Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another sketch of Faye, started about a month ago. About 2'x3', NuPastel on Kraft paper. There's a lot of "issues" with it, but w/o the model, it's time to stop & start working it up into a proper drawing....

Friday, December 25, 2009

Just down the street....

Just down the street (and in the same neighborhood in the blogosphere) is the studio of Joy and Brian Scott; good art, good woodworking, and right across the street, good coffee :)

Briana has taken the time to start up a reference blog for life drawing in the Halifax Dartmouth area - - and this is to thank her for her effort! Figure groups - except for a few that have been around for awhile - tend to come and go very quickly here, due to lack of space & financing (and of course a certain amount of internecine squabbling). So a few (Christmas) thanks to Briana for putting this together!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Someone over there gets it....

Our artistic debt to faith | Mary Kenny (At the Guardian, no less!)
My own commen (partial)

Bach's quote w/r to music applies to visual art as well:

"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul. If heed is not paid to this, it is not true music but a diabolical bawling and twanging."

[Re commenters about the Hellenistic art].. the Greeks and direct descendants were great at working towards the Platonic Ideal (although we haven't seen what their sculpture really looked like when it was tarted up in its original form, and no paintings of Appelles exist AFAIK), and certainly their contribution is huge. The Romans pushed it a bit further (e.g. portrait busts and representational painting). But their philosophy lacked the notion of immanence (their gods were pretty much just major celebrities). Immanence, along with a (too often unobserved) moral law that gave artists the freedom to explore its nature - was brought into the West through Judaism. The search for a deeper understanding of that has been a huge motivator in Western art, and is why its canon is so much more diverse, evolving, and profound than that of other cultures.,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I wasn't going to do this but....

I wasn't going to write much here, but what should show up immediately to make me eat my words, but Roger Kimball over at PJM puts up a post about his article in The New Criterion concerning the state of the Art market. Definitely worth the reading.


This site is just a placeholder, I really don't blog. Well, at least not yet :)

But for background, the name (HalifaxCB) came about because I was a participant for years on the best FOREX site on the web, Global View - which I certainly recommend for anyone willing to take part in that high risk blood sport. On that site, one posts with a location and one's initials (it's been around for awhile); I kept the name for posting on political blogs.

But now I'm fortunate enough to be able to devote my time to my art. If you are interested, my site is being revamped, the bare bones of it are over at GammaRat Creative Arts ; I hope to have more work up soon.