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What's shakin' at Rodzart 10-08-2010

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to a great weekend. We have four new paintings for you this week.
We also have two more which weren't quite dry enough to photograph, so you'll get to see those next week.

Oddly enough, all the new paintings for this week are 7 X 10 acrylic on watercolor paper. There's an oil on canvas, and an oil on paper drying still.

The first new painting for this week is
Expression 1084
"Expression 1084".

Next is
Expression 1085
"Expression 1085".

Then we have
Expression 1086
"Expression 1086".

The final new painting for this week is
Composition 1087
"Composition 1087". This piece is a bit of a departure from my usual work. The weather was really great this week and I guess it put me into a weird mood. This is another one of those paintings that you don't necessarily "get", but they're fun and strangely relaxing to look at.


October is my favorite time of year. When I was growing up in Ohio, October would mark the end of the hot summer weather and bring about some beautifully cool and clear days.

In Alaska (Juneau, the real Alaska), October was a bit wet, but still the temperatures would be beautifully cool, and sometimes we'd have a nice sunny day to spend on our boat. Afterwards then, I'd have a marvelous excuse to make a nice pot of soup.

Here in Florida, October usually means the insanely hot summer weather eases a bit. Not as pleasantly cool as in other places, but enough to where you know the difference.

The most interesting effect of October for me is all the memories that this time of year conjures up. It is intriguing to me how certain sensory inputs can trigger certain memories. A cool crisp autumn day, the way oil paint smells, or the colors painted on a canvas.

Hah! See, I actually did have a point to all this rambling. The colors and patterns in my paintings often stir memories for me, and I expect for others as well. Sometimes, I see my art as "seasoning for your soul". In the final analysis, all we have in this life is memories, and, I hope that my work, at least sometimes, helps to trigger warm, happy memories, which you can savor on a cool fall day.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: The spinners
  • Drinking: D'leau...sans gaseus
What's shakin' at Rodzart 10-01-2010

Hi Folks.  Happy weekend! I hope everyone has had a good week and a good weekend so far! This week we finished two paintings for you.

The first new painting for this week is 18 X 24 inch acrylic on canvas, which I entitled
Expression 1082
"Expression 1082".

Now, on the surface this looks like just another line painting on a black background.
However, I did one interesting little this with this canvas. I intentionally blurred the paint running across the horizontal center of the painting.
Why? I suppose I could plead insanity on this one, but instead I'll just tell you that it draws your attention to the painting, and makes you feel like "something's strange" about this painting.

While I don't intend to make a habit of this, I thought it was kind of a neat effect.

The next one for this week is the oil on paper I mentioned last week. It's a 14 X 20 inch oil on watercolor paper, which is called
Expression 1083
"Expression 1083". I rather like the way the colors play off each other in this painting.

Since it's an oil painting, it's going to take another week or so to dry, at which point I plan to offer it on eBay for maybe $25.00 plus shipping. I kind of figure that since this is an experimental technique, I'll let this one go at a much lower price than I usually would. That way, if the paper rots away in a year or two you're not out too much.


I don't really have a rant this week, but I would like to bid a fond good-bye to Tony Curtis. He'll be sadly missed and fondly remembered.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: Earth, wind and Fire
  • Drinking: D'leau...sans gaseus
Hey fellow deviants: Just posted a new blog entry at rodzart.wordpress.com/ &n… hope you'll drop by and read it!!
  • Listening to: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
  • Drinking: D'leau...sans gaseus
What's shakin' at Rodzart 09-17-2010

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week, and a good weekend coming up. We completed four paintings for you this week, and we have several more in the works.

The first new painting for this week is 18 X 24 inch oil on canvas, which I entitled
Peering into the void
"Peering into the void". If you look at this painting for a few moments I think you'll get the idea.

The next painting for this week is a 14 X 20 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called
Expression 1079
Expression 1079. This is another line painting done on a black background.

Then we have Expression 1080 which is a 9 X 12 inch acrylic on watercolor paper.
Expression 1080
I was in a minimalist frame of mind when I painted this one and the next painting too.

Lastly for this week is 9 X 12 inch acrylic on watercolor paper, which strangely enough is called
Expression 1081
"Expression 1081". This is another minimalist black on white painting.

This has been a rather trying and frustrating week on a number of fronts, and I'm really hoping next week will be a little more sane.

One of the things I'm trying to do right now is to set up a PC for a blind neighbor. If anyone out there has any experience with this sort of thing, email me. I could use some help.


I'm really sorry to dump another lame blog on you, and I promise that if next week isn't totally crazy I'll have a much better one for you.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: PhilsRadio on Live 365
  • Drinking: Coffee
What's shakin' at Rodzart 09-03-2010

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week, and a good weekend coming up. We completed four paintings for you this week, and we have several more in the works.

The first new painting for this week is 10 X 7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper, which I entitled
Expression 1074
"Expression 1074". This is another line painting on a black background, which I think you'll find interesting.

The next painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called
Expression 1075
Expression 1075. As you can see, I really like the black background line paintings.

Then we have Expression 1076 which is a 14 X 20 inch acrylic on watercolor paper.
Expression 1076
This is line painting on a gray background which I think you'll like after looking at it for a few moments.

