I've been taking a ceramics class for a little bit now and am finally starting to feel like I have a bit of control over the things that I'm creating. Here's a couple small vases that I made that I'm pretty happy with.
i got in i got a phone call today from art institute of boston that i was accepted to the mfa program.
i go to the first intensive in june. i have to get a listing of mentors. they prefer i commute to chicago 4 times a semester to speak with a mentor there, rather than someone from this area?
so i have emailed a teacher from the art institute that i had some critic from in ireland and she remembers me and said she would like to if we can work it out. i asked a teacher i had from here in my bfa program and another teacher who is parttime at the art institute chicago and lives in peoria (i havent heard from him yet).
so i will see who they decide should teach me...
im excited, but it is really expensive there... hotels are outrageous. im looking for a short term rented apartment or hoping someone else coming will want to share an apartment with me.
and hopefully my new part time job will cooperate with giving me time off.
d.c. d.c. was good. my flag was on the stage with a light behind it. so all the speakers and poets had it behind them when they talked...it will be in alot of pics.
cnn news was outside interviewing people all night...but i havent watched so i dont know if they ran anything. it was an intense night.
speakers...the head of ips(institute of policy studies), andy shallal(owner of the venue, an artist and iraqi immigrant), iraq war vets, and more...code pink and lots of groups, you could hardly moved, it was so packed all night. standing room only.
poets...really intense...included the vets poetry. tough because it confirmed the things i am worried about my son seeing and seeing them and how they were effected, confirmed how i am worried my son will be effected...but it is good to know there is support and outlets for what he will be feeling...when he is home...
code pink may call me to commission a piece.
there are aritst i met i would like to work with..collaborate, but i am in stupid central illinois so that may not work out.
it was a good show, a great night and a long drive.
this pic is dark....it was during the poetry dissent
Red Truck I was able to come home early from work today, so I set to work on a new painting. Here it is in its half finished state. Hopefully I actually will finish this one - I have too many unfinished pieces laying around as it is.
I think I have discovered why it takes my paintings so long to dry - in a discussion I had this afternoon with a clerk at the art supply store I go to, the man mentioned that linseed oil will lengthen drying time. So in this piece I am using less oil than I typically would, and so far so good. Hopefully it will be dry enough for me to make further progress on it in the morning.
Last month I shelled out a huge chunk of change to upgrade from student oils to artist quality oils and painting mediums (rembrandt, old holland) and the difference is pretty remarkable. I would highly recommend to anyone who has been avoiding artist quality paints because of the price to just give it a shot with the one or two colors you tend to use most. I swear you'll never be cheap again.
IT IS SHIPPED ! "THE DECIDER: CASUALTIES TO MARCH 19, 2007". PORTION OF SIDE ONE
PORTION OF SIDE 2
FINISHED THE 3197 HOLES OF THE CASUALTIES THIS AFTERNOON AT THREE. WHEN I GET TO D.C. ON MONDAY I WILL ADD HOLES FOR THE CASUALTIES UP TO THAT POINT. A NEW ONE WILL UNFORTUNATELY BE STARTED FOR THE NEXT CASUALTIES BEYOND MARCH 19, 2007.
I THOUGHT IT WAS APPROPRITE TO TITLE IT THIS WAY, AS THE EXHIBIT IS CALLED "FOUR WAR YEARS" MARKING THE END OF THE FOURTH YEAR OF WAR.
IT WILL ARRIVE THURSDAY NITE AND MEET THE FRIDAY DEADLINE...RELIEF!
i cannot calm down, i feel like im am going to implode i got a call today from a think tank in d.c. and they want my decider casualties piece for there event marking the end of four years of war......the event is monday...i have to cut 3000 holes by tomorrow and send to be there by friday...then i think we are going to drive there on saturday.
they also may want me to speak and said the will some really amazing people there speaking as well...it is monday...im so excited, i cant calm down. im going to have to get in the tub.
and...i just got an email...there is an event at the capitol in springfield with and exhibit that may want my work...it is on friday nite and they said if i could also come to the march on saturday with my work i need help cutting on.
it is great but i just went from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds and i cant catch up yet.
i was so disappointed i wasnt getting any response and then bam!
so it is going to be very busy for the rest of this week and maybe after that.
