The Collective of Think A-likes

West Texas ramblings, Writings from the "Cuff'

 


“Hajime ni” © 2017 Robert Redus

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

In the movie, Full Metal Jacket, when private Pyle has finally lost the last drop of sanity and is confronted by private Joker in the head. the end result is expected, and not a surprise.  Private joker says to private Pyle, “If Hartman comes in here and catches us, we will both be in a world of shit.”, Private Pyle replies, “I am in a world of shit”….then Pyle’s greatest moment is not far away…nevertheless,…a seemingly cohesive collective  is seconds from taking on enough water to capsize the entire vessel….

I really used to believe that the power of a collective was an unstoppable power that when directed and adjusted could accomplish incredible things…yet now…I don’t believe that so much, why? you ask…well because every collective has at least one private Pyle, 1 person who is in a world of shit, for what ever reason creating a compromise in the integrity of the collective…I mean think about, we all are in a world of shit…who knows, could be a few days a month…once a quarter…maybe twice a year…

The word collective means: “a cooperative enterprise”.  Herds,( my favorite is a quiver of cobras)… flocks, packs, gangs, parties, anything with people sharing a common idea/goal is considered a collective, creating something called, “Collectivism” which is defined as:

“Collectivism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that emphasizes the group and its interests. Collectivism is the opposite of individualism. 

or better put…”the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.”…

And that to me is where the notion of the collective fails completely, and not because of the group priority…but because of the diametric opposition of those within the group on the really small micro scale….in other words, everybody in the group is on a different part of the group’s bell curve…let’s simplify…remember this part, OK?….in a collective, individuality is in the back seat, while the collective itself drives….right? yet if everybody in the back seat has a different way of driving, directional skills, methods of getting from point A to point X….and exactly what they define point A and X to be, somebody or some group of bodies is going to decide the driving habits of the collective….now a box within a box within a box….yabitty…yabitty…yabitty… So, the collective now is no longer about the collective, rather about the individuals guiding and directing the collective…sort of individualism directing collectivism….sound vaguely familiar…

Here’s my solution and I’ll start with a 2 questions first…here they are…

If tomorrow you woke and you were doing exactly what you wanted to be doing, you know that ikegai, that passion that we all have for something and long to live, (here it is) what would you be doing?…..and what are you currently doing to get there?….if you can’t answer the first question….you can’t answer the 2nd question either….So before you join a collective, you think you kind of believe in most of the time, answer these 2 questions….then start the process of living that life….

Here are 10 readily accepted scenarios in the world we live in…we should think hard about changing these….. 

  • WE PRIORITIZE MONEY AND THE ECONOMY OVER BASICS LIKE AIR, WATER, FOOD QUALITY, OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND OUR COMMUNITIES.
  • WE UTILIZE AN ECONOMIC TRADING SYSTEM THAT FACILITATES THE DEATH OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE EACH YEAR.
  • WE DIVIDE THE WORLD’S LAND INTO SECTIONS AND THEN FIGHT OVER WHO OWNS THESE SECTIONS.
  • WE CALL SOME PEOPLE “SOLDIERS” WHICH MAKES IT OK FOR THEM TO KILL OTHER PEOPLE.
  • WE TORTURE AND KILL MILLIONS OF ANIMALS EVERY DAY NEEDLESSLY FOR FOOD, CLOTHING, AND EXPERIMENTS.
  • WE SEND CHILDREN TO SCHOOL FOR THEIR ENTIRE CHILDHOOD TO MEMORIZE FACTS AND SKILLS THAT THEY WILL RARELY USE. 
  • WE IMPOSE FINANCIAL PRESSURES ON PARENTS, FORCING THEM TO MISS OUT ON VITAL STAGES OF THEIR CHILD’S DEVELOPMENT.
  • WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF RELIGIONS, EACH ONE BELIEVING THAT THEIR GOD OR GOD-STORY IS THE ONLY TRUE AND UNIQUE VERSION.
  • LOVE AND COMPASSION, WHICH PROMOTE LIFE, ARE MOCKED AS FACILE. WHEREAS WAR, WHICH HARMS LIFE, IS SEEN AS HONORABLE.
  • ANYONE WITH A REALLY USEFUL INVENTION CAN FORCEFULLY PREVENT OTHERS FROM USING OR MODIFYING IT.

