Artforum

Why I love César Aira’s “Artforum”??! A New Calendar Today, December 6, I invented a new way of numbering the days, and the result is: today is November 42. This might seem absurd, but it is very well-reasoned, based on my wait for Artforum. I’ll explain how I came up with it. Suppose a new…

Snow

… in April?!!! Better make spring come alive indoors … And maybe some day this ingrained messiness can be of some use – at least as a good working title for my next project? I already have an idea: “What a mess!!!”? A fine & fun title, wouldn’t you agree??? But first I have to…

The studio

Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month – I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from…

Did I tell you?

People love to draw & drawing is FREE! For anyone looking for a creative way to start a new week, have a look at:  http://drawingisfree.org/Home-News Here are a few recent sketches of mine All sketches drawn from live online models, every pose lasts the length of a song (usually somewhere btw 3-4 mins) MONDAY MORNINGS…

A note on annotations

Pierre Bonnard, I just learned, did not paint in front of his motifs. Instead, he filtered the image, finding a way to make annotations (notes, sketches) that were a trigger for recollections that he wanted to capture on canvas in the studio. His paintings were, in other words, salvages and translations of primary sensations –…

“On Vision and Contemplation”

An Excerpt from “MEMORIES OF STAROBIELSK ESSAYS BETWEEN ART AND HISTORY” by Józef Czapski, translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles, introduction by Irena Grudzińska Gross “We paint only one percent of contemplation.” —CYPRIAN NORWID What is vision? A certain synthetic, singular way of looking at the surrounding world. A moment of such vision always…

A work of art has its own specific psychology

“The artist” says Carl Jung “is not a person endowed with free will who seeks her own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through her”.  I’ve been drawing a lot lately. It’s a bit disturbing, as I had promised myself to make a series of new paintings this spring.  I do…

Drawing is Free

Monday morning I attended (for the first time) a “Drawing is Free session”, hosted by Chloe Briggs at @drawingisfree_org The “Drawing is Free” sessions (free and open for all) is a digital workshop where people come together to draw. There is no teacher, but the host, Chloe Briggs, organize it so that the participants take part…

John Bokor

I know next to nothing about contemporary still life, about who’s working within the genre, what kind of paintings they make, and why – . But I have noticed there being a lot going on in Australia at the moment. So that’s where we’ll start. Today I will show you the work of John Bokor:…