Archive for July, 2005

7/26/05 – Feedback to a stranger

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

[EarthMover, who is a stranger in one of my tribes on, put out this request:

I just posted my original artwork and I am seeking input.
I appreciate all thoughts,ideas and suggestions in regards
to my work.These pieces are not avalible to purchase at this
time .My objective is to glean seeds
of inspiration for future from my tribemembers.Thank you]

Here’s my reply:
Thanks for taking a big chance in asking for feedback with your work. I think it took guts. The work is intriguing in its look and potential. If you are going to present swirly, unclean backgrounds and the idealized, perfect figures, something needs to be resolved in the contrast. Either they need to move toward each other or they need to be more different.

Decreasing the stylistic contrast toward the style of the figure will move the work toward being “pretty” and easy to look at. Increasing the stylistic contrast will make them visually challenging and intellectually challenging.

Here’s what I think the results will be for each direction: if you move the style of the backgrounds closer to the style of the figures. you’ll be making lame and ‘safe’ drawings that stylistically appeal to some people who are seeking a ‘nice, but alternative’ art experience. If you amp up the crazy, surreal, spiritual nature of the background and make the figures even more idealized, soft and appealing, you’ll create a tension that, if done right, could be interesting, challenge the viewer, and appeal to someone who likes art that asks questions.

Decreasing the contrast will make it street faire art; increasing the contrast will make it art gallery art.

Having said all that, I’d be interested in you taking it a step further than the feedback I gave you above: make the work even more challenging. Let the viewer know that it’s a hot, attractive guy, but make the background AND the figure stylized, edgy, visually challenging, and complex. Let the viewer have to find the beauty in the figure after looking it a while. The current images are easy to grok at a glance. That’s easy art. Make hard art. Make your viewer work to see the beauty of the work. They’ll remember the work. If you are lucky, it will haunt them (in a good way).

Don’t make art that’s designed to get your dick hard. Make art that gives the viewer a mental and emotional boner.

Take a look at my friend’s site: Your style is similar to hers, but she doesn’t focus on physical beauty. She’s got her own style and intensity. I think you know the work of Stevee Postman ( Although his work is photo-based, if you don’t know it , you might learn something about the progress of your work by looking at his.

I hope my feedback is the type you were looking for. You have technical skills. Keep on going. Use your skills as the foundation for making art that lets people learn more about themselves, and, therefore, makes the world a better place.

7/17/05 – O’Swing

Sunday, July 17th, 2005

I’m finally convinced of Sandra Day O’Connor’s position as a swing vote in the US Supreme Court. I’ve heard interviews in which she states that she doesn’t believe that is her role, and I believe her. She’s a far smarter human than I. But this NY Times graphic convinces me that there’s something to the idea that Sandra Day O’Connor’s role in the Supreme Court is pivitol, and that if she’s replaced by a justice whose moral compass points south (towards Scalia), that the nature of our country will change. Ug.

7/16/05 – four hundred million light-years?!?

Saturday, July 16th, 2005

Four hundred million light-years? I sit with my head in hand and reread: four hundred million light-years. That’s really far away. It’s so far away.
The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) is my homepage. And today’s image and description is of the Galaxy Group HCG 87. It’s four hundred million light-years from earth. How can we get a picture of that? How can we see some place no human will ever likely visit?
It’s hot as hell (121 degrees fahrenheit today) in Palm Springs. 121 is hot, but not as far as four hundred million light-years.