2 days and counting

Good morning, afternoon and evening. I think I missed a day. How have you been? I havent missed a day since I don’t know when. Things have been shall we say out of control to say the least. We have two days until the movers come and I must admit I’m in a bit of a state of shock, we’ve gone from talking about this supposed property that we might come into, to having the deal fall through a couple of times. Me demanding for people not to talk about it around me because I’m a huge dreamer and if you give me the chance to dream I will and I’ll dream huge. To now.. Two days and the Main house will be 100% remodeled new paint,floors through out, trim and appliances come today so I’ll be at the Farm house most of the day simply hanging out.
During the course of this adventure I’ve managed to break two ribs, work myself to exhaustion more time than I care to admit and had some huge fights.I also somehow managed to win my category in the “Something Red” juried show, again a thing I totally don’t get. Last year I didn’t even get an honorable mention and this year I win? Dont get me wrong I’m not complaining, just shocked. And now here I sit not having panted in almost a month and its making me crazy. But I guess that’s what change does right? We’ve talked about it before, rebirth is never easy especially when it’s basically your entire life.Thanks for sticking with me, an Art blog with out art must be kind of boring especially since I’ve been forced to torture you guys with my words 😉 That being said lets take a look and see if we can stare at some paint for a moment. Maybe something old that we havent seen for a while.

Paul-1956

Paul-1956

Inspired by yes Paul Jackson Pollock, this piece was done on paper using inks, oils, acrylics, gouache and anything else I could get my hands on. I was only 17 years old at the time but still this is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done, at least in this style. Funny thing is I’m not a huge fan of using this style. Most of my fascination with Pollock comes from the person he was and his views on art and paint itself.

Picasso, Miro and Dali being some of the other painters that have inspired me over the years, again not so much because of their paintings but because of who they were as humans and their unique view on art and paint. But I must admit im kind of fan boy when it comes to Picasso and I could and have spent hours staring at Dali work. One of the quotes Picasso is known for saying that I really appreciate is “Good painters copy, “great painters steal” and maybe its Artist instead of painters but I’m not to worried as I’m stealing his quote anyhow. 😉 For I to believe it’s not about being able to copy another work as it is the ability to embody the essence of the artist and make it your own. Therefore “stealing” and not copying.
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Sabbia
“woman at the beach”**Also one of the only neutral color tone pieces I’ve done.

Pi~Guy and the Cowboy

Pi~Guy and the Cowboy

“Pi-Guy and the Cowboy”This piece tells a story of a symbiotic relationship based on mutual need and self-preservation.
again it’s not about copying the artist, as just about anyone can produce a painting like this, in fact many artist have copied Picasso. But not many can embody the master and make his style their own.

Wow so I just realized I’ve been rambling Sorry, I miss my studio and I miss talking about art. OKay just to finish the ramble on art lets look just briefly at a couple more pieces and then I promise I’ll wrap it up.
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A Miro inspired commission piece now living in the Mid-West.

Big Sky

Big Sky

And a Dali inspired piece, staying in my private collection.

Any how thanks for letting me sit and chat for a bit. I’ll be out at the Farm house waiting for appliances to show up and possibly working on getting the studio set up. I’ve been letting the construction guys use the space as a prep area for the rest of the house but after appliances come there isn’t really a direct need for people to come bouncing through my space. Okay its time for me to start my day. Something very rare happened last night….I slept,!!! yes really the whole night. Well from 10p-3a and for me that’s a lot of continuous sleep. I hope you have a great day and that the world treats you kindly and you it.
Much Love and Light
Benjamin
2013

28 thoughts on “2 days and counting

  1. Congratulations on Something Red, fantastic news as you close out this year. Through ups and downs, changings in your personal well-being to dreaming “big” and having it come to reality. My hope is for you and your family to have many happy years in your new house. Perhaps you’ve slept because it’s been a long time since you’ve had a generous supply of really good things happening. Take care and enjoy your new home and studio!

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  2. You are an amazing artist, Benjamin….congrats on your win!!! Also, just love that Pollack inspired piece you did, I’m a big fan of Mr. Pollack’s work!! Please show pics of your new place when it’s all yours….I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you and your family!!

