Monday, December 21, 2009

Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

It is increasingly difficult to forget that Christmas is near. The ultimate song on that day is still the one I sang as a child: Stille Nacht (Silent Night) - wonderfully interpreted by Nana Mouskouri in original German on YouTube: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht - dedicated to all those in need of solace at this time!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - VISIONARY ART GALLERY - JANELLE McKAIN

VISIONARY ART GALLERY

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - VISIONARY ART GALLERY

JANELLE McKAIN is the artist for the month of December 2009








BON VIVANT - graphite drawing



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Visit the Artists Website JANELLE McKAIN


Saturday, October 31, 2009

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - VISIONARY ART GALLERY - ERIK HEYNINCK

VISIONARY ART GALLERY

ARTIST OF THE MONTH - VISIONARY ART GALLERY

ERIK HEYNINCK is the artist for the month of November 2009







LABYRINTH - 1997
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Visit the Artists Website ERIK HEYNINCK


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

'Are Hirst's paintings any good? No, they're not worth looking at' - Features, Art - The Independent

'Are Hirst's paintings any good? No, they're not worth looking at' - Features, Art - The Independent

So here we go, beating up on poor Damien Hirst again.

A few choice lines from the review by Tom Lubbock:

These Hirst paintings are way outside that range. They're thoroughly derivative. Their handling is weak. They're extremely boring. I'm not saying that he's absolutely hopeless. But I'm not saying he's any good either. There are many degrees of painting. There are many painters in evening classes much worse than Hirst. On the other hand, you'd find quite a few who were better, too. To try to be accurate: Hirst, as a painter, is at about the level of a not-very-promising, first-year art student. He is in his mid-forties.

And, after discussing one painting in particular:

But come now. This is ridiculous. To talk in this considered way is to pretend that the paintings can be taken seriously.

Me thinks Tom Lubbock doesn't care much for Damien Hirst.

But then, there are fans of Hirst that wouldn't sit still for such; check out this tread on Hacker News that starts with:

I can't believe Tom Lubbock - a long time art critic - could sound like such an art debutante. Hirst is one of the most significant artists of the last two decades regardless of his technical prowess.

Yeah, right ........................ as if technical prowess is not something required of a painter - and here is the dilemma of this post-modern world: technical skills, as being the vocabulary for an artist to communicate with his audience, has been lost and is in many cases not taught in art schools.

But read on:

Whether or not his other work is good, these paintings are bad, and they're shown here only because he is "significant". Lubbock isn't necessarily saying Hirst is talentless. He's saying his paintings lack merit. No amount of significance detracts from a bad painting.


Update: more critics are joining the rush to beat up on Hirst, the latest now is the London Evening Standard's Brian Sewell, titled: Stop it, Damien Hirst, you're embarrassing yourself

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Vote for Visionary Artists in this current Saachi Showdown Round

Support us (RON FRISBY and OTTO RAPP) in our quest for votes in the current Saachi Showdown, running between 05-10-2009 and 12-10-2009 (CLICK ON IMAGE TO VOTE):
OTTO RAPP


RON FRISBY

Monday, September 14, 2009

ANDREW GONZALES - VAG ARTIST OF THE MONTH

VISIONARY ART GALLERY
This is the first in a series of introductions to the artist members of the
Private Visionary Art Network,
featured in our Public Visionary Art Gallery.
ANDREW GONZALES
is our Artist for the month of September

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Note for Facebook viewers: Facebook does not support embedded slide shows, so the show is missing from the note. To view this blog, complete with embedded slide show, go to http://artofthemystic.blogspot.com/2009/09/andrew-gonzales-vag-artist-of-month.html

Visit the Artists Website A. ANDREW GONZALEZ

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monument To The Unborn War Hero - over 43 thousand views



An incredible 43,991 views as of today on my Fine Art America Website!
This painting (acrylic on canvas, 34" x 40", 1975), done over 34 years ago, in a private collection in Alberta, Canada, had more views than any of my other works combined!
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One painting that seems to summarize Rapp’s attitude is his
A large painting which includes scenes of brutality; tyranny; the soldier in various historical periods; images of Hitler; human sculls; alarming pictures of wolves; warplanes overhead and a very bold nude female figure giving birth to what appears to be a crucified figure of man. It is his visual summary of the consequences of war.
Rapp is an accomplished artist, and like so many European artists who have settled in Canada, he has a strong command of modern surrealist imagery.
Excerpt from the critique by J. Brooks Joyner, Editor Visual Arts, The Albertan, Saturday, May 29th, 1976

Update - Now featured on my website: MONUMENT TO THE UNBORN WAR HERO by OTTO RAPP

Dominic Rouse In Concert with Meng Yan


'THE HUMAN SOUL'
Where eccentricity meets controversy

'The Human Soul' is a joint exhibition by the Chinese painter Meng Yan and the English photographer Dominic Rouse.

It runs from September 2nd-30th at the Gossip Gallery located in Silom Galleria on Silom Road in Bangkok.