I think we each have to work on changing ourselves first…plant tomatoes, raise some bees…take longer walks…have less stuff…write more…talk less…read more…teach more….learn more…maybe your neighbor might see that and do the same…and their neighbors might see them doing than and their neighbors, neighbors might see….and then that world of shit just might not be that bad….if its compost….

here’s some great music…and some great mescal

“You are only as strong as the liquor you drink, the tables you dance on and the of friends that hold you together”

 

 

 

 

February 12th 2013…9:35AM…And I’m questioning why I went to art school….instead of becoming a Daredevil….or Cowboy…or Pearl Diver

Art tuesday

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“6:10AM.  Proof, I am a Zombie” ©2012 Robert Redus

“My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” 

Music is a wonderful device…Bob Marley said… “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”….I agree with Bob…unless of course the person playing isn’t  a musician at all, but is plucking, strumming, fretting….doing whatever musicians do with the instrument in their hand…yet think they are a musician based on maybe a few lessons…some natural talent…a god given gift…dad saying you play the spoons pretty darn good….or  self-taught. I mean really how do you teach yourself something you don’t know the first thing about but still think you have the ability to teach yourself….are there self-taught biologists…or self-taught astronomer…maybe there are self-taught veternarians…hire a self-taught lawyer or self taught dentist…and watch what happens….now before you say…“Hey wait a minute…don’t you know dentists and lawyers have to go to school”…you should also think of the answer to the question first…and that would be…so does anyone who wants to be better at what they already do. ED U CA TION is the secret to knowing more…learning more…doing more…being more…seeing more…knowing more….having more…

psychologists have shown that expertise takes right at 10 years…that’s 3,650 days….before you have the ability to look at your work and see where you were in relationship to where you began….where you currently are and where you may very well be headed in the future as a professional whatever you might be…and especially those who define “Art” as their profession…regardless of the art you use to define that profession. Read Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell….timing and about 10,000 hours and it just might happen….

is there any reason to wonder why selling art or music or film…in….say Albuquerque is as likely as…Monsanto saying…“you know, you guys are right….were taking all of that GMO stuff off the market….we’ve realized that people are much more important than profits”…..

Every thing is pie…and that pie is divided into as many slices as can be manageably cut…and unlike the  Jesus turning a few GMO salmon and a couple of glasses of 2 Buck Chuck into food and drink for 300…this is the reality of the “art” market in Albuquerque….the pie is sliced so thin…it can’t be pickup…held….eaten…or even run through the digestive tract enough to know it ever even happened…really all that can take place is observation…while the end result will probably not be found where you think it will….juried show or not….

You’re either competing with every group of people with instruments who call themselves a band for a deal at the VFW…or you’re showing your film on the side of a building to an audience  who are made up of 55% homeless…40% of people just passing by while the remaining 5% are your family and girlfriend….or  you’re showing your work in a “Gallery” run by a  couple that just love Albuquerque and moved here from Northern California…..and have….“always wanted to sell art” and your stuff is next to a 7-year-old who paints drink coasters and on the other side of you is a guy  who makes bolo ties from license plates…(Real event….no kidding)

So the 505…Land of Enchantment….Burque….has more artists per capita than most other states…what need be done about that?… you ask….well first we must conjure up an image of Marie Antoinette… and whether she said “Let them eat cake”….or not…is incidental….those who did the deed felt that they were removing the correct head…so to speak…The truth might never save you but they say it sets you free….who ever they are….so that’s where it begins….placating…pacifying art/music/film revues in local magazines are not the truth…self appointment is not the truth..look what happened in Jonestown……uneducated art/music/film critics are not the truth…those are opinions…George W had those…Anything ending in Gallery is not always the truth…Santa Fe is not the truth…notes…words…colors…images are not always the truth…Let them eat cake!!!!

