Art for Art's Sake
Reading / Viewing list
"Painting in Progress" — a film by Gary Mercer
"Interview with Larry" — a film by David Papas
PINA — a film for PINA BAUSCH by WIM WENDERS
Homage to late choreographer Pina Bausch (1940–2009), a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.
RUSSIAN ARK — a film by Alexander Sokurov
This film broke boundaries with it's dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
THE CLOCK — a film by Christian Marclay
A looped 24-hour video of scenes from films and television that feature clocks or timepieces, synchronized with the real time.
The Cave Painter
Author: Gregory Curtis
Publisher: Anchor Books
David Park: A Painter's Life
Author: Nancy Boas
Publisher: University of California Press, 2012
Vanishing Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
Author: R.A. Scotti
Color A natural History of the Palette
Author: Victoria Finlay
Publisher: Random House
A Giacometti Portrait
Author: James Lord
Leonardo, Portrait of a Master
Author: Bruno Nardini
Mark Rothko: toward the light in the chapel
Author: Annie Cohen-Solal
Publisher: Yale University Press 2015
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Author: Kay Larson
Publisher: Penguin Press, 2012
Breakfast with Lucian
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
I Was Vermeer
Author: Frank Wynne
The Lost Painting
Author: Jonathan Harr
Publisher: Random House
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Author: Ross King
Non Reading/Viewing List
books or videos not recommended but should be read or viewed
Seven Days in the Art World
Author: Sarah Thornton
Exit Through The Gift Shop (Film)
Quote / Poem
" I came to realise that an inner-directed thinking (meditation) and spiritual energy must counterbalance our outward, technologically oriented point of view" - from Bauhaus by Elaine Hochman
Eugen Herrige, Zen philosopher 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."
"There is something that repeats itself in all good art, that is artistic sensuousness, combined with artistic objectivity toward the things represented. If that is abandoned, one arrives involuntarily in the realm of handicraft."
The Painting Curve
Diagram for Making a Stretcher Bar
A Painting Technigue
- Gray Transparent Wash : thinned with 90% water or paint thinner
Tip — use a very light gray, work with a rag, create an atmospheric effect.
- Rough Compositional Sketch: vine charcoal only - no detail.
Tip — fill whole composition with large overlapping shapes.
- 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.
- Redraw composition: vine charcoal only, no detail.
(repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as needed until underpainting is complete.)
- 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.
- Thicker Paint: "Dry Brush Technique" use o% water or paint thinner.
Tip — allow the underpainting to show through each brush stroke by dragging the brush like a feather.
- Fine Tune: darken all the darks, lighten all the lights, strengthen contrast.
Tip — add details, shadows and light source.