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  1. The Ugly Truth: It was Beauty all Along (5/23/2019) - The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald [Here I present an argument that art must be beautiful. Note that beauty signifies being visually captivating, compelling, or interesting, and doesn’t mean it’s […]
  2. Why I have nothing new to say about Koons’s latest record-breaking sale. (5/20/2019) - If you don’t know already, Jeff Koons’s high-polished aluminum (or is it chrome?) “Rabbit” sold for over $90,000,000 at a Christie’s auction. One of the reasons I have nothing to say is that this sale says nothing about the art, and I’m not interested in money, nor qualified to talk about finance, economy, investment strategies, […]
  3. Runaway Rant: What isn’t art? (5/19/2019) - [I use “rant” to designate posts where I just write extemporaneously, usually over a cup of coffee or two.  They have an advantage of sorts, in that the flow is uninterrupted, and I can only talk about what I already know.] This is one of those things where we just look at one side of […]
  4. Runaway Rant: A Personal Attack is Not an Argument (5/16/2019) - I get these personal attacks all the time, and fear not, I’ll share some juicy examples. In philosophy, or debate, it’s known as the ad-hominem fallacy. You may have heard of it, and it’s very simple and easy to avoid in your own discussions and debates. It just means to attack the person rather than […]
  5. Abominable Ideas About Art #5: The Purpose of Art is to Ask Questions (5/13/2019) - The art world is filled with bad ideas that are repeated like scripture, and accepted as truisms. Most of them presume to make sweeping statements about all art, and establish a hierarchy with their chosen art at the pinnacle. I’ve dismantled a bunch of the worst of these ideas in lengthy articles, but here I’ll […]
  6. New Art: SFAU # 31 (5/10/2019) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. This […]
  7. Runaway Rant: Is Facebook/Instagram Going Too Far With Censorship? (5/6/2019) - If you can’t beat ’em. Ban ’em! While Facebook and Instagram ostensibly banned “far right extremists”, banning people one doesn’t agree with itself resembles a “far right extremist” tactic. Banishing the opposition grates against my more progressive sensibility. Censorship is a tool historically associated with abuse of power, silencing dissent, and squashing the underdog. The […]
  8. Death’s Dream Kingdom 03: The Monster In The Mirror (4/27/2019) - The third in the series, and I sat on this one for a long time. There were some technical difficulties towards the end, such as in making the monster’s appendages persuasively symmetrical (working anatomically and compositionally). If I share an earlier version, you’ll understand why. Below you can see I’d drawn in a couple appendages […]
  9. Abominable Ideas About Art #4: If Michelangelo were alive today, he’d be a conceptual artist. (4/6/2019) - The art world is filled with bad ideas that are repeated like scripture, and accepted as truisms. Most of them presume to make sweeping statements about all art, and establish a hierarchy with their chosen art at the pinnacle. I’ve dismantled a bunch of the worst of these ideas in lengthy articles, but here I’ll […]
  10. Abominable Ideas About Art #3: The Public Decides What Art Means (3/31/2019) - The art world is filled with bad ideas that are repeated like scripture, and accepted as truisms. Most of them presume to make sweeping statements about all art, and establish a hierarchy with their chosen art at the pinnacle. I’ve dismantled a bunch of the worst of these ideas in lengthy articles, but here I’ll […]
  11. MoMA’s ‘Salon’ on the topic of “White Male”: Flogging a Dead Scapegoat (3/29/2019) -   A few days ago MoMA uploaded a video of their “salon” on the topic of “White Male”. It could have been called “White Male: The Enemy” and the content would not have needed to change.  I find this sort of thing in 2019 not to be the more enlightened, open-minded, generous, just, and progressive […]
  12. Runaway Rant: A Problem with Morality and Art (3/26/2019) - I just wanted to get out one thought here, folks, which is percolating in my mind over my morning coffee. In general, morality is defined by others, and art makes its own definitions, hence they work at cross purposes. How much are we, as individuals, self-defined, and how much defined by everything outside of ourselves? […]
  13. Abominable Ideas About Art #2: All Art is Political (3/25/2019) - The art world is filled with bad ideas that are repeated like scripture, and accepted as truisms. Most of them presume to make sweeping statements about all art, and establish a hierarchy with their chosen art at the pinnacle. I’ve dismantled a bunch of the worst of these ideas in lengthy articles, but here I’ll […]
