I PAINTED OVER One of My OLD Paintings…?? | 12 Days of Giving

I PAINTED OVER One of My OLD Paintings…?? | 12 Days of Giving


Hello there! So I am very excited for today’s video for a number of different reasons. First of all, I am gonna be repainting over the top of one of my pieces from a couple of years ago, and I know some of you are gonna love this idea and some of you are gonna hate this idea, but it’s okay. I have my reasons and I’ll explain them later on. However, one of the reasons why I’m so excited for today’s video is because one of my favorite stores approached me, BoxLunch, *Christmas music* *Rae laughing* and asked if I wanted to be one of 12 YouTubers who are part of their 12 Days of Giving event, and what this means is for every view that this video gets, over the next week they are gonna be donating one meal to feeding America, so we have the potential to donate thousands and thousands of meals! So thank you for watching right now. Please give this video a thumbs up too, because it’ll really help to get it out into the algorithm to help get as many views as we can, but thank you so much to BoxLunch for this amazing opportunity. Thank you so much for sponsoring this video today. *Christmas music* *Rae laughing* The painting that I decided to paint over today was very very fitting and it was actually inspired by this particular store and the items they sell, and it’s always been kind of a dream of mine to be able to make merch for them. It’s just a little bit of a dream of mine. In fact, I think I owe it to you to show you exactly what BoxLunch is, why I love it so much and how I get when I’m in my, my element, so… yeah. Hello there! I am currently in the BoxLunch store. BoxLunch is actually donating one meal for every $10 that you spend in their store to feeding America. I’m currently in the Florida Mall and in Florida, one in seven people struggle with hunger and the fact that BoxLunch are going to be giving back is so important. So this is my personal favorite corner of the BoxLunch store. As you can see, it has… I love Wall-E. I don’t know what to say because Americans call it a fanny pack and in the UK, that’s… *Awkward silence* So every $10 that you spend in BoxLunch donates one meal to feeding America. This sweater, for example, if you purchase this, you’d be donating 4 meals. BoxLunch is a heaven for adults who love pop culture, they have everything that you can possibly imagine, and it’s one of my favorite stores because it has everything that I love in it and I can celebrate being an adult who loves everything nerdy. Another one of my favorite items is the Winnie the Pooh soup mug. I love soup and I love Pooh – Winnie the Pooh. And there will be a link to some of the curated items that I have found in the shop if you would like to purchase them, so check out the link in the description as well. This soup bowl would donate one meal. So as you can see they have tons and tons of nerdy T-shirts, all for grownups, they have a HUGE, huge selection of Harry Potter-related stuff. This Hedwig backpack! *Gasps* How cute is that? And he would donate 4 meals. Tell me in the comments which house you are in, I am personally a Hufflepuff. They have a huge selection of different Christmas sweaters as well for different fandoms, I personally really like this Home Alone sweater with Kevin on the front. “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!” Friends! I was going to make a “I don’t have friends” joke, but I think I’ve overused that one. *Music* No, that was wrong! (Rae): YMCA! *Laughs* No! *Chloe laughs* (Chloe): Thank you! Hi. This is the lovely store manager here. She’s so lovely for letting me do this. (Rae and Chloe laughing) That’s me in the morning when I wake up. How cute is that? A boot, sketch, boot – handbag. Look, it’s a little sketch! BoxLunch’s mission this year is to donate another 1 million meals so let’s try and make this happen. There are so many ways you can give back this holiday season, whether it be to shop in your local BoxLunch store or on BoxLunch.com. Remember to check out my curated list online, it is in the description down below at BoxLunch.com. Another way that you can give back to the community is to donate food to different food drives. If you’re like me and you have a bunch of unused art supplies, you can also donate those as well. So just do your best to try and give back this holiday season because every person can make a difference. *Price checker beeps* So we just donated 35 meals. -These are yours. -Thank you very much. -You’re welcome. Thank you so much for your time! I really appreciate it. Thank you for coming! I appreciate you being here. So thank you so much again to BoxLunch for asking me to be a big part of this, thank you so much to the Florida Mall BoxLunch store, all the employees and the general manager who helped make this possible, and back to me in the studio… art space! *Music* Okay, so as I mentioned I decided to repaint over this particular piece because it’s one of my favorite scenes from Tangled and with all the fandom related stuff I was around in BoxLunch, I decided it was time to fix this. So take a good look at it because this is gonna look a lot different by the time I am done with it. Okay, so let me guess what you’re thinking. So your options are: A, Chloe, this is your best idea yet; B, Chloe, this is a stupid