That's the title of this newest painting, finished on Monday.
Living in the shadow of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, WA, has provided me with some insights into my community. Many of my art students come from military families stationed here. I don't discuss politics with any of them, though I suspect a number of ideological differences based on some of the things the kids say.
What I can't ever fault is the dedication and love these families have for our country, and…
For a certain ambitious artist, a large work in a public space is the test of their artistic chops.
An example of one such artist is Richard Serra, whose work changed how we view art in public spaces. Still, some of his works are claustrophobic (which is my problem, not his). And in one famous work, Tilted Arc, he miscalculated the public's reaction. He thought that he was making folks really see space - but he forgot that workers in a busy city feel a great ownership of the public…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on February 21, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments
You can relax. This isn't about politics.
Several recent pieces on Our Salon have talked about the fact that art is illusion. “that angry Buddha guy” had an article that specifically dealt with that and others like rosigami have alluded to it as well.
There are many tricks used to create the illusions. I’m not qualified to discuss all of them and it could be boring to do so, so, we’ll just look at a few.
Some colors seem to recede next to others. I…Continue
Lots of words have been wasted on whether photography is art. It is unanswerable. But that’s ok. It is similarly impossible to explain what converts a faithful portrait or an accurate bronze sculpture from being just an image to having the elevated status of art.
Of course, most art takes a lot more time and effort than what it take to snap a single picture. But in the end, art remains elusive.
Thus it was that I decided to take a detour on the trip home after our Sunday dog…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on December 19, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments
The pictures tell the story. The parade is popular again. In the 1970s it was ignored. Yes Fifth Ave was closed but the streets were empty. I can't say when the parade again began to have an audience, but the first Gulf War and September 11, both played a part.Nowadays, the crowds are lively,and the marchers diverse.
I used the Sony Rx10 to photograph the parade. It is this camera or others of its special niche that I recommend as the single camera to buy for an…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 4:30am — No Comments
If you have read me and my comments on others blogs, you may know my suspicion of discourses on art. They may be interesting about the past, but for that artist (the maker) they constipate. They inhibit. (And please don’t read into this any suggestion that you should read the rest of my blog posts — and if you tell me you pay attention to my comments, well then I apologize.)…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on October 8, 2016 at 5:30am — No Comments
Over the past few days Terry McKenna and I have had an interesting exchange in the comment string of his recent post Is Graffiti Art? In today's exchange he issued a challenge and wrote this, "Maybe you look at too much. You may have seen Cezanne et al.. but if you were in my class, i would throw you out and tell you to…Continue
(Photography by A. Nony-Mouse with it's teeny weeny camera!)
As further fruit of the Anastasia Solokova inspired renaissance 8 years ago of pole-dancing gymnastics in Ukraine and Russia and Europe, I bring you 5, 7, and 8 yr old Emily Moskalenko on one of several Ukrainian Idol type shows that air in Eastern Europe, Russia and are covered by Western European media.
8 year old Emily...
If you're conserving…Continue
Not Sure Why…: Because I could never explain it, but this photo lead in The Atlantic stopped me in my web surfing tracks. I’m familiar with Bansky’s weeping Greek goddess in Gaza……Continue
Written in 2010, about 10 months before becoming homeless, a piece from The American Daughter. Thank you, Shanon and Jesse Mitchell, for archiving this at Thick White Porcelain.
I had intended to write these words when first I woke,
While origami dreams remained in their folds
But the hard sun came in too fast; the morning fog
Too dense, intense…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
I understand why you came
that bleak winter day
southern Italy was…Continue
For what turned out to be a hidden reason, our sixth grade teachers taught us to sing an old song.
Flow gently sweet Afton among thy green braes
Flow gently I'll sing thee a song to thy praise.
My Mary's asleep by thy murmuring stream
Flow gently sweet Afton, disturb not her dream.
I didn't know at that time what a love song…
The symbolism is unequivocal: the egg in its serene ovoid beauty, houses the mystery of life itself.
And of course it's just plain fun to boil up a bunch of them and transform them into something elevated, beautiful, whimsical, or startling.
The BLP and I have a small hen house and 6 chickens that give us 4 or 5 mostly brown, and a few green, eggs every day. This time of year I am already giving some away since the two of us can't keep up with the production, but this week, I…Continue
There are two ways to explain what something means or is. One is to craft a prose narrative. This takes a lot of time, and can create as much misunderstanding as it attempts to prevent. The second way is to list example, or to show pictures.
A good example of the first is with the many attempts to explain what constitutes beauty, or what is a fitting subject for art. Such explanations have been offered by philosophers, art critics and gas bags of all sorts, and invariably, the…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on April 2, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
I find myself drawn to uninteresting places like this one.
It is nearby and I pass it frequently while doing my weekend errands. My grocer is close by, and so it the cleaners.
And if I take and evening walk I wall pass this too.
This view was in full Summer. If you studied design in art school, you can see just how this view is classically perfect. It is balanced and the colors are in harmony.
It is also ugly. An aging business that is so indifferent to…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on March 30, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
The High Line (NYC)
We may think that the best place to live is in a cozy cottage down a leafy lane but we really want to be with other people.
These contradictory notions are not impossible to combine since, with modern transportation, a man can work in the center of a city and go home to his leafy lane. My grandfather lived in a city and had to walk everywhere (he was born in 1861). Streetcars were invented during his lifetime. My father raised his kids (myself…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on March 22, 2015 at 4:54am — No Comments