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…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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   [caption id="attachment_3205" align="alignleft" width="518"] FHV #10 - 2017 [30” x 40”] Acrylic on canvas[/caption]Think about the great…

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   [ngg_images source="galleries" container_ids="12" display_type="photocrati-nextgen_basic_imagebrowser" ajax_pagination="1" template="/home4/ronforti/public_html/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/ngglegacy/view/imagebrowser-caption.php" order_by="sortorder" order_direction="ASC" returns="included" maximum_entity_count="500"]Michelangelo once said that his subjects lived in the stone. He released them. I was just glazing a…

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.…

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…

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   [caption id="attachment_3185" align="alignleft" width="487"] FHV #9 - 2017[/caption] Lee Krasner said, "Painting... in which the inner and the outer man are…

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…

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   [caption id="attachment_3147" align="alignleft" width="404"] FHV #2 - 2017[/caption] Jackson Pollock said, "Painting is…

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…

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 [caption id="attachment_2910" align="alignleft" width="456"] LIS #3 - 2016[/caption] Where is God? God is everywhere! This was the first question and answer in my Baltimore Catechism book from…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…
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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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 63

[caption id="attachment_1394" align="alignleft" width="247"] DRAWING - A-SERIES - 1[/caption] 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…