Thursday, August 27, 2015

Art Expression and George Bellows

Some of the best quotes I've found about art are that an artist's work is a reflection of who that person is.

each of us has a unique perspective

others may relate

Art is a way to express our passions.
George Bellows was an artist in the early part of the 20th century.  He painted many things and boxing matches were one of his in depth subjects. The first of his paintings that I saw was expressionistic, not completely realistic.  It was one of his early boxing paintings.  Bellows must have loved the subject.  He expresses passion and excitement in his work.  Later by the 1920's his work was more realistic.
I like his 1909 painting of the boxing match.  It is so powerful and raw that I feel like the sweat of the boxers might land on me. It was painted in a loose, expressionistic style with strokes of paint that suggest the figures in long lines of thick paint. Bellows gives us abstraction to show power and action.  Unlike the tight, realistic versions that came later, the early painting shows the strength and desperation that the boxer puts into the punch.  He has to win! 
Which one is better the fast and loose more abstract version or the realistic version?   

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Crazy Cubist Art: Back to my roots

I'm going back to the art I did decades ago.  Although, I have continued to turn out crazy faces, I've primarily focused on landscape for many years. The difference is that I plan to mostly focus on abstract people in coming months and try to get that work into gallery art shows.
Abstract art is always controversial.  For me, it's the spectrum of art...realistic to nothing and somewhere in all that is the style I like to do. 
I would not have guessed that I would love abstract art so when I started out in art but over time I loved the colors and the shapes that I could create.
I think the most boring thing in the world is an artist trying to explain their work.  With that thought in mind, this is where I am:   Examples of three recent crazy abstract works on canvas along with quotes by well-known people on "Abstract Art". 

Cubism: Crazy Faces
Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the bewildered. Al Capp

They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things. (Constantin Brancusi)

Abstract woman
Abstract art has come into being as a necessary expression of the feelings and thoughts of our age; it has added new dimensions to creative painting. (Leonard Brooks)

Cubist Woman: colorful Crazy cubist art
You can't look at abstract art without thinking. (Patricia Cole-Ferullo)

I can't always reach the image in my mind... almost never, in fact... so that the abstract image I create is not quite there, but it gets to the point where I can leave it. (Chuck Close)

Abstract art is the land of the unknown.  Arriving there, the artist thinks, 
"What now?" (Charlotte Rossmann)

and finally...
I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours. (Bob Dylan)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Series of oil paintings on canvas



These paintings are hanging on my wall at home.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Series of paintings

City Scape oil painting

City oil painting on paper

Cubist painting with bridge

Cubist landscape

Mountain Town

Snowy Town 

Night Time Town

Western Winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Series Painting

When creating something, it's hard to stop at one.  Artists continue onward.  Monet's Water Lillies and O'Keefe's Flower paintings are stunning examples.
Like all things it eventually dies.

  Today I decided to start photographing some of my old series paintings.  This is the first of the series paintings, "Trees".

Monday, January 19, 2015

Working in 2015

2014 wasn't a good year for me in creating art.  Life was crazy.  At this moment, I'm ready to get more art work done.
Yesterday I bought 8 new brushes so that I can continue on a direction that I started in 2014.

Color! Mini paintings (8" by 8")  from 2014 reflect this color:

Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas
Colorful Landscape oil painting on canvas

These painting are not photoshopped for color.  I took photos with my ipad and the exposure was too light.  In Photoshop I toned down the brightness.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Chihuly in Denver

I recently saw the exhibit in Denver at the Botanical Gardens of Chihuly's gorgeous glass. I had seen his work in the past but not this much and not presented like this.

I knew the show would be good but in fact, it was better than I expected.  How often does that happen?

As beautiful as these photos are, the artwork in person was better.  It was a stroke of genius to display art glass in a setting such as the Denver Botanical Garden.  
It's an incredible display.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Drawing as a skill

line drawing by Charlotte Rossmann

Drawing is a skill, learned with practice but it's a hell of a way to spend your life.

and as others have said...

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” 
― Walt Stanchfield

“If a restaurant offers crayons, I always take them and color throughout the meal. It beats talking to the people I came to dinner with.” 
― Stephan Pastis

“But it is a pipe."
"No, it's not," I said. It's a drawing of a pipe. Get it? All representations of a thing are inherently abstract. It's very clever.” 
― John GreenThe Fault in Our Stars

“Drawing things makes them seem more real and makes me feel more alive. It also makes me pin down and remember things - landscapes, season, weather, occasions, incidents, people - that would otherwise have melted from my memory.”
― David GentlemanLondon, You're Beautiful: An Artist's Year

“Most people don’t have shit… But paper and pencils are cheap, that’s why I draw.”
― Ida LøkåsDet fine som flyter forbi

“Eventually you will get into the habit of enjoying line as a language all of its own.” 
― Margaret StevensAn Introduction To Drawing Flowers