Friday, November 30, 2007
I bought this picture/poster from the Philadelphia Museum when I went to see the Dali retrospective there. It was a life changing show and I just got my picture framed so I am most happy. I will try to give a discussion on video about this masterwork soon. The blues in it are amazing in person...
please give me a link yo your blog so that I will be able to give you some true Dalinian feedback on your intellectual genius or inhehrent lack thereof! I am sure it is a ground breaking intellectual stew of the highest order that rises above the average commercial rif raf that litter the information super-highway. I am sure there is much risk taking and putting of ones self into your work and that it not some bland and souless commercial tripe. now back to the gardega show...
Thursday, November 29, 2007
In Japan, the horseshoe crab (Kabutogani) has long been legendary. In ages past brave warriors who honorably sacrificed their lives in battle were said to be reborn as horseshoe crabs, their shells samurai helmets, eternally crossing the bottom of the sea. On brush-painted rice paper screens, through calligraphic versions of haiku, their attributes were succinctly sung. Yet here, where the Delaware Bay and its 140 miles of uninterrupted beaches remain the horseshoe crab's central habitat and breeding grounds, Limulus polyphemus, the species that lives in Atlantic coastal waters, rarely appears in literature or art.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us
believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of
innocent pride, and the man of genius and the
aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics
because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of
and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the
- Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)
Monday, November 26, 2007
memories crash on tireless waves....
music by peter gabriel
"The Family And The Fishing Net"
Suffocated by mirrors, stained by dreams
Her honey belly pulls the seams
Curves are still upon the hinge
Pale zeros tinge the tiger skin
Moist as grass, ripe and heavy as the night
The sponge is full, well out of sight
All around the conversations
Icing on the warm flesh cake
Light creeps through her secret tunnels
Sucked into the open spaces
Burning out in sudden flashes
Draining blood from well-fed faces
Desires form in subtle whispers
Flex the muscles in denial
Up and down its pristine cage
So the music, so the trial
Vows of sacrifice, headless chickens
Dance in circles, they the blessed
Man and wife, undressed by all
Their grafted trunks in heat possessed
Even as the soft skins tingle
They mingle with the homeless mother
Who loves the day but lives another
That once was hers
The worried father, long lost lover
Brushes ashes with his broom
Rehearses jokes to fly and hover
Bursting over the bride and groom
And the talk goes on
Memories crash on tireless waves
The lifeguards whom the winter saves
Silence falls the guillotine
All the doors are shut
Nervous hands grip tight the knife
In the darkness, till the cake is cut
Passed around, in little pieces
The body and the flesh
The family and the fishing-net
And another in the mesh
The body and the flesh
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Here is a quick snap I took from y own video camera after I finished the mural yesterday. On the top is the "endcap" that frames the mural with the latin Phrase "in vino veritas" (in wine is truth) on both ends and then I incorporated Da Vinci sketches from his infamous sketchbooks as well..
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
One of the great draftsmen of all time was the artist Honore Daumier! He was a french artist who spent his entire life making lithographs for periodicals of the day for very little money. His work was pretty scathing towards the bourgeoisie and he took the corner of the "little guy" and the peasant. The problem was he was relegated to being an "illustrator" or a mere "caricature artist" in the mind of his contemporary art critics. He was hugely influential and picasso stole a lot of his look from him as did many other "fine artists." He did not begin to get recognition until the last year of his over- worked life when he was already blind and ill. He had a way with line that no other artist has had before or after (not even lautrec!) Gardega is a huge fan of him and his work and his battle. Another great artist, the writer Baudelaire summed him up best...
(One of the most important men, I will not say only of caricature, but further of modern art.)
Here is a drawing I made today in preparation for tomorrow. I am adding some final touches to the mural that include Da Vinci sketches from his notebooks on the very ends of the ceiling to frame the main painting. This has always been one of my favorite sketches of Leonardo's. I realized that he added one strand of hair that falls over her right eye. (You learn something everyday.) The original Leonardo was drawn in silverpoint (I will explain that process later.) I drew this with a paintbrush on watercolor paper. It is for sale in my ebay store (the link is below my photo)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
my ex girlfriend requested her favorite color as the color of the day so now I will honor her and talk about PRUSSIAN BLUE! Prussian blue was discovered by accident in the 1700's in berlin by a painter. The artist was trying to create a red lake color but something was contaminated and he created PB. Prussian blue is very strong--- it is like not unlike the drunk at the dinner party whose presence you cannot ignore! It leans towards black and dark purple and is (unlike the drunk) a very stable dinner guest. There are some very unusual properties associated with PB that scientists are very curious about that I wont go into here. (This text is not prussian blue) I personally never invite prussian blue to my dinner parties, I prefer the majesty of of ultramarine blue.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Brigette from Bucks County, Pa. sent me this screen grab today from the mural. ...I flipped it because technically the camera shows the mural "upside down". Above is my mural in progress and below is my reference art--- Leonardo's "Battle of Anghiari" I am adding color as per request of the homeowner and the original Leonardo (destroyed in the 16th century) was painted with color as well...This is my greatest technical challenge to date because of the difficulty involved with painting on a ceiling...I will be done on wed. and I am on schedule...I thin k tonight I will stay in and watercolor all night long.