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"Gossip Gallery @ Silom Galleria is hosting ‘The Human Soul’, an exhibition of contemporary art by two of the most notable and controversial artists of the 21st Century: Meng Yan and Dominic Rouse. One is an eccentric painter from Shanghai, the other a controversial photographer from England. Although these two artists come from very different backgrounds and employ different techniques to create their masterpieces, they both possess the need to illustrate ‘The Human Soul’."


Dominic Rouse In Concert with Meng Yan

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

VISIONARY ART GALLERY





Officially opened today, September 1st:
VISIONARY ART GALLERY
The Visionary Art Gallery is the public gallery of the private Visionary Art Network.
View a showcase of all our artists in this slide show here:



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The show is set to random display: it's a different show each time the page is refreshed!

The private Visionary Art network has of today over 120 members with more than 1000 images, many of which are featured publicly in the VISIONARY ART GALLERY.

New members are being added frequently. Membership is usually by invitation from a member in good standing or administrator, subject to administrative approval.

ARTISTS

MEMBERS WEBSITE LINKS

FEATURED ART

VA PAGE ON FACEBOOK




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IMAGINE THE IMAGINATION - New Visions of Surrealism

IMAGINE THE IMAGINATION - New Visions of Surrealism

The book aims to show the variety of contemporary surreal art including 100 works in different media: traditional painting and drawing, digital painting, fractals, photomanipulation, photography, mixed media, sculpture, traditional prints, and more.
The collection will be classified in 3 groups: Visions, Dreams and Nightmares, all this mental manifestation has been the source of inspiration for this revolutionary movement since the 1920s.
The mind gates are open to explore the deepest of the subconscious in this visual dialogue with the "other", in the omnipotence of dream, in the disinterested play of thought.

The book will be published by
nEgoist

Update: Book Launch is set for February 10th, 2010, check updated blog here.

IMAGINE THE IMAGINATION - VISIONARY ART GALLERY

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Imaging The Imagination - New Visions of Surrealism

I am very proud to announce my inclusion into the book, "Imagine The Imagination-New Visions Of Surrealism" with my piece "Ouroboros Biomorphic Perpetual Motion Machine". Publisher: nEgoist
You can read more about it here:
http://the-surreal-arts.deviantart.com/journal/26411136/

I will post an update about my fellow artists of the Visionary Tribe also featured in this volume very soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Visionary Art Membership Invitations

This blog is directed towards Members of the Private Visionary Art Network, to Visionary Artists in general, as well as Artists of the Santiago Ribeiro Network who had been invited to join our Network on or about August 18th 2009:

We NEVER mass-mail invitations to become a member of our Private Network "Visionary Art". We are not spamers!
Prospective members are carefully selected and approached individually.
We are not interested in growing the membership for the sake of growth, but in aquiring new members that will positively enhance our private network with their presence.
We encourage our members to invite close friends, kindred artists they can vouch for.
New members are subject to approval by administration. We have 15 highly respected and trusted administrators.

Having said that, I am sorry to report that on August 18th, our network MESSAGING CENTER was swamped with an avalanche of membership invitations and briefly shut down under the sheer weight of applications pending.

The first guess was that one of our members e-mail had been hacked, and spam applications were sent out to a huge number of addresses. Upon second reflection I must say that while likely, it may also have been a glitch (or a mistake) in the Ning system, having to do with importing a e-mail contact list: the default checkmarks ALL contacts, and if not careful, a simple click will send e-mails to all contacts on the list, not just the one person you may have wanted to target!

One of the "Prospective New Members" was none other than the notorious WAF head honcho JoJo Marengo! The last thing I needed was someone of his ilk to invade our private network! Anyone not familiar with the issues involving Marengo, please check the Art Review post: GEORGE a.k.a. "JO JO" Marengo and the WORLD ART FOUNDATION (WAF) Scam and follow the links.

To restore the disabled Network Messaging Center, I waded into the pile and deleted all invitations and pending applications. Unfortunately, amongst them were most likely legitimate candidates, many from the Ribeiro Network, that otherwise we would welcome with open arms.

I therefore apologize to those artists: this should in no way be construed as an affront! We will in due time continue to invite artists to join us. Again, these invitations will happen by personal contact, not mass-mailings!

LOVE, PEACE AND HAPPYNESS

OTTO RAPP

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY

Erik Heyninck

Peter Van Oostzanen

Reinhard Schmid

From 2 August to 27 September in the Old Town Hall of Viechtach (Germany, Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Bavarian Forest), an exhibition of world-class art is on view: 52 artists from all over the world have worked with one of the most famous works of world literature and are showing their interpretation: Dante's Divine Comedy. In "La Divina Commedia" by Dante Alighieri, which was created by 1307 to 1327, Dante describes his own journey through the other side, led by the great Roman poet Virgil. The trail leads Dante through the three levels of the Hereafter: to hell, the catharsis and ultimately into a mountain paradise, where he encounters God and comes face to face with the Holy Trinity. Dante's Divine Comedy has over the centuries inspired many well-known visual artists, as now in this monumental international exhibition in Viechtach. Curator Claus Brusen (Denmark) gathered the world's most renowned representatives of the fantastic art , based on their own individual style and in depth knowledge of the medieval literature. The exhibitors include local artist Reinhard Schmid (Viechtach) and Richard Pernsteiner (St. Englmar).
The exhibition can be viewed during the opening times of the Tourist Information Viechtach, tel 09942/1661 with free admission to visitors.