idea, what are you thinking; or C, why don’t you just paint on a different canvas? Well, I shall tell you. First things first, I actually painted this a couple of years ago. Look at the, uh, heh heh, “blend”. Yeah, there isn’t much of that there. You can kind of see a lot of the canvas poking through. So I realized while editing this that it actually looks better on camera than it did in person, it’s actually blurring a lot of the imperfections. Basically, you know when you paint on a canvas and you don’t put enough layers on, you don’t blend it well enough, a lot of the white pops through from the canvas? That was COVERING this painting. It was very, very half-done and kind of quick slapdash finished. So I wanted to just say, I’m not like, “Ooh, my work’s terrible!”, it does look better on camera than it does in person. So just take my word for it. It wasn’t as, um, clean-looking as it kind of looks on camera, I guess, so I’m just putting that in there as a disclaimer. And I used a lot of really cheap paint for that particular video and you know, I’m a total advocate for cheap paint but this particular paint was very watery and needed a lot of buildup and I just did not build it up like I should have done. And I basically decided to actually use my favorite paint, which is the Liquitex heavy body paint, all over this canvas so that I really gave it my best go to make it how I knew that I was capable of making it. I also did not spend very much time on it, it was kind of a rushed piece. So I thought it would be a really fun challenge to try my hand at painting over it and kind of, maybe more so actually fixing it and completing it because as you can see, I really didn’t finish it. I never classed this painting as fini- as finished. So you might be able to tell that by my half-assed attempt at not painting the edges. So I won’t lie, it was kind of cool to see how much I’ve progressed over the last couple of years with acrylic painting. If you didn’t know, I’ve done digital painting now for close to 10 years, but I actually did not start doing any form of traditional or acrylic painting until I basically started doing art on YouTube. I kind of had to adopt traditional work so I still quite knew when I made this at knowing how to work with acrylic paint, and I definitely feel that my style and choices have definitely changed. And while I wouldn’t normally choose to paint over a piece, I thought this was a great way to avoid wasting paint, wasting another canvas and also just get to finish/fix a piece that I never really liked that much. *Relaxing music* Something I definitely noticed was I really rushed the details on the original piece, I found I had to really reshape a lot of the actual structure of a lot of it and just blend it a lot better than I did before. The river was a mess! And apparently the two trees that were supposed to be there were actually just a large single blobby bush. I’m not sure why I decided to do that but blending is definitely something that comes with practice. I know my friend Rae says she doesn’t particularly like acrylic because they don’t blend as well as oils do. I found that myself when I was still learning to use it, but I definitely feel with time I’ve learned to blend a lot better than I used to be able to, and I’m still learning to master it but I think I could definitely tell, painting over my old strokes, I was definitely much better than I used to be. Now, I’m actually curious, if any of you notice a style for me with acrylic painting in regards to how I paint or blend or make strokes, I do tend to use a lot of blues and greens, but I feel like I’m having more of a distinctive style with my paintings now which I’m really excited about because it’s taken me a while to find my groove a little bit. But I feel like this year I’ve really taken more strides maybe, in making that happen, I don’t know. Let me know in the comments, I’m very, very curious, but for now I just want to say thank you so much again to BoxLunch for sponsoring this video today and for giving me the amazing opportunity to check out their store. Thank you again to the amazing store employees for letting me – to let me bug them! And – film in their store and they were just so, they were so wonderful, they were like, moving displays and allowing me to just have all this room. So they were really really cool. And again, thank you for watching this video because you’ve donated one meal just by clicking on it today, and make sure that you check out BoxLunch, BoxLunch.com if you want to help to donate a meal for every $10 you spend. Again, check out the link in the description because I have my curated gift guide list down there and yes, thank you so much for watching this video. I really hope that you enjoyed it. This is how it turned out, I’m really really happy, I think that I worked with the details a lot better than I did before. I had to fix up that tower a LOT, because I just, I did not do a good job on that tower whatsoever. I don’t know what I was doing with the windows, the weird triangle thing on the side that was also a room, didn’t do a good job with that so I did my best to fix it. But yeah, this is how it looks. Thank you for watching this video, let me know in the comments what you think of how it turned out, take care of yourselves and I will see you in the next video. *End music*

