Thursday, April 28, 2011

Word of the Day - Sprezzatura

"...a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it." 

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Isn't that a great word? How much time do we spend trying to conceal our labor? And how frustrating is it to realize that nobody cares about the individual battles won to bring a work forward. Try telling your sweetie about struggling with a particular shade of orange. Or how this slippy medium is slightly more slippy than that slippy medium. Yawn.

There's a certain amount of performance in what we do. Every work is like a practiced musical piece, executed in its final form for an audience we hope is ready to listen. And happy to hear it.

What do you think?

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Facebook Breakup Song

I was commanded to re-record this song. With words you can understand. Does it tie in to Art Studio Secrets? I think it does... um... blah blah something about improving a draft based on acquired knowledge... OK that's lame. Here's a song! please share, Reddit, Stumble, Tweet, etc...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How Painting Helps with Ukulele Lessons

Update 4-11-11, after some folks asked if they could download it... go ahead, it's free!

Now, a little (video) musical entertainment:

I was talking with my ukulele teacher the other evening, sitting out on his porch during a nice stormy warm front with a coffeecup full of bourbon (heaven!), about how I probably couldn't have learned an instrument before now. I mean, I might be a little long in the tooth to be taking up such an endeavor, but I'm optimistic about how it's going to turn out. I'm a much more apt music student now, because I learned to paint. Here's why:

  1. Humility. I know it will take a long time. The best way to get there is to put my head down and do the basic stuff - C scale about 4000 times, for instance. I know that mastering fundamentals is a totally unavoidable chore, and pays off in the end.
  2. Patience. Savoring the slow deliberation of premixing a palette has shown me that patient application of learned knowledge is a time-saver, eventually.
  3. Economy. I know now that I really learned painting the wrong way, by doing it on my own. It would have been smarter, faster, and more thorough to have a master guide me. So I went out and got me one
  4. Focus. Eventually I realised that I was not a focused painter - didn't really have a master plan. As a beginner musician, I tried to figure out my specific goal, and I'll work singlemindedly toward it.
  5. Pragmatism. My goal is: "Not looking stupid on stage." That seems attainable. Not too grandiose. Enough ukulele to sing fun songs and entertain people. Maybe get invited to gigs. My goal in painting I didn't figure out for NINE YEARS. Isn't that silly?
Being a hobby musician fits in nicely with being a painter I think. Much better than being an escrow officer for a title company did. :-)

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