so what ever head you may be thinking about…figuretively….make sure it’s the truth…might be your truth…which just might be untrue….but know…correct head or not….when the head is gone:

I now have this bumper sticker on my truck….I think….it is the truth….but I might be lying….

artwork

I recently ran into a friend of mine who has been a professional photographer for 45 years. he is well-educated, knows his art extremely well and has made a very good living selling his work for his entire career….he said to me…“Digital cameras are great..they give everybody that sense of  what being an artist is like”

“Most of us have only two or three genuinely interesting moments in our lives; the rest is filler.” 

596. March 13, 2012….You are only as “Fake” as you feel….or may appear to be…

Art and my thoughts about being an artist

"Trapped in the Proverbial Net", ©2012 Robert Redus

“It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.” – Matt Damon

the Mens Rolex…36mm Platinum Day-Date President – Blue Myriad Diamond Dial…sells new for around $69,950.00…and if you’re in the market for an almost new Rolex Mens Platinum President Blue Dial…it’ll cost you about $42,000.00…just think….you could save over $25,000.00 by buying the Blue Dial…I found a Rolex knock-off for $249.00…but most of them sell for under $100.00…the average counterfeit Rolex watch is about $69.00….so for a few dollars…you can wear what appears to be at first impression…a Rolex…

It really isn’t what you are…it’s really more what you want to appear to be to everyone else…which will eventually become what you believe yourself to be to everyone else…which based on where you started is just as much a mirage as what you want  to appear as…to the outside world…sort of like a myth…clearly unreal…never a legend…

in Pierre Bordieu’s… “The Pure Gaze: Essays on Art”…he breaks down understanding art to deciphering a code…learning a particular dialogue that is essential to appropriate all that goes with the art…here’s what he writes:

“Since the work of art only exists as such to the extent that it is perceived, or, in other words, deciphered, it goes without saying that the satisfactions attached to this perception – whether it be a matter of purely aesthetic enjoyment or of more indirect gratification, such as the effect of distinction – are only accessible to those who are disposed to appropriate them because they attribute a value to them, it being understood that they can do this only if they have the means to appropriate them. Consequently, the need to appropriate goods which, like cultural goods, only exist as such for those who have received the means to appropriate them from their family environment and school, can appear only in those who can satisfy it, and it can be satisfied as soon as it appears.”

those who purchase a…. $69.950.00….36mm Platinum Day-Date President – Blue Myriad Diamond Dial Rolex…have been instructed to do so…taught by those who know the code…to decipher the code…knowing that particular watch…does something for them within the world they live…something that a Fake Rolex…could not do…nor ever do…

I’m not really clear as why something… “Real” has a greater value than something… “Not Real”…but historically…an original anything is usually much more sought after than a fake anything…and often the fake anythings are sold as the real anythings and sometimes called fraud….so Matt Damon’s statement I guess is true unless of course you’d like “Value” added to the equation….I mean based on Matt’s thinking…a Ponzi Scheme is really not a questionable investment…because it appears everybody’s making loads of dough…right?…Here is a list of  “Really Good Fake Somebodies” ….even our own…Doug Vaughn…right here in Albuquerque….is one of the exceptional class of  “Fake Somebody”…only scammed…$76,000,000.00….not bad Doug…enjoy your new digs….

Van Gogh “Irises”

  • The Original: $104.5 million
  • Michael’s: $19.95

1978 Le- Montrachet

  • Original $23,925.00
  • Franzia White Zin Box Wine $10.99

Which would you rather buy?

Which would you rather sell?

