Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green

“Are you green and growing, or ripe and rotting?” Ray Kroc (from Brainyquote) Many painters rely on Hooker’s Green for the precise replication of the trees of the forest and the grass of the fields but its origins are with the botanical artist renowned for his fruit depictions, William Hooker (1779-1832).  Hooker began mixing colors… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Fruity Green

Eye Foolery

“Those things which are most real are the illusions I create in my paintings.” Eugene Delacroix CBS Sunday Morning featured the fabulous mural art of Richard Haas. The wonderful illusions created by tompe l’oeil or “trick the eye” techniques have always fascinated people. Seeing Haas’ work is a reminder of how skillful an artist must… Continue reading Eye Foolery

Colorful Fridays–Incredible Inedible Yellow Reds

“There is no blue without yellow and orange.”  Vincent Van Gogh (from Brainyquote) Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters preferred heavy applications of opaque paints.  Among the favored paints of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists were the cadmium family of yellows, reds and oranges.  The cadmiums make rich, strong dominant colors in any painting.  Fears of toxicity with… Continue reading Colorful Fridays–Incredible Inedible Yellow Reds

Movie Madness

“Question what you see.” Rene Magritte Surrealism followed Dada in the early twentieth century art movements. Where Dada made very little sense to the average viewer, Surrealism created abject confusion. But in the confusion of Surrealism was a kind of understanding. People generally recognized the confusion of dreams. Surrealism gave a name to that confusion.… Continue reading Movie Madness

Colorful Fridays—The Rosy Red Siblings

“Red is obviously such a stimulating color, it has so many connotations.” P.J. Harvey Quinacridone Red and its Quin siblings, Rose and Magenta, cannot call up an intriguing history. No ancient minerals or archaic farming practices discovered these beautiful bluish reds. No Old Masters can be credited with having discovered this gloriously rich red family.… Continue reading Colorful Fridays—The Rosy Red Siblings

Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

“The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself.” Washington Allston (from The Painter’s Keys) Whether or not competition between artists is a good thing is the subject of opinion.  Some believe competition inspires creativity.  Others do not.  Rivalries among artists are not new. Perhaps, it is human nature for some to be… Continue reading Pack Animal or Solitary Traveler

Forging Reality

“The handwriting on the wall may be a forgery.” Ralph Hodgson (from Brainyquote) Two opposing articles have been published recently about the forgeries that brought down the venerable Knoedler and Company Gallery in New York City.  One viewpoint in the New York Times, argues that forgeries are a good thing for the art world.  The… Continue reading Forging Reality

Totally Dada

“With the sound of gusting wind in the branches of the language trees of Babel, the words gave way like leaves, and every reader glimpsed another reality hidden in the foliage.”   Andrei Codrescu (from Goodreads.com) The vocabulary of the art world often sounds to others as a strange and different language.  It is.  Strange and… Continue reading Totally Dada

Listen Up: Heart versus Brain

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.” Leonardo da Vinci What is political art and what isn’t?  The Tate’s new exhibition, “Art Turning Left” exhibits the art of left-leaning political artists like the Guerrilla Girls.  Undoubtedly, the Guerrrilla Girls made a splash with their bold political statements turning up… Continue reading Listen Up: Heart versus Brain

Moving the Barricades

“To me, art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.”  Mark Rothko (from SusieGadea.com) Capturing what is in the heart and splattering it all over canvas or paper is what artists do.  Facing what others say about that heart is what happens with… Continue reading Moving the Barricades