Monday, November 24, 2008


The outsourcing of American doesn't belong solely to the manufacturers of this country. It effects artists as well. Just go into most homes you'll find lithographs printed in China or Taiwan, or an "original" painting done from production line painters from these country's and that're pretty darn good at what they do. Certainly good enough for the average home buyer to consider especially when the cost is a few dollars compared to what good full time artists here in America need to charge in order to survive.
What artists are to do to compete is a big question.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Art Olympics

What makes art centers think art is a competitive sport...that we should be interested in winning and taking home ribbons. Art is about being creative not about being competitive. Competition has its focus on "I'm better than you" and that sort of thinking destroys the art spirit and puts a business suit on the act of creativity.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Creating and performing a painting

When speaking about the arts, we tend to combine musician, dancer, and painter into that same general catagory of "the arts" but in many ways the painters path is different. A musician has a road map of written notes to play. How those notes are performed can make the musician great but it is not the same as being a painter. The painter in addition to "playing the notes" on canvas but must also be the composer on every work he or she creates. In the same way, the painter in addition to being the dancer must also be the coreographer for each new canvas.

This painting was done a long time ago from a photo I took in the Bowery- New York City.
I have often wondered where that man may be now.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Why do you like that painting?

When people are asked, "Why do you like that painting?" I often hear the response, "Well, every time I look at it I see something different." (I'm talking about landscapes in general) The fact is most people don't really look at paintings. The mere statement tells me they didn't see the painting in the first place. It's a catch phrase they have heard before and simply repeat it. Most lack the ability and interest to see. There are many reasons people like paintings but it's not because they see new things each time. Some of those reasons are that it brings them to a place they associate with and love but the primary answer to the question is that beauty is enduring. Beauty lasts. It doesn't go away after one viewing.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


People ask me where I get my inspiration. What inspiriation? I just go to work everyday. That's what it takes.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saving money on paint

If your concerned about the cost of paints here's a way to save some money. I wanted to use smaller tubes out in the field but all I had was a large tube and an almost empty small tube so I tried this and it works great. (You must have the soft plastic tubes and not the soft metal type tubes.) These plastic tubes will easily re-expand. Just hold the large and small paint tube tightly together and start squeezing the paint from one to the other. You might think paint will squirt out the sides but if done carefully it's not a problem. Try it!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Less is More

The idea of less being more fits well into the theory of painting. The power, beauty, and strength of statement can be greater when the picture is stated simply and not overdone. Holding back is important in painting. Here's an anology. A legal document drawn up by laywers says everything there is to say about a subject in precise detail but most often will not convey much in the way of meaning to most people. The same is true of painting. Put in every detail and you'll loose the importance of the big statment...the very thing that attracted you to the subject in the first place only to get caught up in the smaller but less important details.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Photography and Painting

Photography is like stabbing with a knife but painting is like meditation. I don't remember where I heard that but it struck a chord. I have been involved with cameras and photography all my life and I realize what it takes to make a good photograph but it doesn't compare with having to carefully work every inch of a painting with consideration on every brush stroke.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Picture taking vs painting pictures

Photography is liking stabbing with a knife whereas painting is like meditation. I'm not sure who said that but it sure struck a chord with me.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Two elements of painting

There are two elements involved in making a painting. Observation and interpretation. Artists must be able to see clearly and remove all preconceived ideas as to what objects look like. For instance, the idea that tree trunks are brown must be put aside and the study of their real colors which are many and varied must be more closely. Then the process of interpretation comes into play. It is what makes the painter different from the casual photographer. The painter gets to choose what he or she wants to focus on in a way a photographer can not. The painter can achieve the essence of the subject by not only concentrating on that part of the painting but also by leaving other details out or leaving them to the imagination. Interpretation can breathe life into a painting and make it personal.