Update of March 11, 2017:
I originally started this website several months back to publicize my own works of art and to occasionally talk about those artists which I admire. However, I have focused more on writing in the last few months and this website has, unfortunately, fallen by the wayside.
After election night, I was in shock like many others and I started the Twitter account for
this website to promote the aesthetics of life in order to fight the rapidly growing weltangst I saw in the headlines. This was as much for my own peace of mind as it was altruistic. I have found that this was a wise move as it gave me a chance to focus on the beauty and joy of the world and to know that I was doing something, however small, to make the world a better place. I encourage everyone to do the same.
Now, I am going to expand upon the lessons I have learned. I will start blogging about aesthetics here and use the tools that WordPress provides to spread those message to other media such as Twitter (of course), LinkedIn, Tumblr, and others. This is something I do as a service to our community, society, culture, and species (as this posts will go out worldwide).
I will post material from many sources and belief systems and will not limit myself to one. I will endeavor to remain positive. When something negative crops up in the media, should I decide to comment on it, I will try to do so by promoting what I perceive to be the right and positive approach in correcting it and not by condemnation (which will be difficult at times). For example, when news erupts about lying within a government, I will try to combat it by emphasizing the value of truth and how our society relies upon truth to accomplish what needs be done.
For those who want to know more about my art and my limited background as an artist, here is my original artist’s statement of May 28, 2015, that made up this page.
I have had an interest in visual art for many years and particularly in the traditional painters: the Impressionists, Van Gogh, Gauguin, etc. About 2005 however, I began to experiment with developing my own art after experimenting with altering many of my photographs using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Since then I have been experimenting in abstract art, often toying with the boundary between abstract and representational art. I am fascinated with the abilities of colors and shapes to perform subtle magic, such as expressing three dimensions in a two-dimensional medium, evoking emotion, stimulating the intellect, and toying with the sense of vision. I experiment with the elements of art: contrasting colors, bright hues and tones, textures, dispersal of selected colors across the canvas (digital or real), depth perception based on color contrasts, and so forth.
Until the winter of 2007 I experimented only with digital images. Then I decided, for various reasons, to try my hand at the traditional mediums. These have presented whole new challenges for me, but they have also presented with new opportunities for experimentation and creativity. I have toyed with oils a little, but my small apartment does not afford me the luxury of a place to store them safely for the extended time it takes them to properly dry. Therefore I work with faster-drying mediums: acrylic, latex, spray enamel, etc.
Today, I study mostly abstract painters such as Pollock and de Kooning and I generally try to study the current abstract artists such as Richard Diebenkorn and Helen Frankenthaller, while keeping up my knowledge of past masters.
For me, a painting’s name is simply a means of reference and so I usually name my works with a single word or a very brief phrase that in some way captures its essence. Because almost all my works are abstract, I try to name many of them after abstract concepts. Many I give musical names (such as Symphony in Red), because there is a rhythm or musical quality to them that I sense, though I usually do not start out with a musical concept in mind.
Usually, I start with what seems an interesting background color and then apply the paint in sort of an intuitive manner, experimenting while trying to create an aesthetically pleasing and intriguing work. That is not to say that I slap on colors at random hoping to create something pretty. I choose colors and their application carefully. I may sit and stare at a painting for up to an hour or more deciding what color to apply next, where to place it, and how to apply it. Sometimes I will hold the brush or bottle of paint over the work (they are normally horizontal) and made several practice strokes before actually putting the paint to the canvas, so that I can have almost exactly what I envision.