Archive for October, 2009

Top ten conceptual art ideas.

Every fine artist has an inner voice. Some speak in landscapes, others tell their story through portraits and others may use abstract shapes to convey their ideas.

For some time now I ‘ve been wrestling with ideas that make me want to actually create art. Usually, I think about different series to create about famous people or places but none to date have stirred me into action.

There are many “top ten” concepts that come to mind; the top ten events of teh twentieth century; top ten events of our era; top ten things to say visually about our monetary system; top ten events of the middle class in America; top ten best places to visit. This list can go on and on and on.

What’s a top ten for you as a fine art series.

For me, it has to say something about life as we live it now in our time. A series that a generation can look at and understand what life was all about during our time period.

The great recession of 2009? Portrait of Bernard Maydoff made out of burn bills or perhaps a split face of him with the word THIEF over it. How about a dollar bill with wings seemingly flying away from a held up hand. A portrait of Benjamin Franklin with graffiti all over it.  Two giant airplane wings standing upright where the twin towers were in the New York skyline.

I’m looking for ideas worth creating that make a statement. I welcome your input. After all, it should be something that rings true to you the visitor of the art and says, “it happened”.

As I was writing this post a friend of mine emailed me an interesting piece about art in the rice paddies of Japan. This is an idea;


The email explains; Stunning crop art has sprung up across rice fields in Japan. But this is no alien creation – the designs have been cleverly planted. Farmers creating the huge displays use no ink or dye. Instead, different colours of rice plants have been precisely and strategically arranged and grown in the paddy fields. As summer progresses and the plants shoot up, the detailed artwork begins to emerge.

A Sengoku warrior on horseback has been created from hundreds of thousands of rice plants, the colours created by using different varieties, in Inakadate in Japan The largest and finest work is grown in the Aomori village of Inakadate, 600 miles north of Toyko, where the tradition began in 1993. The village has now earned a reputation for its agricultural artistry and this year the enormous pictures of Napoleon and a Sengoku-period warrior, both on horseback, are visible in a pair of fields adjacent to the town hall.

More than 150,000 vistors come to Inakadate, where just 8,700 people live, every summer to see the extraordinary murals. Each year hundreds of volunteers and villagers plant four different varieties of rice in late May across huge swathes of paddy fields.

What can I say, concepts communicate ideas when they’re done like this in a big way.

I can’t wait to see the other nine ideas.


Create or be created!

It seems I’ll finally get around to start painting again this weekend, after  about a year off with moving and working day and night as a marketer/designer/art director for an insurance company as well as for some loyal clients who have stuck with me through my own business and personal highs and lows.
I have a few canvases that are prepped and ready for paint and I’m looking forward to doing just that over the next few days. Wish me luck!

I haven’t posted anything here for a few days and I find it interesting how people are finding me and reading my posts from weeks ago. I must be getting the hang of this somehow as I’ve been “tagging” my posts and pinging them as well as tweeting, etc.

I think it’s important as an artist to stay as close to the learning curve of technology as possible because I’m sure that will help me through communicating to my patrons and fellow artists.

Here’s an artist that’s making very cool furniture from airplane parts:



As an artist I’ve always considered motorcycles as truly beautiful art. Friends of mine would come over to my garage and we would discuss how high the art factor was for any given motorcycle we had parked in there. Ducati always seemed to just blow away the competition just standing still! Let’s face it, those Italian engineers really know how to craft a piece of clay into metal and the metals they use can get very ‘spensive as well.

After all these years Ducati has finally come out with fine art prints of their bikes. You can see them at Here’s a sample:

mr.ducatiAs a rider of Ducatis and other motorcycles I can attest to the fact there is something a little different about these bikes. They feel hand made (which they are) and they always don’t work exactly right, but when they do there’s no comparison to how much fun and exhilaration you can take away from an afternoon astride one of them.

They’re headturners, much like their brother Ferrari  and each year we wait to see how they will top the preceding year’s design. They usually do.

Ducati gets get right to put them where they belong when their not being ridden – on our walls to look at.

Out-of-this-world ART!

Do you remember when NASA landed a ship on the moon and sent out the “LEM”? That was a really big deal for all of us. As an artist it seemed like a perfect subject to comment on through a creation of art. There were pictures all over the web at that time which happened to be public domain (’cause we all spent millions of dollars of our tax money gassing the little robot around the lunar dust!) so I grabbed one and began experimenting in photoshop.

LEMART - 20" x 30" photoPrint

Sometimes I imagine what it must have been to be in a control room on Earth watching through a camera lens where the little robot was going and how strange that must have been because of the extreme “game-like” format it must have took on for the operator yet he was playing a multi-million dollar game not so much for fun but for gathering information for future expeditions. Really, could you imagine a new game called “LEM” and just copy the scenario from real life except insert a few “Moon-Monsters” running across the lens looking rather dangerously at the little LEM-Bot. OOOOhhh…good name: “LEM-Bot”!

Sometimes art comes from the strangest and most unusual situations…why not from out of this world?

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