Art as Therapy

Source: Art as Therapy   Most works of art do not present us with radically strange and unexpected ideas: rather, they lend life to truths that had become cliches. Their power lies in getting us to feel important thoughts that had become merely intellectual and sterile. seven core psychological functions of art: remembering Art is […]

light shines

Light shines. It doesn’t try to move whatever is causing shadow. It certainly doesn’t draw it closer causing more shadow. Light shines. it does its best to shine wherever it is accepted.

perfection clouded by perception

Perfection clouded by perception is how I can best describe the images I have been creating lately. I am talking about the broken mandala the twisted kalidescope. What goes on? There is always something going on in the spontaneous creative output which isn’t immediately apparent. If it is apparent it can feel forced like a […]

so you wanna be an artist

Imagine an army of the smartest, most compassionate, free thinking, capable individuals duped in to an existence of  competition amongst themselves for a ridiculously rare opportunity. All the while serving the one percent with objects of beauty and status created with blood and sweat in blinders in expensive rooms with expensive supplies.  Paying for the […]

We Gave Medals to the Best Art at the Rio Olympics

They’re all about sports, but that doesn’t mean the 2016 Rio Olympics have no room for art. Source: We Gave Medals to the Best Art at the Rio Olympics

Save the Date, Open Studio

Open Studio Sunday June 26th 1-6pm 4395 Broadway 6e NYC

In and out of love

One minute I was in love and the next minute that love was gone. What happened to my love? What happened to my perception? I am talking about the painting I did yesterday, and I just realized today what happened. It looks like art. What’s wrong with that? It’s not what I am going for. […]

Art Sales, Coming up Next

Art Sales, Coming up Next

The Riviera Hotel in Palm Springs is also hosting the 99 bucks arts sales show.  I have three small paintings at this event. 99 Bucks & Up Annual Fundraiser for The Palm Springs Art Museum April 16th, 2016 Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa I applied for a place at the Uptown Arts Review 2016 […]

artist in New York

Art is a cornerstone of moneyed society in New York, with pieces regularly selling for millions of dollars. But most artists rarely see any of this bounty, making it harder for them to afford to live and work here. There is, however, a way to make it. The key for many artists is to think […]

Night at the museum: Turner winner Elizabeth Price on breaking the glass cabinet | Art and design | The Guardian

slippery but seductive slippery but seductive narratives.   Source: Night at the museum: Turner winner Elizabeth Price on breaking the glass cabinet | Art and design | The Guardian

Artists Council Exhibit

Had  a great time at the Artists Council Exhibit: Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley at University of California, Riverside | Palm Desert Center.  The show was well attended and the food was great.  We had roasted vegetables with the obligatory wine and cheese outside in the warm Palm Desert air. The show will remain […]

Strung Out In Heaven: Amanda Palmer on Patronage vs. Commerce, Art as Non-Ownable Nourishment

The tricky thing happens when the audience begins expecting a product — the artist can thrive and grow only when people expect a process. The market model is predicated on product and the patronage model on process. Source: Strung Out In Heaven: Amanda Palmer on Patronage vs. Commerce, Art as Non-Ownable Nourishment, and the Story […]

Dance like everyone is watching

Sunday I performed my songs at the Open Mic once again.  On the drive in I began to feel nervous and that didn’t pass until ten minutes after my performance.  As a result my voice was shaky and my hands hesitant and cramped. I realize the best performances are the ones where the performer releases […]

The Rose-Washed Past: Ron Haviv’s ‘Lost Rolls’

The Rose-Washed Past: Ron Haviv’s ‘Lost Rolls’

why we’re so drawn to adding this aesthetic aspect to digital images. The writer Nathan Jurgenson talks about this as an attempt to create a “nostalgia for the present”: it is, he writes, “an attempt to make our photos seem more important, substantial and real. We want to endow the powerful feelings associated with nostalgia […]

Why does contemporary art look so simple? | Jonathan Jones |  The Guardian

Art stripped itself of so many enriching things and reduced itself to such a stark mirror of this age that now it struggles to find a more intellectually and emotionally rewarding vocabulary again. There are formidable exceptions. Great art is still being made. It will be made in the future. But yes, the answer to […]

Mark Grotjahn’s Sign-Painting Breakthrough — Vulture

Frustrated with painting but not wanting to be left behind, he said, “I wanted to change.” Art, he wrote, had become “too coded, too much talking.” He longed for a kind of painting that could vie with the graphic world for attention and communicate in straightforward visual terms, not just the latest artistic idioms and […]

when artists discuss art

I attended a function for artists at the Palm Springs Art Museum yesterday. It was a critique sponsored by the Artists Council and put on in our very own space within the museum. What a concept! The critique was moderated and advertised as “a self-led art critique workshop. An afternoon set aside for discussion and […]

