Posts From February, 2009

Artistic Influences 

Monday, February 16, 2009 11:06:15 AM

Hi,

One goal of my blog is to look at some of the major influences on my art. There's a short list of artists that we'll spend time analyzing and they are: Leonard Da Vinci; William Blake; Vincent Van Gogh; Pablo Picasso; Gustave Dore; Salvadore Dali, Maxfield Parrish, M. C. Escher and Rene Magritte.

From that list I'd say my work and style are closest to Rene Magritte, although I certainly have not done much outside the box.  Surrealism without meaning has little appeal, if you say something but no one understands it- what good is that. If it makes you think then there is some value. That's why most abstract art, other than appealing forms and colors, does nothing for me.

Realism is important to me, even if the subject is fantastic. Using realism to portray events that don't exist is appealing to me. Copying nature exactly had no appeal- why not get a camera and do as photograph. Unless you are adding something to nature or the subject matter- why bother.

Later in the week we'll start looking at Leonardo, then got through the short list.

Richard

  

A Fig Leaf For You 

Saturday, February 14, 2009 1:01:49 AM

Now that Friday 13th is over it's time to get down to the real grit, a serious controversial topic: Nudity in Art.



Whoever was painting the little loin clothes on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, knows what I mean. They may be dead but hopefully well clothed and hopefully in Heaven. Yes, God does not condem the narrow minded. I'm a Christian, do I think the human body is ...well...blush...beautiful? Is a flower beautiful, or a sunset, or a tree?

We can blame all the morality on the Eve and the Serpent or Pandora. Would Michelangelo would be crucified for painting all that filth in a church today? Move over Jesus, make room , make room. The great American artist Maxfield Parrish, who was the darling of high society in the 1920s, would certainly be labeled a pedophile in 2009 because there is no innocence left today. Move over Max, make room, make room. There's always a martyr nearby and anyone can be a target, how 'bout you! Move over, make room, make room. There's no beauty left in this cynical world only #$%^&^&* ugliness.

Yes, there is some nudity on my art web-site. Move over, make room, make room. Hopefully I'll only be judged by God and not by man.

Richard 

 

 

Black Cat Cross Your Path 

Friday, February 13, 2009 3:01:57 PM

Hi,

Today's Friday the 13th, what could go wrong! I've got half the site up in two days, looks like I'm going to need to take a few pics. I'm finally starting to learn how to use mojoportal the operating system.

Good luck, don't let a black cat cross your path.

Richard

 

First Blog 

Thursday, February 12, 2009 8:34:23 AM

Hi,

This site is dedicated to my artwork and also we will look at the artwork of other artists on my blog. The two series I'm working on are The Bluegrass Series (paintings of traditional songs with the lyrics included on the painting) and The Driftwood Series (paintings of driftwood that take on human form or forms in the negative space.

My paintings have been professionally digitized and reproductions of the highest quality are now being sold as well as the originals. The reproductions can be any size and made on canvas, high quality paper or photopaper. I've been selling 12" by 16" reproductions of the Bluegrass Series on-line and locally for $40. The reproductions have a foamcore backing and need no frame. There's a metal hanger on the back.

If anyone has any questions please call me at 502-290-5090 and I'l be glad to help. You may also e-mail me at: richiematt@aol.com

Have a gr8 day!

Richard 

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