Monday, August 20, 2007

My Journey

I have my focus back.

I haven't be sluffing off. I do have some work that still needs to be seen with my glasses on before I share it. However, taking a few moments to myself has allowed me to approach my large painting with more clarity. Each time I do, I have attempted to create Life on each flat surface. It may not be a living, breathing surface, yet it is tangible and real. So rather than create flatness, I am applying this creamy luscious substance, in a variety of shades, that will allow the viewer to move in and around the forms that I see.

I no longer see it as a still life. It is now a landscape that I have created. I turn on the light, but then I tweak the dimmer a bit. I turn off the light, and I wait until I can see the form in the dark. I understand now that this is so important, before any of the ornamentation is applied.

I am close, but I still have a few more trips to take. Hope you will be along for the ride.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Faith and Hope

Benefit Art Fair and Exhibition
At Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy

"Faith and Hope Beyond Prison Walls"

The California Art Club is very excited to be participating in Faith & Hope: Beyond Prison Walls, a benefit art exhibition and sale at in support of Partnership for Re-Entry Program and Families of the Incarcerated, organized by the Office of Restorative Justice. The exhibition, held at the historic Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, will feature work by the Incarcerated through the Arts and Corrections Program, Art Release, and by members of the California Art Club.

Proceeds from sales will benefit the incarcerated and their families as they work to transition back into society and to make positive changes in their lives.

To purchase tickets for the exhibition and sale, please call Viki Battaglia at the Office of Restorative Justice, 213/637-7428
(Adults $25, Students $10).
All artwork will be available for purchase (cash and checks only).

Location: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive
La CaƱada, CA 91011

Date: Saturday, August 18, 4-7 p.m.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

"Technology of the Soul"

There are a good many artists and people out there who seek to grow and/or excel in art and life. They don’t look at art or life as a grab bag of disconnected events and attributes. In life they look to solve, understand, and integrate their financial situations, family, love, psychological and physical health, an understanding of the world around them, careers, and be ethical.

In my world, life imitates art. I think art’s greatest function is to serve as a beacon for the great life.

It has been said that art is the technology of the soul. For the artist that has a wise, benevolent, and structured mind; a passionate heart; an imaginative vision; and takes sensual delight in incorporating everything to do with their vision–they are on a path to integrate all their knowledge and to make works that are comprehensive in their scope.

It is nice for them to know that they are not alone in that vision of art and life. They are my main reason for posting.

Written by:
Michael Newberry