  14. Abominable Ideas About Art #1: Making Money is Art (3/24/2019) - The art world is filled with bad ideas that are repeated like scripture, and accepted as truisms. Most of them presume to make sweeping statements about all art, and establish a hierarchy with their chosen art at the pinnacle. I’ve dismantled a bunch of the worst of these ideas in lengthy articles, but here I’ll […]
  15. Runaway Rant: Believing Beliefs, Mass Shootings, & Art. (3/19/2019) - Turning and turning in the widening gyre    The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere    The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst    Are full of passionate intensity. … Excerpt […]
  16. Before and After Process (3/14/2019) - One of  the oldest techniques I use to invent imagery is to just make a bunch of marks and see what I see. I sometimes make a bunch of thumbnail sketches, and then choose whichever one inspires me at the moment. I made about a dozen thumbs before making my most recent piece (above right […]
  17. Death’s Dream Kingdom 02: Lazarus’ Carapace (3/12/2019) - This kind of piece stands on its own, needs no placard, no description, no interpretation, no translation, no perusing a CV, no background or context, and no assaying the significance of the biology of the artist. The only reason to read any further is if you are curious to know more. Sometimes it seems like […]
  18. Alex Jones is a complete and utter nutter: Aliens, Nazis, and Baby Organ Harvesting. (3/4/2019) - “We’re in contact with aliens… It was the Germans who first got in touch… The aliens would mind meld and give them the technology… They’re bad aliens… Are you surprised the Nazis were influence by demons?… SS castles where they go, where the aliens want blood, so they’d kill like 20 kids and everything… it […]
  19. New Rules for Chess Tournaments. It’s Woke Chess, I Guess. (3/3/2019) - A radical new approach to chess. Deciding winners by jury instead of by checkmate?  I’d probably stick with the old version. The new variety, outlined in the blog-post I’m sharing below, seems be a bit nebulous for this old dog. Somehow this reminded me of the art world, but don’t mind me. I shall shuffle […]
  20. “Painting is No Longer a Window”: The Revolutionary Expunging of the Visual Imagination (2/27/2019) - Painting is no longer a window on an imaginary world. or Painting is no longer allowed to be a window on an imaginary world. There are some ideas that are so ingrained, repeated so often, and are impressed on us so early, that we accept them before we even have the chance or ability to […]
  21. Confession: I am a Renowned Conceptual Artist. (2/26/2019) - This work by me appears in the video: The Case for Copying, by The Art Assignment / PBS Digital Studios, at @7:00. The purpose of the video is to defend the sometimes maligned contemporary art practice of appropriation, and when giving historical context it returns to Duchamp’s “Fountain”, and then quickly segues to my appropriation […]
  22. Movie Review: The Price of Everything (Art of by and for the Rich) (2/24/2019) - When I say things that I like to think are to some degree hyperbolic, such as that the art world is a sea of toxic, relativistic, bullshit, this is the art world I’m talking about, and I fear my colorful exaggeration is a woefully inadequate understatement. This film is about the blue chip art world, […]
  23. “It’s OK to Paint” is Hate Speech. (2/17/2019) - Just going to share this without comment, which doesn’t mean I’m endorsing it or taking any side for or against. I think I’m afraid to formulate an opinion. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve slipped into some parallel dimensions where, well, everything seems backwards or like a parody. I am perhaps softening up to the idea […]
  24. Rant: Why Are My Views Anathema to the Art World? (2/10/2019) - “I must confess that the other mods and I find ourselves strongly disagreeing with you in almost all cases…” ~ Head Moderator of the Art-History subreddit. I received the above message some months ago after the Art History subreddit censored an article of mine I shared which was critical of Banksy’s stunt in which one […]
  25. Death’s Dream Kingdom 01: Salamandrine (2/8/2019) - It’s just a wee bit odd to propose this as the first in a new series, as this is a core example of the type of art I do going back decades, including the technique (though I used to do this in charcoal). Let me just dredge up one of those real quick. The reason […]
  26. At Eternity’s Gate: An Abominable Portrait of Van Gogh (2/5/2019) - At Eternity’s Gate is to the painter, Vincent Van Gogh, what the paintings in the movie are to his own: an atrocity. I’ve been excited to see this movie for a long time, mostly because it stars Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh. The only actor that might have been more fun to cast in the […]