Why Modern Art Is So Expensive | So Expensive

Why Modern Art Is So Expensive | So Expensive


Modern art is expensive. From completely white canvases to simple, abstract colors, these seemingly basic works
can cost you millions. So what makes their price so high, and how can they possibly
be worth this much money? Modern art is a wide field, covering everything from
around 1870 to 1970. But say “modern art” to
someone on the street, and chances are they possibly
picture something like this. At the turn of the century, art changed. From the birth of abstract impressionism to the minimalists and
even performance art, art was no longer just about representing the world with skill. Susie Hodge: That skill faded away after photography was invented. Once photography was invented, that was a skill the camera could do, so artists no longer felt that that was their primary
reason for making art. Art isn’t about beauty. That’s…it never was, really. Narrator: Art generally
became more conceptual and more challenging. But this change wasn’t
popular with everyone. In a 2016 study of the British public, 28% of people don’t consider this art. 65% of people don’t think this is art. And 83% of the public definitely don’t consider this to be art. Over 100 years after its creation, the work is still somehow as divisive and controversial as ever with the public, but that hasn’t stopped
record prices being set. Hodge: I think most people think that modern or contemporary artists are having a laugh at their expense, and nobody wants to feel a fool. Narrator: For many who
are immediately dismissive of these pieces, frustration also often comes
when they see the price. Ana Maria Celis: Most of us,
I think, tend to be cynics, and we, I think, a lot of times associate art with value, and I think that triggers
the question of, well, why is it that much? Or, why such a high value if, you know, I could probably do this? I think, unless you’re in the market and actively buying art, there’s no need to look at art and think about price tag. It shouldn’t be the way you look at art. Narrator: For the artists involved, what looks simple can be the culmination of a lifetime’s work. Take the “Black Square,” for example, painted by turn-of-the-century avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich. This simple black painting
didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s the result of 20 years of simplification and development. When it was shown, the “Black Square” was
a revolutionary symbol, exhibited at the top corner of the room, a spot reserved for
orthodox religious icons. Making this work wasn’t exactly
an easy decision either, and in 1930, Stalin’s regime confiscated Malevich’s artworks and manuscripts, and he was jailed for two months. Hodge: Yes, the white
canvases or the black canvases are very rarely all they’ve done. They haven’t just come out of school and said, “I could paint a black canvas.” I mean, as much as we might
think we could do that, yes, we could do that, but the artist has thought of it and probably had a journey, quite a long journey, and
a process to get there. Narrator: The works aren’t
just made for profit. It’s often only after the artist is dead that the art can fetch
the incredible price that it’s reached today. In 2008, one of Malevich’s abstract works sold for $60 million, and the demand for these
important modern works is only going to increase. Celis: The natural trend is for
you to see a rise in prices, but that’s because it’s, these true masterpieces are rare to find because they’re really all in museums. Narrator: But setting an
actual price can be tough. In the end, the value is only going to be what people are willing to pay. Celis: As long as there’s
going to be artists producing, there’s always going to be sort of shifts in tendencies and
tastes, I would say also, in tastes in the market. Narrator: It seems like every year there’s a new record price, and as extreme wealth
inequality increases, so do the number of millionaires willing to pay the fortune
required for these works. No matter what the artist intended, art is now seen as an
easy investment by many, and companies have appeared
to treat art purely as an asset for financial gain. But despite the ever-increasing prices of the modernist masterpieces, for 99% of the artists out there, their work has always
been a labor of love. Josef Neet: There are
obviously people out there with a lot of money who view art just to be a commodity and nothing else, but there’s gonna be people who purchase or engage with it because they take genuine pleasure from it or it stimulates them or
they feel it enriches them. I’m an abstract painter. Not really dealing much with form. I became quite obsessed; I was painting all day and all night, and it was just something that really, that kind of took ahold of me, so. It’s not easy being an artist in London. There’s a lot of really
good talent out there. I think you’ve really gotta be good to actually make any money. You don’t have the, I
suppose, network, initially. Yeah, it’s a really expensive habit, to be honest. I suppose that everybody’s
got their vices, but it’s my kind of passion and hobby, so that’s where all my time, effort, and kind of spare finances go. Narrator: Trends in the market may change, and prices will shift, but the popularity of modern and contemporary art isn’t going anywhere.

