Saturday, December 31, 2011
Whomever stole my Adam Graves painting that was gifted to Ronald Mcdonald house (to raise money for kids with cancer) Should return it to them..I do not care because I gave painting away but you have ruined your karma and that is your issue, not mine. I hope for your own karmic sake you return it to RM house...god bless..Karma is as real as the sunshine.
If you look on back wall you can see some of the caricatures on the wall that is part of what makes The Palm so famous..(I even drew a few of them)..some were good and some I would like to re-do. I dont get out much anymore, my life has become a routine of work and work and work and then sleep...One must remember "get out" on occasion or you will start talking to your walls...I recommend the strip steak or the lobster and the cream spinach...
I will be carving a large etching of Michelangelo's David in glass in January. I am working with a gallery owner (to be revealed later) to carve some serious Iconic pieces in glass this year. I would never even attempt this if my glass skills were rusty but my recent year long project of etching Saints has me confident enough to tackle a few serious pieces. If you are going to etch David in glass you dont just blow up a photo and etch (this is a hack approach) if you are serious about art you study the pose, the muscles, the face and the whole thing for about a month on paper first. After this piece I will be carving three others to be announced later. Go big or go home.
a lazy artist is a dead artist..
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Here is my first rough doodle/ sketch...The window will consist of three large glass panels. I used to be afraid of large projects..Now they are nothing of me. I have broken that eggshell of fear a long time ago. Once you do some large scale installations, it liberates your own personal work from fear of large scale work. By large scale I dont mean modernist slop, I mean serious large well drawn and designed pieces. Anyone can pour paint over a large canvas, executing figures etc in space on a large scale is a challenge for any artist and a great learning process as well.
There is an old saying in marketing and business that it is easier to keep a client than get a new one. This is as true as the day is long. I very rarely have falling out with clients or friends. Most of my friends today I made when I was in 6th grade. Im sure my eccentric nature tries peoples patience at time but I always try to do the right thing in business and friendship. I recently had an issue with a client of mine and I see his point of view and I see my point of view...two very stubborn people and sometimes an immovable object meets an unstoppable object and the universe freezes. I cant stand bad blood and I cant stand if a client isnt happy with work on any level in the long run. It haunts me if I feel someone isnt happy with work Ive done. Art isnt about money for me, I take my art very personally..it is my child. I have been walking around pissed off about this issue for days..The best thing I can do when I am pissed is to take my anger and pour it into art. I am in a mood to challenge myself and I have picked a piece of art that I want to make in glass that has never been done and that is because It is near impossible. I am going to make a very large glass carving of the battle of Anghiari by Leonardo (surviving in a copy by Rubens)..one of my favorite pieces of art. I dont have a client for it but I can probable sell to a casino or the like. Either way it is a challenge the likes of which I have never attempted..I have painted it on a ceiling but to make in glass is beyond any challenge I have attempted..I am ready for failure or glory...It will be a battle...On a ten scale this one is an eleven..
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Gardega was in Page Six today, this is a good thing... Always good to wake up and read about yourself. I am always at my corner deli at 5:30 in THE MORN---this is when the NY Post comes. I have an obsession with the NY Post I cannot explain. To me it is Fine Art. Those who know me well know I must read Post by 6 am or I cannot function. My morning routine is set in stone and to change it is to ruin alex's entire day! I would rather be in Page Six than some hi brow art mag. The Post is true surrealist ink, Its pen is dipped in the Jungian collective Gotham unconscious of which I (and you) are equal parts. I am going off now to buy blank canvases as I am putting a show together of blank canvases signed by myself and not painted by myself...
I have studied and studied
the masters for years
for thousands of hours
and rivers of tears
to unlock the genius
of Renaissance light
Ive worked through the day
and on through the night
the Gordion knot
I tried hard to cleave
hoping one day these obsessions would leave
Ten thousand paintings
bled from my hands
in hopes that one day I would half understand
the mind of DaVinci
or at least Raphael!
To break free the world from its postmodern hell
but alas I have failed
or maybe ive not
For now I know nothing
and this is a lot.
I have embarked on a series of blank/ unpainted canvases..pure unwashed/ unmarred genius (save my glorious signature) Modernism requires no skill but it does require Darwinian Genius and Nothingness and marketing..Modern art is like an energy drink for the soul. The shark of genius lies rotting in a tank form-malda-hyde in the same museum as Velasquez! This inspires me to nothing and to blank canvases..Leonardo would understand, of this I am most sure!
My first unpainted work is called "Woody Allen and Sun Yi strolling up first ave followed by the ghost of Genius"
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I was recently approved by kickstarter.com a fundraising website for artists. It is kind of a big deal in the art world as it helps artists with all kinds of projects etc. I am happy to have the opportunity to be on kickstarter. Anyone who donates gets a piece of art, be it a print or a drawing or painting, depending on amount. Here is the link:
I am scheduling my next show for june.
I am scheduling my next show for june.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
12 x 16 inches on arches paper to purchase https://tendollarart.com/products/alice-in-winter-watercolor
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...