"Art for Art's Sake"

Bison, Altamira Cave, Spain

"Painting in Progress"  
a film by Gary Mercer
U-Tube Version


"Interview with Larry"
a film by David Papas


Reading/Viewing List


Mark Rothko: tward the light in the chapel
Author: Annie Cohen-Solal
Publisher: Yale University Press 2015

Breakfast with Lucian
Author:Geordie Greig
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

David Park: A Painter's Life
Author: Nancy Boas
Publisher: University of California Press, 2012

Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Author: Kay Larson
Publisher: Penguin Press, 2012

Vanishing Smile: The Mysteious Theft of Mona Lisa
Author: R.A. Scotti
Publisher: Vintage

The Cave Painter
Author: Gregory Curtis
Publisher: Anchor Books

I Was Vermeer
Author: Frank Wynne
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Color, A natural History of the Palette
Author: Victoria Finlay
Publisher: Random House

The Lost Painting
Author: Jonathan Harr
Publisher: Random House

A Giacometti Portrait
Author: James Lord
Publisher: Noonday

Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Author: Ross King
Publisher: Walker

Leonardo, Portrait of a Master
Author: Bruno Nardini
Publisher: Giunti

Homage to late choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.

RUSSIAN ARC - A film by Alexander Sokurov
broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg,

NON Reading/Viewing List
(books or videos not recomended but should be viewed or read)

Seven Days in the Art World
Author: Bruno Sarah Thornton
Publisher: Norton

Exit Through The Gift Shop
Director: Banksy



Johannes Itten:
" I came to realise that an inner-directed thinking (meditation) and spiritual energy must counterbalance our outward, technologically oriented pointof view" - from Bauhaus by Elaine Hochman

Eugen Herrige: Zen philosopherl on making art -
"The hand that guides the brush has already caught and executed what floated before the mind at the same moment the mind began to form it, and, in the end, the pupil no longer knows which of the two, mind or hand, was responsible for the work"

Philip Guston: 1966, describing his creative process:
"There are 20 crucial minutes in the evolution of each of my paintings. The closer I get to that time - those 20 minutes - the more intensely subjective I become,"

Max Beckmann:
There is something that repeats itself in all good art, that is artistic sensuousness, combind with artistic objectivity toward the things represented. If that is abandoned, one arrives involuntarily in the realm of handicraft.


Painting Curve

Diagram for Building a Stretcher Bar

A Painting Technique

1) Gray Transparent Wash : thinned with 90% water or paint thinner
          Tip - use a very light gray, work with a rag, create an atmospheric effect.

2)  Rough Compositional Sketch: vine charcoal only - no detail.
           Tip - fill whole composition with large overlapping shapes.

 3) Wash in Color Areas: thin with 60%,50%,40%,30% water or paint thinner (progressively).
           Tip - use thin overlapping washes, allow color to run into each other.
           Tip - each progressive wash should be more colorful yet still transparent.

4) Redraw composition: vine charcoal only, no detail.        

(repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as needed until underpainting is complete.)

5) Heavier Paint: more intense color, use only 10% water or paint thinner
          Tip - be selective with areas, allow some of the under painting to remain untouched.

6) Thicker Paint: "Dry Brush Technique" use o% water or pa int thinner.
         Tip - allow the underpainting to show through each brush stroke by dragging the brush like a feather.

7) Fine Tune: darken all the dark's, lighten all the light's, put in details.
         Tip - tighten up the painting, push the contrast.progressively.

"Figure in Progress"
(a 30 second film)


Cave of La Cullalvera in Ramales, (Santander), Spain