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Archive for January, 2013

Studio and Paints

interior    matrials

When not found painting, I’m in my chair reading.  This is the bookish end of my studio and it’s a lovely place to be during a sunny day which is often the case here in Andalusia.

I paint with filberts (softbristles, long handles) as the photo shows and favour linen canvasses with a tight weave, though I do enjoy painting on board as well.  There are many fine manufacturers of paint that are worth taking note of.  Old Holland is excellent and so is Studio Products ( a kind of microbrewery for paint and mediums in the US) and Maimeri offers cadmium in its range of student paints which is fantastic.  I mix my own mediums using walnut oil as a base for most.

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Paintings from the Old Site

A friend of mine suggested that it would be a good idea to show some of my older pieces feeling that much of what I had painted in the past can still be enjoyed.  So, short of putting everything up I thought a small sampling would do.  Here it is.

Joseph Dawson, oil    Joseph Dawson, oil 1    Joseph Dawson, oil 2

Joseph Dawson, oil 3    Joseph Dawson, oil 4    Joseph Dawson, oil 5

When I painted these, I used quick drying mediums, cotton canvasses and soft flat brushes, building up my paintings in a manner closely resembling that of an Alla prima painter. (Alla prima means “at once”, a painting style that is done in a quickly-executed wet-into-wet fashion for faster results)

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Self Portrait

self portrait

This is a self portrait.  It was used as part of the image arrangement on my website for the background.

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Picasso’s Confession

“From the moment that art ceases to be food that feeds the best minds, the artist can use his talents to perform all the tricks of the intellectual charlatan.  Most people can today no longer expect to receive consolation and exaltation from art. The ‘re-fined, ‘the rich, the professional ‘do-nothing, ‘the distillers of quintessence desire only the peculiar, the sensational, the eccen-tric, the scandalous in today’s art.  I myself, since the advent of Cubism, have fed these fellows what they wanted and satisfied these critics with all the ridiculous ideas that have passed through my mind.  The less they understood them, the more they admired me. Through amusing myself with all absurd farces, I became celebrated, and very rapidly.  For a painter, celebrity means sales and consequent affluence. Today as you know, I am celebrated, I am rich.  But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not it the grand old meaning of the word; Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, were great painters.  I am only a public clown – a mountebank. I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries.  It is a bitter con-fession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest.”

Pablo Picasso, 1952

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