Lastly for this week is 9 X 12 inch acrylic on watercolor paper, which str4angely enough is called
Expression 1077
"Expression 1077". As you can see I did a bunch of line paintings this week. This particular piece has some passages of impasto which I haven't done with a work on paper before.


This has been another hectic week, so I didn't have time to get all the projects I wanted under way, but I'll keep plugging along. I am looking forward to the 3-day weekend. If nothing else I'll be able to see my wife for more than 45 minutes a night.


I want to give a big shout out to all my new followers and friends on Twitter, Myspace and facebook. I really appreciate your support. And for the folks who've been with my right along, I appreciate you beyond measure. Someday; hopefully in this lifetime; I (we) will get "discovered" and then you can say that you followed me before it was fashionable. Ok, so one can hope anyway.


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned I was trying to find a label for my line paintings as a way to describe them. The more I consider it, the more convinced I am that maybe "dancing music" is a good description. I've usually got some kind of music in my head when I'm painting, and when you think about the color harmonies and image rhythms, I think dancing music might be a good descriptor. So when you look at these weeks paintings, try to think about what music might go along with it. Don't cost nothin' to look ya know.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: PhilsRadio on Live 365
  • Drinking: Coffee
What's shakin' at Rodzart 08-27-2010.

Hi Folks.  A belated Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week.
OY! What a week I had! This was not a big week for Rodzart. Between dark rainy days, family responsibilities and Jack's seizures I didn't spend too much time in the studio.

I do have two paintings finished, but I haven't had time to photograph and process them yet, so I'll have them for you next week. I haven't even finished uploading the paintings from last week yet.

I also am still to shoot the much promised YouTube videos. Well, not to make myself sound stupid, I seem to have mislaid the USB cable for the video camera, and I can't do too much without it. Why every digital camera on earth has to have a different USB cable connector is beyond me. Come on manufacturers, how about standardizing that so I don't have to have a dozen different USB cables lying around.

Sorry for the laimoid blog this week folks. I'll try to have a better one for you next week.

If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.


I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: R & B on iTunes
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 08-20-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week, and has a good weekend coming up. We completed four paintings for you this week, which I hope you'll like.

First though; OK so where was I last week. Well last week I was hanging out in Lakewood, Ohio with this guy:
My newest grandson Evan
"My newest grandson Evan". Had a great visit with my son Chris, his wife Amanda, and ate the best corned beef I've ever had in my life.


The first new painting for this week is an ACEO which I entitled, surprisingly enough  
ACEO 1070
"ACEO 1070". This is a small version of some of the geometrics I've been doing recently, and an inexpensive way to get into art collecting.

The next painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called
Expression 1071
Expression 1071. This one is similar to Expression 1069 which I did a couple of weeks ago. I really like the horizontal and vertical planes in this piece along with the nice color harmonies working against the black background.

Next up for this week is an 8 X 10 oil on canvas called
Composition 1072
"Composition 1072". This is another abstract geometric painting. I like the way the gray works with the light blue background.

Lastly for this week is an 5 ½ X 17 acrylic on cardboard called,
Expression 1073
"Expression 1073". Cardboard isn't exactly a classic painting support, but it's free and when properly primed seems to work fairly well. I hope you'll like this painting. This painting does have kind of an odd shape, and some of my "print on demand" sites can't print it. There is one however which can, so when I post it in a couple of days, keep looking till you find the site that can make a print for you.

Remember, I don't post paintings to any sites until after this blog has been published, so blog readers can get the first opportunity to acquire any paintings listed in the blog.

Incidentally, I've got 50 paintings listed on eBay at the moment, so if you get a chance, have a look at them. Just search for "Rodzart" and you'll see them all.


Getting back to last week, my visit to Lakewood, Oh was really great. Lakewood is really a vibrant town with an active arts scene, and I mean real art, not just a bunch of snoots is a gallery. Lots of nice neighborhood restaurants with terrific food.

"Melt" has been on national TV and deservedly so. The food is great, the staff is really cool, and the beer is cold. Who could ask for more? If you like grilled cheese in many varieties this is the place to go.

So, if you're ever in the Cleveland area, scoot out to Lakewood and check it out. I think you'll enjoy it.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.


I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: Philradio.com on live365
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 08-06-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week, and a good weekend coming up. We completed two paintings for you this week, and we have several more in the works.

The first new painting for this week is 18 X 24 inch oil on canvas, which I entitled
Naissance
"Naissance". You may have to look at this one for a minute or two and maybe consult a French dictionary, but I think eventually you'll get the idea. If not, that's cool too.

The other painting for this week is a 8 X 12 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called
Expression 1069
Expression 1069. Look for the planes and the rhythms in this particular line painting. I've been thinking lately about a good way to explain my line paintings, and I think the best way to describe them is "dancing music". I don't just have a song in my heart, but also in my paint.


Ok, it's been a week since I turned sixty. Yet I don't feel the slightest bit different than I did the week before I turned sixty. So, I wonder what the big deal was. I still eat pizza; I still listen to J-Pop; I still paint what I feel and not what's commercial; I still eat sushi; and I still think that every member of Oreskaband is smokin' hot. So take that calendar, nyah! I refuse to get old.


