Narratives

August 2, 2016

Waiting for the lightning bolt to hit you with inspiration for your next piece? Hitting a dry spell where nothing intrigues you to create? I came upon a quote the other day, that got me thinking differently about artist block.

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” - Jack London

Taking the passive path to creativity is no good. We shouldn’t wait for ideas to come to us like pennies from heaven. In...

June 29, 2016

I don't live on the Strip. I rarely step foot in the casinos. Yet from my art this summer, one would think I'm a high roller. Au contraire.

I take clues of geographic location and combine them with colors representing climate and culture in hopes of creating visual sense of place. This awareness of my surroundings is the fuel behind each work of art. I try to center my mind in the present, and hone in on sensory details. What I...

June 4, 2016

 

 Grisaille (pronounced griz eye) is a painting technique that dates back to the Italian Renaissance. By developing the subjects on canvas using only varying shades of grey, the artist could save his more precious pigments for the final layer. This method was generally hidden from the viewer, as it was completely covered in color at the last stage of creation.A new use of grisaille is popping up, and I must say, I like it. Tak...

May 27, 2016

While at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland, I read a portion of a letter written in 1886 from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo. He confesses: 
"You know, Jeannin has the peony and Quost has the hollyhock, but I am in a way the one who has the sunflower." ​


This triggered my concern about repeating images (or compositions, or processes for that matter). Is it OK for an artist to identify with a style and a specific aest...

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