Which would you rather own?

no doubt buying these is difficult if not impossible…..there are things out there that could become these though….they have to be one thing and only one thing…..THE ORIGINAL…..the Real something…..not the Fake something… or all else fails….

when you can’t imagine spending $1000.00 on the original….remember…the original can always go up in price….the fake will never do anything but remain a fake…a fraud…bogus…artificial.. concocted…affected…phony…

sort like that 2 carat CZ on your finger or the Rolex Replica on your wrist…or maybe that Giclee print you had framed on your wall….or that $20.00 bag that kind of resembles a Louis Vuitton….or those fake kids you’ve raised…and the fake spouse….and sparky the fake wonder dog…oh and all of those fake orgasms….so much better than the real ones….right?

“It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody”…..just plan on all of the rest being fake too”

“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” Oprah Winfrey

The Robb Report

561. August 17… “Every time ya see me goin’ some where, I feel like I’m goin’ outta my mind”

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

"4:08 PM" ©Robert Redus 2011

“You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.” – Margaret Thatcher

Another Masterpiece’….that is the standing joke when I am finished with a painting, and lately the paintings I am finishing are smaller, on paper, larger in quantity and more dissimilar than any work I’ve done.

So I started questioning “what was” as compared to “what is”, and I’ve concluded that the, “what was” has little bearing right now. This previous style of painting progressed to where I paint from today, and I can’t say one is any better than another, yet there is preference.

The “what was” was great while I was painting it, it still is great for what it is but not something I think I will revisit as a memory to replay or to get something I didn’t. Rather any visitation is really a return, a time of familiarizing myself with technique, much like an old friend.

My newer work is satisfying right now, and for a great many reasons. Mostly I am content not really being up in arms as to the destinations, who gets what and how it gets there. I like the pace of the painting, the way it comes together and the relatively effortless nature of the process. I understand,  “it’s always about the work

The comfort zone is now becoming the issue. What better place to exit from rather than to remain knowing what will develop based on what already has developed, it is getting predictable. So….

I’m only here for a while.”….

“Enlightened people seldom or never possess a sense of responsibility.” – George Orwell

560. August 15… I’m such a good lover because I practice a lot on my own.” – Woody Allen

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

"Interstate 25" ©RobertRedus 2011

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – Dr. Seuss

Yesterday I was reading the Tao…the thought for the day was… “Repetition”…it was initially explained around the use of prayer beads and how fundamentally it matters very little what the next bead might be…what matters is it needs to be counted…addressed…experienced….the passage ends with…

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat,  until repetition becomes endurance

the notion of repetition is much more valuable than many might think…especially when it comes to producing art…

often there is a grandiose declaration  beginning something like this…. “I am going to___________”…taking the one declaring this to some lofty pinnacle of instant visual clarity…something that seems so real…attainable…yet often the declaration is just that a declaration….much like a balloon let loose to fly around the room…for a brief moment…gas out…it is over…

if an artist does not hone their skill everyday…how can they expect to grow as an artist…over time…there are the places in that practice where the results are dim and seemingly uneventful…while other times produce breakthrough and insight…it takes the combination of both of these linked and attached to the daily living of the life to ever gain any significant progress…

In life, you don’t know how many beads you’ve counted already, and you don’t know how many more are yet to come.”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” – Rick Warren

558. August 7…Selling Art…Doesn’t Require Perfect Vision…at least not always….

Art and my thoughts about being an artist, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

Art…Representing Manmade Stuff” ©2011 Robert Redus

“While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive.” – Sissela Bok

I found while taking some photographs yesterday…while waiting for the art supply store to open…so I could purchase some gel medium for a friend who was teaching an encaustic class…that… “Composition”… is one of the integral elements of producing art…(not selling it)…

Composition is defined as: “the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.”…boy are they not kidding…

it is essential to produce art yet it really can’t be qualified…to be a fighter pilot…you have to have perfect vision…but you don’t have to have perfect vision to fly a plane…so composition is as relative as the question of our existence and…why…

