Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Camera

I love my digital camera. I think that it is a great tool. The first one I had was a 2 megapixel Sony.
I am not a photographer. I have felt "obligated" to have a camera for all the usual reasons like taking slides and pictures of your kids. I just did not get into to it and the camera was big and I did not like carrying it. When I would take it out I was always aware of the cost of film and development and the shoe boxes full of duds.
So with a big chip in the digital and my Mac, the entire experience changed!
This is really what I want to talk about. I now go out with an 8 megapixel Canon and just shot and shot. Often I have had to remind myself to just keep clicking. I can do with the camera, what I do with the sketchbook. The first twenty minutes I find that I am framing, and using those years of looking at art. Using the classic compositions, then I get bored!
I actually wait for this. I wander aimlessly and even think about going home, but I do not.
I trust that by staying out there something new will happen.
A little kid stuck in a car seat will make anything into a toy and I am using the boredom to find something new in my mind, as well as in the scene.
A guitarist friend of mine once had a private lesson with the rocker Robert Fripp. He ask Fripp what he should do when he just did not feel like playing guitar? Fripp's response was, "That's OK to not feel like playing, but do not stop playing"!

I do not like the reduction that is inherent in the one eyed camera. I prefer to translate the image into paint, because I am a painter. I do like using the camera as a thinking tool.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Still in Winter

This is the beginning of 13 paintings 19"X 6.5" of what I have recorded from this winter in this country house. Some are photo reference combined with my memory and standing outside, painting and seeing. I am always surprised that I do not get cold when I am in this act of seeing.
I will post them as soon as I complete them. I have chosen the number 13, a baker dozen. I will sell 12, but I will kept my favorite.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Morning

I spotted this of the web. Nice image right after Valentines day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Selling your best stuff!

Andy Warhol mentored many artists. I remember reading some advice that he gave to Keith Haring.
Keith had become a very financially successful artist and Warhol told him to buy real estate and that was sound advice and probably still is. He also made another suggestion, that he NOT sell his best! H-mmm! Interesting!
So many times you work really hard and strive to do your best and then when you have an exhibition opportunity you want to show your best. Even choose that particular piece for the announcement card or have it chosen by someone that also thinks it's the best. It has been my experience and I have observed this many times, that that piece sells. Sometimes before the show opens. We smile, and for some this is a successful marketing strategy.
So what is Warhol suggesting?
I am going to segway for a moment to a comment by Robert Genn and the frequency of sales. He mentions a wildlife artist that died with a half completed painting on the easel and no stock. He had sold everything he ever did. Bravo!
Genn admitted that that was not his own experience and that he had to produce 10 paintings to sell 4, then some time later he would sell a few more, and the rest would pile up in the shed.
I completely relate to this model. My equation is to paint 6 and sell 2 and 2 more maybe later. The end result is that I have sheds full of stuff, of questionable quality.
If you are successful enough to have significant price increases during your life time you are not the one that directly benefits from those after market sales.
This maybe what Warhol was getting at.

Of the two paintings I have posted today, They are my favorites of the six that were produced. I managed to keep "Goose Chase", but "Brick House" got away.

In addition to the investment potential, it is also a joy to keep your best effort!
These were my first attempts to go out with the idea of looking up.