Thursday Thoughts

In looking back through my journal I found an entry from almost a year ago where I had written down the way I wanted my drawings to function. “My drawings should be concrete symbols of an objective reality. A reality indisputable in its realness, yet mysterious in its meaning. Confident symbols of a great mystery.”

What do you think?

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Inktober http://wp.me/s3CMdB-inktober

I will be participating in Inktober this month! I will post the daily drawings on my tumblr which you can find…

Inktober http://wp.me/s3CMdB-inktober

I will be participating in Inktober this month! I will post the daily drawings on my tumblr which you can find…

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Thursday Thoughts:

The term “artist” has acquired so much baggage over the centuries. Originally it was just a word like craftsman or architect, but beginning in the Renaissance it began to acquire connotations of genius and something special or unique. Then, with the birth of Modern Art and artists like Andy Warhol, the term artist became synonymous with eccentricity and fringe culture. Calling someone an artist…

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Thursday Thoughts:

Good art operates on many levels; cerebral, emotional, physical, transcendental, etc. However, I have found that each category of art has a general strength or primary mode of functioning.

1. Music is one of the most emotional art forms. Every chord seems to strum the heart strings and carry the listener along through intangible and undefinable peaks and valleys of emotional experience.

2.…

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More Vignettes from the Desert

More Vignettes from the Desert

Ink and Graphite on Watercolor Paper

Ink and Graphite on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

More 5″x11″ experimental studies exploring imagery from the Tower of Babel and Choruses from the “Rock.” See my earlier post for more details.

Click on image for a larger view. All images copyright Jacob Rowan 2014

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Nicolaides Quote 7:

“Temperament is merely an incident, just as one banker may be temperamental and another not, while both have the genius for banking. The idea that an artist must be a tragic sort of figure is all wrong. Some artists are like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Some, like Titian and Renoir, are not. Tragedy is caused by a man’s nature and environment and is as irrelevant to painting as it is to other…

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Vignettes from the Desert

Vignettes from the Desert

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

Ink on Watercolor Paper

For some time I have been working on a collaboration with a composer to illuminate the Tower of Babel and T.S. Eliot’s Choruses from the “Rock”through art and music. One is the story of man building a city and tower for his own glory and the other is a story of man’s struggle to build the church of…

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Nicolaides Quote 6:

“I never concern myself with how much talent my students have. I couldn’t say to anyone in the beginning, ‘you have no talent.’ I believe that nature is lavish with talent just as it is with acorns—but not all acorns become oaks. Talent is something that develops, or appears, as you work.”

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Nicolaides Quote 5:

It is much easier to learn how to make a “pretty” picture than it is to learn how to wrestle with and observe reality in all its complexity.

“Any student can command a good technique in a few years and acquire facility with his medium, but this is not what real study consists of. Anyone can learn to paint. Sometimes it seems that the less one is an artist the more easily and quickly one can…

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