Class Notes

Aim for a Compelling, Unorthodox Originality

Painting by Matthew Ritchie "The Living Will" 2004 Oil and marker on canvas 88 x 99 inches

An idea that bears repeating - aim for a compelling, unorthodox originality...

Why Do You Paint What You Paint?

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

I am so going to miss these classes with Andrew Long.  He said this would be a life-altering experience, and as grand a claim as that may sound, he wasn't kidding.

Painting from Another Viewpoint

Painting by Julia Mehretu “Excerpt (Riot)” 2003 ink and acrylic on canvas 32 x 54”

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

Are Your Objects Objects or Facsimiles?

"Rabbit" Jeff Koons 1986 Stainless Steel 41 x 19 x 12 inches

Class notes from Poetic Non-Representational Acrylic Painting with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

The object in the painting - is it being an object vs. being a facsimile of the object? Does it have a history, a great hook, and richness, a fullness, or is it empty?

What's the difference between this abstract piece of art and wallpaper?

Why Do You Create the Art You Create?

Painting by Terry Winters, just because it's so frigging beautiful!

Thoughts and Quotes in response:

An artist needs to be able sustain their penetration to move past a simply available solution to one with greater depth.

Just Make Work!

Painting by Joan Snyder "Magic Meadow"

Class notes from Poetic Non-Representational Acrylic Painting with Andrew Long , Fall 2007

What do you think of when you think of a building? Do you think of the structure underneath? Why don't they call it a "built"? "Building" is a verb - a process.

Jackhammer Your Myths

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

Jackhammer your myths.

Think about validation. Making money doesn't validate your art (yes, but it makes it possible to spend more time doing your art).

Think about, art can be more fun w/o the business end of it.

Einstein on the Beach

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

"One theory of education says that learning is not accumulating information but discarding what your mind doesn’t need."

Churn All Your Influences

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

Are you what you paint?

Are you painting something external or internal?

Painting Nice Little Paintings is Better than Doing Heroine

Painting by Richard Prince Untitled (The Velvets) Canvas, Acrylic

Class notes from Reinventing Your Creative Process with Andrew Long, Fall 2007

Richard Prince - it may take him 5 years to understand a work he's done.

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Art is not a skill contest, nor an innovation contest. Art is an honesty contest. If we can be precisely who we are, in the most intimate and candid and courageous way, we will start to connect to the universal. Our job as artists is to become powerfully personal in our work, and if we touch the source, the most central wound, the deepest of wells, then we actually touch the universal.

— Ran Ortner, June 2012

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