My Blog About Art

The Spiritual Landscape April 25, 2016 11:09

Work in progress, Harold Roth, 2016For me, a painting has to be more than a nice bunch of colors and shapes. It has to reveal that hidden world as much as possible, and to do that, I have to reach deep into myself. If I just stay on the surface of myself and focus on technique, then those paintings feel like just work and they don't satisfy my soul. My soul starves with that, and for me, that is not art. That is just paint on a piece of fabric. I want more. Read more...
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Whistler and Lautrec April 08, 2016 20:40

The Falling Rocket by James MacNeil WhistlerWhistler would work on a painting for hours and be all happy about it for 15 minutes, "It's GREAT!", bragging all over about it, and then an hour later he'd go and scrape it off the canvas, terrified that someone would see it and think what a crap artist he was. Read more...

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Water March 06, 2016 18:35

Morning Star by Harold Roth

I finished a painting I've been working on for a week, Morning Star, but I was not pleased with the way it turned out for a number of reasons. One of them was the water. Read more...

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Competitions February 21, 2016 15:01 3 Comments

The various requirements of competitions have forced me to think about how I describe what I do not only to the rest of the world but how it feels to me, to put that feeling into words so that I can examine it and think about it further. Read more...

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It's a Size Thing January 15, 2016 11:41

Nightwatch by RembrandtI've been thinking about size a great deal in my own work. For a while, I fantasized about painting on very large canvases (and I mean canvas as opposed to the heavy watercolor paper I've been using for years). Read more...
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Letting Images Arise: Automatism December 28, 2015 18:25 1 Comment

Water WitchI allowed the image to arise as I painted. I hoped that if I were open to a connection with the spirit world while I painted and at the same time tried to focus on a particular concept (like spirits of Mars or Water magic), that whatever came out on the paper would simply take the form most appropriate for that energy or work and for me. Read more...
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