More IMAGES from the Exhibition in Viechtach

Pictures from the OPENING

Participating Artists:

Agostino ARRIVABENE, Italy
David M. BOWERS, USA
Margaret BOWLAND, USA
Claus BRUSEN, Denmark
Gil BRUVEL, USA
Annebelle CLAUDIA, Germany
Peter CROSS, England
Elisabeth, DE LUNDE, Norway
Bruno DI MAIO, Italy
DI VOGO, Serbia
Val DYSHLOV, USA
Jørgen Mahler ELBANG, Denmark
Paul ERLAND, Denmark
Monica FAGAN, England
Magda FRANCOT, Belgium
Walter GIROTTO, Italy
Sanne GLISSOV, Denmark
Georg GONZALEZ, USA
Igor GRECHANYK, Ukraine
Wolfgang HARMS, Germany
Danny Evo HEINRICHT, Denmark
Stephanie HENDERSON, USA
Diana HESKETH, England
Erik HEYNINCK, Belgium
Michael HIEP, The Netherlands
Krzysztof IZDEBSKI-CRUZ, Poland
Dariusz KALETA, Poland
Steven KENNY, USA
Marcin KOLPANOWICZ, Poland
Anne-Fieke & Eugène LATER, The Netherlands
Ugo LEVITA, Italy
Jack LIPOWCZAN, Poland
Ida LOTOCKA-HUELLE, Poland
Brigid MARLIN, USA
Vlada MIRKOVIC, Serbia
Voytek NOWAKOWSKI, Canada
Peter van OOSTZANEN, The Netherlands
Vladimir OVTCHAROV, Bulgaria
Daniela OVTCHAROV, Bulgaria
Michel de Saint OUEN. England
Richard PERNSTEINER, Germany
Volodia POPOV, Russia
Tim ROOSEN, Belgium
José ROOSEVELT, Brasil
Ines SCHEPPACH, Germany
Reinhard SCHMID, Germany
Carsten SVENNSON, Denmark
Cas WATERMAN, The Netherlands
Mark WILKINSON, England
Patrick WOODROFFE, England
Siegfried ZADEMACK, Germany
Olivier ZAPPELLI, Switzerland

Link to the Web Page:

DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY - A BIG EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF MAGIC REALISM

My friend Leo Plaw had just blogged about this event also, and since he was there, he presents an insider view of this Exhibition. Please check his blog on the Beinart News HERE.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Vienna Auction House Sees Record Results - ARTINFO.com


Just when we thought the art market is going into the dumps along with the rest of the economy, there appears to be some signs of light at the end of the tunnel. What is particularly encouraging (to me) is the rising value of one of my favourite artists, Egon Schiele:


The estimated value in the Im Kinski auction catalogue was between € 100.000,00 and € 140.000,00, whereas the actual price came in at €260,000!


http://www.beyars.com/partner-objekt_205319_egon-schiele.html


Here is what ARTINFO wrote about the subject:


VIENNA—At a time when the "big three" auction houses — Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips de Pury & Co. — are seeing their major sales bring in mere fractions of previous years' results, the Vienna auction house Im Kinsky has defied the declining art market and achieved record results for the first half of 2009, reports the Austrian Press Agency.


The modest Im Kinsky brought in €14 million ($19.9 million) from January through June, for an increase of 11.2 percent over the same period last year. The house reports selling 17 lots for more than €100,000; the top three earners were Max Oppenheimer's Die Geißelung (The Whipping) at €446,000 and Egon Schiele's Stehendes Mädchen (Standing Girl) and Akt mit Strümpfen (Nude with Stockings) at €320,000 and €260,000. Not all the news is good, though: While important modern works have done well, interest in 19th-century painting has waned.


Vienna Auction House Sees Record Results - ARTINFO.com

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

SAACHI GALLERY SHOWDOWN V, Round 12


SAACHI GALLERY SHOWDOWN


My entry for SHOWDOWN V, Round 12 to be held between 10-08-2009 and 17-08-2009 is

OUROBOROS PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE


OUROBOROS PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE


PLEASE VOTE!


Thank you for your votes in preceding Rounds!
This drawing made it into the TOP 50 in Round 9!
You also helped place several other previous entries into the TOP 50 out of thousands of entries!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Should artists let large profitable companies use their art online for free?

There is not much to add to the letter below by Craig Frazier, Member of the Society of Illustrators - I urge everyone to read about this topic. I remember discussions in other forums about artists being expected to work for free and be "grateful " for the exposure they get. One such discussion had taken place on deviantArt News way back in August 2007 - it seems that issue is never going to go away. Now Google has asked Artists to work for free also.

