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…
Tragedy keeps striking
Evil deeds done
cries of fear heard…
Frantic for sleep
The thunder of heavy rain
on trees covered in new…
Rain touches darkening roads…
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
With trauma, time ceased
It's fabric tattered and torn…
The majesty of autumn
meadows and groves…
I stand under a starless sky
and feel the weight of the world…