Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Mozart on the Web

In celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250 anniversary of his birth, all of his sheet music can be downloaded for free of the internet.

The "Digital Mozart Edition" (DME) website features over 600 of Mozart's works.

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Sheet music of all Mozart's works online for his 250th anniversary AFP

Post-it Animation

Very cool animation created with Post-its. Though I can see some amazing potential beyond what these guys have done, it's still pretty bad-ass.

The Fletcher Capstan Table

I get the impression that this was designed for luxury yachts, but I want one for my house.

Well, apparently there is one for the home:

The Walking Table

I don't know if this is art or not, but it's damn cool, that's for sure.

I don't even know if it's more convenient than a table that you can simply slide over the floor. I guess it would be helpful over carpet?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Phoenix Art Group

Well, I had my interview with Phoenix Art Group. I think it went well, but I'm not sure. I had less time than I'd have liked for the painting tests and I think that might go against me. I paint pretty fast and actually almot finished the first one in the 2 hours I had, but I dn't feel like I got the colors right and I would have liked a bit longer to work on it. But... having to catch a plane at 4 made that impossible.

I did manage to get first class seats for both legs of the trip back to Orlando though. Maybe that's a good sign.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Painters Paint
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Paintings from Photographs

There is an age old debate on whether it's ok to paint from photographs. The argument against it is often that by simply copying what one sees, there is no artistic interpretation involved in the process, merely copying. Aside from the obvious fact that the artist makes numerous decisions on how to treat the image being 'transcribed' to canvas, such as the medium used, the technique employed and the saturation or lack thereof of color involved, the artist also chooses whether to render that image faithfully, or to interpret it differently.

A simple photograph takes a relatively short time to render to film. In some circumstances it can take minutes or hours to get a specific image. By contrast, the painter can take hours or days or even months to put that image to canvas. He can also choose to emphasize certain elements in the image, or enhance certain attributes, such as the quality of the light or the clarity of the image presented.

Quite aside from all of this, the simple (or complicated) act of painting the image, changes it. Unless one is going for complete photo-realism (which is an artisitc process itself and has merits all it's own), the image is altered from the photographic one. There is the hand of the artist in the work. The brushstrokes, the depth of the color, the turn of the paint on the surface makes the piece immediately different from the photograph. It also makes it a unique piece. Though one could turn to the photograph and say, "there, that is the same image", it is not. That is a photograph, this is a painting. You canreproduce the painting, but it would still be a second painting. Perhas its value would be lessened somewhat, but is the second or third version of Munch's "The Scream" less valuable for it's being a secondary or tertiary interpretation? No, they are separate pieces, viewed as their own entities, almost as part of a series.

Tomma Apts Wins Turner Prize

The Turner Prize for 2006 has been won, not only by a painter, but by a woman painter. The German born painter Tomma Apts, which sounds like the name of a housing sturcture, has won the prize for her complex, yet simple and intuitive works.

"Tomma Abts’s paintings are the result of a rigorous working method that pitches the rational against the intuitive. She works consistently to a format of 48 x 38 centimetres in acrylic and oil paint. She uses no source material and begins with no preconceived idea of the final result. Instead, her paintings take shape through a gradual process of layering and accrual. As the internal logic of each composition unfolds forms are defined, buried and rediscovered until the painting becomes ‘congruent with itself’. "

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Going To Phoenix

Heading to Phoenix, AZ to interview for a job in an art firm. It seems like I might already have the job, or rather, the job is mine to lose. The interview seems to be about whether or not I really painted what I say I've painted LOL.
I'm going there to meet the Art Director and some other key people and then I'm going to receive a painting test. They're going to give me a standard painting assignment and see hwo I do with the time I have. Seeing as I'm only going to be there for a few hours at best, it should be challenging. I do paint pretty quickly and I do well under pressure, but it's still a little unnerving being out under the 'scope like that.

Free Wallpapers

American Greetings has tons of nice wallpapers for you to put on your desktop. The selection they have is pretty darn good. They've broken their desktop images into different categories, like Inspirational, Graphic Patterns or Seasonal and they never have adware or spyware in their files. Another nice feature with their free wallpapers, and one that I love, is that you can download in a number of sizes from 800 x 600 to 1600 x 1200. I cannot stand it when you find a wallpaper and it's only available in 800 x 600. Who uses that sceen size anymore anyway?!


