scammer follow them around from LinkedIn to Twitter and beyond, wherever the victim had a presence…the scams are varied and some once they get to know your email address etc. can attempt to plant a v

Can You Tell Good Work From Bad?

It is important that artists learn how to tell good work from bad, especially when the work is their own..if you are interested in selling your work, or possibly getting a gallery show, the quality of the work you display is very important..
In addition, you must be able to feel proud of what you’ve created…how often have I heard people say that they’re surprised when someone buys their work…if you have no confidence in what you create, if you are tentative or deprecating, it comes through loud and clear
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Can you tell good work from bad? do you post all your work in hopes that someone might buy it even though you might be unsure whether the work is good or not?

Letting Go...

Quote: And did you ever note how knowledge holds up flow? What we know how to do and have come to depend upon can, in an innocent wander, turn adventure to boredom.
Sure, professionalism requires professional knowledge: order, theory, technique, facility. The miracle is that knowledge gives its best confidence when kept quietly in a secondary pocket. Only then comes the undisputed magic of letting go. I’m not sure about everybody but it seems what we want more than anything in our work are passages, even minor moments, of con brio
Robert Genn…

When it comes to art letting go is so important it requires an entire post to itself…following the previous discussion about painting within the lines, the idea of letting go falls right into place..

Do you find you have difficulty forgetting what yo

The Tyranny of Drawing..

Quote: “Did you ever stop to realize how drawing holds up brushwork? When work is prepared with a drawing, simple or complex, there’s the tendency to work around the lines and cave in to the drawing.
This can be an effective way to go, of course, but for a lot of us drawing is a tyranny which impedes freshness and spontaneity.
The virus of overwork easily eats away if there are lines to attend to…Drawing, while often a vital step, ought to be implied or suggested with paucity. Brushstrokes then take on a look, a beauty of their own, and the subject finds itself in the strokes
…Robert Genn…

When it comes to creating most of my paintings, I almost never draw as I find it holds me up, restricts the painting and makes it tight…with the exception of my hyperreal collection, I use brushes only

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Blank Brains...

“I have cycles, though it took me a long time realize that and even longer to understand how they worked. There are periods of painting that seems successful beyond my capabilities. When one painting leads to another which leads to another, and I can do no wrong. When inspiration walks with me, when even the simplest things have deep meaning.
Then there are periods of just work. That’s when I wonder why I bother, what makes me think I can paint and do it within a reasonable level of ability. That’s when it seems no matter what I do, well to be blunt, stinks.
Andrew a Wyeth called it ‘Blank brains’.” …Mark Brockman
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Do you ever suffer from "blank brains"?

My Art Reviewed....

I got a wonderful review of my art on the Empty Easel blog…
The writer approached me some time ago and asked me to send her some images that she chose from my portfolio…she explained that she was thrilled with my work and was going to write about it..
Initially I deleted the email, (she was a total stranger), but luckily she was persistent and after some fact checking I capitulated and sent her the three she wanted to review.
It’s a wonderful article and I am really pleased…just in time for Christmas too…What a gift

READ THE REVIEW HERE

Is It The Job of The Artist to Influence Society?

“If either art or society is to survive the coming half-century, it will be necessary for us to re-assess our values. The time is past due for us to decide whether we are a moral people, or merely a comfortable people, whether we place the sanctity of enterprise above the debasement of our public.
If it falls to the lot of artists and poets to ask these questions then the more honorable their role. It is not the survival of art alone that is at issue, but the survival of the free individual and a civilized society.”

Ben Shahn 1951—lecture from Pohl, Frances K., In the Eye of the Storm, an Art Conscience, 1930-1970. Selections from the Collection of Phillip J. and Suzanne Shiller, 1995, Chameleon Books, Inc.

Joseph Leboit “Tranquility”
In his etching above Leboit comments on artists hiding in

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