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comfort time zones

sometimes i thumb through magazines, books, etc. and just get stopped dead in my tracks by images like these....(artwork by uglow euan, as seen in the latest art review magazine) this is the sort of stuff that makes me WANT to paint.....BAD.

although i don't claim to be 'a painter,' i HAVE painted. i'm not a sculptor, but i've created free standing art objects.....and i'm no installation artist, but have constructed larger scale work that incorporated both video, light and sound elements. so, what to do, what to call myself....THAT'S the dilemma. 'mixed media/assemblage artist' always seems to fit the bill....cover all possible territories without bewildering my audience (or ME)

so, i was talking to jeff, director of CFA (the gallery now representing me) and he suggested i challenge myself by stepping outside of my comfort zone. COMPLETELY. to perform an exercise that would take me away from my usual medium and possibly teach me a thing or two about art AND myself - to take a material i'm not familiar with and play. juuuuuust play, and see where my mind and hands take it.

'good idea,' i thought......sorta like standing on the edge of a cliff and jumping....only hopefully with some sort of michelin man outfit accompanied with an industrial harness and strap system, NOT forgetting the all important billowy soft cushion below (preferably made using down feathers and white cotton, but not TOO white) to prevent me from scratching, bruising, maiming or even possibly killing myself.

that would be good.

and maybe one of those drink helmets they sell at sport events, modified for tequila, OF course...


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Jul. 12th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
I love this painting, but I couldn't get through all this english letters,
is it yours?
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
guess no. but it could be, right?
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
WiSH it were mine.....*sigh*
artist: uglow euan (i linked to him above)

Jul. 13th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
i love the "blockiness" of it. you could totally paint like this! break it up into little collagey bits. :)
Jul. 13th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)

you're totally speakin' m'language, goil!!!!!
i'm feelin' it BiG TiME...

collage IS paint!!!!!
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
c'mon! paint!
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)

i'm imagining you with a whip, frantically cracking away!!!! now just HOW am i supposed to paint with THAT visual running through my head....pant pant....

shhhhhh, don't tell your boy, it'll be OUR little secret!!!! :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)

//or I'll flood your journal this way X)
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
oooooh, you're such a TEASE!~

flood away, i need the entertainment!!!!
Jul. 12th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
it's a beautiful beautiful painting.

i'm not convinced that you need to perform the exercise suggested. just in the little time i've known you i think you challenge yourself on a regular basis so i'm not clear on the point. but it is nice that the gallery is open to and actually encouraging experimentation.
Jul. 12th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
well, that's an ultra sweet thought.....but, i think everyone should step outside themselves, no matter what.....taking that first step is the hardest part. it may not take you where you wanna go ultimately, but at least you're LiVING, yah?

♥ -b
Jul. 13th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
I'd like to see your take on say...graphic art.

Your design for a t-shirt.

I'd be curious to see what you would do.

But I agree...experiment! Have fun!
Jul. 13th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
well, thanks mister, for opening YET another door to my creative mind......
i am SOOOOOO not sleeping tonight, JUST so ya know!

Jul. 13th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
YAY! I cause insomnia. I'll be checking the studio cam...seeing if you're at work.


Good luck!
Jul. 13th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
hee heeeeee. YOU and my *other* cam watcher....
i have my work cut OUT for me NOW....yipe-SEEZ. :)

'chop chop'...as my mum always says....
Jul. 13th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
I did check in periodically....I was actually writing on scene 5 and had the web up for wikipedia purposes.

And saw you were indeed hard at work.


I could never do that...have a cam on me when I'm doing stuff like that.

What if I picked my nose on the cam.
Jul. 13th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
It's very exciting when that desire grabs hold, to create. It's like one can taste it... taste the colors and textures. The sensations are so primal. Yeah for you B.
Jul. 13th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
isn't it THE best....the urge to create....
it's WAY better than any kind of drug....
at least the legal kind!
Jul. 13th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
fun but....
my take on paint: fun. then...tough.

i wrote way too much about naked women in art but erased.

(ps... your work is great as is. if you want to paint, great, but doing what do already - extremely well - nothing wrong with that either.)
Jul. 13th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
oh dear,
it's all gone a bit lucien freud.
loving the rectangularia...
Jul. 14th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry, baby, i was the anon above, who wrote too much about naked women and then retrenched. forgot to ID myself....

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