29 April 2009

Bees - NY Times Blog

Great post on bees and the world we live in - even though it's a bumblebee they've got pictured, not a honeybee.

I'm waiting to see what Abelisto thinks about it (the article, not the misidentified pollinator in the photo).
Olivia Judson: Guest Column: Let’s Hear It for the Bees
Published: April 28, 2009
You can set your watch by the openings and closings of certain flowers, but for real circadian synchronicity, it's the bees.

28 April 2009

Mackenzie in the Garden with Bees

Here is the finished Mackenzie in the Garden with Bees as he was at the Art Tour.

And Mac back at home. I've entered this piece in the Southeast Minnesota Fine Arts show.

23 April 2009

Article in the Winona Daily News

I was interviewed Monday night by a local reporter.

The story ran today. It's not bad at all, although she misquoted me slightly about survival and making art.

What I actually said was "once all our energies are not taken up with survival concerns, humans tend to make art and decorate their surroundings."

She also underplayed the mosaic part of my practice. I think it was that the encaustic made better demonstration photos and had a bit more mystery to it than chipping up glass and gluing it down.

She also did not mention that I am on the board at the Winona Arts Center - oh well, I tried to get it in the story...

Art Department Blog

The Art & Design department where I work has a new blog that features student assignments/projects/work.

16 April 2009

Helen Levitt, Photographer, 1913-2009

Interesting piece.

I especially appreciate the observation that we tend to suppose a genius to creating art, a master status for an artist. There isn't, you know... neither genius or master. You just get out there and do it. If anything sets an artist apart from others it is a trained eye (ear) and an obsession. Like anything else, if it is important enough, you do it over and over and over - looking for ways to do it better. Some of us read every book and article on art like ours. Some of us make and make and make, honing our skills, practicing our praxis. Some of us study the HIStory of the art we do. Some of us strike up conversations with every other artist we encounter, picking their brains for ideas and inspiration. Some of us experiment and push boundaries - our own boundaries, our audience's boundaries, and the boundaries of the media we work in.

Some of us actually do get better. Some of us become masterful in skill and expert of eye. Not Masters, but masterly.

It's not as special as you might think.

Anyone can do it, with enough passion, enough work. Some do it better than others (and therefore are able to sell/show work - although much of what sells isn't particularly better than that which never graces a gallery wall or floor, just better marketed).

More thoughts later...for now you should watch this video.