Archive for March, 2011



The first artist to move beyond the Byzantine style,

 He pioneered European painting: perspective, foreshortening and natural 3D shading and changed the course of painting towards what would become rennaissance art

It wasn’t that artists didn’t know how to paint a realistic scene. The Greeks had done it back in the single digits BC & AD

It was that he dared to do it. There was that commandment that said you couldn’t make an image of god. So artists walked the razor’s edge trying to keep it not to real so as not to piss off the church.


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“An artist is a creature driven by demons – he usually doesn’t know why they chose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.” -William Faulkner

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“What the rest of us see only under the influence of mescaline, the artist is congenitally equipped to see all the time.”-Aldous Huxley

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Rape of Europa

Zeus came to Earth disguised as a white bull and abducted Europa, here’s the story told by six different artists: Botero, Titian, Boucher, Vallottan, Reni, Giordano

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Added some more details, green to the trees, a little red oxide in the clouds and a bit of white film on the water. Might be done. I’ll  put it away for a couple of weeks and come back, see how it hits me with fresh eyes.

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Added some yellow ochre for the pine branches. Started on the reflection. I toned down the blues  a bit with cad red

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OK so I try to broaden my mind. I didn’t used to like abstract art but when I started to think of it like jazz music, non-representational but stilll eliciting feelings, I learned to love it. But recently on Huff Post there was an article on new exibits in NY which included:

* 20-25 paint buckets half filled with liquid

*A piece of plywood with the word “FEAR” spraypainted in black

*a pile of dirty dishes

Does this really make the viewer feel something (except ripped off for showing up). I don’t believe that everything has to be deep and intense to be considered art, there is pleasure in viewing irreverence, humor or even just pretty pictures, but should I put a price tag on my kitchen sink or the junk in my garage and call it art??

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