As reported recently in the New York Times, Google has invited prominent illustrators to contribute work to be featured as options for Google’s customers to use as skins on Google’s new Web browser, Google Chrome, in exchange for the “opportunity to have their work shown to millions” (in other words, Google would not pay for the artwork). ......More..........

June 16, 2009

Dear Google,


Thanks for your reply to my email—which I will take as an invitation to further engage in the debate. As the NY Times article and several postings on Drawger.com have indicated—this is a very important issue to the creative community—in this case designers and illustrators. ......More..........


Owen, Wickersham & Erickson - Legalities 32

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Select Paintings from the Visionary Art Network

A few months ago, I started a Private Network of Visionary Artists on the Ning Platform with a handful of friends. Since then, the Membership has steadily grown and includes some of the very best Visionary Artists in the Universe. Many of these artists had been friends for decades, others are new to the fold. Below is a selection of PAINTINGS from the hundreds of works submitted so far.



Members of Visionary Art sign in here

Inquiries: artofthemystic@gmail.com


List of exhibiting Members from the Visionary Art Network:

Miguel Tio - Jon Beinart - Martin-Georg Oscity - Pavel Surma - Christian Flora - Bernard Dumaine - Janelle McKain - Amanda Sage - Piotr Zygmunt - Sonja Tines - Otto Rapp - Agim Meta - Santiago Ribeiro - Dean Fleming - Peter Hutter - Jay Paul von Koffler - Pedro Prata - Shala Rosa - Joe A. MacGown - Ben Tolman - Philip Rubinov Jacobson - Barbara Wiewiórska - Tassos Kouris - Oleg Korolev - Steve Smith - Zoltan Ducsai - Chris Edler - Brajanne - Raul Casillas - Adam Pinson - Aleksander Rymarowicz - Janne Kearney - Gerald Butalewicz - Jeff Stewart - Paula Rosa - Danny Malboeuf - Andrzej Masianis - IT Hammar - Gautam Nair - Frank Nitkiewicz - R.L.Frisby - Felix Klee - Gromyko Padilla Semper - Laurie Lipton - Joseph Larkin - Ton Haring - Franz Landl - Pedro De Kastro - Manfred Marburger - Silvia Pecha - Dennis Konstantin Gerigk - Leo Plaw - Herman Smorenburg - Erik Heyninck - Edward Walton Wilcox - Gil Perry - Tim Zart - Ludgero Paulo Rôlo - Nad Wolinska - Peter Sibrin - Breck Outland
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Previous Posts about Visionary Art:


For more information about the Private Visionary Art Network, please visit my webpage VISIONARY ART SHOWCASE

M.F. Husain - Controversial Indian Artist


Maqbool Fida Husain is one of India's most famous contemporary painters although he lives in Dubai. He is afraid to go home because he has provoked the ire of Hindu Nationalists for painting goddesses, sometimes in the nude.

read more..... and check out all the related New York Times articles.

There is a website dedicated to censoring this artist: MF Hussain Campaign - I had quite some heated discussions with the network creator (and censor) of the ArtLab network, concerning this issue, after a blog of mine featuring a slide show of select works by Visionary Artists was deleted on that network (most likely because of the latest inclusion of Miguel Tio's work) - now that I read the content of the Husain Campaign link above, I am beginning to understand that artistic freedom is not universal, and Husain's plight does touch us. Pictured below is one of the offending paintings:


On further research I found this essay about Hindu Fundamentalism, revealing the political background to this story.
It should be noted that, while the hounding of Husain continues, the Indian Surpreme Court Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had exonerated him. The reasonings of the Indian Surpreme Court Judge are quoted in this blog by E=mc^2: MF Husain Nudes Judgement - July 3rd, 2008.

Love, Peace and Happyness, a rare commodity in the world today?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Facebook is more than a fad — and museums need to learn from it - The Art Newspaper

 

By Jim Richardson

Social networks and blogs are the fastest growing online activities, according to a report published in March by research firm Nielsen Online. Almost 10% of all time spent on the internet is spent on these types of sites, which Nielsen describes as “member communities”, and they are visited by more than two-thirds of the world’s online users.

