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24" x24"
oil on canvas

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In spite of the fact that--as subjects go--I'm not all that fond of male figure studies, I REALLY like this painting.

To what degree is the turpentine technique of your own development, & to what degree is it adapted?


Of course, you've seen drippy, loose paint used by a multitude of painters, but I was never taught how to do it. I developed my own look out of necessity.



As painting technique & art "critiquery" [in terms of form & style] go, I'm a complete ignoramus.


I'm much more in tuned to "what art does" than "how it's done."


Now that's an interesting thought:

'What art does vs how it's done.'

Cannot the 'doing' (how) have an effect on the affect?




However, an understanding of one doesn't imply an equal understanding of the other.

There are plenty of people with awesome technical faculties that are comparatively inept (ex., Saliere as compared to Mozart in Amadeus).

By the same token, there are many who have crafted works of enormous magnitude that can neither understand nor explain how they did what they did. They are both technically gifted & expressive, yet they don't understand how the two connect (there are writings on this subject from at least Aristotle to Tolstoy).

There are those who have no understanding of the creative aspects of a given craft...yet they are quite adept at distinguishing between "true art" & craft.

Confounding the issue are talentless hacks who achieve massive critical acclaim, as well as those who can't tell their rears from a hole in the ground who are seen as "experts" (or critics).

Then there are those--& I believe they are the vast majority of people--who don't give any of this stuff much thought at all. They like what they like & they do what they do, & they don't want to be bothered with details.

Rarest of all is the true artist who understands all aspects of his craft from the inception of an idea to the impression he creates.


I'm TRYIN'...... G**damn. I'M TRYIN'!



Now that's funny right there.

I know that you know that I was writing in terms of generalities...& that I wasn't commenting on anyone in particular...

But that's funny right there...I don't care who you are.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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