Thursday, January 5, 2012

A new place for art


You can never have too much art, and that's exactly what we're giving you.

A few awesome artists and friends of mine (Vincent Nappi, Ryan McShane, and Andy Brinkman) had the great idea of turning our love for art into a (virtually) palpable product. Neukunstgruppe is the tumblr blog we've begun to sate the thirst we know many others have for great art, and lots of it. Here's a list of all current contributors:

Vincent Nappi
Andy Brinkman
Ryan McShane
Chris Baldwin
Charles Valsechi
Emily Julstrom

If you use tumblr, follow us. If you don't use tumblr- what's the matter with you? There's never been an easier way for amazing art to be literally FED to you. I'm joking- do what you will. You're missing out.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

self portrait

I did this in oils on un primed illustration board- I wasn't sure how it would go, but as soon as i saw how absorbent it was and what this did to my brushstrokes, I decided to adopt a different process. This is the result of that.

Monday, January 2, 2012

playing with shapes

Margaret's Misgivings, oil on canvas, 11"x14"

This piece was super fun; I usually start with a fairly accurate 'drawing' with paint, but this time I started putting down paint before I knew what my subject would be. Finding a head and shoulders in this mess was a challenge, but a rewarding one. Despite this, the drawing must always happen- whether its on a pre-toned canvas with a bit of burnt umber or squishing through a quagmire, if the drawing doesn't happen, defining structure- its honesty, its sincerity- is impossible.

My teacher, Vilas Tonape, once told me that in an objects structure is its soul. I wasn't sure at first what he meant- but it becomes clearer each time I paint.