For my friends and followers of Twitter and Facebook, I just wanted to mention the "Painting of the day" that I send out most evenings. The "POTD" is one of my paintings that is either new, hasn't been seen for a while, or is fitting for the day. I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone looking at these paintings. It really makes me happy to see so many people looking at my work.
If you happen to know any billionaires, how about sending them over too….lol.


I wanted to mention again that I'm still getting email in Kana and Chinese. I put a few of them through an on-line translator, and they didn't make very much sense, so I'm assuming they were spam. On the outside chance though, that someone is trying to communicate, please put "Translate from Japanese" or "Translate from Chinese" in the subject line and I'll try to read them.


Before I finish the rant and whine section of the blog this week, I just want to mention that next week's blog will probably be a little late.
I'm going to Cleveland to see my new Grandson next weekend, so I probably won't get the blog out on until Sunday or Monday. I know you spend all week just waiting to see what I have to say, so I apologize for the inconvenience.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple more sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: Philradio.com on live365
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 07-23-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. Jack and I have two new paintings for you this week.

The first new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 inch acrylic on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1067
Expression 1067. This is minimalist sort of abstract expression with an interesting texture I think you'll like.

Lastly this week we have an ACEO called:
ACEO 1066
ACEO 1066. This little painting has a number of planes and movement which I hope you'll find interesting.


I turned 60 this week, and that's gotten me thinking about a lot of things.
I suppose I should be getting concerned with mortality, but, being a Buddhist, I already know what will happen on the other side. Since I've tried to live by the Dharma even before I knew what it was, death really doesn't scare me too much, and besides, maybe my paintings will sell better then.

I have however, been thinking of all the changes that I've seen in my lifetime.
For instance, on the day I was born in 1950, Picasso, Matisse, and Pollock were all alive and still painting; Harry Truman was President; Ted Williams was playing baseball; and here's a good one, there were three computers in the world; today I have more than that on my desktop. We used to worry about the Russians bombing us, now we worry about the Chinese foreclosing on us.
Oy, what a world.

One interesting thing is that, I have absolutely no concept of myself being this age. I simply can't envision myself as 60 years old. I feel it occasionally, but I still can't believe I'm this old. I guess you could say that I have a 25 year old mind sitting on a 60 year old body.  The spirit's willing, but the flesh is weak.  I remember what to do, but I'm not quite sure why….lol.

I don't know what the future holds, but I will say this, I'll stop painting
when they pry the brush out of my cold dead hands. I want to go like Renoir, dead at the easel.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple of sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: Oreskaband
  • Drinking: Green tea
What's shakin' at Rodzart 07-23-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. Jack and I had a fairly good week in the studio this week, albeit a hot one. We managed to finish three paintings for you this week.

The first new painting for this week is an 8 X 10 inch acrylic on canvas called:
Composition 1063
Composition 1063. This is an abstract geometric painting which I hope you'll like.

Next up this week this week is a 17 X 5 inch acrylic on cardboard called:
Expression 1064
Expression 1064. I did this on a piece of cardboard to which I applied several coats of black acrylic that was allowed to dry before I started the painting. That seems to have kept the cardboard from curling too much. I really like the surreal and ethereal effects I got on this painting.

Lastly we have a 9 X 12 inch acrylic on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1065
Expression 1065. I like the effects of the black and white on gray.  I actually painted this as a rehearsal for a YouTube video I'm planning to shoot. I'll keep you posted on that.


I thought that this week I'd touch on downloading paintings. New remember that I speak only for myself, other artists may well see this differently.
Every one of my paintings and other art works are copyrighted material, and may not be downloaded or copied in any way without my consent.
My paintings appear on a lot of web sites, and they all may not block downloading. That still doesn't mean that you can download stuff without permission.

That being said, if you want to copy one of my paintings for a school project, magazine article or whatever, just send me an email. I can't think of a single time that I've denied anyone a copy of a painting for a legitimate purpose. In fact I can probably get you a hi-def file on most of my work. So, nuf said on that subject.


To answer a question put to me; why do I paint in primary colors so much? There are a couple of reasons for that actually. First, I like bright primary colors. But, in addition to that, I have kind of a philosophical reason for using primary colors.

Everything you've ever seen, or ever will see is made up of a combination of the three primary colors. So in a painting made up of primary colors, I've given you the entire universe. Just something to think about.


Here's a little something I thought I'd mention for all the other artists out there. I like to sketch out most of my paintings before I actually paint them. (yes, I do paint that stuff on purpose). I've used a number of techniques for that from thinned paint to charcoal, but lately I've hit upon something that works really well. A while back I started drawing my paintings on the canvas with a light gray watercolor pencil. It's erasable, and the pigment blends right into the oil or acrylic paint that goes over it. Just thought I'd pass that along.  


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There are a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.

Here are a couple of sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: L'arc en ciel
  • Drinking: Green tea
What's shakin' at Rodzart 07-16-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. This was a slow week in the studio. I'm afraid I only completed one painting this week. Sometimes I see paintings everywhere I look and sometimes I don't. It's been a pretty prolific year so far, so I guess I was due for a slump eventually.