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I woke up at three AM with a title for a painting ringing in my head-- "dreams without shadows" was the title and I couldn't get back to sleep. I was thinking all night what that painting would look like. I think it would be about flight , shadows are much less apparent when you leave the earth in any form be it death, dream, or flight.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
you can see some images here if you are blocked by a firewall.
www.fonesys.com/leonardo ( I am not sure what files these are I am an artist not a techie)
enjoy your day...
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here is the latest update of my ceiling mural. It is a "snapshot" from the video cam so it is not quite the quality of a photograph. Today I added my first color to the mural and started to visually refine it to where it really looks like something. I think the homeowner was getting a bit nervous because I paint in glazes in oil paint and therefore it a very slow process to get to the point where it starts to really shine and read as a painting. Even I get impatient because I want to show what I can do with paint but I have to restrain myself and get the drawing and tones perfected in monochrome first.
(thanks to Rebecca K. for for the screenshot)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Anyone who knows anything about Dali knows that he had a deep rooted fascination with many things he considered to contain certain "magical" properties. He had a preoccupation with the sea urchin and included it in much of his work. I have a book in which dali puts a hole in the urchin shell and uses it as a lens to look through. They have recently studied the genome of the sea urchin and have made amazing discoveries about it that were previously unknown. If you want to read the article I will put the link here!
here is a snippet of article:
"The sea urchin is surprisingly similar to humans," said George Weinstock of Baylor College of Medicine and co-director of the sea urchin-sequencing project. "Sea urchins don't look any more like humans than fruit flies, but about 70 percent of sea urchin genes have a human counterpart, whereas only about 40 percent of fruit fly genes do."
In a special report detailed in the Nov. 9 issue of the journal Science, research teams describe the genome of the purple sea urchin, revealing not only human-urchin similarities but also features such as the urchin's immune system, which far surpasses that of humans.
amidst the bad news that is fed to us daily I stumbled upon this news article today that made me very happy. One of my favorite places in the world is New Orleans and when I go there I try to stay in the garden district just outside the French Quarter. I was going to go there not too long ago and found out that the street cars were not running since Katrina. I found out today that the street cars are back up and running and this is Good News for the mind of Alex and the soul of America!
I have always had a good eye for picking out shapes or patterns or finding hidden things in pictures etc. On more than one occasion I have hidden faces of my ex girlfriends or their names in my book covers. (Once I hid my girlfriends name in a wave in the sea on a beer label.) I am sure if I was an engraver for the national treasury I would do the same! I am not saying what I see on the ten dollar bill is definitely "there" I would like you to decide this for yourself. I personally think it is a pretty strong image of an Owl in the hair of Hamilton. The owl does have significant cult associations etc. but I will not go into that I am just curious if you think it is a mistake or a real image. Take out a ten dollar bill and look closely to the hair on the right side of Hamilton's head.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I found this on my computer today. Someone bought this in May and lost it in a cab in NYC. I may repaint a new version and gift it to her as I gave her other replacement art on me (but no Adirondack studies were included.) I have some more original Adirondack watercolors I will upload today as well.
Friday, November 9, 2007
The ceiling is 5 foot by 16 foot and is in a wine cellar.
AMBITION! Was your work heroic and back breaking in its Napoleonic proportions? If so, one may overlook the spot of wine that stains the table cloth of perfect rendering!
GENIUS! Did the angels of divine inspiration guide your brush into the light of artistic salvation?
PATIENCE! Did you render a perfect pear amidst rapine and pillage?
FEAR! Did you spit in the face of fear and fight boldly the demons of doubt?
CONCEPT! Did you coax from your muse the flame of wisdom?
these are just some ideas to chew on as you paint alone in your studio...
Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.