How to create chaos

How to create chaos

I am searching for order in chaos. I create the chaos, a few gestural expressions, and then step back and ask what is required to balance it. A series of questions and answers narrows the field until there are no more choices and the piece is finished. The entire process is held apart from thought […]

For the Love of Paint

For the Love of Paint

There’s a painting by Ray of Fra Angelico’s fresco of the “Annunciation” as seen from the bottom of the maroon-carpeted stairs in the Convent of San Marcos in Florence. By positioning the viewer at the bottom of the stairs and framing the fresco with the doorway, she initiates a dialogue between the modernist pressure toward […]

Trapped in an Artist Cage

Trapped in an Artist Cage

I have built myself an Artist cage with my interpretation and subsequent conformation to the term Artist. In 1993 I was working as a sheet metal worker, Sign Division, in New York City. At Serota Signs, we had a contract to fabricate works for artists such as Bruce Nauman and Stephen Antonakos. These works were […]

Is the shittiness intentional?

Is the shittiness intentional?

Is the art world a lifestyle? This week the veil was finally lifted. There were instances heading toward this moment but I think it was this quote from an article by Ben Davis in Artnet that finally ripped it off. But even of the luckiest of the lucky, only a very few—1,654 in NYC, according […]

Sphere of Influence

A lifelong struggle to remain outside of the sphere of influence. The influence of drugs. The influence of sugar. The influence of social media. The influence of comfort. The influence of social pressure. The influence of wealth. The influence of desire. The influence of advertising. The influence of the marketplace. This does not mean I […]

gestural abstract watercolor paintings

abstract watercolor paintings A series of small abstract watercolor paintings created in a flurry of action in the desert then removed to the beach to be painstakingly highlighted and refined.  The process maintains dynamic action  while exuding calm soothing energy.

Art in New York City

Art in New York City

During a short 6 week visit I managed to not only visit Art in New York City but I was able to make some of my own Art in New York City. I am finally settling in after a lovely trip to NYC. I got a chance to remember why I love that city and […]

Art as a Form of Active Prayer and What Writers Really Labor For | Brain Pickings

What you have chosen is a profound vocation of healing, and your stories and poems are as sacraments, as visible blessings. Be at the heart and soul of your time, not resigned to what is safe or peripheral. Try to free yourself from attachment to results, to awards, publications, praise, to indifference, rejection, and misunderstanding. […]

The Contradictions of Albert Oehlen – The New Yorker

The Contradictions of Albert Oehlen – The New Yorker

Oehlen offers an insight into why digital pictorial mediums can be exciting—and certainly are triumphant in global visual culture—but still fail to sustain intellectual interest or to nourish the soul. They are all in the head. Source: The Contradictions of Albert Oehlen – The New Yorker

Down with Kickstarter! Where art is concerned, the crowd is an idiot | Art and design | The Guardian

Down with Kickstarter! Where art is concerned, the crowd is an idiot | Art and design | The Guardian

Internet utopians believe the crowd is the future, and equate it with democracy. But all the evidence of history tells us crowds are dangerous, irrational and colossally unwise. Source: Down with Kickstarter! Where art is concerned, the crowd is an idiot | Art and design | The Guardian

Yoko Ono: ‘To be an artist you need courage’ | Environment | The Guardian

“To be an artist you need courage, and most people don’t think that,” says Ono. “It’s an age where people are only interested in entertainment. People are just entertained every day, like crazy, and that’s all they’re doing. And they say: ‘This is boring – let’s see something else.’ We are all kings and queens […]

what’s the inspiration for painting?

what’s the inspiration for painting?

I’ve been back in New York for a month now and have seen more art in the past month than in the last two years. A lot of times another artists ideas find their way in to my paintings. I try on different things to see if they fit and if they could help me […]

Freedom song video

Freedom song video

Not much painting going on. I have been obsessed with animating imagery to accompany one of my songs. I finished the song video it and posted it online should you care to subject yourself to my singing and guitar playing here it is. It’s the first time I have published one of my songs to […]

oversharing

I believe the problem is rooted in the immediacy of today. In other words, the desire to obtain instant feedback and praise is strong in our age of instant information. That is one reason why sites like Facebook are so popular. The ability to send and receive instant information is great — but that doesnt […]

Art Outsiders Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Finger Paintings

non-representational art and the important role intentionality plays in how we ascribe value to artworks via ArtSlant – You Can’t Ape It: Art Outsiders Can Tell the Difference Between Abstract Art and Finger Paintings.

