Artwork of the Day(s)! Albrecht Durer's Feet of an Apostle.
Artwork of the Day! Paul Cezanne's A Male Nude
Another light evening. I got home and took a 3-hour nap. Bath. Dinner. Organizing files on the ol' computer and then adding some paint to my current set of ACEOs. I added some splashes of paint tainted water, then some elements of watered down chromatic gray and finally a bluish-green light mix and an orangish-green dark mix. All finished off with a covering of bubble wrap before piddling with some sketches of the halo for the livestock series and a drawing of a boob.
Mostly worked at some cleaning as well as a mix of computer stuff Friday thru Sunday. And watched the movie Boxtrolls with 'lissa.
Fun movie with beautifully executed claymation!
THE BOXTROLLS are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. The film is based upon the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow. Written by DeAlan Wilson - www.ComedyE.com
It was a cold night in the mid-20s.
It was 'lissa's Dad's birthday so she didn't come. I reckon most everyone else fell victim to the cold cuz it was just Randy, Becky Lu and I (who arrived 30 minutes late). We chatted a bit about the Naturalist's Vision exhibition that will be happening at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun later this year. Will there be multiple purchase awards? Or will there just be the one for $1000 and the rest be generally awarded? I'll have to follow up on that with John and Mary Nell.
We then got to discussin' the Rome Art Coterie's 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant co-sponsored by Rome Area Council for the Arts. Becky Lu, like 'lissa, is a local arts teacher. Also, like 'lissa, she won grant money last year. They are our inside to the complex world of teachin' and a complex world it must be. We (Rome Art Coterie w/RACA) offered $250 each to 2 local public art educators and received response from exactly 2 local public art educators.
No questions. No correspondence. Just 2 completed applications.
I don't intend to represent teachers in a negative light as we're just trying to understand their situation but, apparently, they tend to be so overwhelmed with requests for their time that they tend to only do things expressly "ordered" by their school's administrative personnel i.e. principals. As our offer of the Jane McCord grant didn't attach itself to a principal's bearing (and our intent is not to force the issue as the grant is an offer not an edict), it held no weight and thus the email we sent out requesting teachers to apply, most likely, got trashed like so much spam. Expressing concern over this lack of interest, we came to the conclusion that, if there be so little interest, we shall not offer the grant next year. Becky Lu intends to bring the grant up with her teacher buddies when they gather and see why there was little response.
We discussed some other odds n' ends and worked for the rest of the time. Becky Lu was working on a bird for a future "paper" work. Randy was working on another in his ongoing Africa series. And I just piddled in my sketchbook. Didn't have any ideas but wanted to put some marks on a page to keep in practice.
When I got to the apartment later, I added some hues to a selection of cards.
I finished the design element for the Livestock halo and began putting together the halo. It will contain various elements including a crucifix (born and raised Baptist), the vagina inspired triangle design, spires from Gothic Cathedrals, emanating light rays and some as yet undecided elements.
In the later hours, I picked at about 20-30 ACEOs adding in a mix of "grays." Not sure where I want any of them to go but needed to do something with them.
'lissa and I watched about half of John Frankenheimer's Birdman of Alcatraz starring Burt Lancaster. Pretty solid effort that I'll need to finish some day. It's beautifully shot with some strong acting performances by Mr. Lancaster and Karl Malden.
Figure drawing night again. Corina was our model and it was the first time she has modeled in years. She did a pretty solid job and offered us our first 30-minute pose. Can't say I did much with what she provided us, though. For the bulk of the night, I didn't feel comfortable with my marks, my media nor my newsprint. Every effort seemed off. This mark was too heavy. That mark was too light. This paper was deflecting my 3B graphite marks. It's deflecting my willow charcoal marks. Am I drawing on poster board?
The only time things felt right was when 'lissa let me bum one of her charcoal sticks. It was for the final drawing of the night. The 30-minute one. It made marks that reacted to the paper. That ground itself in to it. I could finally feel what I was drawing. No longer was I floating on paper. A little too little. A little too late. But. Always good to end on a high note.
I also picked at my design for the Livestock series. Its close to what I want but still has a bit of a ways to go as I try to resolve some of the problems I'm having with my choice of line weight.
I also watched a couple movies, Religulous and Justice League: Doom.
I watched Larry Charles' Religulous featuring Bill Maher.
In it, "Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic." Summary by J. Spurlin.
Maher is hit or miss with me on many subjects but I enjoyed this film that poses many questions and little to no answers. It's worth a view just for the exchange of dialogue about religion from both the believer and non-believer sides.
Also watched was Lauren Montgomery's Justice League: Doom. Batman's contingency plans for how to immobilize the other members of the Justice League are stolen by Mirror Master and used by Vandal Savage in his plot to take over the world. Over the top comic book madness - well voiced and animated! Highly recommend!
