Friday, April 27, 2012
"The more I paint, the freer I feel. It's good not to fall in the routine. In painting, I search more than anything to be honest, to advance in an authentic fashion." Agnes Guillon.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The French poet Rimbaud, wrote in 1886: "I've tended cables from church tower to church tower; garlands from window to window; gold chains from star to star, and I dance..." This is what art does for me.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Be present in the landscape. You must observe, not just look. Observe and see. See the color of light. As the story goes, Monet could tell what time of the day it was, by just observing a white wall for several minutes. Concentrate on the color of light, and see how one day is different from the previous day.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
"Art is an experience, not an object"----Robert Motherwell.
"A successful painting integrates everything, all the parts belong to the whole." ---Robert Dicker
Monday, April 16, 2012
La Jolla Art Association Gallery, at 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, La Jolla, California, is where we are having a Juried Watercolor Show, very successful. The reception was last Friday, during one of those rare thunderstorms in San Diego, with lots of rain and wind. Still, we had an awesome reception, tons of people came over the gallery for appetizers, champagne, and wonderful art. As a juror, I like to select not only the best paintings, but also a good representation of new artists, who are working hard and deserve a pat on the back, to steer them in the right direction. Come see the show, we're on till Sunday, April 22nd, 2012, at La Jolla Art Association Juried Watercolor Show. Don't miss it!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"Art is creation; therefore, life itself at its fullest...Art is an eternal force like ethics, like revolution, like the very totality of the universe." Lajos Kassak, Hungarian artist, in his Picture Architecture essay in the MA (Today) Hungarian publication, 1922.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Tonight I attended a chat/conference by Ted Nuttall, great artist of watercolor portraits, at the San Diego Watercolor Society's April meeting. Ted Nuttall talked about his painting, his life, his emotions and inspirations. He said we must paint subjects that move us, only then, we can move others with our paintings. He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Light is the first of painters. There is no object that light will not make beautiful." I strive to do that. Thank you Ted Nuttall!
Monday, April 9, 2012
This is one of the watercolors in exhibition and for sale at La Jolla Art Association Gallery, at the Open Juried Watercolor Show, April 9-22, in La Jolla, California. I was the juror for that show, and have three watercolors representing me there. It's is a good show, come see it, and buy some art. Please also come to the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 13th, from 5:00-7:00 pm. The address is 8100 Paseo del Ocaso, La Jolla Shores, San Diego, California. You are invited, hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The Church of Saint Savin, near Lourdes, in the South of France, was built in the XIIIth Century. It's fairly small and has many original and beautiful features, including wood sculpted beams. Visitors from all over the world come here, and enjoy the Church, its museum, and the lovely town of Saint Savin. I'll be there this summer painting plein air, and teaching pastel and watercolor workshops in nearby Cauterets.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
I was recently reading about the great watercolorist George James, who lately paints only on Yupo. James draws constantly, filling sketchbooks for reference. He draws the arrangements of figures, then blocks in the dark and light patterns with a light value. Then he establishes the middle value, moving toward darkness and complexity. He says that watercolor lives in the real world, unlike the timeless world of oil painting in which endless revision is possible.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Mission Federal Art Walk San Diego, will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th. Come one! Come All! My booth is number 752, on Fir Street, between Kettner and India streets. I'll have some watercolors, some pastels and some oils. Small, medium and large, for all budgets. There will be music, dance, good food, and the most important thing in the world: ART. See you there!