This is third “gun” in a series I’m producing for an upcoming show. This is an 11 x 14 oil on canvas sketch painting.
For quite some time now I’ve been noticing ordinary things that can become interesting pieces to transform into artwork. I was given a bunch of colored pencils wrapped in a rubber band and I imagined it as a large colorful painting. For months I’ve been using toy squirt guns to shoot water at a cat to remind him to stay off the kitchen island. They are very colorful and have almost a ray gun quality to them. I’ve finally decided to make oil painting sketches of the guns and here are the first two. Hope you enjoy them.
I put in a search to see what I would get for “oil paint”. There were the usual paintings one would think you’d get and then there were some other images that ranged from sexy women covered in paint to globs of paint and then also pictures of pizza with olive “oil” being poured on to the slices.
But, the most interesting image for me was this one:
As you can see, the value is illustrated by goods, services, actions and just about anything you could think of making me think money has a different value for everyone. Yes, it’s exchanged as energy you create by giving some service or product for some of it, but is there another value here?
The big question of the day seems to be whether or not Apple will survive it’s founders departure.
I’ve read numerous quotes from him over the years and his viewpoints on design, business, creativity and consumer awareness are simple and striking. Here’s one of my favorites;
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
What do you think will happen after Steve leaves Apple? I want to think he’s left some very competent people there to carry on his vision and add some of their own to as well. Based on this leader’s views, I don’t think he’d have inferior staff in his company.
What do you think?????
Well, it’s time to paint again. It’s a very strange thing to be going along and then one day like a bolt of lightning it hits me that I need to create more art.
I’ve decided to do a series of paintings that I’ve had as digital ideas for a few years and stop wondering what I should do next. Just do the art and get back into the “habit” of being a fine artist. That feels like a healthy idea and a very productive thing at this point of my life.
This is the first image I’ll be working on. Let me know what you think. I call it TV-Cows! It’s based on a photo I took in Aruba. This cow sculpture was sitting on top of a restaurant with a antenna sticking out of the top of it. Strangely amusing!
why is it called “fine” art? I imagine one day a man walked by an artist and looked at his painting and said, “wow, that’s fine, I’ll buy it.”
Why do you think fine art is called fine art and not cool art or real art or nice art?