This has not gone unnoticed by museums and galleries, with many creating some kind of presence on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. But because this has primarily been done as a marketing tool, institutions are missing a far greater opportunity. By treading gently into the second generation of web development and design, known as Web 2.0, museums risk achieving little, and are effectively paying mere lip service to online social engagement. If they were to make a proper commitment to the enterprise, they could transform their relationship with audiences, change people’s perceptions of them and vastly expand the reach of their collections.
The Nielsen research shows that a major factor in the success of social networks is that they allow people to select and share content. This has become a hobby, even considered by some to be a serious creative outlet, with web users spending time “curating” their online space. Museums are well placed to appeal to this new generation of “curators” because they offer rich and interesting content that can be virtually “cut-up” and stuck back together online in numerous different ways to reflect the individual tastes of each user. If remixing, reinterpreting and sharing interesting content is, as Nielsen suggests, the kind of engaging interaction that draws people to social networks, then museums should embrace the idea that “everyone is a curator”, both online and offline.
Most of the institutions that are adapting their own websites with those facets of the social networks that so many people find attractive are in the US. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York relaunched its website in March. It now includes links to the museum’s online users on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Users can also create personal online accounts, which allow them to bookmark upcoming events, create online exhibitions and “collect” works of art via their mobile phone as they walk around the gallery and view them later on the website.
Victor Samra, digital media marketing manager at MoMA, says: “It's not enough just to broadcast information now. Sharing and participating in discussions are becoming normal activities on the web, so I think people are coming to expect it. People want to engage with content they are really passionate about, and museums have a great opportunity to provide this for them. This helps to change the perception of the museum as a building with four closed walls to an organisation with personality and a human face.”
One potential obstacle to museums sharing content online is the issue of copyright and how to protect images if they are put on the internet. Legal implications aside, from a practical point of view this approach is becoming outdated. For example, the Art Museum of Estonia has gone against convention by actively encouraging visitors to photograph its collection; the MoMA website helps users to co-create content and share these creations with friends.
All museums want to create a dialogue with their audiences, and most museum staff are well aware that the internet can be a useful tool for doing this. But museums such as MoMA that have wholeheartedly embraced the new digital environment are becoming part of the conversation, rather then just pushing content or questions at visitors and then sitting back.
Online activity such as MoMA’s requires investment, both in terms of web development costs and staff time, but if this is where people are and how they are communicating, then, one can argue, museums should be there too.
Curators pride themselves on using their collections to analyse issues, provoke reactions and ask difficult questions. But these questions are no longer just being debated over a coffee or in the galleries themselves; they are also being discussed online, whether it is on social network sites such as Facebook, online discussion forums or the many blogs, and the content prompting these responses is no longer restricted to the four walls it actually inhabits. This means museums and galleries need to expand the sites where they introduce, narrate and edit their programmes.
The writer is the managing director of Newcastle-based Sumo, a design consultancy specialising in arts and culture. He is a speaker at the conference, “Communicating the Museum”, in Malaga (24-27 June). www.communicatingthemuseum.com

Facebook is more than a fad—and museums need to learn from it - The Art Newspaper

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Select Drawings from the Visionary Art Network


A few months ago, I started a Private Network of Visionary Artists on the Ning Platform with a handful of friends. Since then, the Membership has steadily grown and includes some of the very best Visionary Artists in the Universe. Many of these artists had been friends for decades, others are new to the fold. Below is a selection of drawings from the hundreds of works submitted so far.


Members of Visionary Art sign in here


Inquiries: artofthemystic@gmail.com



List of exhibiting Members from the Visionary Art Network:

Miguel Tio - Jon Beinart - Martin-Georg Oscity - Vladimir & Daniela Ovtcharov - Pavel Surma - Christian Flora - Bernard Dumaine - Janelle McKain - Amanda Sage - Piotr Zygmunt - Sonja Tines - Otto Rapp - Agim Meta - Santiago Ribeiro - Dean Fleming - Peter Hutter - Jay Paul von Koffler - Pedro Prata - Shala Rosa - Joe A. MacGown - Ben Tolman - Philip Rubinov Jacobson - Barbara Wiewiórska - Tassos Kouris - Oleg Korolev - Steve Smith - Zoltan Ducsai - Chris Edler - Brajanne - Raul Casillas - Adam Pinson - Aleksander Rymarowicz - Janne Kearney - Gerald Butalewicz - Jeff Stewart - Paula Rosa - Danny Malboeuf - Andrzej Masianis - IT Hammar - Gautam Nair - Frank Nitkiewicz - R.L.Frisby - Felix Klee - Gromyko Padilla Semper - Laurie Lipton - Joseph Larkin - Ton Haring - Franz Landl - Pedro De Kastro - Manfred Marburger - Silvia Pecha - Dennis Konstantin Gerigk - Leo Plaw - Herman Smorenburg - Erik Heyninck - Edward Walton Wilcox - Gil Perry - Tim Zart - Ludgero Paulo Rôlo - Nad Wolinska - Peter Sibrin - Breck Outland

Friday, April 3, 2009

SAACHI GALLERY SHOWDOWN


My entry for SHOWDOWN V, Round 6

to be held between
18-05-2009 and 25-05-2009
is

OUROBOROS PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE

OUROBOROS PERPETUAL MOTION MACHINE

PLEASE VOTE!
Thank you for your votes in preceding Rounds!
You helped place previous work into the TOP 50 several times, out of thousands of entries!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Workshops and Seminars | Old Masters New Visions by Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson

SEMINAR - OLD MASTERS NEW VISIONS

USA

CactusLimestone Tower

" OLD MASTERS-NEW VISIONS " PAINTING SEMINAR & EXHIBITION

AN ARIZONA ART ODYSSEY with Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson

