Sunday, June 22, 2014

Damn, time flies! :: Breaking Self-imposed Boundaries

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them. ~Dion Boucicault

Damn, time flies!

What's been going on in the studio since I got off my lazy procrastinating butt to clean/organize my space? 

1. A lot of looking at the work of other artists whose work somehow connects with me.

 Liz Davidson and her husband John Ballantyne

José Freitascruz  

Peter Geerts

Tim McFarlane

Denis Serre

David Weir


2. (Re) working on breaking self-imposed boundaries. 

I have been working off and on this piece since the summer of 2011.  Part of the California series.

Matthew G. Beall art an american painter in germany untitled Big - Calif Series  2011  Acrylic, Charcoal and Pencil on Canvas
Matthew G. Beall  untitled Big - Calif Series  2011  Acrylic, Charcoal and Pencil on Canvas

 And canvas being reworked ... new ideas, new direction, new possibilities that may or my not work.


 Sometimes you have to try to break self-imposed boundaries!


 In progress ... not knowing exactly where to go yet. Ah, those damn boundaries!



 I think I have a match ...



The making of a new series ... let's see where this leads.

Matthew G. Beall Art  untitled breaking boundaries a  Acrylic on Canvas  60 x 60cm 2014


Matthew G. Beall Art  untitled breaking boundaries b  Acrylic on Canvas  50 x 50cm   2014

Matthew G. Beall Art  untitled breaking boundaries c  Acrylic on Canvas  80 x 80 cm  014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Breaking the Chains of Procrastination! The Studio Clean Up

I've said it before: I am a procrastinator. BUT when you have a studio visit, it's time to get off your ass, clean, rearrange, and make some space.

And a somewhat workable workspace.

matthew g beall vision driven fine art inside the studio photograph
Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Workspace  2014

 I can't believe I have room to move around.

Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Storage Space 1  2014

Made use of the walls, too.

Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Storage Space 2  2014

Did I mention I have the largest collection of Matthew G. Beall Paintings?

Matthew G. Beall Art   Inside the Storage Space 3 2014









Friday, April 25, 2014

The OTHER Canvas

http://www.matthewgbeall.com/2014/04/the-other-canvas-tools-needed-still.html

http://www.matthewgbeall.com/2014/04/the-other-canvas-tools-of-trade-still.html

...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The OTHER Canvas - Tools of the Trade - Still Life Series


Artists use their tools and most likely think of their tools as tools. Some artists have painting clothes that are seen as just that: painting clothes. It occurred to me some time ago that my tools and clothes are actually alternative canvases. And since I practice both painting and photography, I came to see these things as objects to pay homage to. They are the Tools of the Trade. They are the needed. They are the OTHER canvas.



Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   water bottle     2013
Matthew G. Beall Art  Water Bottle    2013

Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   Scrapers     2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   Scrapers    2014

Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   brush and scraper    2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   Brush and Scrapers    2014

Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   Tools in Water    2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   Tools in Water    2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Other Canvas, Tools of the Trade - The Needed :: Still Life Series

Canvas that is not always seen as canvas. 
Tools that may not be looked at closely. 

Artists use their tools and most likely think of their tools as tools. Some artists have painting clothes that are seen as just that: painting clothes. It occurred to me some time ago that my tools and clothes are actually alternative canvases. And since I practice both painting and photography, I came to see these things as objects to pay homage to. They are the Tools of the Trade. They are the needed. They are the OTHER canvas.

 Part 2
http://www.matthewgbeall.com/2014/04/the-other-canvas-tools-of-trade-still.html

Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   Painting Hat   2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   My Painting Hat   2014
Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art    Painting Shirt    2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   Painting Shirt   2014
Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   Painting Jeans    2014
Matthew G. Beall Art   Painting Jeans  2014
Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography Art   Painting "Shoes"    2013
Matthew G. Beall Art   Painting "Shoes"   2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Excuses for stealing :: Copyright Infringement and MY Photographs


We live in a world of copy and paste where copy means copyright infringement.  I accept that uploading an image or other data to the Internet carries a risk of being used and abused by others. However, there are limits, right.


At the beginning of March, 2014, I read a blog post by Cole Thompson titled: Watermarks Drive Me Crazy!  where he talks a little about Google image search. You can upload an image or URL to Google image search to track down images the same or similar to yours. In other words, you can find those who have infringed on your copyright.


