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Addicted

Been working on this one feverishly all day. I was damn near ready to kill my brother’s dog, he jumped up on my sketchbook and ripped the paper. I spent most of the evening figuring out how to camouflage the tears his claws did. Saying I was furious was an understatement, I’ve been working on this pretty much nonstop for the last week and if I couldn’t salvage it, I don’t know what I would’ve done. 

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finished outlining the poppies and started working on the fan today

I spent most of my afternoon figuring out the fan, and how to make it symmetrical. I probably made it way more complicated than it had to be but I’ve been obsessing non-stop about the fan and how I was going to render it. For the most part I’m happy with what I ended up with though I still have quite a few details to add to it. 

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the beauty is in the details

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Morphine

Finally we get to the whole point of my blog! My art! I’ve written about other peoples art and my opinions on art but I haven’t shared any of mine! 

Well, finally, I have something to share! One of my New Years resolutions was to draw more. I’ve been horrible about sticking to it but I’m pleased I’m at least trying to get back on track and after a several month long dry spell, I’m happy with what I’ve produced.

I’m tentatively calling the piece “Morphine”, since it’s derived from the poppy flowers which feature prominently in the painting and is a pain killer and a sedative. I wanted the girl to be beautiful and ethereal but also dangerous, like a poison. 

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“Morphine”, 2013

My plan is to keep the colour scheme at a minimal, mostly black/white with colour in the poppy flowers.

She’s going to be way different from what I usually do but sometimes less is more and the beauty is in the details. I’ve been so careful and painstakingly meticulous with the details and every mark on the paper is there on purpose. 

I’m still working on her and I’ve got more details I plan on adding so I won’t go to deep into “meaning” and “symbolism” since most of it won’t make sense at this stage anyways. Should you happen to find my little corner of the internet, I hope you come back to see the finished product.


Bob’s Burgers: But Is It Art?

Alright, let me just start off by saying, I don’t watch that much TV but I happened to be channel surfing and came across an episode of “Bob’s Burgers”. The episode was titled “Art Crawl”. Okay, you’ve got my attention. I bit the bullet and watched the episode in it’s entirety and it got me thinking about the age-old question of “but is it art?”

In the episode, the city where the show is set is gearing up for the annual art crawl. Most cities host something like this, I’ve actually been to quite a few. The whole premise of the show is a disagreement between Bob and the chairlady for the art crawl, Edith. Image

Bob can’t believe people are willing to pay $200 for what he sees as “amateur crap” (ie still lifes, landscapes, etc.) but when his wife’s sister, Gayle, hangs her artistic interpretations of animal anuses in his restaurant, he unwittingly causes a feud: Image

I found this episode amusing for a number of reasons, but mostly because, as an artist, I’ve been trying to define “art” for as long as I’ve been painting.

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, art is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objectsThis is one of six definitions in their dictionary but it’s the one I found most applicable to define what I do. 

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“Mona Lisa”, Leonardo da Vinci, 1506

While most people will mostly concur that well known paintings like the Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci) (pictured at right) and Starry Night (Vincent van Gogh) are art, where do we draw the line? I wouldn’t necessarily consider paintings of animal anuses “art” but I would value them for starting a conversation, and isn’t that really what art is? A conversation? 

Why is da Vinci considered one of, if not the foremost master of fine art but artists such as Andres Serrano (Piss Christ) (pictured below) and Robert Mapplethorpe (Man in a Polyester Suit), are considered by the mainstream community to be, among other things, “perverse”, “blasphemous”, and “pornographic”?

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“Piss Christ”, Andres Serrano, 1987

 Now, don’t get me wrong, Mapplethorpe is DEFINITELY an acquired taste. I don’t necessarily value him as an artist, but he made me think, he made me question what for me, is art and where does the line between “artistic nude” blur into “pornography”. Personally, I find him pretty 50-50 on the art/pornography debate but I also don’t think nudity and sexuality is something we should be ashamed of. 

As for Serrano, I’ve always found something beautiful and strangely ethereal about “Piss Christ”. The artist himself has said that his photograph, of a small crucifix suspended in a jar of his own bodily fluids to be an a symbol of religious ambiguity and commercialization of religious iconography in the current century.

As someone who was born and raised Catholic, albeit non-practicing, it speaks to me on a deeply personal level, one trying to not only identify, but reconcile my faith with my art, as well as my life. I respect it for making me think, and making me question, but I’m also kinda grossed out by the thought of using bodily fluids in one’s work. It’s not something I would ever do, but I think it takes a certain amount of courage to not only do so, but to put it out there and stand by it as art! 

I think that’s the most important thing in determining whether something is art or not- CONVICTION! If you cannot stand by your own work and defend it, how do you expect others to understand, accept, and tout it thusly? 

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“The Fountain”, Marcel Duchamp, 1917

When I started in a formal art program (2006), I didn’t know any artists other than the “masters”- da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, etc. I thought that contemporary art, modern art, etc. was stupid and pointless. How could I consider Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” art? It was a urinal he autographed! 

I had to keep an open mind, I had to question, I had to push the boundaries of what my conservative upbringing considered “acceptable”. 

— I may not know art but I know what I like. —

I see art as a historical thing, I see it as a scientific thing. There’s as much method as there is madness. It’s as much a tool as it is an end. It’s symbolic. It’s cathartic. It’s religious. It’s blasphemous. It’s documented revolutions and caused them. It’s been banned, it’s been burned, it’s been hidden and censored. 

Art is there to challenge us. 

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  — Pablo Picasso 


Bonefish Designs: Relocation and an Introduction

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Welcome to Bonefish Designs! If you happened to stumble across this page, I apologize for it’s sparseness. I just moved it from Blogger so I’m having to start over but I hope you decide it’s worth coming back to at another date and time- hopefully once I’ve started adding images and commentary.

 A bit of an introduction is in order, I suppose. My name is L.A. I’m 24 years old. I graduated from Shepherd University in West Virginia in 2010 with a BFA in printmaking and drawing. Currently I work as a lifeguard, a swim instructor, and as an after school enrichment instructor, which is just a fancy way of saying I teach art classes.

 In addition to my official day job, I’m also a freelance artist. I do a lot of designs for local bands and a lot of flash for local tattoo artists. I also do custom jewelry and fabric crafts, of which I get fairly decent business. Not enough to quit my day job, mind you, but enough that I can actually feel like a legitimate designer.

 I don’t really have much to say right now, I’m just hoping that a fresh start on a website like wordpress will get me some actual feedback! I’ve had a couple blogs before but I’m horrible at keeping them updated and didn’t really see a point in writing and sharing when I didn’t have ANY followers and wasn’t getting ANY sort of feedback.

My motivation for starting this blog was to keep myself accountable. I’m pretty good about getting my freelance work turned in by deadlines but my commissions are so few and far between and I’m absolutely terrible about just drawing.

 I used to be able to fill a sketch book in a matter of months, now I find myself struggling to even fill the first page and when I do start something, I’m absolutely terrible about finishing it. I’m hoping that writing this blog will give me the boost I need to throw myself back into my work. I’m really hoping that this blog will also hold me accountable to make sure I do finish what I started.

 I’m hoping to share my musings with you~ my art, my thoughts on other artists, my ideas and motivations and inspirations and hope that you, dear readers, should you happen to find my little corner of the internet, will find it worth your while and offer up your own opinions, fostering a healthy (and respectful) discussion.

 


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