I was able to work on a decorative element for my developing Livestock series, which will feature nude female figures blended with elements of livestock (dogs, horses, cows, etc.) and sanctity. The series refers to the Merriam Webster definition for livestock: animals kept or raised for use or pleasure; especially : farm animals kept for use and profit. The pieces will share how we have viewed women over the years, as something to be kept for use or pleasure, and, subsequently, discarded. Their halos will represent how we idolize these same women.
The concept in progress below will be used as an element on the halo.
I viewed Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 for the first time last night. Having seen the other two, I'll have to say this is the best of the Raimi series of Spider-Man movies and contains my favorite of the Spidey villains, Doctor Octopus. Too bad I waited so long to see it because a lot of the CG looks nice but is certainly dated, in particular, the end battle sequence between Spidey and Doc Ock. Fun view, though.
Did some photo organizing on my laptop, bought some cheap movies at Dollar General stores all around, and spent Valentine's with my lovely lady. Little else save for watching some movies.
The Ridley Scott classic, Legend. Like most of Mr. Scott's films, it is visually rich but as I've grown older some of the sentiment has grown thin and I'm not sure that I enjoy Tom Cruise's acting in this one (somewhat cringeworthy). The rest of the cast is terrific, particularly Tim Curry as Darkness, Mia Sara as Lili and David Bennent as Gump.
Piranha DD. Directed by John Gulager. Not as good as the original remake by Alexander Aja. There are elements to the story that make sense but minimal build throughout the movie to make them impactful. Ex: Why share that David Koechner's character Chet is paying bribery money to the police? Why share that Matt Bush's character Barry can't swim? Eh... It all falls flat.
There are some fun moments, however. Who doesn't enjoy seeing a child get his head torn off by a piranha? Or, seeing David Hasselhoff reprise his role as a lifeguard again,? Or, naked ladies and beheadings?
Just don't expect much and you will be rewarded.
Stan Lee's Superhumans, Season 1. We watched a few portions of episodes, many of which featured people doing things that didn't seem all that superhuman. Ex: The Wolf Man. Apparently, he was just a man who understood the nature of wolves and the quality of their calls well enough to be accepted into their pack and feed with them. Interesting? Unquestionably, Superhuman? I don't think so.
February 12. 6-8pm. RAC / RAW Collaboration #3 in the Coosa Room at the Sara Hightower Library.
We began a little after six with MC Margaret Ingram warming up the crowd of 30 or more. She introduced Paul Moses, President of the Rome Area Writers, to thunderous applause! Paul is always an engaging and entertaining speaker. He discussed the mission of the Writers, how non-members could join, and requested that attendees take promos for the coming Rome Area Writers 2015 Writers Forum, which will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 9am-4pm.
Margaret, then, introduced me as President of the Rome Art Coterie to equally thunderous applause! I called for lightning but... we stuck to thunder. I discussed the mission of the Coterie being to support the visual arts locally and also mentioned that the next Coterie meeting will take place on March 10th, featuring critiques of the works created from the Birdhouse Arrangement Rebecca Duncan created at our November 12 meeting. Professor Brian Barr will be the critiquer / critiquist and will select the Best Work presented to be framed by / displayed at Michaels for 1-2 weeks in the Spring. The work will also automatically be juried into the next Art at the Hall exhibition. Finally, I mentioned the 2nd Annual Jane McCord Art Educators Mini-Grant which will be awarded to 2 local public arts teachers in the month of March and turned the program over to MC Ingram.
We all worked from the prompt:
"That bleak winter night, his world had shrunk to the four walls of this lonely cabin. He could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place."
I don't have a roster of who all went when nor where but I do know the proceedings began with Dekie and ended with Margaret. In between, there was a mix of readings, singings, paintings, pizza and cookies - coffee, too! The writings / visuals ranged from humorous to morbid with some blending the two. Who can forget the Writer who wrote of a man who dreamt of shooting his mother-in-law in the face and reveling in the possibility!? Or BBQ copperheads? Or the isolated man who saw a UFO? Or Kelly Mills' singing and George Jones? Or Linda Angio listing off possible suicide methods? No bunnies in sight.
Having shared a digital arts piece myself, it was a great night to be amongst my peers enjoying their creativity and their varied responses to our chosen strand of words!
I look forward to future endeavors with the Writers. Maybe we'll work from a prompt. Maybe we'll do another workshop (longer this time. Or maybe we'll go slightly different and have an artist create a visual prompt for everyone to work from. Or insert your idea here.
Thanks to Paul Moses and the Writers for inviting us to share time with them on their monthly meeting night. Also, a multitude of thanks to Linda Angio, Randy Eidson, Dekie Hicks and Margaret Ingram for putting the event together. Finally, to everyone who came out, I say thank you!
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.