  27. Authoritative Art Video Self-Refutes by Unwittingly Featuring One of My Pranks (2/3/2019) - [Note before I get started. I’m not a tortured artist, and have no mental illnesses or addictions. I’m not even prone to depression. If there are no extenuating circumstances, I’m told I can be annoyingly chipper, especially in the mornings. The way I usually choose to deal with things is with light humor.] I was […]
  28. Runaway Rant: Can you Separate the Art from the Artist? (1/19/2019) - The question has come up a lot recently about whether or not we can separate the artist from the art, and it’s usually in the bad sense. The conclusion comes first, and it’s that a bad person can’t be a good artist. We then work on our arguments, which have to be correct, because we’ve […]
  29. New Art: [Everyday Observations #2] Scissors & Ball (1/18/2019) - Some of you may have already seen a short video I shared, on Instagram, showing some of the techniques I used. This is #2 in a just started, ongoing series of everyday observations. They are realistic renderings of photos I take of my environment. The subjects aren’t supposed to be dramatic, but are studies of […]
  30. New Video: First 30 Heads in My SFAU series Morphing (1/4/2019) - Hi folks. This is a updated version of the one I made for the first 25 heads, but I added more frames between images so it’s smoother, and this time I did it in strict chronological order (last time I did it in a way that I thought would give better results, but sometimes faces […]
  31. New Art: SFAU # 30 (Green-Haired Lady) (1/1/2019) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. I […]
  32. Racist depiction of black male, Africa ride Runaway Rant: the Danger of Opinion (12/28/2018) - I wrote this days ago, and then just sat on it, because, an opinion piece about why opinion is inherently an insufficient projection upon reality is self-cancelling. On second thought, that was the point. Reality is boundless and unfathomable, hence any opinions, beliefs, and conclusions about it are mere projections upon it, something to tether […]
  33. Runaway Rant: That’s Not Reality (12/2/2018) - What makes my runaway rants rants is that I write them in one go, initially without editing. I will go back and fix my more egregious typos, misspellings, and so on, but not change the flow. The ideas come one after the other, without an outline. It’s a way to keep it simple, but also […]
  34. New Art: [Everyday Observations #1] Canvas Bag with Orange Straps (12/1/2018) - Don’t worry folks, I haven’t thrown in the towel and become a still-life artist. This work, and I intend to do more, are “practice” pieces intended to develop my skills are rendering things like lighting, shading, volumes, shapes, modeling, perspective, textures, and other realistic details. I often try to create such realistic elements in works […]
  35. Art is not a conversation piece for mental masturbation! (11/20/2018) - Sometimes I say or do something that’s so obvious to me that I can’t believe nobody else has done it or said it. Apparently the above is an original quote by me [I also made the graphic.]. You can even take out the “for mental masturbation” part, and “art is not a conversation piece” is […]
  36. Parody Articles Published in Prestigious Academic Journals, And Why The Art World is in Denial (11/19/2018) - [When you know what you are supposed to think, it means that you aren’t supposed to think.] I wrote a whole article about this, and then decided I don’t want to engage or react to the radical left (or right) ideologues, or poison my peace of mind with their neurosis (anymore), if I can help […]
  37. Alien Monster Messiah #2: Martian Soul Harvester (11/12/2018) - This is the 2nd piece in my new series. If you are one of my perspicacious fans, you’ll have seen this before, but it’s a larger, revised, impasto version, which will be more evident in the close-ups. The original is below: I could have probably done with just touching up the original, but I wanted […]
  38. Schoolmarmy Regurgitation of the Correct Political Opinion is Not Performance Art (11/11/2018) - Righteous political posturing is not synonymous with significant artistic achievement. The art world is so afraid of the political moralists that it is compelled to make any trivial political protest into front-page art news, and refuses to criticize it, even as art. Allow me to put a little perspective on this boring-ass, preachy, completely unoriginal […]