I had two other paintings finished, but after a little reflection, they ended up on the dud stack. This brings up an interesting point to mention. A large percentage of my paintings never see the light of day. Whenever I feel a painting is finished, before I put my name on it, I walk away from it for a day or two. Then when I come back to it, I often see parts that need to be changed, or, as happened this week, I decide the entire concept of the painting sucks.

I've got a stack of canvases in the corner of the studio, which I call the dud stack. Since none of these paintings are signed, there's no concrete way to trace them back to me. With any luck at all, that ought to drive some art historian's crazy some day…lol. Actually, I keep them around because sometimes I go thorough the stack and review the paintings. Sometimes I'm able to see where the painting went wrong, and how I can improve them in the future. Every painting starts out as a masterpiece, but very very few ever end up that way.


The new painting for this week is a 17 X 5 inch acrylic on cardboard called:
Expression 1062
Expression 1062. I don't usually paint on cardboard, but lately I've felt like it. I rather like the rhythm in this painting. I hope you will too.

My work is often compared to other artists, so I thought this week I'd do a quick contrast and compare between myself and a few of the artists who've influenced me a lot.

First let's look at Piet Mondrian. Now, I do sometimes create paintings which are very similar to Mondrian's. The big difference between him and me however, is his paintings were designed with mathematical precision. In mine, the placement of the lines and color forms are all based on my own artistic decisions. In other words I put still where I like it. Sometimes the lines aren't exactly straight, and sometimes the edges aren't sharp.

Next we can look at Marc Rothko. First we have to keep in mind that Rothko wasn't the only person to paint color forms. A lot of people did during the early abstract expressionist era. In my paintings, once again, all of the color selection and placement and the shape of the color form are strictly a matter of artistic choice. In my color form paintings, I'm seeking to create a mood. This is the biggest factor in my selection of colors.

The artist I'm most compared to is Jackson Pollock. I really dislike the term "splatter paintings" or "drip paintings" or even "action paintings". I very much prefer to think of these as "Line paintings", since they're primarily constructed by building up a succession of lines. These paintings, however, don't happen by accident. They're all planned and executed in a deliberate manner. Neither Pollock nor I, just blindly throw paint at a canvas. The big difference between Pollock and myself is that Pollock's paintings are vastly more complex than mine. I make a conscious effort in all my work to keep in simple, and to convey whatever message the painting has in the least amount of image as possible.

So, there you have it. However, rather than saying my work is reminiscent of previous artists, I prefer to think that there work was a premonition of me.
In art, and really in all forms of endeavor, today is built upon the accomplishments of yesterday.
  

It's been six months since the earthquake in Haiti. Even though it's faded from the news, the need is still great. Please keep in mind that Haiti has been screwed over by probably every major power in the world. Let's not let them get hosed again. If you've got a few bucks to spare, how about spending them on Haiti. There's a lot of good programs going on, my two favorites are, as always, Doctors without borders, they've got a link below. Also, The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.

Here's a couple of sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week. See ya next time.

Rod
  • Listening to: Oreskaband
  • Drinking: Green tea
What's shakin' at Rodzart 07-09-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. Jack and I did reasonably well in the studio this week, even though Monday was a rainout.  The roof in my studio leaks, which makes working in the rain a bit difficult sometimes. We did complete 3 paintings for you this week which I hope you'll find interesting.

The first new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1059
Expression 1059. This is an abstract expression similar to Expression 1052 from last week. I really like the way the blue background helps to emphasize the rhythm of the other colors.

The next new work for this week is an 8 X 10 acrylic on canvas painting called:
Composition 1060
Composition 1060. This painting is somewhat similar to Composition 1047 from a couple of weeks ago. I really like the effects that the differing shapes and colors create, so I'm going to explore that for a little while longer.

The last new painting for this week is something a little different. It's a 14 X 18 acrylic on canvas called
Summer joy
Summer joy! What makes this work interesting, at least to me, is that it's a finger painting. I've often been accused of giving art the finger, and in this case I did. I rather like the result though. Sometimes painting something happy can really improve your morale. Plus, for the art historians out there, there's a hidden secret in this painting, and I'll never tell.


You know, I should have something witty and profound to say here, but today I seem to be drawing a blank. So, before I end up sounding more stupid that usual, I'm going to shut up and wish everyone a great weekend. I hope you like this weeks paintings.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.

Here's a couple of sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook

Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: Oreskaband
  • Drinking: Green tea
What's shakin' at Rodzart 07-02-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. Jack and I did pretty well in the studio this week. We completed 7 paintings for you, all of which were on paper. I do have a small one on canvas going that will be finished next week. But since I've only got 1 big canvas left I'm being very careful what I use it for.

The first new painting for this week is a 14 X 20 acrylic on watercolor paper called:
Composition 1051
Composition 1051. This is an abstract expression in blue, yellow, red and green. It didn't occur to me until after I finished the painting, but it seems kind of Christmas-ish.

The next new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic on paper called:
Expression 1052
Expression 1052. This is a really neat abstract painted on a light blue background. Sometimes this shade of background can really bring out colors. I'm planning to something similar next week with black and white on a gray background.

