reading on Art & Aesthetics
It has been said, that a Vogon Starship arriving at the earth and ordering its destruction would ask what use is humanity? The only justification humanity could give would be a Shakespeare play, a Rembrandt or a Bach concerto. These are the things of value which define humanity itself.
Experiments in Encaustic
I love the semi-translucent effect of light encaustic over dark paint. Sometimes the encaustic catches fire when you’re melting with a blowtorch, but you can blow it out. It is important to know what you’re doing, though. I suggest researching materials & technique for your own safety & knowledge. Turpentine, naked flame, wax & wood are a highly flammable combination. Once...
Just remembered, I dreamed about painting last night, layering thick smooth plaster onto board …could it be that I secretly want to paint fresco? I’ve been dreaming a lot about painting lately.
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Sumi-e ( Ink Painting )
To communicate successfully, the artist must first master technique, but having once mastered it must forget it again if s/he is to tap the unconscious inner freedom & spiritual strength which are essential to the faithful expression of his thoughts. This is the essence of successful Sumi-e
How to make Charcoal
How to make Charcoal Build a fire outside / Cut lots of green willow into sticks & pile into a mound around the fire, leave a gap to light the fire ( keep twigs in reserve to fill it in.) / Cover with soil, leaving some gaps for air / Light fire / When smoke changes colour, put on more soil, filling in gaps, & leave to cook /
Encaustic ( Balsam & Beeswax ) →
Recipe for Encaustic ( Beeswax & Balsam ) formula, from ‘Formulas for Artists’ by Robert Massey ( Batsford publ.) In the encaustic technique colours are melted over one another to produce deep, jewel-like effects. This medium can also be used in direct painting. Ingredients 2 parts Venice turpentine 1 part Beeswax 3 parts Turpentine Directions for Manufacture Combine the...
…some exciting projects coming up, I’ll the details ‘under my hat’ for now… suffice to say it involves a series of 6”x6” oils on canvas, & a Gallery wall in NYC. Small, simple tonal blocks for each piece. Plus, I’m itching to make a 6ft x 6ft stretched canvas again ( or rather, 6, to work on at the same time.) 1metre square is the biggest...
I Still Shoot Film: Sunday Ebay Deals: Film... →
It’s Sunday again…. which means it’s time for Sunday Ebay Deals yay (and uh oh I hope I don’t buy any of the cameras I post this week). For those of you who haven’t notices, I only post fully manual cameras because I am old school like that. I thought it would be a good idea to include some film…
Excerpt from 'What Painting Is' by James Elkins
…The ‘kerotakis’ incidentally, is another link between painting and alchemy. Originally it denoted a special palette that was used by encaustic painters. Since encaustic is based on wax and not oil, it is necessary to keep the pigments warm so the wax does not set until it is in place. The ‘kerotakis’ was a metal palette that rested on a bed of coals. The alchemists borrowed it from the painters,...
I was thinking about touchstones earlier…. What is your personal touchstone? What is the thing by which you gauge your fulfilment? Is it accolades, respect, helping, teaching, discovering, entertaining, striking a chord, answering questions in your work… or finding the question hidden in the process? If there is one thing that lets you know you’ve hit the spot, I wonder what that...
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