Friday, February 27, 2009

New Painting

This is my newest painting. It is still very wet so quite shiny, most noticeably on the black of the nose. Can't wait to start on the next one!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Business Cards

I just got a heck of a deal on business cards. 1000 for $13.00! Color on one side and black and white text on the other. I put a Dali quote on one side, "There are some days when I think I am going to die from an overdose of satisfaction." There are so many great Dali quotes to choose from, but I thought that one was nice, positive, and would go with anything. The website is if you are interested.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Poop on Paper, my review of the Surrealism and Dada movement exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum

I was so excited to go see the visiting exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum featuring Surrealism and the Dada movement. Thank God it was free. Obviously being the Dali fan that I am I was intrigued. I will admit aside from Dali I am not familiar with either the surrealists or Dada. Unfortunately I am now. I can see why Dali is the only name most people associate with surrealism, because he is the only one with talent.
There was a cool display at the exhibit called the Medicine Cabinet, or Box, I forget. It was a glass medicine cabinet with a projection on the back wall. It looked like animated charcoal drawings. Very interesting.
Most people I know are familiar with my feelings on Pollock. His work makes me want to vomit and after viewing a few of his accidents on paper I felt violated that I was exposed to them. It literally looked like he dropped a cup of paint and after it splashed across a paper he decided to see what idiot would think it was brilliant. Well, I don't. I think it is poop. I bet he could have painted with poop and people would have liked it just because. If I can replicate something with no thought, or better yet, if my four year old can replicate something with no thought, then how in the world do people pay millions of dollars for it? It is mind boggling. I think it is the biggest joke on the art community. "Hee hee, in a drunken alcoholic haze I will dribble lots and lots of paint on a canvas, and you will like it!" Never mind you could do it yourself for a lot cheaper. I'm sure plenty of art yahoos would say I am uneducated on the matter, I clearly don't get it, etc. Well, I don't get it and I'm glad. Where is the talent?
Don't get me wrong, everything there was poop. It was amusing to see people staring at a scribble on a piece of paper and acting like they thought it was fascinating. Come on people, it is okay to recognize crap when you see it! Just because it is in a museum does not make it good, or deep, or worth anything.
Dali oozed talent. His technique is flawless. The subject matter of his work may not appeal to everyone but there is no denying the skill that went into his paintings. I guess I should thank the Dada movement and the other Surrealists for having some influence on Dali. Without them perhaps he wouldn't have created what he did, and without Dali the Surrealists would perhaps have been forgotten as an unfortunate blip in art history.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Rose Painting

I finished this painting last night. My first flower painting. I like it a lot. Maybe I'll do a lily next.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Number Six

Painting six is complete. I actually finished it a few days ago. I'm very happy with it! This is a big one measuring three feet by four feet.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Think your work space needs some sprucing up?......

Welcome to my basement. My friend Rick recently stopped by and thought my work space was hilarious for some reason, I'm still not quite sure why. So I thought I'd post pictures. This is where the magic happens. Yes I need to get a trash can, and no not all the beer bottles are from one night.

Space the Infinite Frontier

Christopher Walken

We were watching a movie last week with Christopher Walken in it and it made me think of this video. Who knew he was such a dancer, enjoy!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New paintings!

Two new paintings. The top painting is a self portrait. I'm very happy with them both and I can't wait to work on the next one! They are both still wet so they are a bit shiny still.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Can you smell it?

I love the smell of oil paint. It makes painting more enjoyable. If they made an air freshener that was Ode to Oils I would buy it. My husband probably wouldn't like it.... Don't get me wrong, I'm not sitting around huffing it or anything. That would make a great background story, though. "Yes, this artist must huff the oil paint and get high before working on a piece". I don't even know if that is possible, but if it makes me more interesting to you to think that I inhale profuse amounts of oil paint to reach an altered state of mind then feel free to think so. I'll just enjoy the whiffs I get while I paint.