The next up this week is a 5 X 7 acrylic on paper called:
Expression 1054
Expression 1054. This is another abstract expression. I like the flow on this painting quite a bit.

Then we have another 5 X 7 acrylic on paper called:
Expression 1055
Expression 1055. This is another abstract expression.

The next three for this week are all ACEO's.
ACEO 1056
ACEO 1056.


ACEO 1057
ACEO 1057, and


ACEO 1058
ACEO 1058.


I saw a show on Ovation TV last night about "Lowbrow Art" which got me to thinking. Usually the "Artistic establishment" (art schools, galleries etc), like to believe that they have the right to dictate what the "correct art" of the day might happen to be.  Of course, by a strange coincidence, this always turns out to be the art that is most profitable for them. Well, I'm here to tell ya folks, so long as is doesn't harm any sentient being, there is no right or wrong art.

One very important thing to remember here is that, a very large amount of the art we consider masterpieces today, were soundly rejected by the "Artistic Experts" of the day. Now, let's also remember that for a large part of their careers, many of the artists we now consider masters, were self-representing artists. They couldn't get the time of day from a gallery either.

Getting back to lowbrow art, even if you don't care for the subject matter, you really have to admire the execution. There's some positively magnificent pen and in work, and indeed some great oil painting done in the lowbrow genre.

The moral to the story here folks, is this: if you like it, buy it. Who cares what the snoots say. You're the one who'll be looking at it.


If you happen to be in the Brandon area, I hope you'll remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


Just a reminder, if you'd like to get this blog by email, it's as easy as sending me an email and saying so.  Right now I publish the blog on Wordpress, Blogger, Facebook, and Myspace, with slightly modified versions (I take out links to other sites), published on ArtWanted, DeviantArt, and Fine Art America.


Here's a couple of sites I hope you'll visit and support:

Doctors without Borders.

Katsel Tsi Chen Cho Kyi Ling Buddhist Meditation center.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: Oreskaband
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 06-25-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. It was another hot week in Valrico, but we still completed five paintings for you.

The first new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1046
Expression 1046. This is an abstract expression in blue, yellow and red.

The next new painting for this week is an 8 X 10 acrylic on canvas called:
Composition 1047
Composition 1047. This is a really neat abstract geometric. The painting takes on different characteristics depending on which angle you view it from.

Then we have a 5 X 7 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1046
Expression 1048.

The next new painting for this week is an 8 X 10 acrylic on canvas called:
Dood
Dood. This piece is a cartoon I did for the Ghost Adventures crew. I'm a firm believer in the paranormal, and I think these guys do a terrific job. I can't wait for the new season in September.

Last up this week we have another 5 X 7 acrylic abstract expression on watercolor paper called:
Expression 1050
Expression 1050.


I finished creating a new banner for my web site and some of my blogs. I think it looks a lot more 21st century-ish than the previous banner. I did the background painting on a piece of cardboard, and put the text in with Photoshop.
New web banner
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This week I thought I'd touch briefly on how I select which surface, canvas, paper, cardboard, or panel, to paint on. Now, I'd like to say that this is a profound and deeply considered artistic choice, but, that ain't necessarily so.
The truth is, this choice depends more on what I happen to have at hand, than the artistically significant choice.

I'm sure you've noticed that I've been doing a lot of painting on canvas these days. Well, there are two reasons for that. One, paper's cheap. Two, I'm running out of canvas. After I score enough dough to get more canvas and stretchers, you'll see a lot more paintings on canvas. Most of the cardboard I use to paint on came as packaging. The strip of cardboard I used to paint my new web banner is an example of that. It was used as packing in a box of canvas stretchers.

I do what I have to do in order to keep painting. In the long run, it's the image that matters, and not what it's sitting on.


Over the last few weeks I've been getting emails in what appears to be kana characters. Unfortunately, I can't read kana so I have no idea whether these emails are just Chinese spam, or someone legitimately trying to contact me.
So, if you're on the level and want to contact me, I'm afraid you'll have to use English or French.


While we're talking about email, most of the art sites I list on have a "contact the artist" button. Most of these are what's called a "blind email", the email is rerouted from the site to my email address. That is mainly to keep spammers and thieves at bay. However it does get in the way of legitimate communication at times. The moral to the story here is that, if you contact me through one of my art sites, be sure to give me an email address if you want a response.
The simplest thing however is to just use the "Contact me" link on MY website, and then I can get back to you.


For folks around the Tampa Bay area I hope you'll remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


I don't do a lot of endorsements but I would like to mention Doctors without Borders. This is a truly great group of Medical Professionals. So, if you've got a buck or two to spare, I hope you'll keep these folks in mind.


Just a reminder, if you'd like to get this blog by email, it's as easy as sending me an email and saying so.  Right now I publish the blog on Wordpress, Blogger, Facebook, and Myspace, with slightly modified versions (I take out links to other sites), published on ArtWanted, DeviantArt, and Fine Art America.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: Oreskaband
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 06-18-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. It was a pretty hot week here in Valrico. A couple of days it got far too hot for Jack
Jack, and we had to come in from the studio.  In spite of that though, we have six new paintings for you this week.

