release

I released myself as I am. I recognized a younger self and released him too. that recognition led to a series of selves all in a row. I released them too. They stood in a row with their idols and friends. Little Stephen and the Beatles in dark suits in a dusty sound studio. I […]

reflections, forgive me photos

reflections, forgive me photos

The Reflections exhibit brings together allover paintings with “Forgive Me” photographs revealing their common origins in non-hierarchal foundation beliefs. The allover paintings have no horizon, no compositional elements to focus on, and no mark appears to be more important than another. The “Forgive Me” photographs are a cross section of society underlining the basic need […]

join us and set someone free

We are undertaking a public art project to release resentment worldwide. To participate take a selfie holding a sign that says, “forgive me”. Share the image on your favorite social network and tag it forgiveme. What have I done? It’s not about you or what you may or may not have done. It is about […]

Fractal fun

Fractal fun

Been messing about with fractal images the last two days in an attempt to improve the Soul Portraits.   This is a fractal animation I created using Chaotica.  I have to now save up to buy the full version and a new computer to render. 🙂

who is this trance artist?

How would you like to be present at the moment something brand new enters the world? That’s where I am every day. No, I don’t work in a hospital birthing babies: I am an abstract artist. The images I have a hand in creating have never been seen on this planet or any other. Someone […]

Why create? are you seeking praise?

Why create? are you seeking praise?

When I was a wee boy I was praised for using the big toilet. Since then I have been making shit and seeking praise. Sometimes I wonder if I am looking for praise or looking for people incapable of praise. I put my challenging abstract paintings in a provincial art organization populated by hobby artists. […]

plein air abstract painting

plein air abstract painting

I was weaned on abstract expressionism. I am smitten by the allover image. I have developed a method of plein air non representational allover style painting based on grave rubbings. I discovered this method due to the circumstance of painting with acrylics outdoors in the California desert. I was visiting my parents in Homeland California. […]

what is the purpose of art?

what is the purpose of art?

  Painting Depression This painting is unusual for me as it comes from a darker place than I am accustomed to recognizing.  I started it after a meeting during which my  colleagues were discussing depression and explaining in clearer terms than I can remember hearing previously just what depression feels like.  I started painting as […]

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

  I was looking through instagram last night about to do my daily painting and saw these two images. One was an image of Robin Williams laughing along with some muppets posted by Gavin Strange and one was a detail of a painting by Emily Filler. I was struck by the emotional tone of the images […]

Picture your gift

Picture your gift

Picture your gift (painting, writing, cooking, surfing) as a white silk flag standing up behind you in the wind as you race through the meadow on your life’s path.  Now imagine all the things people have said about your gift starting from when you can remember.  All the hurt feelings and weird statements attached to […]

The secret to understanding art.

I used to be afraid of meat. Not just meat but the butchers shop. The butchers were all bloody and they stood up on a platform behind a formidable wall of glass and steel enclosing stacks of meat. I would be sent in to ask for ham. “What kind of ham?’ they sneered. I don’t […]

Do you deny your journey?

Do you deny your journey?

My function is focused on recognizing all the distractions I have created.  Once recognized as distractions the beacon of love seems to shine brighter.  The distractions become transparent before revealing their illusory nature. This journey is reflected in the artwork.  The place inside you which resonates with the journey homeward is reflected by the finished […]

don’t be concerned

I am concerned enough for everyone  I am changing hosts and everything seems to be in flux. I have to remember I paid for this confusion.

barefoot by choice

I immigrated to Southern California when I was ten years old. We were near the beach and everyone that was cool was barefoot so I decided I wasn’t going to wear shoes. Well we weren’t that near as we had to walk for 45 minutes to get there. I ran from shade to shade as […]

We are instruments

When the music is ended, no one congratulates the wooden stick on the music it made: it is the musician who is applauded and thanked for this beautiful gift of music. It is precisely so with what we think of as our ‘selves.’ We are instruments, hollow sticks, through which the Breath, the Spirit, the […]

Defensive Architecture, yes or no?

Defensive Architecture, yes or no?

SERENITY PARK   The theme for this year’s Second Life birthday celebration is taken from the Winston Churchill quote: “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”  How and what we perceive creates our experience and often our perceptions creates our future.  What perceptions will create the future of our public landscape? […]

Do you want homeless sleeping on your doorstep?

What will you do to stop that from happening?  It seems the solution some have come up with is defensive architecture.  Is this the way of the future? We can’t help the homeless so lets make sure we don’t have to see them. Defensive architecture is about creating hostile spaces to prevent sleeping and sitting […]

wilful misconceptions about homelessness

wilful misconceptions about homelessness: that it is a lifestyle choice, which oddly becomes more popular during periods of nationwide economic ruin; that poverty is down to personal failure; that kindness perpetuates it; and, more than any misconception, that good shelter is readily available. via Spikes keep the homeless away, pushing them further out of sight […]

Is social media diluting art?

  instead of writing songs and composing albums its easier to post on social media If we agree that great art comes from the friction within and then agree also with Billy Bragg that we are resolving this friction instantly with a tweet or post where does that leave art?  Art is squeezed out of […]

Welcome to the summer of nothingness – how one book made it hip to be bored | Emma Brockes | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The take-away from all this, perhaps, is that boredom itself can be a virtue. The rise in popularity of meditation and the $27bn yoga industry is an antidote to the speeding up of other elements in the culture and the reality that we are all, to a certain extent, suffering from attention deficit disorders. via […]

are you a change agent?

