Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 100

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol   Making a Living By Being “Alive”… I have been thinking very hard about the why of why. Such as why am I concerned about why I’m an artist or why I do what I do. Why is defined as: For […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 99

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man. Mark Twain   It’s the end of 2017 and a few hours away from 2018. I have been in a philosophical mood all day. This is a bit of […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 98

Painting – My Own Voice!   You think you’re the painter, but you’re the canvas. JOHN GREEN, Turtles All the Way Down   continued from… – A bit of a backtrack and how everything rolled out while, at the same time, rolled in and back out again! Yeah, the Vitruvian Wave thing again. How could […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 97

Painting – My Own Voice!   I said: what about my eyes? God said: Keep them on the road. I said: what about my passion? God said: Keep it burning. I said: what about my heart? God said: Tell me what you hold inside it? I said: pain and sorrow? He said: ..stay with it. […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 96

Painting – My Own Voice!   There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 95

Painting – My Own Voice!   The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing. – Sigmund Freud      Why am I writing this? Because I have to. It’s an intellectual exercise for me. Going back will help me to move forward. For […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 94

Making Sense of it All. Or, At Least Trying to!    …a lot less exciting, and it is no surprise that artists were much less apt to be regarded now as sages or priests, much more likely to be seen as just another set of knowledge workers.                 […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 93

Balancing Act!   Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens. Carl Gustav Jung   I just had a flashback to a childhood dream. A frequently occurring one. In it, I am in this ambiguous space with a huge pencil on my shoulder. […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 92

Catharsis. Epiphany. Resurrection.   And this is the unwritten history of man, his unseen, negative accomplishment, his power to do without gratification for himself provided there is something great, something into which his being, and all beings can go. He does not need meaning as long as such intensity has scope. Because then it is […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 91

The Awe and Mystery Which Reaches from the Inner Mind…   There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission…  The Outer Limits (television show 1963-65)   There are storms in my head. Something is controlling what is being transmitted through me. Yeah, sounds like weird […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 90

Composition & Narrative – Yin & Yang?   The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth. Ezra Pound   Think about the great paintings of the past; those from the Renaissance to Neoclassicism, for example. As far as I’m concerned, as a […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 89

Chasing Shadows?   Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher   Michelangelo once said that his subjects lived in the stone. He released them. I was just glazing a piece and was thinking how I like to think that no emotion enters my […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 88

The What Versus Where of Marks.   Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos. Mary Shelley   Marks are marks. But, what is a mark? A mark is a line, symbol or representation that stands out in contrast to its surroundings. They may, in fact, be […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 87

The Eternal Presence of the One Creative Act?   Synchronicities are cystallizations in linear time of a nonlinear, acausal, atemporal process, windows into the realm outside of time and space, a world in which we ourselves are active participants in and of “the one creative act. Paul Levy, the author of Awakened by Darkness   […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 86

START – CONTINUE – STOP!   I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. Jackson Pollock   Lee Krasner said, “Painting… in which the inner and the outer man are inseparable, transcends technique, transcends subject and moves into the realm of the inevitable.” […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 85

THE DEFAULT NETWORK?   What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation. Hans Hofmann Well, it seems that abstract art is way beyond the opinion of some that a three-year-old or […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 84

INNER VISION? Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. Pablo Picasso   Jackson Pollock said, “Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” I am an abstractionist. I don’t […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 83

Step-By-Step – It’s a Process! I am trying to better understand how I process, as well as, my actual technical process. Why? Well, besides being a Virgo and a bit OCD, I want to become better at what I do. This is a series of photos I took to record a painting in a series I did […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 82

Where Is God? Is It God that I See?   The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel. Piet Mondrian Where is God? God is everywhere! This was the first question and answer in my Baltimore Catechism book from parochial school. Who is God? God is our Father! That was the second question […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 81

New Country. New Home. New Life. New Paintings!   They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol Finally! In the second half of my life and changing things as they need changing. Half of my time is spent on the business of Art. The other half is […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 80

Progress Report from Portugal… I’ve completed ten paintings in less than two months. Feeling positive about my work, my progress, sales, and exhibition opportunities to follow. Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 79

An American Abstract Painter in Portugal…   Bilbo said, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” JRR Tolkien What does that mean? I am an abstract painter from the United States […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 78

A Look At My Self Flaubert For an artist there is only one thing: to sacrifice everything to art. He must regard life as a means, nothing else, and the first person he dismisses is himself… Flaubert How do I explain my process? In the beginning there nothing.  Only a blank canvas. If creation is the child […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 77