The first new painting for this week is a 16 X 20 oil on canvas called: Legacy of Greed
Legacy of Greed. You'd have to have been on some other planet not to know what this one is about.

The next new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic on watercolor paper called: Passion
Passion. If I had a nickel for every time I've been scorched by the flames of passion, well, I guess I'd have AC in my studio..lol.

Then we have a painting that we've all been waiting for…I hope… DarkWorld III
DarkWorld III. This one took a little longer than expected, mostly because I wasn't sure if I wanted to put more detail in or not. I finally opted to leave the detail out and let the viewer decide what's there.
You also get to decide of it's the way in or the way out. I guess that depends on which direction you're going.

The next painting for this week is a 18 X 24 oil on canvas called: Expression 1043
Expression 1043. I had an urge to paint something using Florida-ish colors one day this week, and this painting was the result.

The new painting for this week is a 5 X 7 acrylic on watercolor paper called: Expression 1044
Expression 1044.

The last new painting I have for you this week is a 5 X 7 acrylic on watercolor paper called: Expression 1045
Expression 1045. This and the previous painting "Expression 1044" are both free form abstract expressions. I guess you could say that I was in a black and red mood the day I painted there.


For folks around the Tampa Bay area I hope you'll remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're them.


I don't do a lot of endorsements but I would like to mention Doctors without Borders. This is a truly great group of Medical Professionals who put medicine before money.  So, if you've got a buck or two to spare, I hope you'll keep these folks in mind.


Just a reminder, if you'd like to get this blog by email, it's as easy as sending me an email and saying so.  Right now I publish the blog on Wordpress, Blogger, Facebook, and Myspace, with slightly modified versions (I take out links to other sites), published on ArtWanted, DeviantArt, and Fine Art America.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook Look me up there if ya feel like it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: 98.1 The One, Barbados
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 06-11-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week.

We didn't have the most productive so week I'm afraid we have only one new painting for you. Some weeks we do more canvas priming and drawing than we do painting. If nothing else, Jack didn't scare up any snakes this week, so I guess that's a plus.

The new painting for this week is a 9 X 12 acrylic on watercolor paper called: Expression 1039
Expression 1039.

DarkWorld III is pretty much finished, but as with many paintings I need to step a way from it for a day or two before I decide if it's completely finished.
I fully expect to have it here for you next Friday. I think you'll like it.


I thought this week I'd touch on my particular style of art. Now, don't confuse style with genre. I work in several different genres, i.e. Abstract Expressionism, Abstract Geometric, Supremacist, and occasionally surrealism.
My style, of simplicity, remains the same across all the genres. Although I'd like to call it minimalism, that's a genre on its own and doesn't really describe what I do. I suppose we could call this simplicism, but I think that might be misinterpreted too…lol.

Simply put, I like to keep things simple. If I can accomplish what I want with two brushstrokes, I won't use 10. One of the hardest things in painting is to know when to quit. In other words, say what you want to say and then shut yer yap.

Let's take for example The jagged edge
the jagged edge. I could have kept going on this painting for a good long while, but I accomplished what I was after with the paint you see, and it was time to stop. A line or a shape in the right place can say an awful lot if you just let it.  

Why simply things to this degree? Well, I don't speak for anyone else, but myself, I think the world is way too complicated already without me adding to it. Art serves a lot of purposes in society, but for me, my art is mostly a way to dodge reality. I hope that's what it does for you as well.

Before I go, I just want to mention one more little thing. Almost every time I talk about stuff like this, there's some ahhh-teest out there who wants to argue with me and wave his art degree in my face. Well, as my Ol Dad used to say, "tough shitsky". You may have time to waste looking down your nose at people, but I've got too many paintings to finish to get caught up in pointless arguments. Let's keep it simple folks.


For folks around the Tampa Bay area with impeccable taste in art, I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're there.


Just a reminder, if you'd like to get this blog by email, it's as easy as sending me an email and saying so.  Right now I publish the blog on Wordpress, Blogger, Facebook, and Myspace, with slightly modified versions (I take out links to other sites), published on ArtWanted, DeviantArt, and Fine Art America.


I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook


I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: J-Pop
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 06-04-2010.

Hi Folks.  Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week.

It's been a pretty hot week; temperature wise; in the studio this week, and we also had a dangerous snake encounter. However I did manage to finish three paintings for you.

The first Painting is an acrylic on an 8 X 10 inch canvas called: Composition 1036
Composition 1036. This is an abstract geometric; in a style I'm sure you're familiar with.

The next is a 5 X 7 acrylic on watercolor paper and is called: surprisingly enough; Expression 1037
Expression 1037. This is an abstract expressionist painting using sort of a minimalist technique.

The last is another 5 X 7 acrylic on watercolor paper and is called: Expression 1038
Expression 1038. This is an abstract expressionist painting similar to, but not exactly like Expression 1037.

I'm still working on DarkWorld III, and I hope to have it out next week.