Desiring to show his attainment, he said: "The mind, Buddha, and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of phenomena is emptiness. There is no relaization, no delusion, no sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be received."
Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth quite angry.
"If nothing exists," inquired Dokuon, "where did this anger come from?"
I drew this in third grade as an illustration to my favorite childhood story, the owl and the pussycat. Even as a child I had a fascination with the baroque and with borders and ornament. I am convinced that ornament and geometry have some deep rooted Jungian aspects to them as I have a deep- rooted compulsive need to ad ornament and borders to much of my work (even today.) I think that geometry is a higher language because three dimensional space can be interpreted in two dimensional space. Three Dimensional "cubeland" can be understood in Two D "flatland." Many crop circles are actually two D representations of three dimensional objects. Perhaps if there was a higher intelligence trying to speak to humans they would use geometry and sacred geometry as well. Zen koans are made to awaken people to a higher plane of reality, they are almost representations of three dimensional thought that are made to be understood from a two dimensional or lower plane of reality. Parables work much the same way. The expression "pearls before swine" (I believe) alludes to this to some degree.
As a child I wanted to be Rembrandt and was not, as a teen I wanted to be Dali and failed miserably, as an adult I wanted to be Gardega and became such.
It is a most important and time-honored practice to copy other artists. Every great genius has set up base camp on the mountain of another artist. The guide ropes are true and the Sherpas willing to help carry the heavy burden of great potential. Eventually you will be left on your own to grope blindly towards the peak. I spent thousands of hours and drew thousands of copies of other artist through my childhood and teens and adulthood--- the knowledge gained was invaluable. Eventually the great stew that you have made from you your studies becomes something unique and palatable. Now matter how much you wished you were Da Vinci one can only become oneself!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
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Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.
Don't bother about being modern. Unfortunately it is the one thing that, whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure - that of being Salvador Dali.
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.
I don't do drugs. I am drugs.
I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous.
I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it.
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
Instead of stubbornly attempting to use surrealism for purposes of subversion, it is necessary to try to make of surrealism something as solid, complete and classic as the works of museums.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
Let my enemies devour each other.
Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory.
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality.
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation.
Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.
Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic.
The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad.
The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.
The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture.
The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Wars have never hurt anybody except the people who die.
We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
A collector of mine sent me some photos of the work he bought and had framed. I really enjoy seeing my work framed and displayed correctly in someone's home and I get annoyed when I give family or friends artwork and it remains unframed ...I'll try to post more of his pictures up on my blog soon soon... These pictures are from left to right ( self portrait as a teenager, Ophelia print, dark self portrait as a teenager) A good frame is like a good conscience, both are a joy forever. If anyone wants to send me pictures of my framed work I would be grateful!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
What phrase or symbol is this one? This is medium difficulty! Yesterday's answer was FREEZE FRAME If you click on the link on my previous entry you can watch me paint a mural on my "mural cam" Today I will be working on the centerpiece called the Battle of Anghiari (Google this as I am too busy to explain the piece) I had my own battle with the God's of Saki last night and so I am excited for eight hours of ceiling painting! (I am actually excited to paint the battle as it is a great piece of art to attempt.) I will be starting around 9:30 AM, so I will not be on cam much before that...The mural is in Brookville NY in wine cellar in a beautiful home...ramble on...
Monday, November 5, 2007
click here to link to mural real time video...
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Here is a study made on parchment of the scroll work which will border my ceiling mural. The mural is roughly 16 foot by 4.5 foot. There will be lettering from Da Vinci's notebooks used a part of the design element as well. The center of the mural will feature the Battle Of Anghiari that Leonardo painted and only exists through the studies and sketches of his original by later artists...I only need to draw and design one set of scroll work as the same scroll will be used on both ends of the mural.
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Saturday, November 3, 2007
Sacred Geometry (especially the flower of life)
Religious art and iconography
the quantum concept of a holographic universe
early Americana (coins and stamps)
mailboxes (especially rusted ones)
Friday, November 2, 2007
Here is todays puzzle. I will be off painting my Da Vinci ceiling today. I will be making every effort to set up a time lapse video as well. I will be back this evening. This puzzle is another easy one, I do have some harder ones coming soon but I want you to get used to it first.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
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Here is a rough sketch layout for a new Palm Beach mural. I always keep my initial sketches rough as you never know where a client's...
Tangled Up In Blue (purple) Early one mornin' the sun was shinin', I was layin' in bed Wond'rin'...
ALEX HAS A NEW BLOG! http://gardega.blogspot.com/ or feel free to cruise the memory of this one...