There’s something about entering a city by water that can’t be beat. This summer, I took a couple trips between Vancouver and Victoria, BC. If you’re out west, you should too.
Above, is a Blue Whale skeleton as seen at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. I probably should of spent more time photographing it with the same angles and zoom. Oh well, I can say I did this on purpose (well, not now).
The three books below were chosen, in part, for their accessibility. The older I get, the less patience I have for academic writing:
This simple book contains inspirational quotes from a wide variety of artists on various parts of the creative process. It’s a quick and unassuming book that I re-read every couple of years.
This very long book covers a ton of material, but it does so in a very easy to read and navigate format. Basically, every period of art, from cave to modern is given a quick recap in about ten or so pages. It’s easy to read a chapter before bed.
There are many books that can help you navigate the business aspects of your art practice. I’ve found this one to be a helpful point of reference.
I recently watched the film The Square. Here are some quick thoughts:
I like just about anything that critiques the art world (in part because it is so foreign to me), so I had been looking forward to seeing The Square for a while. If, like me, it’s a critique you’re looking for, this film is for you – it pulls no punches.
Overall, I liked this movie. I thought it was a bit-long, and at times slow, but when it picks up, it really nails it. Two scenes in particular, the performance (in the photo above), and the press conference near the end of the film are exceptional.
I really don’t want to give too much away, and I promised a very short review, so, if you like artsy films about art, this one’s worth checking out.
If I could do anything, I’d make art full time, but as I live in the real world, I have to work full time. That’s okay. I’ve managed to balance the two quite well – and am generally happy to do so.
That said, working for a living often comes with it’s own challenges, and in my case, requires a little re-invention from time to time. Working in a field ripe for automation, I recently went back to school, and after completing a course in Project Management, decided to write the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) exam.
The exam was a huge challenge. Rather than working on art in my spare time, I put all my supplies away, and studied every day for nearly three months (1-3 hours a day during the week, and 6-7 hours a day on weekends). I’m happy to say, I passed on my first attempt.
While I still have a lot of work to do putting the certification to use, the challenge it posed was an excellent experience. It worked my brain in ways that hadn’t been worked in a while (if ever), boosted my confidence, and gave me a sense of control over my future. The fundamentals of project management will probably help a lot when it comes to the business aspects of my art as well.
What did I do with my first study free weekend? I worked on my art.
ABOVE: Francisco Goya, The Third of May 1808, 1814, oil on canvas, 106 x 137 inches
ABOVE: Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, 1830, oil on canvas, 102 x 128 inches
ABOVE: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Night Watch, 1642, oil on canvas, 142 x 172 inches
ABOVE: Rene Magritte, The Treachery of Images, 1929, oil on canvas, 23 x 31 inches
ABOVE: Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931, oil on canvas, 9.5 x 13 inches
ABOVE: J.M.W. Turner, Slavers Throwing overboard the Dead and Dying – Typhoon coming on, 1840, oil on canvas, 35.7 x 48.3 inches
ABOVE: Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, oil on canvas, 96 x 92 inches
ABOVE: Grant Wood, American Gothic, 1930, oil on beaverboard, 30 x 52 inches
ABOVE: Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, 1889, oil on canvas, 28.7 x 36 inches
ABOVE: Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942, oil on canvas, 33.1 x 60 inches
ABOVE: Georges-Pierre Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1886, oil on canvas, 81.7 x 121.25 inches