Passing Fancy

“Fads are the kiss of death. When the fad goes away, you go with it.” Conway Twitty (from Brainyquote) Who or what will be in the spotlight of art for 2014? What does it take to make it into the spotlight, the center stage? An idea, a painting, a poem, a sentence, a photograph thatContinue reading “Passing Fancy”

The Middle Ground

“A great artist is always before his time or behind it.” George Edward Moore (from Brainyquote) Are most artists before the times or behind the times? Many art schools push students to explore new avenues, try new and different ways of creating art. Or they push students to seek new and different ways to sayContinue reading “The Middle Ground”

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 withContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Incredible Inedible Yellow Reds”

Entitled Vision

“An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” James Abbot McNeill Whistler(from Brainyquote) The main question most artists are asked is “What is your vision?” Artists are expected to come up with some lofty description of a complicated concept spoken in a manner intended to deliberately confuse, hopefully with a snobbyContinue reading “Entitled Vision”

Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold.”  Aristotle (from Thinkexist.com) Discussions of the origins of Indian Yellow vary though most authorities believe it to have arrived in Europe from Asia in the Fifteenth Century.  Conflicting accounts exist as to the truth of a 19th century investigation into the process of creating Indian Yellow.  The disgusting smellContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–Disgustingly Beautiful Yellow”

Brush Speak

Red Calla Lilly-Georgia O’Keeffe “I found that I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for” Georgia O’Keeffe (from Brainyquote) Art is an inner language that must be expressed outwardly.  For the visual artist, there is an urge to put sights or thoughts intoContinue reading “Brush Speak”

Colorful Friday’s–Rich Man’s Blue

“When the color achieves richness, the form attains its fullness, also.” Paul Cezanne (from The Painter’s Keys) From King Tut’s tomb to 14th century illuminated manuscripts to the luxurious robes of the Byzantine Madonnas, ultramarine blue has been used illustrate the importance of the person or object depicted. Ultramarine blue earned this place in artContinue reading “Colorful Friday’s–Rich Man’s Blue”

Colorful Fridays–“Green” Rose Brown

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” Sir Frances Bacon (from the Painter’s Keys) Mix cinnamon, ginger and chocolate and you will come up with a color very close to Burnt Sienna, (not to be confused with the rock band, Burnt Sienna).  However, you may not want toContinue reading “Colorful Fridays–“Green” Rose Brown”

Colorful Fridays-The Queen’s Red

“I love red so much, I almost want to paint everything red.”–Alexander Calder (from Color Research) Did Lewis Carroll base the character, the Red Queen, of Through Looking Glass, on the War of the Roses or on Queen Victoria?  There is much speculation but the monarch was apparently an amateur painter with a preference forContinue reading “Colorful Fridays-The Queen’s Red”

Channeling

“The position of the artist is humble.  He is essentially a channel.” Piet Mondrian (from Artpromotivate) What makes an artist create? For some it is the process of art- making. Others are obsessed with some particular subject, model or location.  some just want to make a living.  But does that really explain what makes aContinue reading “Channeling”