I have been working recently on a series of paintings on canvas, 24 in. x 30 in. combining painting and drawing. The paintings are coming out of some work I have been doing on paper mixing pencil and oil paint on an Arches Huile paper... (Continue reading)
I have been working recently on a series of paintings on canvas, 24 in. x 30 in. combining painting and drawing. The paintings are coming out of some work I have been doing on paper mixing pencil and oil paint on an Arches Huile paper, which is treated for oil painting and does not need to be sized. It is a good paper and archival, with a decent tooth, but very thirsty. It took me a little while to adjust…
WNYC's Studio 360 invited Nobel-prizewinning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, an art collector himself, to discuss how the brain processes and reacts to art. One of the more interesting phenomena that Kandel explains is that when viewing abstract paintings the brain uses what he calls a "top-down" mechanism to recruit personal experience, imagination, creativity, and responses to other works of art into the process. The result is a creative experience that viewers themselves undergo as they look at an abstract painting. I could have told them that without an fMRI machine, but kudos nonetheless.
“The painter can do no more than construct an image; he must wait for this image to come to life for other people. When it does, the work of art will have united these separate lives; it will no longer exist in only one of them like a stubborn dream or a persistent delirium...