Thursday, 25 September 2014

Live to Paint What You Feel

  Choices are what artistic expression is all about. One can choose to paint as they see it, while another paints as they feel it. I can teach you to paint, but the real question is: Can I truly teach you how to paint? I don't believe I can. Here is why.

  As a child, I grew up getting scolded for doodling in school. Growing older, I kept the habit. In my earlier twenties this habit subsided and a new deadly one set in. I began drawing a calamitous future for myself each time I smoked a cigarette. It was 8 years ago the year 2006, that I remember going into the doctors for a physical. On that day I left feeling lost. The doctor looked at the family history of my mother and grandfather having cancer. She told me if I did not quit smoking cigarettes in 5 years I would be dead of cancer. Devastated, I told her to do whatever it took to aid me in quitting. So she did. She prescribed me chantix.

  It was just a few days after that I went to visit my grandmother who was also an artist. Her tiny hands clenched the paint brush as I visited her. A petite table top easel held her primed canvas. A wooded forest with a river running through it in front of a log cabin. Blue skies and deep green trees. A bear running to the flowing waters to fish for his supper while an eagle took flight above the skies. "Grandma will you teach me how to paint"?, I asked her. "No, I will not because you already know how. Put the cigarette down, put the brush in your hand, and paint what you feel." I listened to her while thoughts rushed through my head. Will I live to see this cabin by the river in 5 years? Or will I live to paint what I feel?

  I was fortunate enough to listen and take her advice. It was not the chantix that made me quit, it was my grandmother's words. I went home and produced a landscape piece where the eagles fly and I would go fishing in Manistee. It is boathouse called "Loomis Landing" where my friends and I would take a rest. In 2007 my grandmother fell ill with cancer. In 2009 she passed. I placed "Loomis Landing" under her tiny hands before they closed her casket and she safely guards that piece to this day.

  Relishing painting from my feelings, I continue to create each day. With a full range of styles and mediums I am not only able to express a world of cultures but also paint what I sense. I enjoy painting not photographing. Rather than a photograph I prefer a painting. It captures the heart and soul of each subject. My recommendation for those out there whom to learn to paint is the same advice that little Chippewa Indian grandmother of mine gave me: "Paint What You Feel".

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

What is Cultural Art?

  There is a broad variety of definitions when speaking of culture. Culture can be defined in many ways. Expressing culture through art to define the meaning is fascinating in itself. For all these artist their art displays culture in a variety of ways. 

1. artistic and intellectual pursuits and products. 

2. a quality of enlightenment or refinement arising from an acquaintance with and concern for what is regarded as excellent in the arts, letters, manners, etc. 

3. development or improvement of the mind by education or training. 

4. the sum total of ways of living built up by a group of human beings and transmitted from one generation to another. 

Category: Sociology, Anthropology 

5. a particular form or stage of civilization, as that of a nation or period: 

Greek Culture, French Culture, English Culture, Indian Culture, Native American Culture, Japanese Culture, etc... 

6. the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group: 

youth culture; the drug culture. 
Category: Sociology 

7. the cultivation of microorganisms or tissues for scientific study, medicinal use, etc. the product or growth resulting from such cultivation. 

Category: Biology 

8. the act or practice of cultivating the soil. 

Category: Agriculture 

9. the raising of plants or animals, esp. with a view to their improvement. 

Category: Agriculture 

10. to subject to culture; cultivate. grow (microorganisms, tissues, etc.) in or on a controlled or defined medium. to introduce (living material) into a culture medium. 

Category: Biology 

Maybe now you are questioning: Why do I reference to Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Agriculture, and Greek Culture, French Culture, English Culture, Indian Culture, Native American Culture, Japanese Culture, etc...? Some may think of culture as customs or traditions passed from one generation to another. While others think of culture as a way of living for a person that is not exactly passed on throughout generations. Culture can be expressed with art in the form of biology, sociology, anthropology, agriculture, and Greek culture. 

Anthropology of art is a sub-field in social anthropology dedicated to the study of art in different cultural contexts. The anthropology of art focuses on historical, economic and aesthetic dimensions in non-Western art forms, including what is known as 'tribal art'. 

Sociological Art is an artistic movement and approach to aesthetics that emerged in France in the early 1970s and became the basis for the Sociological Art Collective formed by Hervï Fischer, Fred Forest, and Jean-Paul


BioArt is an art practice where humans work with live tissues, bacteria, living organisms, and life processes. Using scientific processes such as biotechnology (including technologies such as genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) the artworks are produced in laboratories, galleries, or artists' studios. The scope of BioArt is considered by some artists to be strictly limited to living forms, while other artists would include art that uses the imagery of contemporary medicine and biological research, or require that it address a controversy or blind spot posed by the very character of the life sciences. 

Although BioArtists work with living matter, there is some debate as to the stages at which matter can be considered to be alive or living. Creating living beings and practicing in the life sciences brings about ethical, social, and aesthetic inquiry. The phrase "BioArt" was coined by Eduardo Kac in 1997 in relation to his artwork Time Capsule. Although it originated at the end of the 20th century through the works of pioneers like Joe Davis and artists at SymbioticA, BioArt started to be more widely practiced in the beginning of the 21st century. 

Greek Culture, French Culture, English Culture, Indian Culture, Native American Culture, Japanese Culture, etc...are examples of cultures that we preserve throughout history and display throughout nations. This type of art expresses how a nation has lived, survived, and other things. This art tells a story throughout that can be seen throughout centuries. Not to mention in comparing these type of arts from year to year throughout the centuries it can also build a timeline for how a culture has changed and evolved from one tradition to the next. 