  39. What Is the Secret to Making It as an Artist? Bad News, Folks…. (11/10/2018) - According to an article in artnetnews, the key is merely to be picked up by a big name venue early in your career. Sorry everyone else, your actual art is irrelevant, and THAT is F’ing pathetic. This is super depressing shit, and stupid. News flash: terminal myopia is not the right metaphor for visual art […]
  40. Julian Schnabel’s Clueless Self-Indictment (11/10/2018) - This photo makes me angry. I haven’t seen or suspected anything could be this delusional in the art world since Jeff Koons claimed he improved upon old-master paintings by affixing a gaudy, blue gazing ball to assistant-painted copies of them. It’s not just that Schnabel had the arrogance to curate his own work next to […]
  41. New Art, New Series: Alien Monster Messiah #1 (11/2/2018) - This might seem an unexpected departure from my self-portrait series (I’m taking a break from it), unless you already know me or my blog, in which case you might think, “Here we go again!”. I’ll grandfather in (not sure if that’s the right term here, but you get the idea) several pieces that fit nicely […]
  42. New Art: SFAU # 29 [Complete] (10/24/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. This […]
  43. New Art: SFAU # 29 [Right Side] (10/19/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. There […]
  44. Banksy Laughing His Way to the Bank, See (10/6/2018) - Banksy’s “subversive” publicity stunt was a smashing succe$$! If I were the buyer, I’d be thrilled. Of the more than 750 similar fine art “limited editions” of the same print, starting at $50,000 each, this is the only one the marketing mastermind has outfitted with a self-destruction device (which also creates a new work of […]
  45. Runaway Rant: A New Paradigm of Art Connoisseurship (10/4/2018) - The current paradigm is Investment, which is cynically boring in terms of art appreciation, and tragically myopic. Art is reduced to objects with price-tags on them that investors gamble on, while also trying to influence the market by promoting the artists they invest in, and so on. The end result is a handful of superstar […]
  46. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 28 (10/3/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. Dear […]
  47. The tantalizingly Mysterious Painted Figures of Amy Regutti (9/28/2018) - One of the good things left about the Internet and social media is that we can still discover artists we appreciate on our own, before they become popular. Amy Regutti (a.k.a. “spacethrob” on Instagram), with her deceptively simple, brightly-colored, and peculiar paintings of mannequin-like, animated figures is one of the more unique artistic voices I’ve […]
  48. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 27 (9/20/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. With […]
  49. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 26 (9/11/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. It’s […]
  50. New Art (#49) ~ Alienscream (8/30/2018) - I’ve been picking away at this one for a while, abandoned it a couple times, and finally finished it. It was more difficult than my prior piece for this series (below), and the main difference is just that I used a smoother brush. The smoother brush is more technical and demanding in terms of rendering […]
  51. Runaway Rant: Why is the Art World So Toxic? (8/30/2018) - My last article was an attempt (I like to think a successful one) at disentangling the verbose “theory” of Roland Barthes that “The Author is Dead”. I shared my article in a couple Reddit forums, one being “philosophy” and the other “art theory”. There were a lot of responses, most the initial ones fairly reasonable, […]
  52. “The Death of the Author” Debunked. (8/27/2018) - The belief that “the author is dead” is one of the unquestioned bad ideas that has become gospel in the art world. It’s usually just asserted — along with its companion notions that originality is impossible, and the artist’s intent is irrelevant — as if to deny it is as hopelessly naive as denying evolution. […]
  53. Runaway Rant: Morality is the Enemy of Art (8/20/2018) - Anything that opposes art is probably immoral, even or especially when it wraps itself in the cloak of morality. The least we can ask of moral crusaders is that they are fighting for the highest good, and not merely advocating for their own special interests and personal benefit in and through alienating and disenfranchising others. […]
  54. Eric Wayne — Loud Alien Noize (8/14/2018) - Loud Alien Noize did a feature on my Selfies From Alternate Universes series. Click on the pic or the link to check it out, and he’s got lots of other fascinating content about art, music, film, and culture. Seriously folks, the public reaction to this series has been somewhere between milquetoast and viscous (and stupid) […]