Artist Rhee Jeong-Yoen wraps up individual exhibition in Korea… another exhibition scheduled…

Artist Rhee Jeong-Yoen wraps up individual exhibition in Korea… another exhibition scheduled…


an exhibition showing artwork by
renowned korean painter lee jang yarn has wrapped up at the Seoul Arts Center
the exhibition celebrated a 40 years of her career he is known for her use of
various materials including handmade Korean paper from mulberry trees hemp
cloth and red clay her works combine both traditional Korean and Western art
styles these works will be also displayed in the Italian city of Naples
late next year

Arthur Jafa: APEX | ARTIST STORIES

Arthur Jafa: APEX | ARTIST STORIES


Arthur Jafa, Artist: I lived in New York for about fifteen years, and it was the heyday of newsstands, and magazines, and bookstores. We went to Central Park West. Sunday nights there would be bundles of magazines like in the streets. For a person that obsessively collected images, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. So I spent a lot of time flipping through magazines, buying magazines, and cutting out the images. Just like designers have mood boards. That’s what they are, they’re mood boards. And like, most people who work on commercials and stuff, they do some version of this. It’s just, for me, from the beginning I used them to corral ideas around specific film projects, but at some point, it was just like anything
that I was interested in. The pictures moved from just being in between the pages of a sketchbook to being in a proper book, where they could be displayed or shared with people. I’ve long since stopped making books. As soon as I got my first laptop and stumbled onto Bridge and Adobe Creative Suite, There was the internet, all of a sudden, there was Google, and you could just search images, APEX is a file, foremost, and you get to see it as a grid. With APEX in particular, it was a bunch of
images that I had gathered in relationship to a narrative. Like there’s a script, and all this other kind of stuff to go with it. If, like, you look at it globally, you can see there’s a certain almost tonal thing that’s happening. It’s in the blues and the blacks. Occasionally, you’ll have these bursts of
red. APEX, as much as anything, is the most advanced implementation of these things that I had discovered or read about or stumbled on. I think it’s fairly human to recoil from things that are disturbing. I’ve definitely trained myself to push towards things that disturbed me. If something disturbs me, first and foremost, I’m just fascinated by why I’m disturbed by it. I mean, I’m interested in how a picture,
which is not real, can affect you. Showing pain is hard. I’ve had a cut-out of this since I was seventeen years old. It is a back which is marked in a very complicated kind of way. It’s the most beautiful image I’ve ever
seen. I was forced to articulate the complexity of an image that’s both horrifying and attractive. Why is it that I think that particular image
is the emblem of the black experience in the Americas? Ex-Slave Gordon, which by and large pops up in almost everything that I do, is as much as anything, an emblem of how the black experience is this complex of majesty and misery that are, like, inextricably bound up. There’s something more powerful about taking the thing that is the most abject thing, And making it the most valuable thing. It’s all associative. It’s all about relation. What is the relationship between the thing
that’s in front of you, the thing that preceded, and the thing that’s following. The whole idea was always, if you took this thing and that thing, and you overlap them, like, the place in which they overlapped was you.

CC) How to make BEACH WAVE Acrylic pouring fluid art – Swipe technique with Decoart Metallic color!

CC) How to make BEACH WAVE Acrylic pouring fluid art – Swipe technique with Decoart Metallic color!


