John Genova

20 06 2015

John Genova.

Henrietta Harris

20 06 2015

Do not adjust your web browser, these distorted watercolor and gouache portraits were painted just as they appear by New Zealand-based illustrator Henrietta Harris who says her style “can only be achieved by having occasionally dipped one’s paintbrush accidentally in one’s coffee.” A pretty apt description for these dreamy portraits that seem to convey the precise moment when one becomes lost in thought or memory, an ethereal wind of distortion whirling temporarily through the subjects’ mind. Harris graduated in 2006 from the Auckland University of Technology and his since done work for Amnesty International, Vice Magazine, and BITE. She has a number of prints and several of the original paintings you see above available for sale through her website. (via flavorwire, ignant)


cruising the night

20 06 2015

Cruising the Nightby David Halliday

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

20 06 2015

Landscape painting has always intrigued me. There used to be a lot of it. And a lot of it, I would suggest, is bad. Often it is sentimental. A yearning for a world that doesn’t exist. Corot’s paintings appear that way to me. Except that living in Belgium for several years I did see these scenes. My father-in-law paintings look like these. Corot’s trees look wispy. Like those cleaners that people use to clear the dust and dirt high in room walls or in chandeliers. The colours are muted. But the pics are of ordinary calm days with only a slight breeze.

This is the kind of art that most people would identify as “art”. There is no other way of saying it, but it is boring. But, it is invaluable as a document of rural life in the 19th century and the moment, no matter how banal.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French: [ʒɑ̃ ba.tist ka.mij kɔ.ʁo]; July 16, 1796[1] – February 22, 1875) was a French landscape and portrait painter as well as a printmaker in etching. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

The Players

20 06 2015

One of my most well received books, (I received mine in the mail), The Black Bird was a lot of fun to write. It was a surreal novel, written in a kind of plastic form to take advantage of the media of the 1930s (film, newsreels, short animations). You can download this ebook version (free I believe) at The Black Bird.

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