I randomly chose a photograph that I used on my blog, and to my surprise, I found that this photograph was being used by several bloggers, a magazine and a law firm in Italy specializing in wealth management.  This was done by the simple copy and paste method. I wrote them all. The bloggers all responded within hours, and they all apologized and credited the work as mine. The law firm never responded, but they did take the photograph off their website. The magazine responded (they have credited my work), but they responded with: “… first of all I wanted to apologize for the confusion, this work was done for a university project and never published or sold.”


And this is what I want to point out.


If you have done a wrong e.g. copyright infringement, just take responsibility for doing it. Don’t make up an excuse PERIOD.


This morning I found several of my photographs have been been taken and used by some bloggers, without permission nor credit, and a construction company website as well. 


I wrote to the bloggers asking them to please credit my work.


Here's an example for you:

Dear Rahul,

I found that you have used one of my photographs without my permission. Although I do appreciate that my work has inspired your work, I need you to credit me and my work with a link immediately.

Matthew G. Beall Photography Two Trees and a Bench 2012  

Please send me an email letting me know you have done it.


This is the half ass I am not responsible for stealing your property arrogant reply I got:


Dear Mathew

“It was available on public portal. My blog is not on photography either. If you are that particular i would rather replace that photo with something else. Its surprising that you have noticed it 3 years after i had posted. Anyway don't want to hurt your sentiments or invade your privacy. The needful will be done immediately.


Of course, such arrogance demands such a response .And so here's what I wrote back:



“Let me give you some advice. Do not make an excuse for something that was done wrongly. Simply except responsibility that it was a mistake. Mistakes happen. Take it off your site immediately.”
 
 The bottom line is this: IF you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, own up to it!

Oh, those of you that use the work of others. Learn this word: attribution

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Portrait of my "studio" Cap :: An Homage

 Just like coffee, my "studio" cap is an important part of 'tools' I use to make a painting.


See post about my tools:  every trade has its tools

Matthew G. Beall  vision driven art and photography Portrait of a Cap  2014
Matthew G. Beall  Portrait of a Cap  2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

When things click


It can be a rush when things just click in the studio and open doors outside the studio. New work, new thoughts, and new opportunities.

Stay tuned for updates ...

And while you are staying tuned in, why not check out my new work: 
http://www.matthewgbeallart.com/#!new-paintings-2014/c76p


NEW --- Words on Paper in Paint :: Grey 4



Word.Words. Where would we be without Words?

Matthew G. Beall   Grey 4   Acrylic on paper   36 x 39 cm  2014

Take a look at Grey 3 here

AND

Take a look at Grey 2 here







Sunday, March 2, 2014

Homage to Liz Davidson and her Brush

This is an homage to Liz Davidson and her brush. Check her work out, please.  She recently got a new brush, made a photograph of it, and then started working with it making wonderful black marks/lines on paper. I really like the work she is doing.



Matthew G. Beall   this is one of my brushes (homage to Liz Davidson)   2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Is Pink Only A "Girl" Color?

I don't think so.


Matthew G. Beall vision driven fine art and photography   Pink Is Not a Girlie Color  42 x 59 cm   Acrylic on Paper    2013-2014
Matthew G. Beall   Pink Is Not a Girlie Color  42 x 59 cm   Acrylic on Paper    2013-2014


Friday, February 28, 2014

Sexy of Not: It's Architectonic

Meanwhile, back in the studio. Thinking of architecture. 

Things are happening. Paper things. Working on paper has a feel that I really like.

Matthew G. Beall     Architectonic     Acrylic on Paper    2014
 

Matthew G. Beall     Architectonic  Curves   Acrylic on Paper    2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Words in Paint on Paper :: Grey 2

Words
Grau. Grey. Black

More new work in 2014. Off to a good start. 
Still love working on paper.
Have a look at the new paintings 2014


matthew g beall vision driven fine art paintings an american in germany

Matthew G. Beall Art    Grey 2    Acrylic on Paper   36 x 39 cm    2014


Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Paintings -- 2014 :: A weekend of creativity in Feb.

My previous post was about me as the motivated procrastinator. Yes, it's true at times ... but motivated prevailed this weekend.

And this weekend was very creative, and I am happy to say that I am pleased with the work. I think I had forgotten the feeling when I'm honest about it. I miss(ed) getting paint on my hands, too.

