Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Kitty Gone Tubin'
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I have been looking into this ever since I ran into the term while trying to find a genre that my art truly fit. Wikipedia defines Pop Surrealism as: Lowbrow, or lowbrow art, describes an underground visual art movement that arose in the Los Angeles, California, area in the late 1970s. Lowbrow is a widespread populist art movement with origins in the underground comix world, punk music, hot-rod street culture, and other subcultures. It is also often known by the name pop surrealism. Lowbrow art often has a sense of humor - sometimes the humor is gleeful, sometimes impish, and sometimes it is a sarcastic comment. I almost clicked away when the first words I read were Lowbrow. That seems such a derogatory term. Where as the definition of Lowbrow is: 1. A person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits. This term may describe the Art establishments. Assessment to the genre’s work in general but It certainly certainly does not describe the pop surrealist art I have seen. Some of the leading artist in this genre are Mark Ryden, Gary Panter, Robt Williams and Vicky-Knowles demonstrate something quite different. Take one look at Greater Concerns than Mere Puppetry by Robt Williams http://www.robtwilliamsstudio.com/, Mark Ryden’s Saint Barbie http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/d/Mark_Ryden-Photos-1587410-Mark_Ryden-469950.html?pid=0or the set design for Pee Wee Hermans Playhouse by Gary Panter, or Alice in Wibbleland by Vicky Knowles, http://www.ebsqart.com/Artist/Vicky-Knowles/7/Art-Portfolio/Alice-in-Wibbleland/568646/. and you will not convince me of anything if the fact they are deeply involved with pop culture. Their art work requires complete immersion, observation sometime to the point of discomfort, in order to convey the symbiotic relationship of art culture and the world at large Having read this far I will bet you are asking “What is the Difference between Pop surrealism and Surrealism?” Again Wikipedia defines Surrealism as: “Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings.” itself with the workings of the human mind and psyche. Allow me to suggest that Surrealism expresses itself through aid of an altered state lens, whether in a dream state, or drug induced. It is an altered reality. Pop Surrealism expresses itself through a heightened reality, depicting the unseen consequences, results and catalysts connected with every scene and vision. Pop Surrealism is to reality, what Science Fiction is to Science As for myself and my place in the Pop Surrealism Movement, I have been hooked since I took a painting class with Norbert Kox http://exhibitsnhkox.homestead.com/tohellandback.html I don’t believe either he or I had ever heard the term Pop Surrealism, but he sure had mastered it. I knew the man to hold strong Christian beliefs because of our conversations, but I saw the series coming to live in his current project in which he was undertaking the task of visual interpretation of the book of Revelation. When my eye moved to the center of the painting there sat the image of Reggie White Packer Footbal Player also widely know as a Christian) on the throne reserved for the anti-Christ. In total confusion I asked him why would he cast Reggie in that like to which he replied “oh I don’t think that he is the anti Christ, but more people sit in their easy chairs watching him play on a Sunday morning, than do those who fill the pews on a Sunday morning…THEY apparently think he is god! So I am looking into the lighter side of Pop Surreaism, the unexpected, surprising and lovely side with some of my favorite pets and though. I may not cross over with you but I’ll try get you to the door.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
THE TOP 10 WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR PURCHASE IS A FORGERY
1.Is the seller listed as living in the United States? If so don't stop there, if they list their email or telephone number check it out on one of the numerous reverse address search sites (I use spokeo.com) find out where that cell phone or email address is really coming from. If it is listed as coming from anywhere but the location they provided in the listing be wary!)
2. It seems obvious but check to see if they have multiple listings of the same original, on the same site.
3.If the price is less than $1.50 per square inch from a well known artist is is a bootleg.
4. Check to see if the artist is listing under the "direct from artist." Contact seller and ask if he/she can tell you anything about the origins of the painting and what inspired him/her to paint it. Or "are you the Artist?" If you get a no, or I don't know for either of those questions, walk away.
5.If they are listing it as signed by artist ask whose signature is on the painting. Enter that name into Goggle and if can find a website, email/phone number contact them and find out if the seller has permission to sell their work and ask the questions listed above in #4. Again anything seems out of place it probably is.
6. Type in the ebay search some of the keywords that describe the art you are interested in and check to see if there are similar works being sold. If they are priced higher, that may be your original artist. Contact them (most artists are more than happy to talk with potential clients and fully appreciate a tip concerning a possible bootleg.
7.Ask the seller, via email if they have any other art for sell. If they respond check the spelling and grammar in their reply. Yes we all make typos but too many is a red flag.
8.Check toward the end of the listing for some fine print that says something similar to this "* Although this painting is an original that is painted and signed by the artist, there are several examples/interpretations of this painting that are very similar in design. These reproductions are also painted and signed by the original artist" (Make sure you inquire as to whether or not these are actual originals, as the same painting done twice or mere a Giclee'), limited edition, or where an artist (not the original artist) paints over the copy, with a clear texturing agent to appear as a painting.
9.If the title of the Auction says Original and the 1st sentence in the ad is "this is not a print" that is a sure sign that it is a print.
10.Check out the Sellers store, if he is selling more than 10 non art items, or his store is listed with a non-art related title he is not an artist. Artist may sell other things with their accounts occasionally but true artists sell primarily ART. Check the feedback to see how much of the positive feedback is coming from Art Sales. If they are going to consistently sell other things they will open a different store.
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Found on EBAY
Original is SOLD, No Licensed prints Contracted.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
Greeting Dawn, left, was done because I so liked the compostion. I used graphite and washable graphite on Bristol paper. I was working on another project when my computer made a digital error in photoshop, I have no idea what happened but I saved it because I loved the colors. The more I looked at it the more I had to try to "save it" I ran several filters in Photoshop and then inserted Greeting Dawn within it's layers, as I saw the image on the right unfolding I knew this would be the final combination. Strange Passions, by Alma Lee
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I got the idea that there just might be a second life to my drawings. I started with my abstraction color pencil drawing of the San Antonio Central Library. I then pulled the finished "analog" drawing into Photoshop and applied a number of filters and layer blends I then drew in some pasta, and added a fork and Voila we have, Anticipation, the pasta bowl. If you look real close you will see parts of the original drawing in there. It was a lot of fun, and though I don't think that it is going to work with all "analog" drawing, I do think you will be seeing more of it from me.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
The other night we were watch a program on public TV. The subject was a newly discovered piece of art that they were try to figure out whether or not it was a Da Vinci. (I believe it is) I absolutely could not take my eyes off off her, she is so young and tentative. They think that she was a princess who married at 13, later died of complications of her first pregnancy. They mentioned that Leonardo was the only well known renaissance who was left handed, therefore they felt that the direction of the lines along the eyes,nose, and lips could only have been made by a left handed artist. That bothered me, is it just me or do most artist turn the page while they are drawing. I wondered how hard that would be and whether or not is would be awkward for a right handed artist. All and all I do believe that they were correct in placing this amongst Leonardo's works for all the other reasons stated, however the left handed only stroke seems to be a bit of a reach for me. Once I got started I had to try to add some aging effects that were in the original. That was harder than the angled stroke.
About this art:
color pencil and graphite
princess ascribed to Da Vinci
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I recently bought a book by Jill K.Berry it is entitled: Personal Geographies Explorations in Mixed Media Map Making. Here is the first entry in my life mapping.
To see the other entries I started a Alma Lee Sketchbook 2012 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Lee-Sketchbook-Project-2012/289373714447601?v=wall&sk=wall