Camp Verde - Sedona, Arizona

May 17 - 29, 2009

2 week seminar

Join us on a creative odyssey to the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, one of the most beautiful places in America. Camp Verde is rich in history with the Sinagua, the Ancestral Puebloan people, and the Native American tribes of the Yavapai & Tonto-Apache. The people of Camp Verde preserve and honor their heritage which adds to the beauty of this locale. At an elevation of 3,147 feet and surrounded by mountains, Camp Verde valley is green and lush. (In fact, "verde" is the Spanish name for green.) Camp Verde is centrally located and is only 90 miles north from the center of Phoenix and 42 miles south of Flagstaff. You can visit many other cities on a short trip from Camp Verde: 20 miles to sacred and magical Sedona, 26 miles to Jerome, 16 miles to Cottonwood, only 5 miles to Lake Montezuma, and 40 miles to Prescott. You may even choose to make a day trip to the Grand Canyon. Arizona is a fanastic and beautiful landscape; an ideal place to learn the painting-secrets of the old masters and unleash your new visions!

THE SALON and "VERNISAGE"
An event and "opening exhibition" inaugurating the seminar.
"PROMETHEAN FLAMES"
MAY 17, 2009 from 6 - 9pm

Presentation and book signing with Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson, who will discuss his work as an artist, author and advocate of the integral-promethean spirit in a "wilderness of contemporary art". This will include a "Vernisage" (OPENING) for an exhibition of work by all the seminar artist/participants. Seminar artists may send, or bring 2 pieces of art which will hang in the Florman Studio/Gallery and be available for viewing, and/or purchase, for the duration of the seminar. The exhibition will also include selected works by Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson and Jody Florman. This event will be open to the public and will afford an opportunity for artists and art lovers alike to congregate, converse, connect and enjoy an inspirational evening. Appetizers, wine and drinks will be served.

THE "FERNISAGE"
The "closing of the exhibition" on the last day of the seminar.
"OLD MASTERS - NEW VISIONS * USA"
May 29, 6:30-9-pm

Pueblos
Arizona's indigenous heritage

"Two Philosophers

Discussing Enlightenment",
c.2004 by P.R. Jacobson
36 x 24 inches Oil & Tempera /
Mische Technique
Collection of the

Johfra Museum of Art,
Holland

A special "Fernisage' (CLOSING) exhibition presenting the works of artists who have participated in the painting seminar. Artists will display both the paintings they brought for the "Vernisage-Opening", and works completed during their studies of the "mixed-technique" over the duration of the seminar. We will have a 'Last supper' prior to the exhibition followed by an exhibition party open to the public. (Your travel day home will be May 30th.)
THE PAINTING SEMINAR
MAY 18 - 29, 2009
2 week seminar
"Classic Mixed-technique of Egg Tempera and Oil Painting"
This classic approach to the art of painting is methodical and liberating in the building of a picture in egg tempera and oils and ends the common 'frustration' experienced by oil painters at all levels of experience. During the Renaissance, particularly in Italy, innovations and the need to paint faster than in the Northern European manner evolved out of the methods of the Van Eycks, Durer and Holbein. In this workshop, we avoid the time-consuming process involved in the typical Flemish/German approach without sacrificing the effects available through combining both water-based and oil media. The incredible "luminosity" that can only be achieved in a 'mische' or 'mixed-technique', and the ability to create an amazing depth, ambiance and atmosphere in our paintings is offered in this seminar. Through the brilliant 'division of labor' devised by the old masters in under painting in egg tempera white and overlaying glazes and layers of radiant resin-oil color, each artist learns to quickly realize their vision. The participant will discover an excellent and sound method that is fast and lends itself to absolutely any style, or means of expression. Prof. Phil is renowned for his extensive knowledge of painting and for his highly individualized teaching style and dedication to assisting each artist in developing their own particular technical approach while encouraging their unique visual language.
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 12:00 NOON and 2:00 - 5:00PM
Minimum of 60 hours of formal and highly individualized instruction.
For the Beginning to Accomplished and Professional Artist
No Experience Necessary
Maximum number of Participants: 12
TUITION & FEES
Tuition includes lunch and dinner on-site provided by a local chef. Water, coffee and tea will be available through-out the day. Please contact Jody Florman, at least three weeks prior to the seminar start date with any dietary restrictions. We can accommodate simple food requests, i.e.,- vegetarian and some food allergies. Contact Jody regarding simple food requests

at: jody44310@yahoo.com
928-567-2365
TUITION and MEALS: $1,065.
Tuition includes Community Art materials & Meals
A list of 'personal' art materials needed is sent upon registration.
TUITION ONLY: $890.
Tuition includes community Art materials
Accomodations are separate
A list of nearby hotels, B&Bs and camping are provided upon request and/or registration.