Hi guys! This is a short video so please don’t skip it! I bought Decoart Metallic color from Amazon
and used international shipping to Korea. Korea has almost no metallic color acrylic paint. I purchased a variety of metallic acrylic paints. Today I used only sapphire color. I also used Pebeo iridescent color. Blue green and Turquise / Indigo and Blue black Decoart Sapphire. Sapphire color was used alone. The color is so pretty !! I’m angry that no such metallic paints exist in Korea. We also prepare white. The concentration of the paint is a little thin. not thin. Floetrol 15g + Liquitex pouring 5g + Water 3g
+ Color 20g Put the paints in the cup one by one. Add a little white to the cup. Because it will express waves. But the white paint didn’t work much. Pour the paint zigzag on the canvas. Pour over the paint layer. The remaining paint is poured into the corners. Stretch the paint. Pour white paint on top of the canvas. Swipe white paint. Swipe the paint off the canvas slightly. Doesn’t it look like a wave? Looks like bubbles on beach waves. The work came out as I wanted. I am so happy. Today I did not use silicone oil. Does something seem wrong? No Stretch the paint. Stretch the wave to give the feeling of the wave. Move the paint while looking at the shape. Doesn’t it look like a wave? The work came out as I wanted. Today’s picture is totally successful. Turquoise color is hard to see. Success! I did Dutch pour with the remaining paint.
Failed.

The Artist Bringing Vibrant Skeletons to Life

The Artist Bringing Vibrant Skeletons to Life


(dramatic music) – The reason why I chose a
skull more than anything else is because underneath
all our skin is a skull. It’s the universal image to everybody. (speaking Spanish) – My name is Butch Locsin, I am a contemporary performance
artist here in Los Angeles. I wear a skull mask and I
play with smoke grenades. My work is reflective
of the Mexican culture and iconography and artwork. Maria saw a lot of the
photos that I was doing and she wanted to actually
collaborate on a project. And integrating her into what I do has been really fun and successful. (speaking Spanish) – Maria, to me, has been such a blessing because now the character
and the skeleton and colors actually marry to her. And we’ve been creating
love scenes and stories. (speaking Spanish) – I really like the Day
of the Dead holiday. It’s not about celebrating
someone’s death, it’s more about
celebrating someone’s life. My artwork and my performance
is kind of little bit of a reflection of that, but even though I kind of represent myself as like this Death character, you know I’m very much alive. (speaking Spanish) – What I love about performance art is honestly the rush that I get from working with so many people. You know it makes me want to go out there and create some more and
do something different. (speaking Spanish)

Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded | ARTIST STORIES

Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded | ARTIST STORIES


You see the one
that says Ebony on the bottom right? It’s got the JET magazines. Oh, it’s not JET magazines. It’s buttons,
but here’s the JET magazines, the magazines that I used
to do the original Unbranded series. Looking at an advertisement
from a certain period of time is like hopping into a time machine because the only way
that you can really understand it is to go back into the mindset
of that time. Here’s Maya Rudolph. Her father, Dick Rudolph,
was married to Minnie Ripperton, a famous African American. Interracial marriage
wasn’t even legal in a lot of the United States
when this picture was taken. Real ads are fascinating to me
because they speak to large groups of imaginary people. African American women, who were the poorest demographic
by and large, are wearing like haute couture. Advertising plays a huge role
in our notion of how we see ourselves and how we see other people. We say, “You can’t
judge a book by its cover,” but then we go about
training everyone to judge books by their covers, and advertising relies on prejudice. These kinds of people
care about these kinds of issues, so we will speak to them
in this kind of way. I was doing a project called Branded where I was making images
that looked like ads, but making them as a commentary
on the present moment in history. The way the Unbranded project started is I just thought by removing
all the text and logos, you could see
what’s really being sold. This is one of the pictures
from 1987, and when I unbranded it, it starts to be
a little bit more curious about what’s really
for sale in this image. It’s funny looking at the difference
in the printing styles because I must have gotten it
from a different 1987 magazine. As an African American male, I was always conflicted
with the monolithic images that society was creating. There’s a lot of humor in there
for me particularly because it’s like I have a crystal ball. I can look into the future
of the people who made these ads. To me, sometimes the text is
as interesting, if not more, than the pictures. But as I said, it distracts you
from what’s really for sale. And then there’s irony,
“What makes OJ run?” All you do is just look around. That’s what to me
is like the amazing experience. Oh my God! –So can you see what I see?
–No. I feel it’s important
that we take responsibility in actually minding
and looking at the images that our society is creating so we can really get
a broader perspective of our time. Do you see this one over here? –Hold it up?
–Yeah you can just… Ah, wow! By looking at ads, which are seen as more objective
than an individual artist’s work, no single person can
take responsibility for an ad. There’s an art director,
there’s a photographer, but it really comes as consensus
because there’s focus groups that are telling them
“This is what we want to see.” You can tell what era
an advertisement is from because it reflects something
of that moment that is bigger –than an image.
–Right. Looking at the ads
from these things is so fascinating because ads
are about hopes and dreams, but look at this one,
you know, like… that message.