We rely on “Art critics” to dispel any question of composition and the success of a piece of work…granted they like most everyone else are in this for themselves first…then…the rest…matters…fundamentally if a critic aligns themselves with higher priced more recognized art…they too become higher priced and more recognized…and it’s not what they say…it’s the artwork they are saying it about that…matters…

The flip side is…selling art work…has nothing to do with composition…it has to do with selling…it could be vacuums…doughnuts…tractors…air conditioners….or wombats….and what matters is the ability of the sales person to sell the product… a highly recognized gallery in the part of the world I’m from that sells expensive art …their top sales person…readily admits they know nothing about art…and for years sold construction equipment…and was very successful at it…so what then does the art matter…it’s sort of …. “What’s it going to take to get this painting above the couch in your living room” …mentality…that counts…not composition…

I’m really beginning to see this for exactly what it is…and for a long time I will admit I was troubled by it all…and why…I don’t know…it is the way it works…I know nothing about the origin of most everything I buy… and I have to say I don’t really want to know about much of it…I just want what it is I want…and I’d like the story to be an OK story that goes along with it…something I can live with…and that’s really about it…

So selling art and making art…they like anything else are mind sets…if you’re great at making art and terrible at selling it…own it…and find somebody who does what you can’t…and if your art work always leaves you with questions…that nauseating feeling in your stomach….but you could open up a booth selling Ice Cubes in the arctic circle and making $750,000. a year…doing it….it’s all about the calling….and that thing about composition…well who really cares….

Artists are different thinkers …not thinkers like sales people think…artists want the story the immortality of it all to be part of it in the end…the sales people…well they want numbers…$$$ and that’s really it…less attachment…more vacations….

 “Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of it’s own accord.” – John Cage

555. July 30… Hey it’s the “last day”… of another month…and what did I learn…or maybe already knew…

Last Day of the Month, Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Peeking” ©2011Robert Redus

“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.” – Confucius

I’ve opted to return to a topic…I began thinking about how each month passes….while in the month so much is presented to me and I have a choice of either taking it in or not…with time hopefully comes change…better plans…certain things become a bit more clear…and July was no exception

July passed quickly…much of it I don’t remember…seems like a blur…yet in that passing the days set loose a great deal of information…much is priceless…

I enjoyed July…some things were solidified…others released…still others…swept away with no idea of their whereabouts….I came to conclusions…I learned a great deal…here  are some of the many things I learned….

  1. New Mexico is not a great place for me in summer
  2. It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.
  3. People don’t surprise me a great deal any more.
  4. Truth requires more effort than just saying what is true.
  5. Consistency may seem like a habit…but a lot sure gets done.
  6. You can’t ask for advice and then get pissed off because it’s not the advice you want to hear.
  7. Dental Health is much more important than we may every know
  8. Most people believe their own story…even if nobody else does.
  9. It’s all about how the numbers add up over 12 months.
  10. If you’re _______ with what you are doing and think you are ________….I believe you and I’m happy for you.

again July spread itself like a thick coat of crunchy peanut butter…and what I “learned”…I already knew…I think maybe the immortality has faded…the notion of what matters most is when my cup is filling…it’s with the stuff I want to fill it with…

I have on my the kitchen cabinet my “Manifesto” I wrote 2 years ago….it is more powerful now than ever before…

  • Do not waste any time on the…wrong people…the wrong endeavors…the wrong ideas
  • Go get what I want right now…as it may not be there when I think I’m ready for it
  • Look carefully at what presents itself…do not make the unacceptable…acceptable
  • Whatever I look for…I will find
  • Take time out of each day to smile and…laugh more

“Truth is so hard to tell, it sometimes needs fiction to make it plausible.” – Francis Bacon

 
 
 

554. July 28…Let’s make art…and Money…OK????

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Plugged In” ©2011, Robert Redus