Also up on my website: Paintings 2014

 So, the first pieces for 2014. Two on canvas and two on paper:
  
Continuation & Material  
Acrylic on Canvas


matthew g beall art - an american vision driven artist and photographer in germany
Matthew G. Beall Art     Continuation & Material 1    40 x 50 cm     Acrylic on Canvas     2014

matthew g beall art - an american vision driven artist and photographer in germany
Matthew G. Beall Art       Continuation & Material 2     40 x 50 cm    Acrylic on Canvas    2014


Evolving 
Acrylic on Paper
matthew g beall art an american vision driven artist and photographer in germany
Matthew G. Beall Art     Evolving (Yellow, Red, Black)    Acrylic on Paper    30 x 40 cm     2014

matthew g beall art an american vision driven artist and photographer in germany
Matthew G. Beall Art      Evolving (Green, Black)    Acrylic on Paper    30 x 40 cm     2014







Sunday, February 9, 2014

I admit it! I am a motivated procrastinator.

Okay. It's true. Time to fess up. I admit it. 

I am a motivated procrastinator.

Don't do today what you can put off to tomorrow! This, unfortunately, seems to be my mantra as of late.

My intentions are always good, and I do actually get things done... yet, I have not done a thing inside my studio since late last year.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

I NEED Coffee. I am a very creative person, and this creative person (with NOT enough coffee) ended up making this just for fun.


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Black & White are colors ... to me :: Food for Thought

Food for thought::





We see what we call black, which is the absence of light. If black is the absence of light, then how can we see black?

In the complete absence of light, our eyes could not perceive black at all because no light is reflected off whatever object there is. Hence, there is no reception, so to speak, to our eyes.

The same would be true for white.

Nevertheless, Black and White are colors ... to me

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Clarity and Information Overload

I have been spending much more time with my photography blog as of late. It's time to get some balance now.

I tend to follow the 'what's goin' on' with art on Facebook. My conclusion is that there are tons of artists out in the world making some really impressive work. There's a lot of crap, too! 

There's a lot of people writing about how to do this and how to do that. There are tips on how to approach a gallery to how to improve your online presence. Then, of course, there are the opinions. 

So much, too much. 

My conclusion: Information OVERLOAD.  You can loose clarity.
So, it's time to get back in the studio.

Clarity Inside my Studio?  matthew g beall art
Clarity Inside my Studio?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Clyfford Still Museum --- WOW!

I took a break. Now I am BACK.
is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpuf

Sometimes the Internet is simply too much. I needed to dial back the amount of time I had been spending on Facebook, Blogger, and the like. You know what: I didn't really miss much. 

BUT

It is now time to re-focus on my painting and photography goings on. 

One of the art highlights of my summer was my visit to the Clyfford Still Museum  WOW! A must see for anyone that loves abstract art. The years of waiting for it to open was worth it. 

The museum is incredible. And it is, as the LA Times wrote,

nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html  

When you are in Denver, visit this wondrous homage to a great painter.

is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpuf

is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpuf

is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpuf
is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpuf
is nothing less than a marvelous model for what a single-artist museum can be. Virtually every aspect of it is designed to maximize a visitor's encounter with Still's often riveting art. - See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/11/art-review-denvers-clyfford-still-museum.html#sthash.KuoD8TPN.dpufWhen you are in Denver, visit this wondrous homage to a great painter.


Monday, June 17, 2013

ArtBasel 2013



ArtBasel

It’s always a big –to-do. Not only is there a lot of art to see, but also lots of interesting characters. There’s an art to dressing: to making a statement about whom or what you are, and some at ArtBasel did this extremely well. It’s walking art.  I saw a lot of walking art. I admire that. I admire the complete lack of worry or care of what others think. Right on!

This year for some reason there were many parents with babies/kids in strollers strolling through crowded aisles of the great halls. I going to take a wild guess here and say that these little ones are thinking ‘what the hell am I doing here?’ I couldn’t agree with them more. So, mom and dads: You hinder that movement of big people with your strollers blocking the way. Think about maybe getting a baby sitter the next time. I am pretty sure that you are there not because you want your 1 year old to become more cultured. 

Kitsch is Kitsch. But, when Kitsch is at ArtBasel, it is given the rank of Art with a capital A. When it is in a gallery space at ArtBasel it is validated as art. Bullshit. Come on, enough is enough. This quasi pseudo-intellectual BS masquerade is just a bunch of non-aesthetic crap. 

But I have to say that there were some beautiful works of Art. That is inspiring. I walk away with many ideas. I walk away with enthusiasm. And this year I walked away with a cold. Nevertheless, cold or no cold, I am glad I attended

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