Monday, February 8, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Visual Dialogue by Nathan Knobler

This was a text book from my 
Appreciation of the Visual Arts course
in college some years ago. It was written by "an artist and teacher to provide information, ideas and arguments - as well as a beginning vocabulary and syntax - through which those eager to find significance and satisfaction in art may have the ability to hold a meaningful, contructive discourse with it." 
It is one of my favorite books on art appreciation and I still have the original copy I bought as a second year art student. It's falling apart but still I read it periodically to refresh myself on dialogues between artist and subject, subject and viewer, artist and viewer. 

It's always great to be reminded that art is subjective, that not everyone will appreciate everything.
" cannot attain excellence if he satisfies the ignorant..."
Check out The Visual Dialogue and understand the communication involved in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and architecture. It's a very good book.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Alice Neel and Jackson Pollock!

Two of my favorite artists share a birthday today. 

If you have never encountered Alice Neel, I encourage you to explore the
web site. She had to paint in the same way everyone needs to breathe or eat to survive.
Her grandson, Andrew, has made an insightful documentary on her.

Andy Warhol
represented by the Robert Miller Gallery

Autumn Rhythm
Biography, Paintings and Quotes 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Campbell's Tomato Soup

My homage to Andy Warhol.
The photo was taken while I was doing the grocery shopping.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


I thought this would be a simple exercise. It was much more complicated than I had anticipated. It's not a perfect likeness, but I'm satisfied with the results. If I were to do it again, I would go much larger so that I could paint the scales onto the snakes.

Copied from Carravaggio

Lamp black, Titanium white and Paynes Gray\
Oil on canvas paper

Thursday, January 14, 2016

RIP David Bowie

It's been a very sad week for me.
I'm a huge fan of David Bowie.
He is such a dynamic performance artist, I can't believe I will not see him perform again.
He was the best of the best, truly.

Portrait Bust, 2003, Claystone

Roseland Ballroom, New York City, Members' Only, 2002

Heathen pass, Roseland Ballroom, 2002

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Chuck Close: Life

Recommended Reading
by Christopher Finch

An excellent biography of one of the most iconic artists of our time. Chuck's story is fascinating in his overcoming so many obstacles to become and remain an outstanding portraitist of colossal proportions. Having dyslexia prevented him from getting great grades in high school and therefore providing a barrier to the best art schools. Community college was there with open doors and from there, his teachers and classmates encouraged his enthusiastic experiments with abstract expressionism. What I found most fascinating is that Chuck suffers from prosopagnosia, a cognitive disorder that prevents him from recognizing faces. A strange malady for a man who has claimed his fame in gigantic portraits. 

He has overcome dyslexia, the starving artist syndrome, prosopagnosia, an overbearing mother and an occluded spinal artery which left him a partial quadriplegic. This was a fascinating and satisfying biography which I highly recommend.