Look, we all have the same image of the artist: driven to create by their internal demons, expressing their soul through their artwork, bringing the intensely personal to life. And I firmly believe that it's true that if you want to create art - not even "great art" but just "competent art" - then you have to establish a personal connection to what you're making. Otherwise it's more like "craft" than "art," if you follow me.
This year I resolved to learn oil painting. Although I have dabbled in most media, I have never tried oil painting because it's "too expensive" and it's something that only "real artists" use. That's a pretty silly thing to think, right? So for Christmas I bought myself a beginner's oil painting set, and a very well-reviewed book about learning oil painting.
If you're thinking about goals for 2013, one of them should definitely be to learn a new art form. Why? SO MANY REASONS.
As we come to the end of the year, I always like to take December to assess how far I came in the year that passed, and draft a road map for the year ahead.
It may be stretching most people's conception of "art" to include the cover of the New York Post, but this latest scandal involves one of the most powerful works of photography in the modern era. And the New York Post may be nothing more than a local gossip rag, but it happens to be a fairly high-profile local gossip rag.
Glenn Beck, once a seemingly unstoppable force of cultural disaster, has become more and more irrelevant as the days go by. Ever since his show was canceled, Beck has struggled to remain in the public eye. His latest non-stunt was supposed to give Liberals a taste of their own medicine, but it utterly failed thanks to Beck's complete lack of understanding of how art works. No surprise there!
There are a lot of reasons why you may want to scan your artwork. If you want to create a run of prints from a single original physical work, it will need to be scanned. Scanning is also a great way to archive your work in case of a disaster (like a fire).
And finally, if you want to share your artwork online, it is a lot easier to scan it versus trying to get a decent photograph. Between having to control the lighting, to rendering the colors properly, and making sure that the camera faces the artwork exactly head-on, a scanner is definitely the way to go if you can.
The latest controversy rumbling through the art world is the question of who should get credit, and when, and how. When a movie is made, at the end of the movie, every single person who had a hand in the production is listed. The same goes for television shows. Even the lousiest, most short-lived, low-budget sitcom will list the names of everyone in the credits.
Ages ago someone gave me some really good advice: spend the most you can on the paintbrush that you use the most. It really is worth the extra money.
Hey you! You out there, staring into space and thinking about that one art supply item that you don't currently have. This is my stern face, and this is me telling you that you don't need it. You already have everything you need to create art, I guarantee it.