Loyally feeding the following beasts:
(follow and/or friend me -- if you appear to be a real person capable of passing the human tests, I will probably reciprocate)
Aggregated from Benefit of the Doubt and Tumblr, which gives the best representative sample of work in multiple media, I think
More exercises in #abstract #color & contrast.
#selftaught #art #practicemakesperfect #artistsofinstagram #painting #watercolor
Posted on 22 April 2017 | 12:42 am
Frost in the flow
Have a couple more ambitious paintings in the works. In the meantime, how bout some experiments?
#watercolor #painting #abstractart #abstract #artistsofinstagram #practicemakesperfect #art #selftaught
Posted on 21 April 2017 | 12:32 am
Pole is trying to say something, but can’t get the words out quite right #blackandwhitephotography #peekskill
Posted on 19 April 2017 | 10:39 pm
Your style is a straitjacket.
You've figured out what you think is beautiful, and what kind of work you're committed to, and what kind of character you have as an artist, and this is your protective stance as you present yourself to the world. Every time you give the public a new artifact, a new piece of yourself, you put yourself at their mercy... and yet, you've shut out so many others. Because by choosing your style, you've excluded all other styles, and those exclusions have become part of your identity.
Your identity is built on an unstable affirmative and a rigid infinity of negatives.
I don't have a style. Each new work looks for a style, and they don't find it in me, and so they struggle. So my exclusions are washed away, and my potential fills the infinite space that my pretensions have vacated.
. . . . .
Your popularity is a poison.
You know the taste of validation, of feedback and response and appreciation. It's a sweet acidity that penetrates every level of your praxis. It softens your commitment and puts cracks in your sovereignty, and once it's in there, it can't be washed out.
You may embrace it. You may say you "do it for the fans," that your followers are "the most important thing to you." Some people love the things that are killing them.
I have no fans. I've learned the long asceticism of failure, and it keeps my creative organs pure. If I love any of my own output, I know that it has a 100% approval rating, that the only person in the world who cares about it is enamored of it. Hate follows the same path.
. . . . .
Your productiveness is a failure mode.
You know how to turn an idea into a product. You have a pipeline, a process, a series of technical steps that lead you to something complete, that you're happy with, that you can show the world. You've dug away the soft loam of unfinished projects.
But that vast incompleteness was you at your most fertile, your most robust. When you finish a work, you strip away all its beautiful indecision, its vastness, the unfulfilled potential that gives it those cosmic roots. Each signature and sale is a cord of wood, and your range is notably short of trees.
I don't finish projects, and they remain seeds and saplings in the primeval woodland of my imagination. I may produce artifacts, little bundles to burn as kindling or desiccated limbs shaped into walking sticks, but this only happens when the work has already died. And so I leave my best work to the wild, nascent, leafy, unrealized, hopeful and beautifully hopeless.
. . . . .
"And I wonder if my apparently negligible voice might not embody the essence of thousands of voices, the longing for self-expression of thousands of lives, the patience of millions of souls resigned like my own to their daily lot, their useless dreams, and their hopeless hopes."
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet
Posted on 7 April 2017 | 2:47 pm
From a war with everyone to an empty battlefield on the frontier of nowhere (a bonus from my work on that last #painting) .
#illustration #drawing #amdrawing #characterdesign #sketch #sketchbook #art #artistsofinstagram
Posted on 7 April 2017 | 2:08 am
After all that’s happened, why are you still sitting there? You beast, you old fucker with your lead-paint plaster walls, your closed door, your leaky windows.
Who was here when the fallout crept up the mountain? When the waves ate the eastern seaboard, when it got too hot for grass to grow on your incline? How is it that you’ll outlast me, and all of us? Not just my great grand-da who built you, but every human?
Fuck you, you ungrateful bastard, sitting flushed on your bit of rock… you think you’ll be staring down when the last light goes out.
I won’t let you have the pleasure. I won’t need to last much longer, to last longer than you.
Posted on 2 April 2017 | 1:27 am
“Of course I am going. Follow, sir, or take your leave, and stop asking such foolish questions.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #illustration #penandink #drawing #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #sketch #sketchbook #characterdesign #lineart
Posted on 27 March 2017 | 11:34 pm
“Git a move on, youngen, this ain’t no different than every other treacherous mountain path…” (more in my series of figures in repose) #characterdesign #sketchbook #sketch #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #drawing #penandink #illustration
Posted on 27 March 2017 | 8:05 pm
“Da, droog, I am a long way from home, and I still have far to go!” (More from my series of figures in repose) #amdrawing #drawing #illustration #penandink #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #sketch #sketchbook #characterdesign
Posted on 25 March 2017 | 1:34 am
“Honestly, I don’t think you want to know.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #characterdesign #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #penandink #illustration #drawing #amdrawing
Posted on 25 March 2017 | 1:01 am
“Don’t worry, dude, the next place will be better.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #drawing #sketchbook #sketch #illustration #penandink #artistsofinstagram #art🎨 #characterdesign
Posted on 25 March 2017 | 12:18 am
“Are there no beasts left to slay? No hymns left to sing?” Another entry in my series of figures in repose. #characterdesign #art🎨 #penandink #artistsofinstagram #illustration #sketch #sketchbook #drawing
Posted on 24 March 2017 | 12:05 am
“Alright, let’s get started.” (More in my series of figures in repose) #sketch #artistsofinstagram #sketchbook #drawing #illustration #artistsofinstagram #penandink #art🎨 #characterdesign
Posted on 23 March 2017 | 10:46 pm
Working on a big #illustration for an unwritten story, and couldn’t decide what kind of protag to cast… so I started sketching some ideas. Came up with a bunch! #illustration #series #sketch #sketchbook #penandink #drawing #drawings #art🎨 #artistsofinstagram #characterdesign … more to be posted later this week
Posted on 22 March 2017 | 11:57 pm
Been working on an illustration for an unwritten story, and couldn’t decide what kind of protag to cast, so I started sketching possible characters. I ended up with a bunch… #penandink #sketchbook #sketch #illustration #characterdesign #drawing #artistsofinstagram (some more later this week)
Posted on 22 March 2017 | 11:50 pm