Color sketches My creative progress has been a little stunted for the past few months, but it's beginning to shake off. Unfortunately, I'm moving in three weeks and don't want to start in on any new oil paintings until the dust has settled. As a compromise I've been doing some work in my sketchbook so I'll have ideas ready and on hand when I've got my easle and paints ready to go again. I've been doing some abstract sketches - nothing like my typical work - exploring color, composition and structure. Nothing groundbreaking, but I've had fun messing around, and I thought I would share a couple:
I can't wait to get my painting area set up in the new space. It's frustrating to be inspired and not have my normal tools available to use.
1. find a way to finish the decider...because there are 40,000 holes and i have cut about 4000
2.find venues to tour the decider....because it is so relevant right now with what is happening..the war and people feeling they dont have a voice
so yesterday i got on craigslist somehow when i was searching for something unrelated to this and started looking at art communities...i saw they are looking for art in d.c. for a may peace march.
then i saw there are peace marches in illinois this month.
i though, maybe i can take the canvases to the marches and let people cut a hole or two if they want...that way, the whole country is involved in a way...it will look like many hands were on it instead of just mine.
so i contacted the chicago march and they have forwarded my email to someone who may help me...and also to an iraq war vet who has an exhibit on the iraq war at the vietnam war museum right now.
Since I never answered these... 1. How did you get your start in art? As a child, crayoning everything... Seriously, I can't remember a time where art wasn't a part of my life...
2. Where do you draw your inspiration from? My personal experience! Friends and family, history, random thoughts, my clients (I'm an art therapy student).... Famous artists I am inspired by: Frida Kahlo, Georgia OKeefe, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu...
3. What artists/styles/movements have influenced you the most? The Surrealists! Some artists are listed above...
4. Do you believe that true originality in art is possible in contemporary art? Definitely! We do not all think the same way, and therefore do not create from the same place within ourselves, even when painting about similar topics...
5. What medium(s) do you work in and why? Oil paint, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, collage, linocut prints... I am still exploring...
6. What is your background/training in art? I have a BA in art from a small liberal arts university in Pennsylvania.
7. What subject matter/style do you explore, and why? My style uses surrealistic and figurative elements; I have recently begun to explore abstraction...
8. Have you had exhibits, or are you currently showing work? I have had exhibits in the past, however, I am not currently showing anywhere...
9. How do you stay motivated? Sometimes, I don't... But seriously, I am still trying to answer that question...
10. Why do you create art? I think I would cease to exist if I didn't...
It's been a while since I've done any real drawing - and I think that I'm going to pick up from where I last left off a few years back. I've been focusing on painting for so long that I now feel that I need to back off of the painting for a little bit and focus on another medium. This is a picture that I drew in 2003, where my drawings last left off...
one of the "the decider" pieces this is one side of the double sided flag piece of the casualties of the war this is a close up of the same peice where i have started putting in the tears...each tear is a life...there are 50 tears shown here this the other side of the flag ...i hadnt cut into it yet here another 50 holes
im going to put around two hundred holes down each stripe to fit in over 3000 casualties and then when i am finished...the day i finish...the title will be "as of march 25th, 2007" (for example) in which i will start another one...which will be titled "as of ...."
i may need to finish one of the sides a little more before i cut more.
comments anyone? i am looking at texas tech to complete my m.f.a. texas is scary and i dont know how i will do there. i am also looking at a school in boston. art institute boston and unio institute which is the university of vermont. the latter are low residency programs. you work in your home studio with a local professor and go there twice a year for intensive 10 day crits and seminars.
what does anyone know about these last two places and this type of program?
I appear to be new This community interests me because I believe in originality and I just need a place to show off my art, lawl.
I could draw before I could talk. I get inspired by allot of things. Violent, disturbing, confusing or wierd.
Everything can be my medium
I like Goya allot, and millions of others.
I explore.. what others wouldn't explore.
Human nature, anger, wierd obsessions, blowing things out of proportion and contradicting things. A tour through a wonderful world full of confusion, bizarrity, agression, yet some hidden common sence.
I sometimes try to make good looking things with hated media, like webcams and mspaint. Just to show people how worthless the media you use is compared to talent and originality.
I stay motivated thanks to myself, and my vision of the world.
I like to show people things from diffirent points.
I like to pleasure people with confusion.
And yeah, I guess that's it.
Oh, by the way. My name is Waldemar Schuur, I'm 17 years old and I live in the Netherlands.
And I hope this is the right place for me.. we'll see.