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Other People's Poetry: The Naked Truth

| 05 May, 2016 11:22

I generally cringe at that the thought of reading most people's poetry.  Which is unfortunate, but true.  I know why.  It is because poetry is extremely intimate.  Getting to know someone should be gradual, through steps: part of this process includes processing over time- but the other part is deciding, as we go along, whether we want to continue to witness and be responsible for the parts we are seeing: Usually, we DO NOT want to continue along these paths.  We generally select people we want to see intimately very carefully, and are repelled by the masses. The exception is if we are warned in advance that the poem has already been established by those in authority as good. This is the reason we wear clothing.  To protect us from seeing too many people naked and raw.  There are very few poems I want to read, just as there are very few people I want to see naked.  I have no problem reading my own poems, since I am used to seeing myself naked in a mirror and I like what I see.

copying

| 30 April, 2016 19:37

Reproducing with pencil or paint something external which seems beautiful or cool or meaningful as faithfully as possible, and then somehow thinking this act confers artistic value..is very common...and mistaken- in my way of thinking.  Don't copy! Be original ..via constructive principals.  

Artists are Neurotic!

| 29 April, 2016 11:16

Artists are prone to neuroticism. I am definitely more creative than most people, and I have more than my share of anxiey issues- claustrophobia and agorophobia...ugh.. though not too severe, thankfully.  My coping strategy has been to abbreviate my creative efforts. That means: create efficiently.  That is OK though.  I'm not a fan of rambling anyway.  I am afflicted, like most, with a mild form of attention deficit disorder.  Most of what people have to say, if it has value, or very high value can be expressed succintly- preferably in verse or comedy.  I try to balance my creative activity with happy-go-lucky ones. I have no romantic notions of being a tortured or neurotic artist. It might not be so apparent to outsiders looking in, but, on the whole, I am easy going, and if I dare say so myself... pretty funny.

Experimenting

| 13 January, 2012 02:40

I try something a little different in each painting, this usually forces me to reevaluate my thinking about: the picture plane - how it can be structured, color range and its ability to express, tempo, shape, and shape relationships.  

Break Through

| 11 October, 2011 11:37

I am currently wrapping up 2 large scale paintings.  When they are complete I will upload the images of them here.  They feel like a break through for me.  What have I accomplished with these?  Large rhythmic color planes as a starting point.  These have broad color and  shape identities - which simplify expression and serve as a foil for thinner shapes and lines.  Also, there is generally a very comprehensive exploration of cubistic  ideas which are  coherent and well organized.  There is a wide chromatic range with a contemporary feeling

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| 08 October, 2011 22:28

 

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