Tag Archives: Aesthetics

In Praise of Things You Don’t Like

Artists, as aesthetes, tend to surround themselves with things they like.  Part of their aesthetic is about what they select and what they discard.  Ordinary people do this in their everyday lives, too.  The totality of their comfortable existence is … Continue reading

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Playing the Right Note

Here is some wisdom, which sounds Zen, perhaps a touch impractical, airy and even blindingly obvious, but which is very important, for any musician, to learn, internalise and follow. The business of playing music, especially improvised music, is all about … Continue reading

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12 Bad Reponses to Artistic Rejection

Rejection sucks.  It hurts.  It really hurts a lot.  When you take the risk of presenting something you made, which you took pride in and which is an expression of your best efforts and the best thing you were capable … Continue reading

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Fear of the Unconventional

There is a significant population of people that are alarmed, scandalised, affronted and viscerally offended by pictures painted in bright colours, whether representational or abstract, or somewhere in between.  I have the anecdotal evidence.  They can’t stand them, but more … Continue reading

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First Takes, First Drafts and Alla Prima Painting

I’ve come to a realisation.  Most of the art I make is presented as it came out.  I rarely go back and correct or edit.  Everything is more or less as it happened.  I need to understand why that has … Continue reading

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Chasing Your Tail

Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail?  It’s a spectacle that is both bemusing and somewhat alarming.  Here is a supposedly sentient creature engaged in something that is utterly pointless and completely impossible.  If they ever catch … Continue reading

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Resolution and Gestalt

I’ve been watching painters paint for some time now.  You can observe some interesting and seemingly strange behaviours, when you do this.  There are two particular habits I have observed which almost always sabotage the painting and leave the artist … Continue reading

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