Archive | March, 2016

Grisaille and All That

26 Mar

From City Journal comes an article about a New York school of art that introduces a modern generation of painters to  Old Masters’ oil painting techniques. The technique begins with an opaque under-painting, often in white and shades of gray (hence the term “grisaille”). Colored, transparent glazes are then laid over the under-painting in layers, until the final painting emerges. It’s painstaking and takes a long time for each layer to dry. I’ve tried it before and it does produce some wonderful effects, but I don’t have the patience to wait for the layers to dry on a regular basis.

Hence the term “all prima”, i.e. all one layer, which is the way most people paint in oil today.

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How de Kooning and Motherwell Won the Cold War

26 Mar

The CIA promoted Abstract Expressionism during the Cold War as a cultural weapon against the Soviet Union. No, really. From Junkyard Arts, the whole story.

‘The Warriors of the Sand’; Another Ghost Story

12 Mar

Now this one really IS a ghost story. I had long wanted to write about the peculiar and haunting ghost town of Bodie, California for more than a decade, since a classmate in a basic HTML class showed me some photos that he had taken there. The town of “Shelby” in my story is obviously based on Bodie; the story also references an old horror/fantasy story I read long ago entitled The Janissaries of Emillion. It’s kind of funny how these influences came together to produce my latest spookfest.

Here, without much further ado, is The Warriors of the Sand, in PDF format. I hope you like it!

ART SALE

10 Mar

IMG_0067Many art pieces in my Etsy shop have been put on sale. See my Sale section here. Included in the sale is the whimsical papier mache zebra on gallery-wrapped canvas, shown above.

New Ghost Story

10 Mar

Well, maybe it is not exactly a ghost story, but it is supposed to be a bit creepy. I was going to save the story for a posting on Earth Day, which is April 22, but since I’m in a major posting mood, I thought I’d post it today. Here, in PDF form, is “Fashionable Mrs Collier,” a story that was inspired by a haunting tale that I read about “The Green Man” many years ago. I hope you enjoy reading it!

New Work Posted For Sale

9 Mar

“Yellow Nude” (first painting) is one of the best things I’ve done in a long time, IMHO. “Yellow Nude” can be purchased here. “Spanish House in Berkeley” (painting number two) is available here. “Rollin’ in the Pink”  (third painting) is available at the link, and “Fish” (last painting) can be purchased here.

Abstract Nude Oil Painting -"Yellow Nude" - Midcentury Art, Midsize wall art, 14" x 20"

Expressionist Cityscape Painting in Oil - Spanish House in Berkeley - Midsize Wall ArtAbstract Art Midcentury Style - Original Painting in Water Color, 7" x 9", Small Wall Art

Abstract Water Color Painting, "Fish", Small Art, 7" x 9", Blue Painting

Donald Trump’s Book Reviews!

9 Mar

This Buzzfeed article using Donald Trump’s Twitter writing style to review famous books is hilarious! I’ve been inspired to write several of my own reviews in Trump Twitterspeak. See what you think!

Brideshead Revisted: Loser Charles Ryder falls in love with a rich gay drunk, then gets dumped by the drunk’s sister. Pathetic!

The Great Gatsby: Dummy Jay Gatsby wastes five years pining for a selfish bimbo who only cares about herself.
His pink suits are a disgrace!

The Shining: Weirdo kid’s family moves into a creepy deserted hotel, then his dad goes apeshit.
Wouldn’t happen in a Trump hotel!

Lord of the Flies: Spoiled Limey brats get marooned on an island and worship a dead pig. Then they kill each other. Boring!

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Loser Robert Jordan fights for Spanish Commies, then gets wasted on a hill.
I respect the ones who didn’t get killed!

The Grapes of Wrath: Dummy Joad family moves to California expecting primo wages for farm work.
Then they find out it was a lie. Should have stayed in Oklahoma!

Madame Bovary: Greedy French bimbo cheats on her dopey doctor husband, then bankrupts him.
He should have gotten a good pre-nup like me!

The Canterbury Tales: A bunch of Limey losers gather at an inn and tell each other their life stories–boring. Dopey Chaucer couldn’t even speak real English!

Gone With the Wind: Dummy Scarlett O’Hara pines for dopey Ashley for years. She’s too dumb to see that Rhett Butler is her true love. I wouldn’t date her!

Little Women: Four penniless girls and their mom struggle to survive while their dad is away at war.
Marmee should have dumped the deadbeat dad and married rich old Mr. Laurence!