Grand Canyon

Payment Options:
Pay by Personal Check or Money Order to:
PROF. PHILIP JACOBSON
8915 GROVELAND DRIVE
DALLAS, TEXAS 75218
USA
tel. 214 564 0453
Email: eyepaint4u@yahoo.com
CREDIT CARD OPTION via Paypal
add $50 to your Total tuition Fee
to Paypal Account: eyepaint4u@yahoo.com
BANK WIRE TRANSFER
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AUSTRIA

Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson

Vienna

Alpine Voyage

Considered by many to be the CROWN JEWEL of locations in Prof Phil's 13th annual run of seminars and workshops. The owner, manager and staff at the Marien Hof are renowned for treating the artists like KINGS and QUEENS. The Marien Hof "4-STAR" hotel is less than 1 hour from the old and stunning city of VIENNA, where culture, art museums and music abounds. We will visit many of the great museums and also some of the great artists of Vienna, like Ernst Fuchs, De Es Schwertberger, Daniel Friedmann, Michael Fuchs and others.
Enjoy the gorgeous countryside. Enter into a world of well-being with its alpine mountains, fresh air, green meadows the rivers and the clean water, which springs from the mountains all around.

Alps
The Alps
Marienhof Staircase Marienhof
Marienhof

Leave behind everyday life and enjoy the pleasant warmth of the steam bath and the sauna, have a massage or simply use the large indoor pool or explore the hotel and village parks. Gain new power to go hiking up the mountains. Most of all, simply thrive on the knowledge, networking, joy and inspiration that is generated by the creative community that gathers here like a little United Nations of Artists!
MIXED TECHNIQUE
"Classic Mische"
Egg Tempera & Oil Painting
Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson, Master Painter/Author/Teacher
ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS

at the 4-star Hotel MARIEN HOF
3 WEEK PAINTING SEMINAR
Arrive Sunday, August 9 - Depart Friday evening August 28
First Year Artist:
2,575. Euros
Returning Artist:
2,450. Euros

TUITION ONLY
A list of 'personal' art materials is sent upon registration.
Accomodations are separate
Google Reichenau and Payerbach, for alternative places to stay, Prof Phil will also have some suggestions for you.
First Year Artist
850. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 25 Euros

Returning Artist
725. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 25 Euros
THE 2 WEEK PAINTING SEMINAR
August 9 - 21, 2009
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 12:00 NOON and 2:00 - 5:00PM
Minimum of 60 hours of formal and highly individualized instruction.
For the Beginning to Accomplished and Professional Artist
No Experience Necessary
Maximum number of Participants: 14
In this seminar on the "classic mische", or 'mixed-technique of egg tempera and oil painting we avoid the typically slow-process of under-painting on an egg emulsion ground and instead achieve the same universal effects through a division of labor and quick-dry mediums. The participant will discover an excellent and sound method that is fast and lends itself to absolutely any style, or means of expression. We combine the best advantages of the Italians by building a picture through a limited palette to create an underlying color unity, while adding the Flemish and German advantages of the 'optical greys', neutral tones and luminosity that can only be achieved through modeling and hi-lighting in egg tempera white and over painting in layers and glazes of oil color. NOTE: RETURNING ARTISTS from previous seminars with Prof Phil may continue their line-of-study in the technique and methods they have been individually adapting and modifying with the professor, including the use of an egg emulsion ground or 'imprimatura'.
SHARE A DOUBLE ROOM & ENJOY A DRAMATIC SAVINGS
ON YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS ON THE RATES BELOW
TUITION
for the 2 - WEEK SEMINAR
INCLUDING ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
at the MARIEN HOF
Fee includes Private Room,
Breakfast & Dinner 7 days a week, and Community Art materials.
A list of 'personal' art materials is sent upon registration.
Arrive Sunday, August 9 - Depart Saturday August 22
13 nights
First Year Artist:
1,850. Euros

Returning Artist:
1,725. Euros

A list of 'personal' art materials is sent upon registration.
Accomodations are separate
Google Reichenau and Payerbach, for alternative places to stay, Prof Phil will also have some suggestions for you.TUITION ONLY
First Year Artist
575. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 25 Euros
Returning Artist
450. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 25 Euros

THE 1 WEEK PAINTING WORKSHOP
August 24 - 28, 2009
For the Beginning to Accomplished and Professional Artist
No Experience Necessary
People from all levels and backgrounds are welcomed in an atmosphere of
"seriously -playful" study tailored to each participant's personal visual language.
Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 12:00 NOON and 2:00 - 5:00PM
Minimum of 30 hours of formal and highly individualized instruction.
Maximum number of Participants: 14