  55. Video with Morphs of 1st 25 images in my SFAU Series (8/13/2018) - I used an old-ish free program to create morphs between images for the 1st 25 pieces in my SFAU series. I have to do it mechanically by creating reference points between images, and so on. I zoomed in and cropped on the faces where necessary, so it’s just the faces and not the whole paintings. […]
  56. Alex Jones is a nut, but his being universally banned is chilling. (8/7/2018) - I’d sooner get my news from The Onion or The Weekly World News than from Alex Jones, but his sudden disappearance is cause for alarm. The underlying and inescapable message is that anyone can be scrubbed from social media without accountability. Your on-line existence can be ERASED, and we must simply have blind faith that […]
  57. The day I decided the art world was a toxic sea of relativist bullshit (8/5/2018) - WARNING: I wrote this in the course of a day, when I was in a particularly dark mood, and not worried about hyperbolic excess. I then shelved it as too negative. later I reconsidered it, and saw it had some good, honest bits, and a few passages with rhetorical flair. Now I share it as […]
  58. Practicing Drawing Skulls (7/21/2018) - Skulls are really good practice, and interesting. Even though I got my MFA a quarter century ago, I regularly learn new things (ex., a sculpting program like Zbrush), or hone my skills. In the last two days I knocked out a couple skulls. They took about 60-90 minutes each. There are multiple reasons this is […]
  59. New Art (#48) ~The Giant’s Den (7/18/2018) - This is a style of B&W drawing I return to again and again. Not only have I done at least 10 using  the same approach recently, I used to use the same technique for charcoal drawings 25 years ago. The procedure is super simple and direct, and it relies entirely on my imagination, memory, and […]
  60. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 25 (7/12/2018) - Hi kids. It’s your Uncle Eric. I’m back with another image in this series, and I know you’ve been dyin’ t’ see it.  If you don’t know,  all of these digital paintings are based on my humble visage after feeding it through the ever popular neural network that is Faceapp. Now, your uncle has been […]
  61. Swell-with-Bikini-Dancing-Girls No More Swimsuits for Miss America, and why that’s a bit weird. (7/11/2018) - There are 2 inconclusive conclusions I’ve recently come to appreciate. One is that nobody’s perfect. Two is that nobody lives in reality. These aren’t grand new observations, but just the kind of thing one grows to understand more over time. It helps me deal with other people and with my relationship to them. We’re all […]
  62. Runaway Rant: Is Reality the Enemy? (6/26/2018) - [One way to interpret the image above is that the mechanical yellow creature is seeking truth, clamors around a blind corner, and discovers a mysterious mask, snake, worms… The extended mouth is the hunger for knowledge and discovery, but the creature seems frightened by what he found. Note that I find interpretations a useful tool, […]
  63. Runaway Rant: Why I never Wrote a Manifesto (6/20/2018) - This is an easy one. Generally, a manifesto is a declaration of what art should be and that everyone, or anyone relevant, should somehow follow. It is by nature prescriptive. It is also constitutionally against my nature. I rather believe that art should be idiosyncratic, and each individual should have his/her own approach, style, content, […]
  64. Against Competitiveness in Art, and a Defense of Digital Art (6/19/2018) - “Digital painting isn’t painting.” ~ Charles Thomson, co-founder of Stuckism. “I can appreciate digital art, I just don’t want it on my wall.” ~ Bill Schafer, gallery owner of the Hyaena Gallery in LA. “I just don’t like digital, computer generated art. All of it I’ve seen comes across as kitschy and more for a […]
  65. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 24 (6/18/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. Though […]
  66. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 23 (6/13/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. If […]
  67. Runaway Rant: The Problem with “White Privilege” (6/10/2018) - I like to stick to talking mostly about matters of art, but politics has so infiltrated the art world that you can’t be an artist without being clobbered over the head with certain ideas; and your work and career are evaluated, bolstered, or derailed in accordance with them. One of the biggest, most contentious and […]
  68. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 22: With Puppy (6/9/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. If […]
