Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If a tree makes a beautiful sound
as it falls in a forest
is it still beautiful
if no one hears it?

In the Sandbox

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Drawn From Life or Fantasy?

"One Good Book"

One of the most delicious parts of life is the mystery.

... on the other hand ...

sometimes I feel the world needs a bit more nonsense. 
I am chopping up a few of my drawings,
zeroing in on the heroics,
celebrating the snivels, snarls, and chortles,
all on a daily basis at:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What's Love Got to Do With It?

(Click on pic to explore the question.)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Chicken Walkin'

(Detail from a Small Explosion)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Balance Reality?

I finish a lot of my paintings off balance. I do this consciously. Looking at the small image of the painting above it appears that the right side of the "m" shape is not complete. This is the first impression one gets when one views the painting from a long distance away.

As one gets closer, the image begins to unfold into distinct smaller forms and the viewer can begin to make out the content.

When right up next to the painting the content becomes whatever the viewer reads into it, informed by the sense that things are off balance.

My art, no matter how "far out" is always about life, and lack of balance is just one more aspect of it. The viewer has to read the painting to find resolution. It is there. It just takes work. And that is the secret: the audience has the possibility of going from an unbalanced state into a balanced state, while searching through the painting (life).

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

"Figure in Shadowed Room"
Detail from a sketch.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Dude With a Dog

Am reading Mary McGarry Morris'
"Songs in Ordinary Times."
Thought the above unfinished drawing
(began work on a few months back)
was an apt companion piece.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Coin Toss

Perception ~ Chicken or the Egg?

("King of the City" detail)

How far detached from the work is the artist who describes the inside of humanity, not just the surface rush and glitter? I am asking this about all art forms ~ literary, visual, musical, etc. When do we decide an artist is detached when the storyline is clearly entangled in drama?

Another question: How much conceptual knowledge is the audience bringing to the viewing of the art?

History tells us that artists have argued endlessly about how their own techniques and philosophies are the "right way." I have met artists who insist they have the answer.

Aside from technique, the creation of art is basically observation defined by personal experience, effort, and varying types of intellect. The experience of viewing and perceiving art is defined by the same.

A very long time ago I saw a skit where the question was asked, "Why is that man standing there?" Why do we create art? Why do we look at art? Why do we want to know why?

The artist never really finds the answer because reality continues to shift. We scamper onwards, postulating and gesticulating wildly, hoping for some slight settling of the dust... a moment to stand still, just for a second.

Oh look, there! A flutter of wings, a hint of a chirp?... a song? What is ...? ... must catch ......

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Walking Into What...?

"Youth With Dark Spot"

Tuesday, January 1, 2013