"Art for Art's Sake"
Bison, Altamira Cave, Spain
a film by Gary Mercer
Mark Rothko: tward the light in the chapel
Author: Annie Cohen-Solal
Publisher: Yale University Press 2015
Breakfast with Lucian
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
David Park: A Painter's Life
Author: Nancy Boas
Publisher: University of California Press, 2012
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists
Author: Kay Larson
Penguin Press, 2012
Vanishing Smile: The Mysteious Theft of Mona Lisa
Author: R.A. Scotti
The Cave Painter
Author: Gregory Curtis
Publisher: Anchor Books
I Was Vermeer
Author: Frank Wynne
Color, A natural History of the Palette
Author: Victoria Finlay
Publisher: Random House
The Lost Painting
Author: Jonathan Harr
Publisher: Random House
A Giacometti Portrait
Author: James Lord
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
Author: Ross King
Leonardo, Portrait of a Master
Author: Bruno Nardini
PINA - A film for PINA BAUSCH by WIM WENDERS
Homage to late choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), a leading influence in the development of the Tanztheater style of dance.
RUSSIAN ARC - A film by Alexander Sokurov
broke boundaries with his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg,
NON Reading/Viewing List
(books or videos not recomended but should be viewed or read)
Seven Days in the Art World
Author: Bruno Sarah Thornton
Exit Through The Gift Shop
" I came to realise
that an inner-directed thinking (meditation) and spiritual energy must counterbalance our outward, technologically oriented pointof view" - from Bauhaus by Elaine Hochman
Eugen Herrige: Zen philosopherl on making art -
"The hand that guides the brush has already caught and executed what floated before the mind at the same moment the mind began to form it, and, in the end, the pupil no longer knows which of the two, mind or hand, was responsible for the work"
Philip Guston: 1966, describing his creative process:
"There are 20 crucial minutes in the evolution of each of my paintings. The closer I get to that time - those 20 minutes - the more intensely subjective I become,"
There is something that repeats itself in all good art, that is artistic sensuousness, combind with artistic objectivity toward the things represented. If that is abandoned, one arrives involuntarily in the realm of handicraft.
Diagram for Building
a Stretcher Bar
1) Gray Transparent Wash : thinned with 90% water or paint thinner
Tip - use a very light gray, work with a rag, create an atmospheric effect.
2) Rough Compositional Sketch: vine charcoal only - no detail.
Tip - fill whole composition with large overlapping shapes.
3) Wash in Color Areas: thin with 60%,50%,40%,30% water or paint thinner (progressively).
Tip - use thin overlapping washes, allow color to run into each other.
Tip - each progressive wash should be more colorful yet still transparent.
4) Redraw composition: vine charcoal only, no detail.
(repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as needed until underpainting is complete.)
5) Heavier Paint: more intense color, use only 10% water or paint thinner
Tip - be selective with areas, allow some of the under painting to remain untouched.
6) Thicker Paint: "Dry Brush Technique" use o% water or pa int thinner.
Tip - allow the underpainting to show through each brush stroke by dragging the brush like a feather.
7) Fine Tune: darken all the dark's, lighten all the light's, put in details.
Tip - tighten up the painting, push the contrast.progressively.
Cave of La Cullalvera in Ramales, (Santander), Spain