DAILY ART FIX: New Painting “The Ocean”

Richard Bledsoe “The Ocean” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 20″

As an intuitive artist, I paint from my mind instead of from observation. I get the ideas from visions I have.

When the elements I want to include are too complex to invent, I will look at a picture of it, or some other form of model, and try to understand it, what is important about it. I then return to the canvas and paint out the elements as filtered through my consciousness.

It is challenging to invent the world of a painting. Each work has its own particular needs. The piece above I worked on, on and off, for years. It went through some awkward phases. It’s not even a large work. Part of the problem was I had advanced the painting of the background/ocean aspects of it far beyond the central elements of the fish. Usually I try to work the whole painting at once, keeping them at a similar level of resolution. This one was out of balance.

Work in progress

After a couple of trips in and out of the Room of Shame, I took this painting up again. I was going to crash, or crash through. If I had remained unable to finish it, I was going to just paint over it; cancel it out with an opaque layer of acrylic, and make a whole new painting on the canvas.

I am grateful I found a way in, and finally made it the painting I wanted it to be.

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DAILY ART FIX: The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterwork

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Thomas Hart Benton “Instruments of Power from America Today”

Thomas Hart Benton was a cantankerous and stubborn man, but it made him a conscientious artist. In 1930-1931, Benton created a masterpiece for the New School for Social Research in New York City. Benton developed a series of murals about the United States, using imagery he observed while travelling the country during the 1920s.

The over-simple label of Benton as a Regionalist, one he once embraced himself, misses the point. The ten panels of America Today, his most important mural, show Benton as a painter celebrating (and sometimes critiquing) the whole of American life.

The word mural means “related to a wall,” and calls up the vision of a single oversized painting. This is misleading in the case of America Today, which is a whole painted room, four walls, ten panels, floor to ceiling. Like all great art, the mural does not reproduce well; illustrated it is dim and simplified, its colors untrue, much detail lost. All masterpieces must be seen at firsthand. This was the reason for the Grand Tour. It is the reason that people still visit the great museums of the world and they discover, as I did with America Today, that being in that room, enclosed by those glorious walls, is the way Benton conceived his project: not as a set of pictures but as an enlivened space. It must be seen that way for its subtlety to be appreciated and the full force of its color and vibrancy to be experienced.

Read the full article here: SMITHSONIAN – The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterwork

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Vincent Price Sings About Being an Artist

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Actor Vincent Price (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993), known mostly for horror movies, was also an connoisseur of art. Price’s knowledge and appreciation of art were so renowned that when Sears wanted to launch a fine art department, he was brought in to run the effort, as I wrote about before: The Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art.

In this video, Price displays some unexpected singing talent as he celebrates the magic of painting.

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DAILY ART FIX: Masterpieces Made While Artists Slept

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Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, “The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters” 1799

Francisco de Goya “The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters” 1799

The imagery in my paintings comes from visions I have. Turns out I’m not alone in my source of inspiration, as artist experiences and works attest.

Dreaming—a time when the brain escapes the constraints of consciousness and invents without the mind’s direction—has long played a part in the artistic process. Medieval art based on dreams had a religious, sometimes apocalyptic tone. In the Romantic period, artists used the dark strangeness of the dream state as a way to play with erotic and emotional subtexts. And 20th century Surrealists abstracted dream imagery from reality, painting objects that dripped and swelled, acquiring dimensions not seen in the waking world.

Here are six dream-inspired pieces of art, produced between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Read the full article here: ATLAS OBSCURA – 6 Masterpieces Made While Artists Slept

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DAILY ART FIX: 11 Greatest Matte Paintings Of All Time

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Raiders of a Lost Art: The Special Effect of Matte Paintings

Before CGI ate film, actual paintings on glass were used to create fantastic vistas that would have been too expensive or challenging to build as sets. I feel this old fashioned technique was much more compelling than the cold digital imagery which is so overused today.

Many classic movies used this blend of art and technology.

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Burn Hollywood Burn: Matte Painting from Earthquake (1974)

Read the full article here: TOOLBOX STUDIO – 11 Greatest Matte Paintings Of All Time

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DAILY ART FIX: Art 101: Gothic Art and Architecture

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The Upper Chapel of Sainte Chapelle. Paris, France

These days the descriptor “Gothic” (shortened to “Goth”) suggests black clothes, mournful post-punk music and flamboyant depression.

