The Work Continues: Steven Pressfield and the War of Art

I’ve been absent from this blog due to a series of life events.

We lost a close family member.

My wife and I were in a horrific car crash, not our fault. It’s a miracle we walked away from it (we have an attorney, a new car, and I have ongoing chiropractor appointments).

I have been writing non-art articles for another entity.

There’s been some good art news as well; many sales, and a major commission.

But all this time, despite all these issues and events, I’ve been painting more than ever.

I have an art method which keeps me from getting overwhelmed with too many works going on at the same time. My natural inclination is to keep starting new paintings without finishing them. I don’t like that approach, so I developed a strategy which keeps production flowing while still committing to completion.

I keep three paintings in progress going, at different stages of development. I switch off between them based on where my mind is at the moment: either still making big decisions and adjustments in the early stages, refining and defining during the middle passages, and then making all the finishing touches which make such a difference at the end.

Here is a sneak preview detail shot form my currently most finished painting, “Plein Air.”

Detail of “Plein Air” in Progress

Part of what got me organized as an artist many years ago was the amazing Steven Pressfield book, The War of Art. I recommend it for everyone, not just artists. So much happens when you do the work, and get out of your own way.

The lessons I learned from that book enabled me to persist in completing my own book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

This blog is part of my work, and it will continue. More to come.

In the meantime, enjoy this inspirational clip.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video ‘The Office’ Michael Visits Pam’s Art Show

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I did not watch The Office during its run. I do understand it was a popular culture phenomenon. It’s still used as meme fodder.

Recently I have watched some snippets and seen some funny stuff. And also, this poignant little moment.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Francis Bacon Fragments Of A Portrait – interview by David Sylvester

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Francis Bacon was one of the great painters of the 20th century. An encounter with one of his works was instrumental in me becoming a painter.

In 1966, Bacon gave an insightful interview on his artistic ideas and practices. It’s interesting to hear him describe his dark practices in such a posh, upper class accent.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – A Collection of Art by Actor Peter Falk

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My wife, artist Michele Bledsoe, found me this video. The old TV show Columbo is a comfort to us. The audience was shown right up front who committed the (usually tastefully presented) murder. The mystery was how would Lt. Columbo catch them.

The perpetrators were always elitists. Powerful people who thought they could get away with it. Columbo kept them off guard by coming across as a befuddled little working stiff, overly polite, clueless. Until he found his angle.

Just when the villain thought they were about to be rid of him, Columbo came back to ask, “Just one more thing.” This inquiry was always the beginning of the end for the murderers, who realized too late this funny little guy was not what he seemed to be.

Peter Falk was incredible in this role. I hope they never try a reboot, it could not be done without him.

It turns out the actor also enjoyed making art. This video displays a collection of Peter Falk’s drawings, set to the opening music from the old Mystery Movie of the Week.

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My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: Music Video -‘The Lively Arts’ by the Damned, Illustrated by Teenagers

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From the Damned’s 1980 Black Album. This Youtube version was illustrated by teenagers:

Innovation Day 2013 at Dixons City Academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. I had a class of 13, 14, and 15 year olds for the day. I showed them my own version of I don’t wanna grow up, by the Ramones first. They each got a line from the song (they didn’t have a clue what the song was). By the afternoon they had worked together to create their own illustrated Damned song, and they loved it. Who says it’s impossible getting a bit of Punk into the classroom?!

Lyrics
I’m gonna stay in bed all day
I’m not gonna hear a word you say
It’s gonna be a life of style for me
Electric blankets, pillows, fire and TV
Take a look outside
Those lively arts are on the slide
And culture’s just a bore
When you’re angry young and poor
And if I got my way
Those idle rich would pay
When the discussion starts
On the lively arts
I’m gonna be a lazy slob
Sod the folks and sod the job
And tell the foreman that I’m ill
And in a week I’ll be here still
Yes I will
Take a look outside
Those lively arts are on the slide
And culture’s just a bore
When you’re angry young and poor
And if I got my way
Those idle rich would pay
When the discussion starts
On the lively arts

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Norman Rockwell’s Painting Process

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Norman Rockwell created iconic scenes of American life in the 20th century. As a commercial illustrator, he had to work fast, so I forgive his use of a projector to do his drawings from photographs. As this video notes, he originally worked from life, so I have no doubt he was an amazing draftsman on his own. And he could tell such stories in a single image, something I often strive for.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

DAILY ART FIX: Video – Critic Jerry Saltz Critiques His Own Art

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There’s practically no one less relevant than an art critic these days. Even though it’s part of what I do as well, the art world has been so distorted by elitist mismanagement, it’s like speaking a language no one knows about a subject no one cares about.

Jerry Saltz has made a career for himself by making art criticism a kind of wryly playful banter. Here he is confronted by the art he tried to make when he was a young man.

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My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – In the Realms of the Unreal, a Fascinating Documentary on Outsider Artist Henry Darger

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To all appearances, Henry Darger (April 12, 1892 – April 13, 1973) was an isolated, humble janitor. What no one realized until shortly before his death was he was the most prolific and intense outsider artist in America. In the Realms of the Unreal, a 2004 documentary on his life and works, also uses animation to bring motion to his mysterious art. The full film is available on YouTube.

The Trailer:

The full film:

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – 25 BIZARRE AND CREEPY VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CARDS

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I wonder about the context of some of theses motifs. Why all the frogs? What do they have to do with Christmas?

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – How to Sculpt a Character Maquette – Human Anatomy

Art world links which caught my eye…

A maquette is a model an artist creates to be a reference while creating a larger work. This video demonstrates some impressive sculpting skills.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!