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Monday, March 06, 2006

Objective Art

Today I am writing about objective art. What is it? Simply this, that an artist think first what it is he is trying to communicate to his audience. Who is he speaking to? Then he composes his artwork in such a manner to effectively communicate that message whether it is an emotional or intellectual response.

It is not subjective. It is not without input from the artist. It is not whatever the audience sees or feels in it. Rather the artist is successful only when his message is what is primarily seen and to that degree.

Some interesting web sites that discuss this are ARC International and Art 21 Org .

I also found this interesting image and comment. The comment is posted on the Penn State Objectivist Club site. Here is a quote from that post "When an economist referred to him once as an audacious gambler, Mulligan said, “The reason why you’ll never get rich is because you think that what I do is gambling”.”"

Take a look and then comment to me on your thought and reaction.

Its a great day in March!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

A Few Oil Paintings by Gordon van Vliet

Below are selections of some studies completed between October 2005 and January 2006. They are all done in a relatively loose style, Aaron being the most finished and painted in a north light. The pictures are taken with my low resolution camera, but I hope to replace with better images soon.

This is Linda who is a most elegant
lady and a fine model to work with.
We have enjoyed having her at the
studio several times. 16" x 20" x 3/4"

Jocelyn is a wonderful and cheerful personality.
Her character comes out beautifully when she poses.
Tonal study. 16" x 20" x 3/4"

This is Deane and she is a wonderful
model. Very quick study and impressionistic rendering.
16" x 20" x 3/4"

This is Josi.
She is also fine artist and is completing
her degree in fine arts and illustration.
16" x 20" x 3/4"

This is Aaron. He has strong character.
My 5 year old son like to call him "Elf Man"
Probably to many cartoons.
12" x 14" x 3/4"

This is Lauren. She poses for
us at the several times. 16" x 20" x 3/4"



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