This is something that I've worked on, on and off, for a number of years. I found this skull outside of a storage facility in Miami when I was there renting a moving van. I held onto it for years before working on it. Originally I painted color onto the bone with a translucent psuedo-stained glass paint. I abandoned this and the skull sat on a shelf for about 12 years before I picked it up and completed the design I had in mind, in ink.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Orlando Museum of Art

The Paths to Impressionism

I went to the Orlando Museum of Art to check out their exhibit on impressionism. It was a small exhibit and I'm hard pressed to say it was worth the money I spent on admission, but as it's art, and impressionism, of course it was worth it. I would have paid twice, but still grumbled, poor artist that I am. To make matters worse, they're gearing up for their new exhibit on Kipniss, so the large room was closed off.

The exhibit, Paths to Impressionism was still very good. I was pleasantly surprised to find a number of pieces by Hassam, one of my favorite American impressionists. The centerpiece of the exhibit was a Monet from his water lilly period. A very nice piece indeed and it certainly stood out. There were a few works from Iniss and a couple of Pizarros as well. All in all it was a very good trip to the museum.

Maureen Gallace

Maureen Gallace at the Art Institute of Chicago

When I was in Chicago with my fiance, of course I had to see the Art Institute of Chicago. They had an amazing collection of works, from Van Gogh, Gaughin and Monet to Hassam and Cassat. I'm a complete sucker for the Impressionists. They had a beautiful painting by Gustave Caillebotte as well: Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877

One of the contemporary artists that they were exhibiting was Maureen Gallace. Her simple, almost bleak landscapes really caught my imagination. Not usually the kind of thing I go for, but her pieces spoke to me. Her paintings are almost always dominated by these minimalistic structures, usually houses. Mostly devoid of windows or doors, they are simplified almost to the point of abstraction, but in all honesty, it's the landscapes around them that usually catch my attention. Something about the shorthand way she has of representing the snow and grasses.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Damien Hirst in talks to replace rotting shark

Damien Hirst has been the inspiration for many. His influence is felt by the masses without their even knowing who he is. All one has to do is watch The Cell and feel his presence pervade it.

Perhaps his most iconic piece, The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living, a large tiger shark in a tank of formaldehyde, is deteriorating.

"The 1991 work, bought by Steve Cohen from Charles Saatchi for £6.5m, has deteriorated because of the way it was made."

"Damien Hirst is in talks with US hedge fund manager Steve Cohen to replace the shark in his iconic work, The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living, 1991."

"The animal suspended in formaldehyde has deteriorated dramatically to the naked eye since it was first unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 because of the way it was preserved by the artist. The solution which surrounds it is murky, the skin of the animal is showing considerable signs of wear and tear, and the shark itself has changed shape. "

By Cristina Ruiz and Gareth Harris

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Lucien Freud Number One in Britain

The Great Art Fair in London has done a poll to find out the favorite artist of artists at the event. Lucien Freud has topped the list, with Leonardo nowhere to be seen in the top ten.

Other notable artists that never made the grade were contemporary artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. They seem to get the vote of the media with anything they do deemed newsworthy, but artists at the Great Art Fair didn't feel the same way about Hir-min.

The top ten artists are mostly British or European.

Lucien Freud
Howard Hodgkin
David Hockney
JMW Turner
Antoni Tapies
Jack Vettriano
Barbara Rae
Frank Auerbach
Vincent van Gogh
The Great Art Fair is in London from the 30th of November through to the 3rd of December. There's more information at their website here or a list of artists exhibiting here.

I wonder how different this list of artists would be if they do the same thing at the Great Art Fair in New York City in April 2007?

"We have seen many statistics and results about the British public's favorite artistic talents, and can read countless critic's profiles expounding the virtues of a variety of names in art, but this is the first poll to be conducted amongst working artists." BBC

Source: Art News Blog

Seen in Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints

The Orlando Museum of Art is starting an exhibition in December featuring the prints and lithographs of Robert Kipniss.

