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  1. 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 […]
  2. 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 […]
  3. 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 […]
  4. 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 […]
  5. 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 […]
  6. “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 […]
  7. 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 […]
  8. 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, […]
  9. “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 […]
  10. 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 […]
  11. 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 […]
  12. 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 […]
  13. 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 […]
  14. 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 […]
  15. 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 […]
  16. 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 […]
  17. 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 […]
  18. 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 […]
  19. 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 […]
  20. 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 […]
  21. 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 […]
  22. 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 […]
  23. 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 […]
  24. 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 […]
  25. 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 […]
  26. 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 […]
  27. 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 […]
  28. 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 […]
  29. 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 […]
  30. 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 […]
  31. 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 […]
  32. 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 […]
  33. 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 […]
  34. 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 […]
  35. 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 […]
  36. 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 […]
  37. 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, […]
  38. “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. […]
  39. 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. […]
  40. 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) […]
  41. 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. […]
  42. 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 […]
  43. The day I decided the art world was a toxic sea of relativist bullshit (8/5/2018) - I can’t pinpoint the day, exactly, but it was recently. I suppose I clung to my faith as long as I could. It’s easier for someone who doesn’t have a Master’s in art, and who hasn’t dedicated his life to art to accept that the paradigm has become poisonous. It wasn’t so long ago that […]
  44. 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 […]
  45. 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 […]
  46. 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 […]
  47. 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 […]
  48. 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, […]
  49. 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, […]
  50. 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 […]
  51. 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 […]
  52. 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 […]
  53. 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 […]
  54. 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 […]
  55. 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 — […]
  56. 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 […]
  57. 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 […]
  58. 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 […]
  59. 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, […]
  60. 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 […]
  61. 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 […]
  62. 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 […]
  63. 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 […]
  64. 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 […]
  65. 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 […]
  66. 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 […]
  67. 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 […]
  68. 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 […]
  69. 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 […]
  70. 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 […]
  71. 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 […]
  72. 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 […]
  73. 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 […]
  74. 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 […]
  75. 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 […]
  76. 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 […]
  77. 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 […]
  78. 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 […]
  79. 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 […]
  80. 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 […]
  81. 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 […]
  82. 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 […]
  83. 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 […]
  84. 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 […]
  85. 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 […]
  86. 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 […]
  87. Movie Recommendation: Beautiful Accident (2/26/2018) - What would happen if you suddenly found yourself in a different life? Sometimes watching a foreign film is as good as going on a mini-vacation. You get exposed to a different culture, another angle of perspective, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich humanity that isn’t your own. The Chinese movie, Beautiful Accident […]
  88. Is Immoral Art Bad Art? (2/22/2018) - When I started chipping away at this topic I didn’t realize how enormous it was. I’ve written about censorship and highly political cases made against certain artists, but those issues are mere TIE fighters – morality is the Star Destroyer. You can vote in the poll before I have a chance to influence you one […]
  89. New Art (#47) ~ with a Galapagos Marine Iguana (2/21/2018) - It’s a bit of a miracle folks. I haven’t added to this series since November 7th, and I haven’t been able to make art for about 2 months. I gave away my monitor when I moved home to America. I couldn’t stay in the U.S. because of some unforeseen circumstances, so moved (back) to Thailand. […]
  90. Wonderful Documentary about a Chinese Van Gogh Copy Artist. (2/18/2018) - This poignant new documentary [which you can watch here] brings together two of my favorite things: Van Gogh and China. When I say China I’m talking about the everyday China that I lived in for over 4 years, and the good, hard-working people who live there: not the economic superpower or the communist government. Here […]
  91. New Page for “Thought” (2/18/2018) - I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, have more than 500 posts, and more than 500,000 views (on average a post gets 1,000 views over  time). Most my views come from Google searches, and some of my articles are in constant circulation. There was much on my site now that there was no efficient way […]
  92. Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Francis Bacon, in HD (2/17/2018) - This 2017 movie is available on YouTube in glorious HD. Bacon is probably my second favorite painter after Van Gogh, and then I don’t even have a #3 (unless it’s me). Bacon’s sordid personal life, however, is not my cup of tea (there’s a very heavy dose of sado-masochism in that brew). The film lovingly […]
  93. The Obama Portraits and Wiley’s Beheaded White Woman Paintings (2/15/2018) - The Obama Portraits My first impression of the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama was that they were suitable, fresh, and good. I also instantly recognized Kehinde Wiley’s signature style in the painting of the president. A little research unearthed that Norman Rockwell made the depiction of Nixon; Elaine de Kooning had done the JFK […]
  94. Rebuttal to Sonya Boyce’s Defense of Removing Waterhouse’s Painting (2/12/2018) - Sonya Boyce’s political, conceptual art piece which included removing a Pre-Raphaelite painting from a museum is part of a radical left movement which has infiltrated the art world and increasingly seeks to censor art, shut down shows, condemn artists, and even destroy art. Her statement, which is designed to reinforce the rhetoric used to justify […]
  95. Get Politics the F out of Art! (2/8/2018) - [RANT ALERT!] It would be more accurate to say, “get art the F out of politics”, because politics has engulfed art and not the other way around, but then it sounds more like art is meddling in politics, which it is, but that’s a lesser problem for me. I want to free art from the […]
  96. The Waterhouse Water Nymphs Debate: Is Censorship Art? (2/7/2018) - One of the public’s favorite paintings – Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) – was removed from the Manchester Art Gallery in order to challenge historic sexism in art. Those responsible for taking down the painting insist their action was not censorship but itself a work of art. This is an incredible affront to art. Taking […]
  97. Chucking out Chuck Close for Allegedly Being Naughty (2/2/2018) - The Claims Against Chuck: Chuck Close is now believed to be a terrible person who has committed sexual harassment, in which case people further believe that his art should not be viewed. Allegedly, he uttered words like “pussy” and made lewd comments to females who he paid to pose for nude photos. He told one […]
  98. New Index of Artists I’ve Written About (1/30/2018) - You can now find this list permanently as a sub-menu of “art criticism”. This will allow readers to find articles which discuss artists they are interested in. I’ll update it as I add new posts. Abramović, Marina Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art (A section is devoted to her “The Artist is Present” performance.) The Debate […]
  99. Eerie Alfred Kubin: Forgotten Pioneer of Symbolism, Expressionism, and Surrealism (1/29/2018) - Here a new art was thrown open to me, which offered free play for the imaginative expression of every conceivable world of feeling.~ Alfred Kubin (upon seeing prints by Max Klinger). If this work from 1903 doesn’t seem really weird to you, and in a good way, with its bizarre crab fishing babies out of […]
  100. Bad Luck, or Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones, etc. (1/26/2018) -   A long meditation on a very difficult period in my life, which ain’t over yet. It will be divided into 7 parts. 1) Bad Luck 2) Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones 3) The Bitter Pill 4) My Original Sin 5) When I Decided I Needed to Make Art 6) How to Survive 7) A […]
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