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finally a fresh collections of quotes for my blog…and more…

Monday, August 15th, 2011

so…you say it’s been awhile since i’ve blogged??  or, more than likely chances are you haven’t been to my blog/site in sometime…well, i’ve been busy, and always the mind is moving, turning and creating.  i haven’t taken a purposeful hiatus…life has just been keeping me busy with family and the art teaching day job, has been a trying year to say the least…i am proud to say, though with the summer just about behind us we (family) are stronger from the journeys of the year and going strong…and, with a new art teaching year ahead, am slowly getting geared up to go on that too…

now about my fascination with artists quotes and words in general:  i’ve been fascinated with artist sayings, quotes for as long as i know. as i read stories, passages from books, magazines, etc. when some phrase strikes me, i’m writing them in my sketchbook and save for later as part of my titling process for new paintings (just another random of my word collections)…i collect them from various arenas, type/copy/paste into my notes app on my iphone and save for later…well, later has finally come and i am happy to share with you all. what’s interesting this time around, is that they are not just from artists (most are), and not just about art, but most do apply to the arts, creating in particular.  they will be listed here and on the right of my blog page (newest from top down)…here, i’ll add some thoughts after/about the ones that particularly stand out most…hope you enjoy.

Artists never thrive in colonies. Ants do. What budding artists need is the privilege of wrestling with his problems in solitude…and now and then a piece of red meat.” ~Henry Miller the great furniture designer, a man after my own heart (a lover of red meat) and plenty of wrestling going on in the studio these days…

“Do not let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”John Wooden this is so true and very real in the art world (and i can get caught up in both at times).

Artist Robert Motherwell once said this about abstract art: “One might truthfully say that abstract art is stripped bare of other things in order to intensify it, its rhythms, spatial intervals, and color structure. Abstraction is a process of emphasis . . . ” enough said.

“It’s not where you take things from. It’s where you take them to.” – Jean-Luc Godard a good quote to keep in the mind.

“When I work, I work very fast, but preparing to work can take any length of time.” Cy Twombly i don’t know if this is true with a lot of artists, but this is definitely true with me…but just getting to that point can be an eternity sometimes…but when i do, it’s at a pretty feverish pace.

“An artist’s working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.” John F. Kennedy who would of thought that the great JFK would have an appreciation of artists (i wish i knew where this one was from).

“Every good painter paints what he is.”-jackson pollock still my favorite artist…true to himself to a fault.

“It is not your paintings I like, it is your painting.”-Albert Camus love the complex simplicity here.

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” ~Leonardo da Vinci

“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” -Vincent Van Gogh if not, what are they then?  are they art??

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  -Thomas Merton so very true.

“ART IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE, BUT WHAT YOU MAKE OTHERS SEE.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

“… what is more important is a feeling of strength in reserve – tension beneath calm.” -Richard Diebenkorn this is something i think i’ve always been trying to achieve…more for the viewer to dig into and see the tension in my work.

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”  ~Pablo Picasso something as artists all of us should do…

 

driving traffic to my website

Monday, April 19th, 2010

thinking of ways to drive traffic to my website and came across this link at driving traffic to art website
http://www.artsyshark.com/2010/04/19/7-ways-artists-can-maximize-website-traffic/

this article talks about tips to drive traffic to your art website to help with business…I really like the advice here! i’ll let you all know the results.

so…it’s been awhile…

Monday, December 21st, 2009

okay, so been way too long since my last entry!! crazy fall/winter, where all is busy, way too busy! been teaching art up a storm and seeing some great inspired work coming from them;) also, been tackling my new task/duty of the school yearbook…am enjoying the process, albeit a bit challenging the first time through, bu ultimately will be a great addition to the j.o.b. have been working on the two commission pieces, which can sometimes take longer than expected for various reasons, especially during the winter ( the oils won’t dry just fast enough, even with medium!). the pieces are coming along well, am planning a blog entry that shows the development from beginning to end, but wan to finish first. the clients are coming by this week and am excited to show them the progress of their piece…

now that’s a lot going on, but that doesn’t include the family-holiday time! it’s great seeing our daughter really starting to get the concept of xmas and excited a out santa claus. are tree is tall and cheery presents slowly appearing under the tree and holiday festive cheer starting to fill the air and the smells and tastes of my lovely wife’s cookies.

more blog entries coming by the end of ’09 and beyond…

upcoming

Friday, October 30th, 2009

first off…a big thank you to all that came and supported me during the open studios weekend. had some great reactions and discussions about the new work. i am planning some “mini” open studios at my own space in the upcoming months. first one is planned for mid-december as a holiday studio show. check back soon!