"The themes of quiet contemplation, isolation and enigmatic beauty merge at the Orlando Museum of Art as it presents Seen in Solitude: Robert Kipniss Prints from the James F. White Collection December 10, 2006 - February 11, 2007. The exhibition organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art showcases black-and-white and color lithographs, drypoints and mezzotints created by Robert Kipniss between 1968 and 2003."

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Nothing As Art

Art imitates life? Life imitates art? How about art imitates art? First, Seinfeld's Kramer invents a scent called Beach, a perfume that reminds people of that fresh clean air at the shore. Now there's a perfume that is exactly that. Then George Costanza creates the concept of his and Jerry's show being about 'nothing'. Now an artist has taken that idea to heart.

What a great idea. Doing nothing and calling it art
Grayson Perry

My editor thought I might like to write about an artist called Chloe Steele. She is one of 15 artists taking part in a project called Residue. This is the final series of shows organised by First Site at the Minories gallery in Colchester before they move to their swanky new home. What caught the attention of a newsman is that Chloe Steele’s proposal for this residency was to do nothing, not anything, zilch, nil. Maybe he thought there was a possibility of stirring up some public outrage: “artist does nothing with public money!”

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Is Damien Hirst Done?

The problem is not Damien Hirst's borrowing from others, but his own loss of originality

Jonathan Jones
Wednesday October 25, 2006
The Guardian

There was a moment when the whole world was plagiarising Damien Hirst. Films, in the 1990s, had serial killers standing with shark-like grins inside glass vitrines. Wrapping paper came in coloured spots. Museums became self-conscious about the surreal nature of their collections. All this owed its fin-de-siecle vogue to a cocky artist and his obsession with death.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Artist Focus

Heather Horton

Every once in a while I like to highlight an artist that I admire. I found Heather's work through Deviantart and have become a big fan of not only her style of painting, but her subject matter. There is a consistency in both style, technique and subject that I like and that I also feel I am missing in my own work. I find it interesting that her work often drifts back to beds. Whether the bed itself or someone in it, snuggled under the covers. I wonder if it's a sense of security or contentment she's seeking or seeking to convey with these pieces. Maybe she's just sleepy :)

Heather Horton's Homepage
Heather Deviantart Gallery

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Camera Phone Gallery 1

Some random images taken with my camera phone. Not too bad considering. Click the pics to see larger images.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Mark Rothco on Display at MOCA

Mark Rothco's work will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles from Nov 6, 2006 to Jan 21, 2007

"This is the first exhibition devoted solely to MOCA’s monographic holdings of paintings by the great New York School artist Mark Rothko, whose transcendent, luminous color-field paintings made a significant mark on 1950s abstract expressionism in the United States. With eight major paintings, the exhibition features key selections from the museum’s collection representing various stages of Rothko’s career, including paintings from the late 1940s, such as Untitled (14B) (1947; a gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.) and Yellow and Orange (1949 a gift of The Rita and Taft Schreiber Collection—as well as Rothko’s signature 1950s paintings that are marked by rich, vibrant colors, from the museum’s germinal acquisition of masterpieces from The Panza Collection."

"This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and curated by MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel."

Monday, October 23, 2006

Everglades Series

These are two of my most recent projects. I'm having a difficult time work on these. These two are digital color studies for a series of paintings I am going to be working on based on the traditional Florida subject matter, but done in a loose style. I was inspired by an artist I saw at the Chicago Institute of Art named Maureen Gallace. Her ice blue New England landscapes are hypnotic in their gorgeous simplicity. I thought I could capture some of that quality with a Florida accent.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The Top 100 Most Powerful People in Contemporary Art

ArtReview Magazine just released their list of the 100 most powerful people in contemporary art. At the top of the list is Fran├žois Pinault, owner of Gucci and Christie's auction house. He also owns around 2,000 pieces of art and shows it at his own gallery.

ArtReview's 100 Most Powerful People

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Winter Park Art Festival

Well, art festival season is upon us now. The 33rd Annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival is the premiere art event in Central Florida and it's this weekend. Saturady and Sunday, October 14th and 15th. I'm going to go tomorrow and check it out. I'm always kind of torn when I go to these events. I'm usually frustrated because I know I can do all this stuff but don't have or don't take the time to do it, but I also get motivated and inspired at the same time, so it's good.