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I wear black on the outside / ‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside

The pop sub-culture borrowed that label from Gothic fiction, an much earlier literary movement that dwelt on horror-infused themes of decaying castles, doomed romances, and sinister occult forces.

That style of writing in turn took its name from a particular type of much earlier Medieval architecture. Far from being dark and oppressive, however, in their day Gothic constructions  and art were the pinnacle of technological and theological achievements.  

At the root of all Gothic art and architecture was the desire to construct something close to heaven on Earth, a place where congregations could feel the presence of the divine. High, vaulted ceilings coupled with towering, pointed spires represented the celestial aspirations of devout medieval Christians, with these new heights all made possible by advancements in architectural engineering like pointed arches and flying buttresses.

Read the full article here: ART & OBJECT – Art 101: Gothic Art & Architecture

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DAILY ART FIX: Empty Spaces -‘The Wall’ Artist Gerald Scarfe on Selling His Pink Floyd Archive

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Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 (1979)

We Don’t Need No Education: From Gerald Scarfe’s Iconic Art for The Wall

Pink Floyd’s concept album The Wall is a case where the music is inseparable from the imagery on the gatefold record.

Artist Gerald Scarfe created a scratchy, distorted dystopia in illustration and animation to accompany the haunting songs of alienation, loss and power. In 2019, Scarfe decided to part with his collection of artwork for the album.

Working off the musical landscape and the backstory [Pink Floyd bassist Roger] Waters established, Scarfe — a political cartoonist by trade with a flair for darkly comic caricature — developed The Wall‘s iconic imagery and characters, a twisted menagerie that would keep the attention of concertgoers while Pink Floyd literally built a wall between themselves and the audience: the Marching Hammers, the boogeyman Teacher who feeds his dead-eyed children to the meat grinder, the anus-mouthed Judge and the main character Pink, an unformed human that Scarfe’s animation tosses around like a marionette dummy untethered from its strings. “We couldn’t just have a blank wall sitting there,” the artist said.

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The Bleeding Heart and Artist Gerald Scarfe with His Creations

Read the full article here: ROLLING STONE – Empty Spaces -‘The Wall’ Artist Gerald Scarfe on Selling His Pink Floyd Archive

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DAILY ART FIX: A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Hidden Cupid Artwork Hanging in the Background

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Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window:” The original (left) and the version we were familiar with

A recent major restoration on a painting by Vermeer completely changes its meaning.

A years-long restoration undertaken by the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden has entirely altered the understanding of a 17th-century painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. What was once thought to be a somewhat glum depiction of a young girl reading near a window is now an amorous portrayal thanks to the unveiling of a naked Cupid hanging in the background.

Conservators knew the image of the Roman god of love existed after a 1979 X-ray, although it was assumed that Vermeer had altered the piece himself. Only after they performed a series of infrared reflectography imagings, microscopic analyses, and X-ray fluorescence examinations in 2017 did they realize that the Cupid was covered decades after the painter’s death, even though they still aren’t sure who marred the original piece or when. This dramatic of an alteration is rare during restoration, considering standard processes generally involve simple cleaning and repairs.

Read the full article here: COLOSSAL – A Restored Vermeer Painting Reveals a Hidden Cupid Artwork Hanging in the Background

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DAILY ART FIX: The Art of Memes 1

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These days it would have an accompanying artist statement about how pasta is racist….

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DAILY ART FIX: Empire Follows Art

This month, I became a contributor to The Masculinist, a website exploring men, faith, and culture.

From August 3, 2021: Empire Follows Art

William Blake “Job’s Evil Dream”

William Blake “Job’s Evil Dream” Photograph: [Public Domain] Wikimedia Commons

If anyone had been paying attention to how badly elitist mismanagement was damaging art for the last hundred years or so, we might have been better prepared to counter all the other forms of carnage they are now unleashing. What they did to the art world has become their default operating system across the board.

“Empire follows art and not vice versa,” warned the great English artist William Blake. Think of empire in this context not as a geographical entity, but more as the various ideas and modes unified under a belief system, so ingrained we largely aren’t even aware of it.

Read the whole article here: THE MASCULINIST – Empire Follows Art

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