  69. Runaway Rant: Roseanne, Crime & Punishment (6/6/2018) - How serious of a crime is a foul tweet, and what should the punishment be? The Crime Roseanne tweeted something stupid and offensive. Agreed. She said someone who is part black looks like a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. It’s not just sophomoric, it’s elementary school recess time bullying — […]
  70. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 21 (6/5/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. By […]
  71. Runaway Rant: Social Engineering and the Suppression of Thought. (6/1/2018) - I’m doing these rants – and by rant I mean getting down my thoughts in one go without much editing – because I will have ideas I’m mulling over and want to share, but don’t have time to do one of my more thorough blog posts. Social engineering is huge these days, especially once you […]
  72. Runaway rant: The enemy of your enemy is not your friend. (5/30/2018) - Almost every day I am disgusted by politics and ideology. Recently I wrote about how you can never have all the answers, or most of them, because your relation to those answers is perpetually in flux. No hard fact has any import except in relation to a subjective, vulnerable consciousness. We can all agree on […]
  73. Return of the Human Fly: A Defense of Digital Painting (5/28/2018) - This is a re-post of one of my earliest posts from roughly 5 years ago. Then, and now, I have to contend with people dismissing my art entirely with this or that foregone conclusion about using the computer as a tool to make art. Someone recently (OK, yesterday) accused that “the machine” makes the image, […]
  74. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 20: Boy With Dog (5/26/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from  alternate universes. This […]
  75. Runaway Rant: How I Conceive of People Vs. Identity Politics (5/22/2018) - You are not a thing. You are a phenomenon. And here are several things I’m mulling over because even if we have firm conclusions about anything, how much those conclusions resonate, and how we relate to them is in perpetual flux. This is why I find myself reexamining the same questions on an almost daily […]
  76. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 19: with Gan-Q (5/21/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  77. Runaway Rant. Instagram – Tit for Tat – Spammy artists… (5/16/2018) - Sometimes I wake up and it just seems like everything is stacked against me, though not me in particular. As people like to say, “it’s not personal”. No, it isn’t. It’s an affront to the personal and the individual. It’s calculatedly indifferent. It’s clinical. It’s commercial. It’s about power and money, money and power. It’s […]
  78. Quotas for Art Museums. It’s here! (5/9/2018) - QUOTAS FOR ART MUSEUMS Are quotas a good idea for art museums? Should museum collections be based on race, gender, and sexual orientation/identification? The Baltimore Museum of Art is doing something very similar to that: selling off works in the permanent collection by white males, and replacing them with new art by marginalized persons. Some […]
  79. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 18: The Cure (5/7/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  80. Egg On Egon Schiele (5/4/2018) - Maybe Egon Schiele was a bad egg, and maybe not. Maybe I watched too many Frankenstein movies as a kid, because whenever people get out the torches and pitchforks I find myself sympathizing with the “monster”. What if he’s just misunderstood? I tend to think it’s better to be the person weighing the stone in […]
  81. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 17: The Prisoner (4/28/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  82. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 16 (4/24/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  83. Reflections on 5 Years of Blogging, and a Few Insights (4/24/2018) - A small graphic from WordPress appeared a couple days ago notifying me that I’ve been blogging for 5 years. Two things come immediately to mind when faced with that fact. One is that I’ve continued to blog, and expand my site far beyond what I could have ever conceived when I started. I have 560 […]
  84. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 15 “Elle” (4/14/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  85. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 14 “Mad as Hell” (4/13/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  86. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 13 (2bl Portrait) (4/8/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  87. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #11 & 12 (3/23/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  88. Pretty Dumb Bombast: Hirst’s New Shit (3/22/2018) - From birthday parties, to showers or a night out with friends, you can reserve our splatter room for a fun get-together. All can join in to make one large masterpiece or everyone makes their own piece of art, there is no age limit or skill required!! There are formulas, or templates one can use to […]