Marlene Burns - Fine ArtistMarlene Burns Tucson, AZ - United States

  Marlene offers an exciting, expressive, experimental and exceptional body of work! She doesn't like to categorize herself, but like those of the abstract expressionist movement, she plays with color, edgy design and mixed media to produce art that befits the process. Hernewest series of Judaic Art is all about sacred intention. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where she specializes in clients and interior designers who need custom artwork for luxury homes. She has exhibited her work for the past 20 years from California to NewYork, most notably in Santa Fe. Marlene Burns is a double degreed professional artist, with both her bachelor's and master degrees from the university of Cincinnati, School of Design, Architecture and Art. 

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Monday, 15 September 2014

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Sgraffito: New Technique of Art For Me

"Sacred Paw Impression" 
  Sgraffito is a technique of art produced by applying layers of oil pastels tinted in contrasting colours to a surface. Then scratching and outlining along with blending to produce a remarkable form of art. 

  Sgraffito with oil pastels to me is very fascinating. This technique can also be applied using other mediums such as oil paint, ceramics, other paints, and plaster. Experimenting with this technique has broadened my exploration into the art world. 

  Here are a few pieces I created over the past few days. 

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Youthhood of Picasso

Picasso manifested exceptional talent in his early years, He painted through his childhood and adolescence. Defining talents within begins with experimenting from the early years and progresses throughout many of our youth-hoods. The desire for a child to learn new techniques and learn colors is phenomenal. Witness as I enjoy at first hand these three little girls love for learning in the art world.

I have been on a two week trip through Boston and New York. While in Boston, on Friday my older niece had doctor appointments. So, I decided to take my other little niece, Ashley to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Intoxicated by the variety of art at the Museum, Ashley's visit to the Museum was quite learning curve. She was so thrilled at every form of art and painting she saw. What intrigued me the most of her visit was when we went into the India Gallery. Beautifully displayed were statues of each of the Hindu Gods. As she saw Shiva she pointed to him and said that is God. I said to her, "Ashley, how do you know this?" She then stated, "Because, Aunt Angel I just know in India this must be how they see God. Everyone does see him in their own way you know." This outing to the museum with Ashley was priceless.

Today is our last day in New York at my sister in laws cousin's house. I thought it would be a great idea to teach my niece Ashley and her cousins new art techniques. Birch trees are always fun and easy. When adding color to them they accentuate the beauty of the species. Together Breanna, Kimberly, Ashley and I created the most colorful forests that were full of bright birch trees.

My hopes for these talented girls are to be exceptionally prolific throughout the course of their lives just like Picasso. With no doubt they are geared in the right direction just as can be seen in their art below.

To all the parents out their who wonder if their child has talents; stop wondering now and feed their desires. A little paint brush and paint goes a long way. Picasso showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age. According to his mother, his first words were "piz, piz", a shortening of lápiz, the Spanish word for "pencil". From the age of seven, Picasso received formal artistic training from his father in figure drawing and oil painting. Ruiz was a traditional academic artist and instructor, who believed that proper training required disciplined copying of the masters, and drawing the human body from plaster casts and live models. His son became preoccupied with art to the detriment of his classwork.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Artwork and Travels

  Traveling can be difficult. With the busy rush of this day and age bringing work along while traveling can make travels more difficult. Traveling with painting equipment and supplies can be more difficult. Does it really have to be as hard as one perceives it though? Not really.

  Currently I am traveling from Michigan to New York and Boston for a few weeks. Bringing along the utmost essential supplies and leaving behind the others. Packing light with one small bag is all that is needed.

  Myself, I am able to work with any media. This gives life as an artist a wide variety. Not to mention, it accommodates access to an easier travel as an artist. My list below includes supplies that I brought along with me. Thus far, I have accomplished a few paintings with minimal supplies.

*Watercolor Pencils
*Watercolor Paper
*All Media Paper
*Variety of Sketch Pencils ranging from HB to 8B
*Charcoal Pencils (white and black)
*Sketch Pad
*Small container for a little water
*Black Ink
*Watercolor Brushes
*Small fine thin talon paint brush set (variety pack for detailing)
*Canon 600 HD camera
*SIM Cards (2-5)


Monday, 1 September 2014

What was the artist Pari Chumroo thinking in her head when she painted that?

  Looking around and not only analyzing things as I wonder this colorful earth, I also am observing deeply each detail. Devoted to understanding the making of all things my mind always thinks of creative answers.  

   I decide to paint a story of all my mind goes through during this process. This can be seen  throughout all my art pieces. As a cultural artist, ultimately it is a way to better understand the complexities and contradictions of this world. 

    I set a goal in life many years ago. To become the voice for all cultures where silence has taken over expressions throughout. Although, I like to define cultures within my pieces I also take pride in leaving a little mystery throughout. 

  I do my best in silence. At night when the world sleeps I love creating. Often times I will also enjoy times in the day in a room far from others. " In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone,wrote the American existential psychologist Rollo May.  As an artist, I agree as I enjoy my creative solitude that melts onto the canvas and absorbs new life. 

  Then there are the times when gut-wrenching pain and heartache become the leading inspiration in my art. What may happen is that I will view the world as a safe place. Seeking out new adventures I will recall at some point in my life an event in which has shattered my positive perception. This will cause me to go on the periphery and see things in a new, fresh light. A light that is very conducive to my creative mind.