Getting back to the snake encounter. It seems that Jack managed to corner a copperhead rattlesnake right outside our studio door last Wednesday. Fortunately, I was able to yank him into the studio and slam the door before things got ugly. Snake encounters are pretty common around here, but the two black snakes which live by the studio usually try to avoid Jack. Copperheads apparently, don't believe in détente.


As anyone who has a website or a blog can tell you, the minute the site goes live, you're besieged by spammers. Each week I have to pry about a hundred spam comments out of my blog. I do my best to keep the spammers at bay, but some does slip through. So, if some spam does make it onto the blog, I'd appreciate an email and I'll get it deleted. Does anybody actually buy anything from these crooks? I sure hope not.


One of the more mystical things in art is how art work is priced. Now, I don't speak for anyone else, ever, but I can tell you how I arrive at a price.
Before we start though, I want to mention that, I never compose a painting with the thought of making it commercial. I paint what I paint. I have to sell a painting now and then in order to keep painting, and I'm just vain enough, I guess, to think the world is better if I keep painting.

First, lets consider that outside of the cost of materials, a piece of art really has no intrinsic value. With a few exceptions, a piece of art has no practical use. Art exists to cause some sort of feeling in the people who look at it, but you can't eat it or hammer nails with it.

Consequently, the only value that attaches to a work of art; or any other good for that matter; is what someone is willing to pay for it. How much I decide to ask for a particular piece starts with the materials involved. If I sell a painting for less than the cost of the canvas and paint, I'm not going to be able to keep painting very long.

After the cost of materials, come other costs like shipping. The bigger the painting, the more I have to get for shipping.

Lastly, and this is the big one, is, how much does having my name on it add to the value of the painting. This, I base on what people have paid for similar paintings (of mine) in the past. If I'm selling a lot of paintings at a given price, I'll nudge the price up a little. I try very hard, however, not to lower prices. Why? The simple truth is that if I do that, I'm devaluing paintings which I've already sold, and that's very unfair to people who've supported my work in the past. My relationship to my collectors is very important to me.

Before we leave this subject I want to make one more point. I don't paint for money. I paint because something in me compels me to. But, let's try to remember that: paint costs money, canvas costs money, mortgages cost money, food costs money. Sorry folks, but that's the ugly truth here, and is just one of the many reasons why I say "reality sucks".


Before we wrap it up for this week, I was wondering if there were any out there who'd like to have this blog delivered to them each week by email.
If so, just drop me an email. If there's enough response I'll put together an email list. In addition, if we do that, I'll refrain from offering original paintings for sale for a week after I publish the blog in order to give you first shot at them.


Just a reminder that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out, and maybe get some great hair styling while you're there.

I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook


I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: 98.1 The One, Barbados
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 05-28-2010

Hi Folks.  I hope everyone has had a good week.

Jack and I had a pretty good week in the studio; we have four new paintings for you today. Two paintings are on canvas and two more on paper.

The first Painting is oil on an 18 X 24 inch canvas called: DarkWorld II
DarkWorld II. This is the second painting in what has become the DarkWorld series. I'm really enjoying these paintings, particularly since I more or less fell into them. DarkWorld III is on the easel now, and will probably be done next week.

The next is an acrylic on an 8 X 10 inch canvas and is called: Composition 1035
Composition 1035. It's an abstract geometric, marginally of the Supremacist genre. I stuck to primary colors on this one since I wanted to do something bright, to balance out the darkness of the DarkWorld paintings.

Then we have a 5 X 7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper which is called: Expression 1033
Expression 1033. We've all seen me paint in this style before, so nuf said there.

Lastly is another 5 X 7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper and is called: Expression 1034
Expression 1034. I like doing paintings this size now and then, since it's a little more challenging to fit the image in my head into a small space like this.


Since I haven't explained this for a while, I thought I'd mention how I name paintings. Since most of my work is non-objective and non-representational I don't usually give my paintings a descriptive title. The purpose for that is simply that I want you to see what you see and not what I suggest that you see.

So, for paintings with no recognizable object or shape I use the term "Expression", followed by a number. The expression part just comes from abstract expressionism, and the number is a year followed by the paintings number. Hence, "Expression 1033" is the 33rd painting which I've completed in 2010.

If a painting has a recognizable object or shape it will usually get the title "Composition" followed by a number. All my paintings are composed to some degree, but these a bit more; so "Composition 1035" is a composition and is the 35th painting I've completed in 2010.

Now if a painting actually does represent something, like in the DarkWorld paintings, I'll put a descriptive title on it, since that's what I want you to think about.


Before I wrap it up this week I thought I'd mention that at some point in the near future I'm hoping to do a series of YouTube videos, which will take a painting from conception to completion. I think everyone might find that interesting, so I'll keep ya posted on that.


Just a reminder that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, I hope you'll drop by and check them out.


I'm also on  Twitter
             Myspace and
             Facebook


I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: 98.1 The One, Barbados
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 05-21-2010

Hi Folks.  I hope everyone has had a good week.

Over the past few weeks I've had a number of new subscribers to my blog, so I thought I'd start out this week by saying thanks! I appreciate your interest in me and my work. Most of the time I feel like I'm just shouting in the dark, so it's really nice to know someone actually is out there.