  89. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #5: Troy Brooks (3/21/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @officialtroybrooks Troy Brooks always paints elegantl, extremely elongated, idealized, beautiful and frightening women. One of the things I most like about his art is that I like it in spite of myself. By that I mean that it’s not […]
  90. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #4: Trude Viken (3/20/2018) -  Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @trude_viken Trude Viken is an artist I discovered while searching #contemporaryart, and is a perfect example of why I am sharing Instagram posts. Normally we get our art filtered through art publications and critics. It comes with the stamp […]
  91. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #3: Lucien Freud (3/19/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. I intended to feature living artists from their own posts, but this Freud leapt out from my feed as an amazing and audacious painting. @truevisionaries_ I think I can safely say that Lucien Freud is the greatest portrait/figure painter […]
  92. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #10 (3/18/2018) - This is #10 in the series so far. I’ve started sharing these on Instagram, which I didn’t do earlier because people mostly just look at the pics without reading, and if you don’t know the back story, you will just assume they are photo-realistic paintings of people that exist, or if you don’t look that […]
  93. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #2: Alex Grey (3/18/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. This is the second installment in a series of more brief articles I’m doing revolving around one image by a living artist, taken from an Instagram post. This time I reproduced the whole post, and I’ll also share the […]
  94. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #1: Charlie Immer (3/17/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @charlieimmer Don’t be deceived by the comically horrific subject matter, this is a serious and sophisticated achievement in fine art painting. Just stop and notice how the artist — Charlie Immer — has negotiated illusionistic three-dimensional space. Look at […]
  95. Good Guy Hunting: In Defense of Matt Damon (3/15/2018) - Matt Damon suggested that the punishment should fit the crime, and for this thought-crime the public deemed the fitting punishment to be the end of his career. This is the sad story in which an actor is forced to apologize for reminding us that we shouldn’t exact extreme punishment for minor transgressions. The irony being […]
  96. People Who Shouldn’t be Allowed to Teach Art! (3/12/2018) - Teaching should be like medicine, in that teacher’s should take the equivalent of the hippocratic oath: to do no harm! In a recent article in Hyperallergic a veteran teacher, Anthony Hawley, discusses the sort of bitter medicine he prescribes to his students in a Color and Composition class. I would be shocked if I didn’t […]
  97. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #9 (3/11/2018) - The latest one surprised even me. when I conceived this series I didn’t imagine this image would crop up. I find that this image seems very familiar, and not just because it looks really a lot like me in an old lady who is very upset. I feel like I’ve seen it before, but can’t […]
  98. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #7, #8 (3/8/2018) - If you just stumbled upon my blog, for this series I’m using the neural network in FaceApp to change my face, then I tweak the image in PS, then paint over it in Corel Painter. It’s more complex than that in terms of content and process, but you get the idea. I’m sharing them in […]
  99. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #5, #6 (3/4/2018) - Here are the latest 2 additions to my Selfies From Alternate Universes series. Now there are 6 of these apparitions. If you didn’t read my prior post, they are all based on recent pics of me, use FaceApp, editing in Photoshop, and digital painting mostly in Corel Painter. I think I’m going to share these […]
  100. New Series Underway: Portraits From Alternate Universes (2/27/2018) - These people don’t exist. They are ghostly apparitions created in the mad scientist’s soupy cauldron of neural network technology. They presage a time when we can play God and fashion artificially intelligent digital humans who live and suffer in a simulated universe. All of the images are based on recent photos of me. If they […]
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