Authenticity in Art. Is It That Important?   All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei Starting way-back in time – 10,000 years ago – the fire circles of our Paleolithic ancestors mimicked the shape and the path of the Sun, the Moon. The palm […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 76

Where Am I and Where Am I Going?   I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott I promised my friend Luis Villanueva, artist, gallerist and owner of Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the first few paintings that I made here in Portugal. […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 75

What is a Painting and, What is Painting Really?   A painting – before being a warhorse, a naked woman, or some story or other – is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order. Maurice Denis, French painter   I told a very good friend that I wanted to do a painting […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 74

Well, Here I Am in Portugal – Now, What?   It’s never too late to be what you might have been. George Elliot In three days, on September 8th, it’ll make two months since I moved here. Although I moved here for other reasons, it just struck me that I am now – officially that […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 73

Form is the manifestation of the state of equilibrium attained at a given time. The inherent characteristics of content are movement and change. We might, therefore, though it is certainly a simplification, define form as conservative and content as revolutionary. Ernst Fischer – The Necessity of Art: A Marxist Approach  For me, it’s always about […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 72

Material goods, capable of being marketable, sellable, and collected… In an article in Art and Education, Dan Zimmerman wrote, Art as a commodity embodies intangible concepts and ideas by transforming them into material goods, capable of being marketable, sellable, and collected… The economic system assigns monetary value to instruments that through general consensus, are considered to […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 71

NOTE: This started off as an attempt to help me articulate viewer experiences of my work but it sort of got away from me. Experiencing an Image… We know for certain that sight is one of the most rapid actions we can perform. In an instant we see an infinite number of forms, still we […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 70

Here’s the entire Manifesto (combined from Artist’s Journal: NUMBERS 65, 66 & 67) all in one post. At this posting time, my paintings are selling well after just two days since the opening on Saturday, October 17th at the Colo Colo Gallery. I am exhibiting with ceramicist Meaghan Gates. The Show runs from October 17 […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 69

Following up on my thoughts in regards to artist’s statements (Artist’s Journal: 68) and, attempting to define what or how it is that I do what I do, I’ll leave it to Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880) and his thoughts about the subject: The artist is merely a recording apparatus for sensory perceptions. …No theories! […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 68

Artist Statements! Really? Have you ever read one – all the way through? I’ve tried to read the artist’s statement at every opening I’ve ever been to. And, with one exception, Lasse Antonsen, never make it to the end. Not only do I read all of Lasse’s statements – I ask for a copy! But […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 67

Part Three of a three-part post continued from Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 65 POINT THREE: First, this is not self-serving; it is an experiment that I am willing to personally conduct. That’s why, at my next show at Luis’s Colo Colo Gallery this fall (17 October – 6 November 2015), all of my work, all one hundred or so […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 66

Part Two of a three-part post continued from Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 65 POINT ONE: Art has essentially remained the same for the last 10,000 years.  It’s the artist that changes or is changed by the market.  The real problem is a general and erroneous perception that lumps all art and artists together and, worse yet separates […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 65

PLEASE NOTE: This manifesto is in three parts divided over three posts, this one, Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 65 and Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 66 and 67 Does Art Make Money or, Does the Price Make it Art? “Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh boat. There’s no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it. The […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 64

There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious. We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 63

CHANNELING CY? I had an unexpected shock today.  José Manuel Durão Barroso, former Prime Minister of Portugal (2002 – 2004) and, at this posting, is the current President of the European Commission.  He said, “What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.” Well, talk about an eye-full?  I was emailing a new colleague […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 62

HORIZONS – Yes, horizons are usually equated with landscape.  And, as much as I try to be a pure abstractionist, someone always point to the landscape in my compositional structure. As I write this, I continue to ponder E. H. Gombrich’s statement that, “All artistic discoveries are discoveries not of likenesses but of equivalencies which […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 61

“…the goal of art is to put the spectator in a state of a mathematical quality, that is, a state of an elevated order. To conceive, it is first necessary to know what one wishes to do and to specify the proposed goal; to know if one wishes to settle for pleasing the senses, or […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 60

A long time ago, I became aware that many of us have a tendency to lump nature into simplistic categories, such as what we consider beautiful or ugly, important or unimportant. As human a thing as that is to do, I think it often leads us to misunderstand the respective roles of life forms and […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 59

