Another Creative Venture

I’ve decided to try my hand at creative writing, and have been working on a novella – in addition to my art. I’m not sure how far I’ll take it, but I’m really enjoying the challenge.

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Above, is a rough edit of my book cover. The title will probably change, as will the cover art.

Writing is hard work, but like art, it’s a wonderful way to pass the time. Like anything worth doing, it can be frustrating at times, but I’m really having a lot of fun re-working sentences, and fitting everything together – no really, I am.

This is a first attempt, so I’m a ways from putting anything out. That said, my goal is to one day e-publish a book. Short of hiring an editor, I’m going to try to do everything else myself, so, it’s probably going take a long time to complete.

I’ll post more updates in the future.

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Dumb Art Jokes

There aren’t a lot of jokes about art and artists out there, and of the ones you can find, most are pretty cheesy. Here are some I recently found on the internet.

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ABOVE: Marcel Duchamp, L. H. O. O. Q. (She is hot in the arse), 1919, pencil on postcard

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Q: Why did Van Gogh become a painter?

A: Because he didn’t have an ear for music.

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An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest in his paintings on display at that time.

“I have good news and bad news,” the owner replied. “The good news is that a gentleman enquired about your work and wondered if it would appreciate in value after your death. When I told him it would, he bought all 15 of your paintings.”

“That’s wonderful,” the artist exclaimed. “What’s the bad news?”
“The guy was your doctor…”

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Q: How many artists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Ten. One to change it, and nine to reassure him about how good it looks.

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Q: What did the artist draw before he went to bed?

A: The curtains!

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My mate hung himself in a modern art gallery.
It was three weeks before anyone noticed.

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The art critic is someone who arrives when the battle is over and shoots the wounded.

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Q: What happened when a ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carrying blue paint?

A: Both crews were marooned.

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Q: What do you get if you cross a painter with a boxer?

A: Muhammad Dali.

30 Topics For Your Art Blog

I started this blog in 2013 and have posted once a week since. Choosing a weekly topic can be hard, so for anyone considering a blog of their own, here are some post ideas.

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  • When did you decide to become an artist?
  • How did you hone your skills?
  • What are the central themes in your art?
  • What are your favorite art tools?
  • Who are your biggest influences?
  • Who is your favorite artist?
  • What is your favorite art movement/ism?
  • Review a gallery/museum you visited in your travels.
  • Review a museum show you visited in your home town.
  • Review the commercial galleries in your home town.
  • List your favorite art films.
  • List your favorite art documentaries.
  • List your favorite fictional art books.
  • List your favorite non-fictional art books.
  • Review a film or book about art.
  • Talk about a show you are about to do.
  • Talk about a show you have done.
  • Share your favorite art quotes.
  • Share what you’ve learned as a practicing artist.
  • Write about a specific historical artwork you like.
  • Write about one of your own artworks, and the meaning/technique behind it.
  • Post your biography.
  • Post your artists statement.
  • Post your resume.
  • Talk about building your website.
  • Talk about your favorite social media sites.
  • Give your thoughts on the art world.
  • Who are the art critics you regularly read?
  • Share some of your photography.
  • Share your art portfolio.

Art Book Quotes

I recently visited my local bookstore and picked up The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich. I’ve yet to read it, but it did inspire me to search for quotes from famous art books.

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“There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.” E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art

“First you do everything possible to make sure your world is antibourgeois, that it defies bourgeois tastes, that it mystifies the mob, the public, that it outdistances the insensible middle-class multitudes by light-years of subtlety and intellect – and then having succeeded admirably, you ask with a sense of See-what-I-mean?” Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word

“The Painted Word hit the art world like a really bad, MSG-headache-producing, Chinese lunch” Rosalind E. Krauss, Partisan Review

“Oil painting, before anything else, was a celebration of private property. As an art-form it derived from the principle that you are what you have.” John Berger, Ways of Seeing

“Art needs motives that are more profound than profit if it is to maintain its difference from – and position above – other cultural forms.” Sarah Thornton, Seven Days in the Art World

“What does one prefer? An art that struggles to change the social contract, but fails? Or one that seeks to please and amuse, and succeeds?” Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

“No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 things Nobody Told You About Being Creative