Artist Vs. Beauty Lover • Makeup Challenge

Artist Vs. Beauty Lover • Makeup Challenge


I’m feeling extremely confident. Good, I don’t. Hi, I’m Sara, and I’m okay at makeup, but I’m a pretty good artist. And I’m Nina and I’m
pretty good at makeup, but I’m a really, really bad artist. I do my makeup day-to-day, but I don’t usually do a
lot unless I’m going out, and then I just kind of make it up. That is not how I think. So today we’re doing a challenge to see who can come up with
the best creative look based off of a theme. It has to cover 40% of
your face, at least, and it can’t just be a
going out, normal look. It has to be something a
little bit more creative. We’re gonna be judged
by a jury of our peers, AKA people we find around the office. (rousing trumpet music) What is fall? What does that mean? Am I gonna just do an orangey-red look all over my face? Or am I gonna draw a
turkey leg on my cheek? – [Sara] The idea behind my look today is the transition from fall to winter, so I’m gonna use a lot of autumnal shades, but also a lot of nice
wintery shades as well. I’m not 100% sure what I
want to do for my look, but I know I want to use fall colors. I know I want leaves, and I know I want some sparkly gold in there. There’s already shit happening over there, I haven’t even started. I don’t even know where to start. What does a leaf look like, you know? (contemplative humming) I’m feeling extremely confident. That’s good, I don’t. This is very fun. I’m glad you’re having fun. My contacts, they’re getting dry! (rhythmic jazz music) This might have gone off the rails. That’s what I like to hear, I’m ready. I think I’m ready too. (old time music on record player) We’re two fall babes and we’re about to go get the final judgment from our coworkers. I really have to itch my face, so I hope that this goes fast. (upbeat music) I’m scared I have to choose a winner. Is that what? Oh no, I don’t want to. I really like how you both have leaves, but this little accent is cool. And also it looks like you have almost like trees coming out of the sides? But I think you look amazing too. I think it’s so close. – [Nina] Thank you, we’re done here. Yours is more leaves, okay,
it has more fall colors. Sara’s looking at me
like, you better pick me. Sara, I love you. Nina’s gives me more of a fall vibe. I’m gonna go with Sara, so tie. I’m gonna go with Nina. Nina, yours is really beautiful, and I love the gold with your skin, but I just keep looking
at Sara’s leaf forehead, and I just love it. I like Nina’s gold look, it
just feels fall and festive. I’m gonna go with Sara. I’m gonna go with Nina. I’m leaning towards you. – [Sara] Ooh, why? Yours has got a little bit more sparkle. Nina’s! It perfectly frames my
favorite part of her face, and she uses her cut-crease eye. I’ve seen it, ’cause she’s done it before. Oh my gosh, no, I like Nina’s. Yours I like, kind of
like deer/small pox chic around the cheeks, it’s cool. Yours looks more like flowers, and I feel like leaves? – [Nina] Yeah. Autumnal leaves? Sara, yours is way, it’s top-notch. I have to say, I like the
sort of gold look on Nina’s. I’m sorry Sara! She wins. We are tied, so we need
to visit one more person, to be the deciding vote. We need one more vote. And if they don’t pick
me I will murder them. The battery on the phone
is about to run out, so we have to find somebody tout suite. Guys, can you guys come
out with a tie right now, and just be like… – [Sara] No. This looks great, eyes
on Sara match her hair, which is doing a lot for me. Is this gonna get assisted in? Sara’s has a concept, I
feel like that puts it over. (victorious orchestral music) I won! I think that it was
really interesting to see that even though we both
had different advantages, and different experiences, I feel like we kind of came out equal. Did we? Did we? I mean, I won, but. I think what we should really do is let the people of the world decide, the people of the YouTubes decide. Should we? Who truly won. (upbeat rhythmic music)