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Friedrich Nietzsche   Yes, I’ll admit it.  I am a struggling artist. I […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 58

“Complex, statistically improbable things are by their nature more difficult to explain than simple, statistically probable things. – Richard Dawkins, Ethologist, evolutionary biologist, secularist and author of the best-selling book The God Delusion Fine Wine.  Fine Art.  Fine Mess.  Am I wrong?  Put a glass of wine in someone’s hand and ask them to tell you […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 57

“I now consider myself to be at the beginning of the beginning of making something serious.” – Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo in 1881 I’m proud and pleased to be teaching a course at the New Bedford Art Museum called: Taming Watercolors: There’s Beauty in the Beast! The class runs four consecutive weeks […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 56

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904-1980)   I’ve been thinking of differences.  Of being different.  Or, of not being different enough.  What is different? […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 55

“I’m of my time; it’s the others who are behind the times.” Man Ray 1890 – 1976 That was the response Man Ray gave when asked if he was ahead of his time. He also said, “I wanted to be accepted, not understood”. I’m wondering if I am ahead of my time or, stuck in […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 54

All my ex’s live in Texas  – George Strait Maybe his do. But, all my Xs must live in my head.  Xs have been populating my work for a long time.  I’ve never wondered why.  Xs are nothing on one hand, and on the other hand, they do mean something. So, yeah, all of a […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 53

“Just because it sells doesn’t mean it’s good.  On the other hand, just because it doesn’t sell doesn’t mean it’s not great!” I said that…   …and, it got me to thinking.  Oh, yeah, a bit of frustration, too!  Sure, I’m feeling a bit insecure as well. In the meantime, I’m still rereading Modern Artists […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 52

“Art is like religion in many respects… Its development consists of sudden illuminations, like lightning, of explosions, which burst like a fireworks in the heavens, strewing a whole “bouquet” of different shining stars about itself.” Wassily Kandinsky 1866 – 1944 He continued in his essay –  Reminiscences in 1913 –   “This illumination shows new […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 51

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” Jackson Pollock 1912 – 1956 I wonder as I wander.  Yes – out under the sky. In my quest to answer why I do what I do, I have turned to those who came before me. Wassily Kandinsky is one painter I have “consulted” and […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 50

“Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used “to tell” at all.” Umberto Eco A Theory of Semiotics I’m still stretching my brain […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 49

“To control the concrete one must abstract its essence.”  Michael P. Holt British mathematician and the author of Mathematics in Art (1971) This drawing titled – PRESSURES: New Bedford’s 1871 Whaling Disaster is an attempt to do just that; to convey the natural, financial and historical pressures on New Bedford’s mighty whaling fleet during an […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 48

“Euclid’s first common notion is this: Things which are equal to the same thing are equal to each other. That’s a rule of mathematic reasoning.” Abraham Lincoln As played by Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln When I first heard this I was reminded of E.H. Gombrich’s statement that “All artistic discoveries are discoveries not […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 47

If you give people nothingness, they can ponder what can be achieved from that nothingness.” Tadao Ando, Architect Reflection, retrospection and contemplation.  Here I go again! I call myself a painter but lately I’ve been churning out more works on paper – studies, than actually painting.  It’s been pointed out to me that although I […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 46

“The American attitude toward the arts has completed a 180-degree turn since the end of World War II. From one of apathy, indifference, and even hostility, it has become one of eager, if sometimes ignorant, enthusiasm.” Alvin Toffler – Author of Future Shock and The Third Wave French artist Paul Gauguin asked this question when […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 45

“All art is bad, but modern art s the worst. Just like the influenza. The newer it is, the more dangerous. And modern art is not only a public danger – it’s insidious. You never know what may happen when it gets loose.” Gulley Jimson in The Horse’s Mouth (1944) by Joyce Cary In another […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 44

“What am I in most people’s eyes? A nonentity or an eccentric and disagreeable man… I should want my work to show what is in the heart of such an eccentric, of such a nobody.” Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890 Any artist who wakes up each day without doubts is either a very lucky […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 43

Jerry: Well, uh, maybe something happens on the way to work. George: No, no, no. Nothing happens. Jerry: Well, something happens. Russell: Well, why am I watching it? George: Because it’s on TV. The Pitch – Season 4, Episode 3 – Seinfeld (TV Series 1990 – 98) Another thing that popped out at my last opening […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 42