Study Finds Making Art May Keep Our Brains Healthy

Researchers discovered “a significant improvement in psychological resilience” among those who participated in drawing and painting classes; they did not find it in the art-appreciation group. What’s more, the fMRI scans of the art-class group also showed improved “effective interaction” between certain regions of the brain known as the default mode network. This area is associated with cognitive process […]

Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body

Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body.

Soul Portrait, Personal Mandala, Essence Portrait

Soul Portrait, Personal Mandala, Essence Portrait

Each painting has it’s own personality. I’ve heard authors talk about a character developing a mind of it’s own and having to follow the character they have created to it’s own destiny. Michelangelo famously talked about David being trapped in the marble and his job being to chip away all the parts that weren’t David. […]

equal in love

Over the years I have developed and maintained deep seated beliefs regarding wealth. In an honest attempt to remain aligned with the poorest of my brothers I have condemned the richest. I have kept myself poor all the while battling to be free from the limiting results of my own ideas of right and wrong. […]

Common Ground

Over the years I have developed a visual language. I don’t always know what I am saying but I can tell when I have everything in place. A visual poetry reveals itself. There exists a harmony of color and shape combined in to a statement that is complete. I can see this result in others […]

Slaves of the Internet, Unite! – NYTimes.com

“Let us not kid ourselves,” Professor Vladimir Nabokov reminds us. “Let us remember that literature is of no practical value whatsoever. … ” But practical value isn’t the only kind of value. Ours is a mixed economy, with the gift economy of the arts existing (if not exactly flourishing) within the inhospitable conditions of a […]

How did I get here?

How did I get here?

It isn’t always funny the path a painting takes but it’s never boring. While on the subject of animated gifs the following was created for the exhibition “You Should Not Be Here” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art     and finally a gif created from the contribution to Respond at Smack Mellon  

art cycle brotherhood

art cycle brotherhood

With the new year comes a prompt to reflect and take inventory on habits and aims.  Sometimes it seems like my habits control me and that’s the easy way.  Just follow the well trodden path of ‘used to” and I don’t have to think.  My lesson for today tells me I am upset because I […]

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People | Podio

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People | Podio. Want to develop a better work routine? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds organized their days. Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).

Jennifer Wynne Reeves: A Prayer for the Art World

If, BIG IF, I don’t live another year, my prayer for you, for the art world, is that creatives banish doubts about breakthroughs because if we can’t imagine Pollock or Polke breakthroughs are possible we won’t have them and won’t be able to see them. Artists are not merely subordinates of the market place. We […]

Can I Be a Witness?

There are passages in the mottled walls that glow, while other parts are in shadow. Mazur can evoke the multiform paintings of Mark Rothko without sinking into parody. And then we see the primates sitting around, inmates meant to entertain us, except there is nothing remotely amusing or diverting about them. Once we are recognize […]

Photography is the art of our time

Today, photography is the only art that seriously maintains this attention to the stuff that matters. via Photography is the art of our time | Art and design | The Guardian.   Good argument for a slice of art but painting still reveals and reflects without dictating and hand holding.  Photography may be easier to […]

You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy? | Life and style | The Guardian

“Let’s be clear,” says Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, “there are two types of detox: one is respectable and the other isn’t.” The respectable one, he says, is the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions. “The other is the word being hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to […]

An Appreciative Heart is Good Medicine – HeartMath

Emotions and the Heart As we experience feelings like anger, frustration, anxiety and insecurity, our heart rhythm patterns become more erratic. These erratic patterns are sent to the emotional centers in the brain which it recognizes as negative or stressful feelings. These signals create the actual feelings we experience in heart area and body. The […]

real news from a newspaper

real news from a newspaper

The reflections exhibition at the Mount San Jacinto College Art Gallery looks great.  The reception was well attended and we ate all the cheese.  A reporter from the Press Enterprise showed up and took some photographs and interviewed me for an article in a real newspaper. http://www.pe.com/articles/beveridge-755207-forgiveness-let.html I think the reporter got the message and […]

all over style

all over style

These paintings are allover paintings in that they are painted all over the surface of the canvas. There is no part of the painting more special than any other part. I like to see the world that way. I like to honor every part of things equally. When I do that there is no struggle […]

What happens when we ask for forgiveness?

What happens when we ask for forgiveness?

Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says “Forgive Me”.  How does that feel?  Can you do it seriously or is it too uncomfortable? Can you now post it on social media or in an art exhibit? New  York artist Stephen Beveridge has created a series of portraits of people holding the sign […]

Will you resign and reflect?

Will you resign and reflect?

The act of holding the Forgive me sign can lead to a posture of resignation. The space created by that posture is where grace goes. Witnessing that moment, whether in the moment or recorded as a photograph, can reflect that grace in ourselves. The Forgive me photographs channel the power to initiate a moment of […]