Aug
18
2010

Defeating "Da Funk" by Mike Rooney

Ever been in a "funk" and can't paint? If you're very serious about your painting (vs. doing it once in a while for fun) you know that "da funk" can really rattle you. Sometimes it hits you out of nowhere and sometimes it comes at other more predictable times.

Lets look at what causes it, and i'll give you some tips to get you going again.

First lets look at some things that cause "da funk."  One is sheer burnout. Lets say you've been working on a series of paintings or an event (like a show) that either took a long time to complete or took alot out of you (creatively and/or physically). For this symptom the remedy is to take a few days off. Sounds crazy but nothing but rest will get you jazzed again. You just dont have any steam left. Those few days off will give your Muse time to recover and when it does, it will begin to let you know by stirring those desires to paint again. Trust me, this happens to me all the time, and i think it happens to every artist (including me) just after delivering a show. There's such a feeling of let down and it can put the kabosh on your creative energy.

The second thing that can zap your Muse is a personal crisis or anything else that you're thinking about as much as you used to think about finding a painting. You just have to realize that sometimes life just gets in the way. Let's say you just got a bad diagnosis from the doctor, or you're spending night and day taking care of an elderly parent. The mind doesn't have time or desire to be creative. That makes sense, right? But why are we so frustrated when it happens? We have to let these things run their course and when they do, you'll find yourself wanting to sling that paint again.

Now, for a few ideas on getting that creativity jumpstarted... I've heard of still life painters going out to buy new still life props at the thrift stores, and i can see that working. Theyre getting interested in some new things to paint. As a plein air landscape painter, when i get bored i like to travel to a different city or region of the country to paint and this gets me going again. i usually do this at least four or five times a year to keep things interesting.

So the next time youre not feeling it, do one of two things:  1. rest and really dont worry about it (the urge to paint will return) or 2. get up and find something that really makes your motor run, and then go paint it.

And then like Jack Nicholson, you'll be saying, " I'm Baaaaccckkk!"

MikeRooney.blogspot.com

 

Aug
17
2010

Jerry's in the Community

The members of the ChromaZones are Triangle area artists that specialize in abstract art. Each of the artists brings to the group unique qualities but all share a common goal of celebrating and promoting the Triangle area's visual arts community. The group originally came together during a charity fund raising effort and promotion of the 2009 Raleigh SPARKcon celebration.

Members of the ChromaZones are: Craig Burt, Marianne Conti Burt, Allen Clapp, Jillian Goldberg, Larry James, Sarah Mantel, Cheryl McCardle, John P. McFadden, Sys Oppenlander, Constance Pappalardo, Carol Joy Shannon, Mary Storms, Juley Striegel, Domingo Vega, and Rebecca Worters.

The ChromaZones' most recent work is a 15-piece collaborative painting that will be donated to the Aids Alliance annual art auction, "Works of Heart" 2010.  The 16 x 20 canvases were donated by Jerry's Artarama, Bob Rankin designed the piece, and fifteen artists painted the individual panels to create the larger presentation.

"We know there are pros and cons to these projects - but we are having a great time doing this and last year the proceeds went 50/50 to VAE and to St. Baldric Childhood Cancer Foundation.  This year we made this one and we have one more planned for VAE's "For the Love of Art" auction in February 2011.

A the moment, "Filet of Soul" is exhibited at Port City Java on Fayetteville St. in Raleigh and will stay up until the auction in October.  There will be a write-up on this and The ChromaZones in the September - October issue of Artsee magazine."

-Sys Oppenlander

 

"Filet of Soul"

The ChromaZones

2010

Aug
11
2010

So YOU Wanna Be a Street Artist by TMNK

Leave it to a NOBODY like me to alter the face of street art (wink). Why should it be all about getting up, having YOUR work seen, promoted, discovered in the streets? Where's the fun for people like YOU?

Okay, granted many of you don’t relish going out into the dark of night with wheat paste and paint, to leave your mark on the world. So a new art project gives everyone the opportunity to create some art in the streets with a quick slap of a sticker. I was thinking how interesting it might be to see the different faces that could be created by simply adding some lips to a decaying, wall, an abandoned building, or some trash left on the streets. What do I know, use your imagination (just please do not stick them on public or private property).
 So, enough with the "Lip Service" about Street Art being for EVERYONE. Iconic lip stickers have been given out, and are beginning to appear in the strangest places, and creating some very interesting Visages. So, now you too can be a street artist.  Looking forward to seeing what YOU come up with.  

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