Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high. Cloud Gate sits upon the At&T Plaza, which was made possible by a gift from AT&T."
cloud gate - Google Search
cloud gate - Google Image Search
cloud gate flickr - Google Image Search
My flickr pal Timothy B. Buckwalter reminded me that Al Hansen is musician Beck Hansen's grandfather. I remember reading about how Beck and his grandfather had a two-person show of their art a while back. If Beck's art is anything like this it's good. His music is good anyway."
Friday, July 20, 2007
This is an important issue. It was for me, anyway. I had to know what the other guys were using because, if I knew that, and used the same, my work would be as good as theirs!
It does not require a genius to realise the flaw in this line of thinking. But, I was not thinking. Not too deeply, anyway. What did it for me, in the end, was poverty, pure and simple. I did not have the cash to spend (in some cases) over ten pounds on a single brush, no matter how "purist" I wanted to be. Then, by chance, I saw the set you may have just seen when you hovered your mouse over the link above. Back in those days the set sold at just over £3. Today the same set is only about a pound dearer.
The thing is, I became used to the feel of them; the way the hairs "gave" under the pressure of your hand. It was only later, when I could afford to do so - and did! - buy an expensive brush, that I realised I was locked into those cheap brushes, and nothing else would, and still wont, do. (Should there be a hyphen there in "wont"?)
I do, however, know artists who, for different reasons, locked themselves in the expensive kind of brush. I can only commiserate with them!
It boils down to what you get used to, I suppose. There's more information at the other end of THIS link, even if you don't want a painting holiday
Seascape Paintings as gift ideas: "I don't keep acres of spare equipment and I don't own an easel. I used to have one but it went missing some years ago. So, if you need to use one in the field, you might like to bring your own. The same applies to paint. I use a very limited palette as follows:
Phthalo Blue (Phthalocyanine)
Cadmium Orange Hue