Loving the creative insurgent podcasts. Today Cory Huff and Melissa Dinwiddie interviewed  Stephen Goldsmith who calls himself an empathic essential animal, a change agent. He suggests we can engage the community in a trans formative way and stop limiting ourselves with labels. When you identify a need you automatically garner the abilities to effect a change […]

Not paying artists deeply entrenched in gallery culture, research suggests | Art and design | The Guardian

more than 70% of contemporary visual artists who took part in publicly funded exhibitions in the last three years received no fee. via Not paying artists deeply entrenched in gallery culture, research suggests | Art and design | The Guardian.

Lucinda Williams, where the spirit meets the bone

Then Williams cleared her throat and quoted her father’s poem from memory: “Have compassion for everyone you meet,/ even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,/ bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign/ of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen./ You do not know what wars are going on/ down […]

M. Annenberg art installation

M. Annenberg art installation

  Conceived as a metaphor from the game of chess, the artwork, Check, Checkmate, takes the global warming debate beyond partisan politics. It examines the role American media plays in the lack of public response to our urgent climate crises. Both on air and in print, certain media outlets participate in ongoing omissions and misinformation […]

How to hear creations song

It’s true, I hear the song creation sings when I am fully involved. Fully involved in painting, cooking, driving, playing games, mowing the lawn. it doesn’t matter which noble undertaking I am involved with when the monkey mind ceases its incessant chatter, when the ruminations in to the past and future abate, when time passes […]

are you an independent artist?

I started out independent but slowly I succumbed to the lure of international art stardom and began to see myself as an undiscovered genius. I patiently exposed myself to the powers that be all the while practicing my exhibition skills in alternative spaces. I dreamt of the day when someone would take care of me. […]

The Problem with Big Art

the art itself doesn’t encourage thinking. Rather, it privileges emotional response — particularly the feeling of being impressed and awed — over understanding; in other words, passive consumption versus active. via The Problem with Big Art.

Worthwhile Art

what is worthwhile art? –The tragic emotion, in fact, is a face looking two ways, towards terror and towards pity, both of which are phases of it. You see I use the word ARREST. I mean that the tragic emotion is static. Or rather the dramatic emotion is. The feelings excited by improper art are […]

what is real?

what is real?

With the arrest over the weekend of Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantiños Diaz the noose is tightening for Pei-Shen Qian, the artist who created works in the style of some of the more notable abstract expressionists.  Apparently he was shocked by the news of what Diaz was doing with his paintings.  Selling them for millions […]

1000 true fans part 2

Besides deeply seated subconscious programming that I need to deal with there has been a long term love hate relationship with the gallery model. Yesterday, allowing myself to have a beginners mind I looked with fresh eyes at my options and found hope. I listened to a podcast: SPI 096 : How to Make a […]

1000 true fans

Yesterday I devoted the day to marketing my art. I committed to one full day a week and it seems to be effective. I started out giving myself permission to read art blogs particularly Edward Winkelman where they were talking about the state of the art world. There is a lot of talk about the […]

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Poetry Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls […]

Paintings | Alexander Yulish

Paintings | Alexander Yulish. http://alexanderyulish.s3.amazonaws.com/media/E02C6226-retouch1.jpg

Exhibition History Rocky Railway High

Between 1881 – 1884, about 15,000 Chinese laborers from the southern Province of Guangdong were hired to build the most treacherous part of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia. Over 5,000 Chinese railway workers perished during the job. Rocky Railway High (Closure) – an Interactive Art Project for the symbolic return of the Chinese […]

This American Life; The Essay: Cubism

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pmh1n   Talking about monumental visual art in a picture-free medium means, as The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik admits, that the odds of failure are quite high. How can you explain Cubism or its wonky, prismatic appeal without visual aids? But it seems to be the week for rule-breaking and Gopnik’s modest pre-emption is unnecessary. […]

more rumi

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest […]

Rumi

“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside!” – Rumi

creativity

A final clue came from “Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention” (1996), in which Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi acknowledges that, far from being an act of individual inspiration, what we call creativity is simply an expression of professional consensus. Using Vincent van Gogh as an example, the author declares that the artist’s “creativity came […]

If the 1% stifles New York’s creative talent, I’m out of here | David Byrne | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Unlike Iceland, where the government let misbehaving banks fail and talented kids became less interested in leaping into the cesspool of finance, in New York there has been no public rejection of the culture that led to the financial crisis. Instead, there has been tacit encouragement of the banking industry’s actions from figures like Mayor […]

Berkeley College, Artists of Quality

Berkeley College: 255 Duffield Street Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201 EXHIBITION DATES:  October 1, 2013-December 27, 2013 RECEIVING DATE:  Friday, September 27, 2013  11:00am-2:00pm RECEPTION DATE: Saturday, October 5-  1:00pm-3:00pm REMOVAL DATE: December 26, 2013 11:00am-2:00pm Exhibition hours:  9:00AM-8:00pm Tuesday-Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday) BERKELEY COLLEGE PRESENTS ARTISTS OF QUALITY –   THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CONTEMPORARY […]

Heartbeat

Two new studies regarding heartbeats and virtual worlds.  Apparently the heartbeat has a powerful influence. Eindhoven University of Technology (2011, April 8). Personal touch: Hearing a heartbeat has the same effect as looking each other in the eye. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 21, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2011/04/110407093118.htm   Association for Psychological Science (2013, August 14). Visualized […]

Exhibition History, Grace

A harrowing period of drug dependency had been interrupted by physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion.  I found help in the rooms of this building.  I began to awaken to the simple beauty that was my neighborhood.  I began to shift my gaze from the crack vials which littered the streets to the birds in the […]