I am painting more detailed images from now on so there will not be very many. watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nst-jWfUdS4
Art is like genuineness, they both require only 10% imagination but 90% craftsmanship or draftsmanship. Art schools are capitalist organizations so ever since abstract expressionism became popular they have been teaching people that anyone can make art if they have enough imagination.
I’m too old and decrepit from arthritis to paint for money. I paint for my self now. And do not expect to live much longer, unless there is a way to use my images for charity fund raisers.
The Kitsch movement says traditional skill qualities are kitsch and the modern art movement is only personal expression without painting skills. But what If I use both skill and ideas expressed from myself. What is that called? [Just good art as far as I am concerned.] But I am definitely moving towards more skill in making my images more desirable just to look at without intellectual implications [unless I have something to say]. But to use skill of texture and light to tell a story is a traditional way to express your self. [Salvador Dali said paint as realistic as possible to express what your dreams looked like.] well I am going to have to paint for myself, adn hope that people with money like them enough to pay $500 for a 22” x 34” canvas. [in the gallery I will have to charge $850 to get close enough to that, to pay for promotion]. Art is a business that I hate.
ignore these advertisements: I can’t even see where they will be, usually right in the middle of my post
I believe that if I can visualize a concept and make it look realistic enough people will be able to think about the idea as something that can become true. That will give it more of a chance of becoming true. How ever I don’t know if I can make an abstract concept visually realistic, it would be a writer’s project to describe it in detail. But that is why stories should be illustrated. Even if it does cost too much for the publishing industry to produce.
I have some hope that Digital self publishing will be good for this idea. I intent to publish my story about the “Living Tree Houses” with black-n-white drawings but make the color images available separately. And If I can have a printable on demand version I will put the color images in the book. Unfortunately no one has enough intelligence to help me write the book without charging me a huge amount of money. So the story will not be as good as it could be. At this point I am thinking about how to end the story without stupidity. I have never seen a book that does not rely on stupid dialog for entertainment so how can I write and smart ending?
If someone claiming to be me [showing you a card of mine] wants you to trust him to cash a check for him, do not do it! some scammer almost scammed me out of two thousand dollars, claiming to want to buy my paintings with a third party check.
I cannot accept personal checks of any kind especially third party [like even business checks]. A ‘Cashier’s check’ is safer and faster and can be had from any bank. But Itsy is an even better way to buy a painting. You give them the money then I ship the item to you; then they pay me minus their share. Just tell me which one you want so I can put it on their website.
I know what counterfeit bills look like, so I want only new counterfeit proof bills from the bank.
I almost got scammed out of two thousand dollars. Someone contacted me via email and said he lives in tennessee and wanted three of my paintings. Then he sent me a check for way over the amount I wanted. He wanted me to pay a “shipping agent” money he owed the man. Well I had a bad feeling about the deal. Then I discovered that banks give out the money BEFORE checks actually clears the banking system, [which can take 3 to 5 weeks].
I would have been screwed out of a lot of money plus bank fees. Then this guy actually came snooping around in the middle of the night to find the money. He went through my landlords stuff before woking me up at 5:30 am. Now I have a night vision security camera and motion sensor lights to catch snoopers. The police told me I should have set up a sting operation with them to catch the scammer. But that is no doubt why the scammer came snooping in the middle of the night. Yes he is in this area. Possibly using a dark net browser so he cannot be traced.
So now I can’t deal in anything other than cash or digital money. And you can bet your bippy that I will take the cash to the bank to see if it is counterfeit or not.
Now that the art show is over I do not have to pay the gallery 40% so I can sell these paintings for $450, but that will include a smaller percentage that will have to go to Itsey.com. So If you live in Port Townsend or can meet me there. I can sell them for only $350. But I cannot take checks, cash only will be accepted [in large bills]. And I will examine the cash to be sure it is not counterfeit. If you live out of town you can send me the cash via certified mail, but it would be much better to meet in a public place for the sale. The police want me to help them set up a sting operation for scammers.
I am going to start painting much larger so I can put more detail in my images. then I will have them scanned so you can buy high detailed prints. Also gallerys start the charge rate by the size. For me a larger size would be easier to paint more detail, than the smaller 16” x 20”. But I have a storage space problem.
I made an instructable about how to paint illustrations
I invented a way to make the canvas more textural with layers of gesso. It is hard to see with the bad cammera’s results.
There is more and more people that make image art that can be related to with abstract intellect only. It has nothing to do with composition and color. Ever since the “modern” art movement started making images that had nothing to do with what people had learned for several hundred years, the whole rt seen has been searching for meaning. Now all you need is wild imagination to relate to image art. Maybe I can start painting abstract images with all the tools of illustration….??