“All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.” Jacques Lipchitz

there is a great deal that goes along with being an artist…much more than all of the stuff that separates us as brush holders…paint slingers…rock chippers…image makers and idea builders…we have to have a sense of belief…belief that what we do is as valuable and as important to the world…and maybe only the world around us…as anything else that anyone else does on the planet…

it is funny to think that here in the United States…artists are often viewed as something of a less contributing portion of the population…and though we are the initiators of all of the visual apparatus that stimulate and excite…anger and generate opposition…we do it quietly and behind doors of studios…in relative isolation…we are the geniuses of the machine…

we’ve yet to be acknowledged and readily accepted as these geniuses…but we are…

I’d like to see a shift in the way it’s all done…instead of snarling teeth on the front of jet fighter planes…perhaps the entire plane could be painted like a really loud Hawaiian shirt…and the bombs they drop could be painted like birds…or fish…made from really soft pillows….and be filled with Skittles….or beef jerky…it’s just an idea…

nevertheless…we are the segment that has the ideas that might appear slightly unconventional…perhaps a bit sketchy…maybe even unrealistic…but that too is a particular part of the fiber that makes us…exactly what we are…

without art…there really is nothing…but space filled with a lot of unnecessary noise…and conversation…that is in itself the beauty of art…it makes its own noise…it creates its own visuals…sounds…scents…experiences…events and memories…

defining yourself as an artist is like defining your religion…believe what you want and if it’s working keep believing it…and too defining what your success looks like as an artist…(see defining religion)…

but…

to make a living as an artist requires a  much different mindset…one greatly different than the creation process…if producing art for you is a hobby…then…hobby onward…yet if you use the word “Professional” with the word “Artist” and both are in the same sentence referring to yourself…that makes a different ending…one that you have to think about building….

Things you must know about Art:

1.  Know your level of skill, ability, craft and art thoroughly.
2.  Your artwork does not sell itself.
3.  Artwork that is not shown can not sell.
4.  Your artwork must be critiqued by knowledgeable, honest critique.
5.  Get more education from higher skilled artists.
6.  Your ego doesn’t help make your artwork.
 
Things you must know about being a Professional artist:
 
  1. Understand and get, “Art is Business” and money is a normal function of business.
  2. Learn everything you can about marketing. 
  3. Became an expert at sales.
  4. Develop an “elevator” conversation about your work (about 30 seconds).
  5. Learn to accept criticism and rejection for what it is. 
  6. Network and align yourself with other artists/business people who have similar goals.
  7. Have postcards, business cards, portfolios of your work available all of the time. 
  8. Develop a “Gallery Fit” list. And send out portfolios to the Galleries that fit. 
  9. Show your work as often as possible. 
  10. And if anyone of these you cannot or will not do, prepare to find and pay someone who can and will.

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.” – Miguel de Cervantes


 

553. July 26…(INTENTION’s Story)…..Today I’d like a _____________ and hopefully we can __________ early so I can go home and__________ with a__________

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Times were Wasted”, ©2011 Robert Redus

“Innocence: I am only stepping on your face because it lies in my path.” – Mason Cooley

I had aquariums for many years….I used them as a way of calming myself down after I’d spent an entire day…living in the greater frenzy than the normal frenzy of my life…I’d go home…walk into the living room and immediately sit on the floor…and stare…endlessly into a 110 gallon lit-up world of complete fantasy…

I’d named most all of the fish I liked…there was… “Big Ed”…. “Great White”…. “Smooch”…then a group of Blood Tetras all named… “The Boys”… I could see they lived in a very predictable world…some were inclined to live on the “Top” of the water…while others lived “Mid-level”…then there were those that were the true “Bottom Feeders”…each was unique in that they had a specific nature that was equal to that of their placement in the water…they looked like where they lived….

