Q: How do I know when a painting is ‘finished’?

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Q: How do I know when a painting is ‘finished’?

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A: When I run out of paint.

A: The buyer pays in cash.

A: When I have to start a new painting. I have a rain slicker-like small work area.

A: When the rats eat it.

A: When someone steals my easel.

A: When someone pinches my easel and leaves the canvas in the alley with tire tread.

A:When my studio mates use my canvas to cover a broken window pane.

A: The Post-It ™ read, “Sorry, I was so cold. “ My easel, paints, brushes, and canvas are fuel.

c. Lemuel

07 November 2018

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Making, the Art

My ability to learn is up or it is down, but sometimes it is “just right”.

Learning to Make anything takes practice. I get experience from practice.

If I try maybe I will have success.

Practice is the travel companion to Art (and anything really).

A finished work, price tagged and “re-homed”, gives at least two people, maybe the gallery too, pleasure.

No one sees my practice.

But it pays.

c. Lemuel

01 November 2018

Mask with Heart

Mask with Heart

Materials

Finest domestic scrap re-cycled wood products.

Dimensions

38 x 20.3 cm, 15 x 8 in.

Design

Incorporate minimal wooden shapes to create a mask. Add a visual surprise.

Intention

Use as much recycled wood per design to create a mask at least 15 x 6 in (38 x 15.5cm) no larger than 20 x 12 (51 x 30.5 cm).

Purpose

Develop Art from the scrap-flow. Refuse has a new life when Artists re-use and do not refuse to seek out junk and flotsam.

Making pleasing objects from cast-off materials. “Cast-offs” can be of any material or media which is re-cast anew.

Art, My Imaginary Snowball

My purpose for writing this essay is to address the notion of “getting on with the project of making Art and avoiding making excuses”.

Perhaps I have held the final snowball. I reached into a drift and squeezed snow until it compacted. Then I sensed everything I could possibly get from it.

I wanted the experience. I had expectations because I know snowballs. Really? How about, “What is Spring?” Not in 2018. The last snowball was in Spring (so far).

Spring brings buds, and blooms, and bugs. I have those experiences. Now snowballs. Maybe a new trend.

Like when I encounter other new things it’s a signal to refresh my thinking, to be ready for new circumstances, even taking charge of new opportunities.

Now, I start– now to do those three things and I begin with the notion I shall give no concern to other person’s evaluations of me. Not a question it’s an objective.

Since I cannot fathom the intentions or motives of others I will not pick up their opinions or evaluations or judgments either because the former go with the latter like old traveling acquaintances.

I expect nothing from others — not to be nihilistic or anti-social the thinking is merely my worth is not weighed on their scales.

It is not for others to bestow praise or awards or money, to become my imaginary snowball for sensing or measuring how well I may be doing in the way of my Art. I like praise, glory, money, and success. They’re not how I measure “me” and how well I’m doing is all.

On the other side, if I get derision, rejection, suffering, and no cash, I’ll still have a fairly pleasing Art collection and the prospects of making more.

The more involved I become in my Art the more I realize I am one of the few constants upon which I can rely. Sometimes it snows in Spring sometimes it doesn’t.

I’ll get praise and then a wallop from the other side too. It’s occurred over the same piece if Art, hot and cold, like a snowball.

(c) Lemuel

16 April, 2018

Essay

Art Spring Break 2018

 

One Angel Ready wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break series

“One Angel Ready”

 

 

I planned Spring Break at about the same time as I was making resolutions. I am keeping the Art Spring Break 2018 plan.

While friends and family are taking a break traveling I am making good on a pledge.

This week I explore different ways to express the fundamentals of Art.

  • Exploring a variety of unfamiliar modes of making or representing concepts. Shapes come to mind for instance.
  • Experimenting with known materials but used in a different way.
  • Enlarging my visual vocabulary using images and postponing judgment.
  • Experiencing the media in the moment rather than going for a plan or assumption of what I am processing on the canvas.

 

In exploring I find I must question my biases and assumptions about Art.

 

Angel Novice wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break 2018 Series

“Novice Angel”

 

Small format paintings have some large challenges, overcoming these and opening new ways of seeing the composition is the result.

 

 

New Angel wm 2 4-3-18 Spring Break Series

“New Angel”

 

It is a visual story along with all the requirements of making Art any creative endeavor must have meaning communicated to some audience, if only to the Artist.

Note: All paintings are liquid acrylic on gesso primed Masonite panel  ~ 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm, ~ 5 in x 7 in

 

Lemuel

4-3-18

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No Fear Art

I am letting you see my notes to myself.

Art, I mean real involved work has no place for the dross of fear. Fear destroys. You create.

Show your Art. If you hide not many will acknowledge your work. Do not be Invisible.

Set yourself free. You can if you set your mind, body, and soul into your liberation.

Be courageous. Put you into your Art. That is what people want. Your vitals and soul and brains and sinew. It is your story — make it the best story.

You are not a laser printer. You make the Art. You are the only you the world has right now.

Also do not work for free. Take the money. If you value your work so will others.

Set yourself free.

Be courageous.

Do the work.

Show your work.

Be fearless.

Go get ’em.

Lemuel

2018