Monday, April 23, 2007

Collecting Art number 3

Collecting Art
Part 3

Your collection should reflect your personality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the gallery dealer or the artist. Learn as much as you can. Determine an annual budget and buy a small work every year if that is what you can afford. Keep your collection momentum going and continue to build your collection. Buy original if possible. Be wary of large edition prints or photographs.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Color RED

The Color RED
Red hair, red hat, red wine, red cherries, and of course red paint the list of things red goes on. I used to be a stockbroker and there was the red herring a business term not a color. We have the singing group "The Red Hot Chili Peppers" and several paintings that I have done of those hot little peppers. The red rose is a symbol of love and fertility. Red is an emotional color. It enhances the human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises our blood pressure.

Red is hot. It is the color of passion, always strong never mild. Red is power. Red is the flashing lights of danger…the call in the dark” The red coats are coming!”. It was a common belief that the color red had the power to protect against evil. Warriors wore red to battle to protect themselves. Wearing red bed cloths was believed to protect you from the fever. Aha! So that is wear those red flannel P J’s came from.
Madder was a European herb. The root was used as a source of dye to produce various shades of red.
Light Red: joy, sexuality, passion
Pink: romance, love, friendship, feminine qualities
Dark Red: vigor, will power, rage, anger, leadership, malice
Brown: stability, masculine qualities
Reddish Brown: fall, harvest

To read more of how we relate to color:

The color red is a bit sassy, hot and electric just like my mood when I paint. This week I will paint in red. The focus of the small daily painting will be subjects of red and I will do one large painting this week with the emotion of the color red. Neolithic cave painters, oh those old artists, ascribed magic powers to the color red. Maybe red will bring magic to my paintings.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Oil on Hardboard
A new friend of mine Charlie Spear who is an artist in one of my work groups recently suggested that the group start a group art critique of work we were currently working on and wanted some feed back on.

Now, I have been through art school and have had some professors who were brutal in their critiques. One professor comes to mind, that would take our precious infants of new born work that we had literally handled with gloves while creating so as not to smear them and would put them on the floor and walk on them as he critiqued them. I guess the lesson to be learned: was never to become to attached to ones’ work.

There are different kinds of critiques. There are the ones that come unsolicited, like at an art show I did recently when I over heard an older women telling her friend that one of my painting was the most god ugly thing she had every seen and to make it even worse I had made it so large, did I have no common sense? That would have been a killer and ruined my day, in fact it almost did but about an hour later another lady fell in love with it and bought it. Who knows?

Then there is the kind of critique that we all want. The one where we ask: what, where, why, how, do you have an idea and can you help me. Is this too moody, to light, to dark, to yellow, and should I just trash it and start over? The feedback comes and it is so helpful, just the icebreaker you needed to get you going again.

With this is mind I ask;” I have painted this small painting Sierra and now I am thinking about doing a much larger one. This one is 8x10 and I am thinking of doing one 20x24 what do you think?

It’s okay to say OMIGOD it’s so bad why would she want to make it larger. I have had worse critiques and after all I am strong, so go for it.

Monday, April 02, 2007

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