I look at people and wonder what they… “look”… like…I like to make up stories and dialogue…that might go with their lips moving in the car next to me…the great thing is I’ll never know…and my story is the only one I know…and the likelihood of it being true…is not very likely…unless they are raging angry or dripping with passion…and still my story may get close….but never accurate…

the word intention means… “an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.”… the origin of the word is… from the Latin word “Intendere”…. in- “toward” + tendere “to stretch”…

when we make something we have a reason for making it…as well as an intention…might be the intention is minimal…or over the top…also might be the intention is subdued…or very obvious…but any way intention comes about…it is difficult if not impossible to develop something artistically without intention….

a painting has a life of it’s own…infused with the artists ideas…and a long dance has ensued to get from point “A” to point “B-Z”…yet in that time the external shell of the intention may have changed many times over…but it’s hard to eliminate the “Original” intention…the one that decided you’d be swimming only on the bottom with this painting…sure there’ve been a few swims to the top…but where is where you decided to be…

that being said…once that painting gets some wall space…and your story hangs along with it…does what you want to say communicate through the work?…if it does…some part of the success of the work has been reached…if it does not…the story has a number of blank spaces that anyone can and will fill in with what feels good to them….their truth about what they see as your truth….and it’s going to match…not necessarily what you want but rather what they want…

it is important to know what you want to say in your work…. that thread seems to remain a constant in the future works…until it does not…but until that happens…it’s a good idea to make your story where it doesn’t scream and it doesn’t whisper…it just makes people want to get close enough to ask…

what part of the aquarium are you living in….these days….

“Everything that is strong in me has gone into my art work.” – Robert Crumb

551. July 22…They’re called… “Sketch books”….for a reason…I know…I know…

Thoughts from the "Tinman"

“Points Unknown” ©2011 Robert Redus

“Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.” – Samuel Butler

I recently began planning paintings…you know drawing thumbnail sketches to get my idea… “out there”…so that I could revisit it at some later date…by no means does planning a painting …mean anything much more than a string around my finger…long enough to get the idea then abandon the reminder…for the next reminder…

planning paintings has never really made sense to me…nor has it been very important…not because the idea has to be so spontaneous and something gets lost in the plan…but frankly I just haven’t done much of it so the reason to do it doesn’t sit high up there on my “Things to do before I start a painting” list…but I think I want to start planning paintings a little more…

I have many sketch books…pages filled front and back…exclamation marks and circled the ideas I thought were stellar…the ones that stood above the rest…the ones that were in my mind the “difference makers”….

I once saw an exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts…it was nothing but sketch books from many different well known artists…the one that really moved me…was one of Henry Moore’s sketch books…it was a well planned thoroughly calculated art work in itself…everything was written like that of an architects hand… the drawings were well thought out and I could easily see what Mr. Moore had to do to build the piece of work…he in essence had planned the project…and what it was going to take to execute it….I left there thinking that his method built in some level of ease in the process of creating the beautiful sculpture that he did…

as artists we have a multitude of ideas that clutter the space…and in the midst of the frenzy…the ideas can drift out of reach…out of sight…and often out of mind…some days when I sit and think about my ideas…I might only get pieces of them…and try as I may…am missing some key element of the idea that makes me exclaim out loud… “What was I thinking about’….because without that one key element….I see myself standing there with paint in my hand…kind of like I’m playing Pictionary….

writing the ideas down can be confusing as well…especially if there is no sound explanation along with it…as it’s a drawing of some lines and an exclamation mark with a circle around it and dated sometime in 2009…so lately I’ve decide the time to remember it far outweighs the “Hurry” I pretend to be in most of the time…and now I’m really being careful about putting down my ideas and putting them down so they make sense and will make sense 3 years from now….maybe careful is the wrong word…accurate fits better…so I know clearly what it is I’m looking at…what it is supposed to be…and I can get out of the “bigger than a bread box”…thinking…and wipe the WTF look off of my face instantly….

it’s important in some way to know what we want to produce…how we want to build it…and have a general idea of what it looks like on paper and in the gray matter…the word “Recollect”….originates from the Latin word “Recollectus” which means to “Collect again”…..

and this year I’m turning 55…I’d rather look at a sketch book to Reollectus….than to rely exclusively on my ability to Recollectus…if you know what I mean….

“Knowing the rules and remembering the rules are two completely different things.” – Simon Travaglia