A room at the Marienhof
Luxurious Austrian hospitality

Sauna at the Marienhof

In this workshop, traditional, experimental and intuitive approaches offer creative workers valuable insights while providing hands-on tools, techniques, methods and materials. This course is designed to assist the BEGINNING artist in developing alternative modes of expression and empower their creativity and intuition, or CREATUITIVE qualities.RETURNING artists can also choose to experiment, or to refine and strengthen their current direction. Perfect for the beginner, the 'stuck' artist who may need to express spontaneous artistic energy while refining their own personal language, or the highly accomplished painter who wants to develop their technical knowledge. Introduction to a variety of painting techniques including washes, glazes, creating textures and using inks, acrylics, oils and painting mediums will be available to develop alternative modes of expression. Experimental approaches to putting down paint with untraditional tools and methods can add some interesting discoveries for the 'beginning' and 'returning artist' alike.BEGINNING or RETURNING ARTISTS may also opt to simply refine the approach to 'mische' technique that they have been engaged in by working closely with the professor on an 'individualized plan' of study and even opting to extend the 2 week seminar into a 3 week line-of-study (discounted tuition will apply for 3 week-study). The workshop finishes with Prof. Phil's unique "collective constructive critique" of completed works.This workshop is a veritable alchemy of art that mixes the knowledge of the old masters with inventive-contemporary mixed-media techniques.
TUITION
for the 1 - WEEK workshop
Arrive Sunday, August 23 - Depart Friday evening, August 28
INCLUDING ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
at the MARIEN HOF
Fee includes Private Room,
Breakfast & Dinner for the week and Community Art materials
A list of 'personal' art materials is sent upon registration.
5 nights
All Artists:
845. Euros
TUITION ONLY
A list of 'personal' art materials is sent upon registration.
Accomodations are separate
Google Reichenau and Payerbach, for alternative places to stay
All Artists:
350. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 50 Euros
Any Questions? Write Prof. Phil at eyepaint4u@yahoo.com
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ITALY

Prof. Philip Rubinov Jacobson

International School of the Arts - ArtFarmGaia

PAINTING WORKSHOP
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE SPIRIT
Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 4,
For Beginning to Accomplished and Professional Artists
No Experience Necessary
Family participation is welcome
(For ages 12 to Adult)
Creativity is not just for professional artists or unusually gifted individuals. The creative spark is in each of us. You'll be guided in experiential exercises using inks, acrylic and/or oil paints to bring to light the world of your inner beauty through Art. This is a great opportunity for you to learn very simple techniques to spontaneously paint through creative blocks, or express your deepest passions and greatest joys. Paint not just for outcome, but to also fully embody the moment. A number of artistic exercises will allow us to free the mind and release judgments, comparisons, interpretations, and personal stories. In this special course you learn to let go and paint until the painting paints you. This is a healing experience that uses painting and other creative modalities as vehicles to dive into the collective source of all creation. Previous painting experience is not necessary, and anyone with a willing heart and adventurous spirit can embark upon this creative and exciting journey. NOTE: RETURNING ARTISTS from previous seminars with Prof. Phil may continue their line-of-study in the technique and methods they have been individually adapting and modifying with the professor.

Andrea Davis, LPC
Andrea Davis

Andrea Marie Davis, LPC, ATR-BC.

Ms. Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Art Therapist in the USA. Her experience includes individual and group counseling with both child and adult populations. Currently, she works with families and individuals who are experiencing Autism Spectrum Disorders, Adoption issues, Depression, Behavior Problems and Social Skills needs. She is the current President of the North Texas Art Therapy Association.

Andrea has been featured on the national television program 'The Art of Living', which focused on her accomplishments and the results with her clients in art and therapy. She wrote a definitive essay on the therapeutic forces at work on a number of artists working in a variety of styles and methods in the chapter entitled; "The Medicine Painter: Healing as inspiration for art", for the forthcoming publication, "EYES of the SOUL: Exploring Inspiration in Art" by P.R. Jacobson, Foreword by Ken Wilber. Andrea Marie Davis, LPC, ATR-BC.

Details of the Seminar

1 week
30 hours of Study Time
Mon - Fri, 9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 5:00 p.m
SHARE A DOUBLE ROOM & ENJOY A DRAMATIC SAVINGS
ON YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
All Artists:
250. Euros
+ Community Art materials: 25 Euros
APPROXIMATELY 550 EUROS ALL INCLUSIVE
(Accommodations are separate and incredibly reasonable!
approx. 40 - 50 Euro per/day for your private room and meals (breakfast and dinner).
See the LINK below for photos, descriptions and rates at ArtFarmGaia)
International School of the Arts - ArtFarmGaia
http://www.artfarmgaia.it/EN/index.html
ArtFarmGaia, Papiano-Perugi, Umbria

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Art holiday in Umbria in the center of Italy: live and learn about its history, art, artists, and live a dream come true in the green heart of Italy. Workshops are open to anyone wishing to have a creative-holiday in a natural setting of great beauty, peace and harmony. The site is in a great location; in close proximity to the major cultural art centers of Italy. Less than 2 hours from Florence. Plunge into the stillness of its undulated countryside. Lose yourself in the tinted colors of itʼs landscape, similar to those painted by Perugino. It brings us back to being in harmony with the secret rhythm of a world. Art Farm Gaia occupies a large rural area on the right bank of the Tevere river, with a spectacular view of the Martani Mountains. Papiano is about 15 minutes from the city of Perugia and is near the town of Marsciano, where scattered hamlets and castles of rare beauty, such as those found in Santʼ Apollinare and Spina. In Marsciano, oak groves share the environment with the Mediterranean landscape and the cultivation of vines, olives, sunflowers and wheat.
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Sant' Apollinaire


Umbrian Vineyard

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