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    • Thank you it’s so close, furniture comes Saturday. Today was a fiasco with appliances being wrong and damaged upon delivery turned the lot away sans a fridge. I’ll try again tomorrow morning.
      B

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  3. I can’t wait to see!! hoping you can post some photos of your new place soon as in tomorrow. 😉 no pressure of course… i am spending afternoon awaiting surgeon to finish what he starts at 3pm with farmer#1. with this flu bug that won’t die, should be a blast…. xox

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  4. So glad you got some sleep! You NEED that. The clouds on “Big Sky” are totally amazing…and now I have that Kate Bush song stuck in my head (good thing I like it!). xo xo xo

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  5. you are in your phoenix period, please paint one someday if you are so inspired, for that is how i see you. everything is intense, the emotion, the pain, the loss, the change of location, the words, the weather, the awards – you slept! you will rise again, from these ashes and emerge, renewed, and with your spirit more vibrant than ever.

    i love pollock and teach my kindergarten class about him every year, then they each create their own masterpiece in his style. i like to teach them about a wide range of artists, frida kahlo, andy goldsworthy, marshall fredericks, and if it is okay, i would like to show them some of your work and teach them a bit about you. i’ll have them create something in your style afterwards, and show you what they’ve done. one year, i had a father come back to me in the fall and said they were traveling by car with another family. his son, who had just left our class, yelled out, ‘look -there’s a pollock!’ and he was right. the other family was blown away. i loved this. b

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      • oh,that makes me so happy to hear you say that, benjamin. would you mind explaining on a very simple level, (think kindergarten), your process? i think i have a pretty good handle on it, but would like to know a few things about how you come up with your ideas, the layering, the textures, the colors, etc. i know it is hard for you to write at this point, but maybe just a couple of key words or ideas. i’d like to portray you and your work in the truest sense. )

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      • Texture: Think of the thing that makes you most happy, sad, mad and imagine what it feels like.
        Color: close your eyes and think of that thing and paint the colors you see (feel)
        Layers: just think the “karate kid” wax on wax off- and painting is as much about where the paint or color is as where it is not. ( show a black and white picture of Mickey Mouse and explain if the page was all black we couldn’t see Mickey 😉

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      • all of that is exactly what i was looking for. and something they will understand. i once went on a date with a nuclear physicist, who was brilliant, yet could not look me in the eye, he was not warm, and the human skills were challenging for him. i asked him to explain what he does, at the level of a young child. he had to think about it, but finally was able to, and i understood him a bit better then.
        imagine if we each took the time to distill what we do or what we feel, and explain things at the level that a 4 or 5 year old would understand. i think there would be a lot more understanding in this world and things would be a lot simpler. less miscommunication and much less war.

        thank you benjamin, i will keep you posted

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      • Thanks, yes I agree. Plus children unless corrupted by they parents or adults are pure, they don’t naturally hate or distrust, I actually really enjoy the young ones. Most grown ups giggle at me but even in the paintiest clothes or tux I’m the first guy to get down on the floor and say “Hi” my names Ben 🙂
        I hope you have a lovely day.

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  6. Your words are the ultimate antonym of torture my dear Ben and I always love to read them. Never boring, always inspirational.

    On a completely different note, I’ve nominated you for the “Dragon’s Loyalty” award. You’ve definitely been a loyal and amazing support and follower of my blog.

    http://tissuetales.com/2013/12/12/dragons-loyalty-and-blog-of-the-year-awards/

    Giant hugs, and sorry about the hectic days and the lack of painting you’ve been having lately!

    Hang in there. xx

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  7. Benjamin, I am so happy to read your good news of winning (not surprised) and your sleep! Hurray! Good luck with the move! Best to you, connie

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  8. Oh gosh, sorry to hear about the ribs! That’s gotta hurt! Now I know I’ve been gone a long, feel like I’ve lost almost the entire year of 2013, but let me know where you’re moving and maybe show pictures of it. You can just email me if you want as I’m sure everyone else probably already knows…LOL Blessings and I hope the move goes, or went, well… Blessings ~

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    • Thank you I’m very happy and humbled you took the time to stop by and comment. 2013 has been a pretty rough year for you. I’ll email you some pics. We officially move tomorrow 12-14 the movers will be here 9a. Please take care of you okay 🙂 I’m always around if you need to vent.
      Sincerely
      Benjamin

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      • Thanks Benjamin! You are always so kind and have such a big heart! Good luck with the moving. I always hate the packing part more than the actual moving, but then maybe it’s just cuz I usually end up doing it all by myself… LOL 😀

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