Finally a breakthrough… I finally have become somewhat comfortable with the approach to my recent paintings. In other words, I had a great session tonight, the best one I have had working on this new series. In fact, some of the work I recently posted will probably be updated with some ideas and approaches I went with today.
I tend to do that often(by often I mean almost every time) that is, layer and layer “finished paintings”. Paul Gardner once said:" A painting is never finished, it simply stops in interesting places"
I truly believe that(perhaps too literally). I always look at my paintings and want to add or change something, in fact almost every painting I have has a history of layers and previous finishes. I always have the urge to take back all the paintings I have sold or given away and rework them in some way to make the friend/client like them more than they already did.
There is one particular painting I gave away in October that I would love to get back so I can just basically start all over and almost completely paint over it, its absolutely hideous and I am ashamed its out in the public world. The irony is that the closer the person is(or was) to me, the crappier I feel the painting is, I can’t tell you why that is, it just happens, I think I try so hard to do good work for the people I really care about, over think the process, and end up failing as a result. Its embarrassing that my best friends, ex girlfriends, and family members have my WORST work(the exception to this is a painting that my cousin has on his wall that I am quite pleased with), while strangers who have bought my work have the best of it… it disturbs me.
Of course I am no Indian giver, if I had the opportunity to take back this painting or others like it, I would return it refinished, or at least give back a painting that met my standards. I doubt an exchange of this sort will ever happen and it is regrettable.
The current series I am working on is finally coming in to focus, and at just the right time. The school I attend is starting a permanent student art collection program that will apparently travel from one college gallery to another. To say I want my work in this collection is, needless to say, a vast understatement. My work has been in the last 3 juried student exhibitions, but this is a whole new ball game. Only a select few will be chosen for this collection, so getting in will not be easy as there are many talented artists who attend my school. I will as always post my progress on this blog and criticisms are always welcome.
In any event I will continue to paint, paint until I die, it is my love. And I will continue to serve art and its community, it is my passion.
"We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for"
- John Keating in Dead Poets Society
No doubt many of you listened and observed The State of the Union speech given earlier this week. As someone that takes education very seriously to the point that it is my career pursuit, I was very encouraged and inspired on what he spoke of on the matter, on how he asked us to become teachers, to invest in education, and to understand that it is possible for anyone to pursue it.
I was however, disappointed on how the entire educational emphasis was on math, science, and technology. Like Keatings quote suggests, these subjects are vital to our existence and need to be pursued and taught at a high level for the nation and the world to succeed. That being said, Art, Philosophy, Literature, Music and other subjects and pursuits of this nature must also carry weight and merit within our society. Like Keating suggests, Math, Science, and Technology represent how we live but these other subjects of love, passion, and life represents why we live.
I believe in a well rounded education, and I want our nation, and our world, to believe as I do. An understanding of great works of art should be appreciated the same way understanding Algebra is and an appreciation of Mozart should be just as important as understanding the structure of a single sell organism.
In the end we could have the greatest scientific and technologically advanced society in the history of man, but how, as a people, would we be able to enjoy it if there was no music to listen to after a long day? No television shows to view? No galleries openings to attend on weekends? No marketing and advertising designs to convince us to buy our wonderful technologies?
Maybe this is all from a guy that has struggled in the past with science and mathematics, and as a result is jaded by the subjects, but I don’t believe that is it, I believe that this is all from a guy that wants to see a flourishing society, but also with a culture to match.
“I think it is highly problematic that more and more people tend to look for anatomy references in vogue when they want to draw a woman. To draw a beautiful photoshopped plastic face does not make your drawing beautiful. And the unnatural ideal of what a woman should look like must not creep into art.”—Angie Iver (via theonlymagicleftisart)
“Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break. It’s not a matter of punishing their success. It’s about promoting America’s success”—President Barack Obama (via think4yourself)
“This is America, where a white Catholic male Republican judge was murdered on his way to greet a Democratic Jewish woman member of Congress, who was his friend. Her life was saved initially by a 20-year old Mexican-American gay college student, and eventually by a Korean-American combat surgeon, all eulogized by our African American President.”—