The Winter Park Art Festival
VMFA Acquires a Large Selection of Bonnard

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has managed to acquire seven paintings from the estate of Paul Mellon by the artist Pierre Bonnard, the French post-impressionist painter (1867-1947). This may be the single largest acquisition of Bonnard work to date. Bonnard is considered by many to be the second greatest French painter of the 20th century.

The Dining Room

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Gabe Leonard

This guy's work has a very nice feel to it. I like his pieces that are more fanciful rather than the straight-up portraiture like the splash image of the bluesman. His landscapes are simply gorgeous.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Imaging the Cosmos

If you've ever wondered how they get those amazing pictures of deep space phenomenon, here's how. It's not quite as easy as pointing a camera somewhere and snapping a picture.

Jon Foster

I have always had a soft spot for fantasy illustration. Being a big Tolkien fan early on set that stage. I was immersed in Moorcock, Ellison, Leiber, and tons of other fantasy and science fiction novels for most of my teen years. I still read them once in a while but am more into the headier stuff like Dune and cyberpunk stuff like Gibson and Bear.

Jon Foster is a fantasy/sci fi artist that I've found really does it for me. His style and use of color are just phenominal, but I think it's the movement in his work that intrigues me. His characters seem to be on the verge of leaping across the page.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Malcolm Liepke

There is something about this man's work that I love. I can't put my finger on exactly why really. The subjects are rather plain, the faces of the women generic within themselves. The colors Liepke uses are luminous, his figures ambiguous. I think it's the loose, painterly style he uses, which reminds me of Freud, without the disorienting distorted qualities. His subjects seem more 'real', even in their generic-ness.

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Can Ron Lauder Buy A Great Museum With One Painting? "With Klimt's masterpiece, "Adele," Lauder and the Neue Galerie are making a grand gamble: Can a splashy, nearly unimaginable art acquisition turn an obscure museum into a must-see destination? Can a single painting - even a $135 million one - lift a museum to prominence?" Fortune 09/26/06

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Mona Lisa Under the 'Scope

OTTAWA, Sept. 26 — The first major scientific analysis of the “Mona Lisa” in 50 years has uncovered some unexpected secrets, including signs that Leonardo da Vinci changed his mind about his composition, French and Canadian researchers said Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Munch Masterpieces To Go Back Before Public

"Two recovered Edvard Munch paintings will go on display in Oslo before they are repaired, say museum officials. Masterpieces The Scream and Madonna were stolen by two armed men in a daring daylight raid in 2004. Police recovered the paintings in August, and Norway's Munch Museum said both works had suffered slight damage. They will be put on display briefly over the next few weeks." BBC 09/14/06
Banksy Takes LA
British "guerrilla" artist Banksy hits Los Angeles. "Somehow, despite his mainstream appeal, Banksy has lost none of the respect of his more 'underground' British peers. When people talk about graffiti they talk about Banksy. Famous people have always come to his exhibitions because his stuff is easy to read." The Observer (UK) 09/17/06,,1874271,00.html

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Nicc Balce

This is the site of a guy whose work I admire. It's not my style, I don't particularly want to work in that style, but I still admire the style :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Worship Spanky!!

Get your Spanky T-shirts while they last. After all, how often do you get the chance to own a shirt with a picture of a dog dragging his butt across your chest?

Worship SpankyWorship Spanky
I haven't actually picked up a brush in over two weeks and I need to. This is the latest work I've completed:


Moving Pictures

If you're into 'outsider' art or graffiti art or anything off the wall, design-wise, Juxtapoz is the mag your'e looking for. With artists like Chet Zar and Baseman and Laura Easley, this magazine pushes the outer edge of what's new and cool in the art world, with a rebellious twist.


Very cool flash site for a design house based in New York. Their look is very Hello Kitty meets Baseman. They have an extensive line of designer toys as well.
Communication Arts

This trade magazine is THE magazine for artists, designers and photographers. The quality of the publication and printing, coupled with the calibre of artwork displayed makes this the premiere art magazine. It is simply the best.

Communication Arts
Linda Bergkvist

I stumbled upon this person's site when I was browsing Her work is truly amazing, especially as it's all digital. The attention to detail is astonishing. Some of her more animated looking characters are a little odd, but they've certainly got character.

Her personal site is Here.