just a quick blog to update all with what’s coming around the corner…

in the next few weeks i’ll be working on two commission pieces for a new client. one is 38 x 56 x 2.5 inches and the other is 24 x 12 x 2 inches. the larger one is going to be in my orange hues, with some structural feel with the white and dark brown/orange colors i use (similar to “compassionate industrialist”, which is on the site). the other one will focus in on my blue hues with the contrast of textural white. i plan on showing the evolution and process of the “commission piece” here as i go.

also, i’ll be preparing for a meeting with city art gallery in the mission on november 10. this is an opportunity for me to show them some of my paintings and discuss joining their coop gallery. it’s a great opportunity and looking forward to it! will keep you posted.

kandinsky at the guggenheim

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

kandinsky retro just opened at the guggenheim.
nyc trip may need to happen before jan. 13. kandinsky is one of my top 5 favorite artists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/18/arts/design/18kandinsky.html

david hockney and the iphone

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

david hockney has an affinity for the iphone app, brushes…one of my parents from work passed this article along from nytimes.
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23176

pretty cool what he has done here. i’ve downloaded it, but no time to master yet. let me know what you think.

1 day until open studios

Friday, October 9th, 2009

i’ve been working late hours all week to finish up work, matte unframed/framed work and mount over 30 new 4 inch box paintings…and yes, am starting to feel rundown a little, but one more day/night to keep pushing!  my pops comes in this afternoon, so i’ll have a much needed an extra pair of hands and will try to hit the hay before midnight.  here’s a quick picture of two of the new 4 inch box paintings:  hope to see you this weekend…don’t forget that you can follow me on twitter now.  twitter.com/raymond_difley

from a series of new box paintings

from a series of new box paintings

sf open studios update

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

sf open studios update here!

october 10-11 at cellspace | 11am – 6pm
2050 bryant st. b/t 18 & 19th streets

opening reception saturday night, oct. 10, – 5pm – 10pm | live music, dj and refreshments

see all the details about the weekend on the postcard here!

open_studio_postcard

 

paintings in process

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

here is a peek at some of the paintings that i’ll be showing at open studios this year…hope you enjoy!

this first painting is about midway through. i feel like it was coming together here. in the second image of this painting, the depth of the brown hues are richer and intense.

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches


untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches, image #2

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2 inches, image #2

this next one had a few missteps forward and back before i was really feeling like it was coming together. it could be finished, but am still sitting on it. i do like what could be the final direction it has taken. this might be the one i hang at somarts for the open studios group show.
12 x 12 x 2 inches.  "plays bigger than it looks"

last sneak peek for you all…there always seems to be one that appears to go perfectly, almost too easy from start to finish without the struggle. this one was like that…i always wonder if these are truly finished, as isn’t the struggle part of the process?! and why can’t all be like this??

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2

untitled, 25 x 25 x 2

my last days of summer part 1…

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

well my summer of being off of teaching comes to a close, as i report august 24th…as it winds down i always try and cram too much into the last couple days.  it really becomes a crazy flurry to get to museum shows that i procrastinated about seeing all summer!

so, on thursday it was the sfmoma/jewish contemporary museum visits.  didn’t want to miss the o’keefe and ansel adams exhibit.  i really enjoyed most for just the opportunity to see both artists side by side…the museum also was showing the exhibit, richard avedon |  photographs 1946-2004  (large scale photos).  here are two that i was particularly drawn to.  you can read more about the avedon exhibit at the link below…

jasper johns, painter

jasper johns, painter

lee friedlander, photographer

lee friedlander, photographer




http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/384

the eyes here on jasper johns just completely drew me in, but creeped me out the same…had know idea he was such a dark individual!

more on the sfmoma visit:

here are a couple of clyfford still’s early paintings that are with his large scale abstracts…always admired his work and great to see some ones that don’t resemble what he’s known for.  still trying to see the connection…

clyfford stills "untitled"

clyfford stills "untitled"




here’s a quote from stills himself that i’ve added to my quotes board: “i paint only myself, not nature.” for those of you who know me and my connection to jackson pollock (this quote is completely opposite to how pollock saw himself).

julie mehretu "Stadia I"

julie mehretu "Stadia I"




just loved this piece, it really kept drawing me in!  it’s in the 5th floor, inside from the sculpture garden…a detailed picture of this is below. link will give you more details about mehretu’s work. #mce_temp_url#

"Stadia I" detail

"Stadia I" detail




i think this is enough for one blog;)…more to come on sfmoma/jewish contemporary (and more) in my last days of summer part 2…

in case you missed it!  here you can see some of my small box paintings display…new ones will be available at open studios this year.  

http://raymonddifley.wpengine.com/2009/08/new-paintings/