“I know this sounds crazy, but ever since yesterday on the road, I’ve been seeing this shape. Shaving cream, pillows… Dammit! I know this. I know what this is! This means something. This is important.” Richard Dreyfuss in the role of Roy Neary Close Encounters of the Third Kind – 1977   At my Fado […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 41

“One never finishes learning about art. There are always new things to discover. Great works of art seem to look different every time one stands before them. They seem to be as inexhaustible and unpredictable as real human beings.” E. H. Gombrich 1909 – 2001 The Story of Art   I sometimes wonder if I […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 40

“What good is an artist with nothing to say?” I wonder… Frank Stella (1936) created abstract paintings that are not illusionistic representations of reality.  His paintings don’t contain any metaphysical or psychological references.  He believes his work is nothing more than paint on canvas.  The paint is paint.  The canvas is canvas.  No more.  No […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 39

“The art of painting can only consist of the representation of objects which are visible and tangible for the artist” Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet 1819 – 1877 Courbet believed that, as an artist, your emotions and feelings are irrelevant.  You need to focus not on the glamorous or the shocking but, everyday life.  The abstract […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 38

“Art is magic… But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic.” Hans Hofmann 1880 – 1966 We were shamans.  Painters that is.  Journalist Bill Moyers […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 37

“I hate that aesthetic game of the eye and the mind, played by these connoisseurs, these mandarins who ‘appreciate’ beauty. What is beauty, anyway? There’s no such thing. I never ‘appreciate’, any more than I ‘like.’ I love or I hate.” Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Beauty.  If it is subjective, then all art is subjective.  The […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 36

BLACK IS WHITE, LEFT IS RIGHT What matters? The painter paints alone. You, I, we see it, hung up on the wall there it is – – we care, or don’t what matters ? We lithographers, etchers or inkers of woodcuts, we’re fortunate, we know what matters . The artist tells us – – too […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 35

I’m reading Camille Paglia’s new book: Glittering Images and I found this in the introduction… “…a tremendous amount of major Western art has been intensely religious, and liberals, who have hounded Christmas creches out of public squares, would similarly object to the doctrinal instruction necessary to present Christian iconography in the public classroom.  Thus arts […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 34

“I’m sorry, old mother, but I’ve not a sou to spare,” he said to the Gypsy. “I’ll take the hat,” said the Gypsy. “And you can go back to your room, out of the storm, and make a picture of a vase of flowers.” “And what will I get for my hat? Will you tell […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 33

Okay, now this is scary.  Here’s a bunch of Cy Twombly (1928 – 2011) quotes I found while looking for something else.  I’m not trying to be anything but honest here.  Not only does our work look similar, as I’ve been told,  it also seems we have a similar way of thinking. Ever since I […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 32

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Edgar Degas 1834 – 1917 Getting ready for the New Bedford Harbor in a New Light show that’s coming up this coming May at the New Bedford Art Museum.  The piece I’m submitting will be one of the largest I’ve done in a […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 31

ARTSCOPE MAGAZINE AD – January/February 2013   ARTIST STATEMENT Fado – Fatum is a theme, a jumping off point.  It reflects the struggle of creative individuals balancing their obligations which are stitched to and, synonymous with their fate, their destiny and ofttimes their dashed aspirations. Fado is a Portuguese music form or genre.  The word […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 30

Here are twelve new 10″ x 8″ paintings – acrylic, charcoal and graphite on canvas board – that may be in the upcoming FADO – FATUM show. Click on the individual image for best slideshow viewing

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 29

“True art always involves the observer in the participatory gesture of being, or what we call love.” Avatar Adi Da Samraj 1939 – 2008 The word fado comes from the Latin fatum, which means fate, destiny or doom.  What we call fate affects us because it is beyond our control and, more so, is determined […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 28

“…having thought it over, I do not say that my work is good, but the thing is that I can do less bad stuff. Everything else, relations with people, is very secondary, because I haven’t the gift for that. I can’t help that.” Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890 Sometimes I wonder too about my […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 27

“What I know isn’t as important as what I don’t know.” – I thought of this! It seems silly to paint or do art. Van Gogh said this about painting: “And yet very often terrible fits of depression come over me, and besides the more my health comes back to normal, the more my brain […]

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 26

“If you don’t do anything, you won’t have any critics. If you don’t do enough, you won’t have any admirers. Do or don’t, your soul will pay one way or another.” – I thought of this today! Getting ready for my next show at Colo Colo Gallery in New Bedford, Massachusetts.  It’s coming up in […]

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