WHAT MAKES BEING AN ARTIST GREAT

WHAT MAKES BEING AN ARTIST GREAT


Hey everyone, it’s
Nicholas Wilton at Art2Life and it’s a few days after Thanksgiving, so obviously I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m thankful for, and one of the things that
I’m kinda thankful for is that just I get to be an artist and like we all know what’s
hard about being an artist, but there are some really
great things that we all share and so I just started talking
about a few of those things that I love and these are the things that I see in artists, in my
friends and I remember once, in San Francisco we have
this thing called Fleet Week and it’s this military holiday, I’m not exactly sure why we have it, but it’s called Fleet Week,
and it’s near San Francisco and one of the things
they do during this week is they fly these, they
are Blue Angels I guess, those super sonic atomic jets
all over the city super low, like they’re screaming across the sky, I mean to me it feels like it’s, it reminds me of what it would be like if you were being invaded by America, it’s pretty scary I think, you
know for a lot of people it’s you know it’s fantastic and amazing, but it’s super loud and
it’s kinda scary to me. But that’s not, most people love this week and they go and they watch these jets scream across the sky and everything, but I was, I remember one time, on that particular day I was having lunch with an artist friend
of mine, Adam Wolpert, and I’ve left a little link
below, you can go see his work, and we were having lunch
you know in San Francisco, I think it was at the Art Academy and these jets were screaming over and I could tell that he
kinda felt the same way, it was really agitating and it just, it wasn’t something that he liked either and I knew that he felt the same way and we were eating lunch and
I was feeding this seagull, I was throwing bread out on this patio, and this, it was windy,
it was really windy, and this seagull came in
and it did this really cool, kind of like pivot flight
thing where it landed, and spun as it landed and
it picked up the bread and it did it all in one
beautiful dance move, and it was so cool and
Adam said, you know, he thought that what we just
witnessed this seagull do was so exquisitely
beautiful and so far beyond, so much more nuance and
graceful and artistic than these billion dollar jets that were just ripping across the sky and blasting us all with
noise and bravado, you know, and it was just, I just
loved that, because that’s, you know artists are sensitive people and that was just such a
perfect example of that and I just, I love that
cause I feel like I’m that, and mostly I bump into people, regular people in the world
who are not as attuned to that, I’m not saying people are
insensitive, but it’s just, they, the things that I notice, I just notice that other artist notice, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. And the other thing is, you
know, artists pay attention, like they just pay attention to things, they’re paying attention to you know the details of guacamole, the color of pea soup, I had dinner the other night
with some artist friends and we were eating sole, this fish, and he had this air flown
in from England, and it was, he’s a chef, and we were
looking at this gorgeous fish and the color of it,
and the texture of it, and I just know that, you
know this is just something that artists do, they just
gasp on the way things look and the texture of things and
the subtlety and the nuances, and you know it’s not just
something you’re eating, it’s something you’re really
consuming with all your senses and that’s just really, really cool, I love that and definitely
in that way, right, you know. The other piece of this is that
artists are really curious. Artists are some of the most
curious people in the world. And I love that because
that’s what creates the wonder and there really isn’t
necessarily always a reason for the curiosity but it’s just
curiosity for curiosity sake and so much of the time when I’m working and making my work I don’t really, I’m not even sure why I’m
interested in something, but to just finding your way as you go based on what interests
in finding that pathway, and I mean art making is that, but it’s not something that
everybody has the ability to do and I love that and I love
experiencing that in other people I know I do a lot of hiking with friends and when I go with my
more regular friends, who are not artists, more you know, kind of like muggle people, you know, and I have lots of friends, you know different kinds of friends, but the people who are just
on the hike for the hike, they are always waiting for me
because I’m taking pictures, and I’m stopping all the
time, and I know that that’s, I’m always feeling a
little anxious cause I’m, I know they want to keep moving, you know, but when I go with artists,
they’re just right there with me they are taking pictures of spider webs, they are looking at things
and they are just curious, and I don’t know, that’s
another cool, cool thing. So I don’t know, I just
thought I’d share these few little great attributes
about us and about you know, I’m just so thankful that
I get to be an artist and more importantly I get
to hang around with artists and you, and I’m just really thankful for this community and
all of you, so thank you. I don’t know, it’s pretty cool subject and so maybe leave a comment
about why you are thankful of being an artist in the comments below and I hope your vacation and your break, your Thanksgiving break
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