I finished two new paintings for you this week. The first Painting is called: DarkWorld I
DarkWorld I. This painting started out to be something completely different, but, as sometimes happens; I got hijacked by my imagination.  This one was so much fun to do, and I like the coloring on it so much, I think I'll probably do some more along this line.

The other is acrylic on paper and is called: Busted Flipper
Busted Flipper. This is a painting I did for my son who is recovering from a forklift accident, where he broke his arm in two places requiring surgery to repair. This one is just for him, so I won't be posting it on any of my normal art sites. So this is the only place where you'll see it.


I've mentioned commissions here before, but this week I thought I'd get a little more specific about it for those who aren't sure how the process works, at least with me.

Realizing that I'm pretty far over the edge, commissioning a painting from me is not as simple as asking me to paint a sunflower, or a portrait of your cat. However, there are some things that you can specify.

You can specify an abstract style.
I work in my own version of several abstract styles. Have a look at any of my existing abstract work and see what you like. For instance if you like "Sky Dance", you could commission a painting in the same style.

You can specify a dominant color.
If you'd like a painting mainly blue or red or green, no problem, I can work with that.

You can specify a Size.
Most of my work that you find on the web falls into a number of sizes. 12 X 16, 16 X 20, 18 X 24 and 24 X 36. These are all standard readily available canvas sizes. If you'd like a painting in other than these sizes, that's no problem, either. If you want something room size, I'll be delighted to do it, but that will get expensive since I don't have space in my studio to work on a canvas that size, so I'd have to rent some studio space.

Copyright considerations.
Ok, here's the scoop. If you purchase a painting by commission, or otherwise for that matter, you own the physical canvas. I however, hold exclusive copyright to the image. What this comes down to is that you can do anything you want with the canvas. Personally I hope you'll hang it on the wall and love it forever,
But if you want to you can patch a hole in the wall with, you can set fire to it and dance naked around the flames, whatever. What you can't do though, is alter the image on the canvas without my permission. This means that you can't draw something on the image; you can't sell prints of the image, or otherwise change the image that's on the canvas. All things considered, this sort of stuff almost never comes up, but its worth mentioning so nobody gets burned.

So how much is all this going to cost me?
The cost on a commission is based on a number of things both tangible and intangible. There's the visible costs of materials; paint, canvas, etc. In addition there's packaging and shipping expenses. If you live within 50 miles of Valrico, and it'll fit in a civic, I'll bring it to you. Otherwise we'll have to ship it. Plus sales taxes of course. The intangible costs are things like, how long does it take me to design and paint the work, and just how much value to having my name on it add to the value of the painting.  All I can say on that score is that having a commissioned painting by anyone will give a good deal of bragging rights, and having one by me will only increase in value as time goes on. Ya gotta believe! So after all that, what'll it cost? Anywhere from $150 on up depending on all the stuff I just talked about.

So, if you've got a commission in mind, drop me an email and we'll talk. It don't cost nuthun to ask.


Remember also please, that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, if you or someone you know needs hair styling, I hope you'll drop by and check them out.


I'm also on  Twitter
              Myspace and
             Facebook


I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: SocaNation of Live 365
  • Drinking: Water
What's shakin' at Rodzart 05-07-2010

Hi Folks.  I hope everyone has had a good week.

I got a copy of Photoshop elements a few weeks ago, and while I'm still learning how to use it effectively, I think that the quality of my photography has improved quite a bit already. I'm able to use the resolution built into my camera (12 MP) to a lot better effect. I confess to being a lousy photographer, but I'm hoping to see some improvement soon.


I finished two new paintings this week. The first Painting is called: Expression 1029Expression 1029. I was thinking about economic vampires like banks and insurance companies and this is what I saw. It's starting to look like, no matter how badly they cheat the people, no matter how dishonest they are, they're still raking in massive and obscene profits. Corporate bosses can't think beyond their next bonus, and that short-sightedness is destroying our economy and those of many other nations. Sorry for that rant, it's been a tough week.

The other is acrylic on paper and is called: Expression 1028Expression 1028. It's an interesting image that is built around using straight lines; I think you'll enjoy it.


Those who've followed my work for a while know my near reverence for simplicity. A great deal of that comes from my years on the COBOL/MVS world where letting things get over complicated can lead to some nasty results. Well, as it is with computer code, so it is with life. If you clutter your life up with too many complications you loose sight of what really matters. Your "core values" in the parlance of today.

Now, how does that apply to art? Easy, art has many purposes in society, one of which is to divert the viewer from reality even if only for a few minutes.
One of my goals in much of my work is to create a painting that the viewer can loose him/herself in for a while. If you approach my work with an open mind, and remember not to ask "what is it?" you can let your mind wander through the painting, see what you can see, and maybe hide out from reality for a few minutes. Remember out motto here at Rodzart Reality Sucks.


Please remember that I've got six paintings hanging in "The Art of Hair" salon at 10963 Causeway Blvd., in Brandon. So, if you, or someone you know needs hair styling, I hope you'll drop by and check them out.



I can also be found on  Twitter
              Myspace and
             Facebook


I hope everyone has a peaceful and prosperous week.

Rod
  • Listening to: 98.1 The One, Barbados
  • Drinking: Water