Speaking On Art #9


Welcome to this edition of Speaking on Art. Thank you to our contributors.

As my BFA degree is in Communication Arts/Illustration, I am excited to see a fellow illustrator contributing to this issue. It is a competitive field but I think he is in the center of the action–New York City. I remember how excited I would get when I received a new assignment in class. I loved it. Oddly, though, I switched to fine art after school and am most happy here now. I like painting for myself. I’m not so sure illustration is my forte anyway; it takes great communicative skill to give a client exactly what they want. I wish Rom Jean much success.

Chess-Knight Martini by Roopa Dudley

Chess-Knight Martini by Roopa Dudley

C a t e g o r i e s
Welcome Philosophy Inspiration Artist Exploits Opinion

C o n t r i b u t i o n s
Roopa Dudley
Epicureanism: Dynamic Art That Delights
Being Truly Present
Life Lessons Learned with a Drawing Pencil
Rom Jean
XRS, Spoiled Dogs, Regalia Concepts
Lucy Chen
The Shocking Truth about Contemporary Art

In this issue…Roopa Dudley identifies “Epicureanism”. •Being Truly Present on why perseverance is important •Rom Jean’s comic exploits and Regalia •Lucy Chen exposes contemporary art


Chess-Knight Martini (detail) by Roopa Dudley

Chess-Knight Martini (detail) by Roopa Dudley

Roopa Dudley presents Epicureanism: Dynamic Art That Delights; “…a new genre of fine art that is neither Representational nor Abstract, Pop nor Graphic, Decorative nor Grotesque, Expressionist nor Impressionist, Modern nor Traditional, Gothic nor Steampunk but rather a mixture of some or all in unification.” […]

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Every Child is an Artist (detail) by Diane Mottl

Every Child is an Artist (detail) by Diane Mottl

Being Truly Present presents Life Lessons Learned with a Drawing Pencil; “The drawing on the left was so close to being crumpled and thrown in the garbage. I look at it now and can proudly see it for what it is and am grateful for what I learned. Let me explain.” […]

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A R T I S T  E X P L O I T S

Keskia (concept sketch - detail) by Rom Jean

Keskia (concept sketch – detail) by Rom Jean

Rom Jean presents XRS, Spoiled Dogs, Regalia Concepts; “…it’s a Fantasy/Romance/War story with a unique art style strongly influenced by Japanese feudal samurai print art. It’s still being written and the art is essentially in concept stages at this point but I’m really excited to work on it.” […]

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The Shocking Truth (detail) by Lucy Chen

The Shocking Truth (detail) by Lucy Chen

Lucy Chen presents The Shocking Truth about Contemporary Art; “If you do not see the emperor’s cloth, it is because he is naked.  It is not because you are too stupid to see it. Same goes with art.  If something you see is ugly, a mess, or just downright BS, it is because that is exactly what it is.  It is not because you do not understand art.  It is because it isn’t even art.” […]

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MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

4 Responses

  1. Diane says:

    Thank you for including my drawing and post in your April edition. As someone in my late forties who is just starting to discover her creative voice (in words and in pencil), I did a teenage happy dance (smile) when I saw my piece on a real artist’s blog. Might seem silly, but it was a boost to the artist in me who is just starting to find her wings. So, thank you.

    • Diane, reading your blog it’s hard to believe you are just starting out creatively. I very much relate to your insight and struggles. I hope being included in SOA brings you many new visitors who will also benefit from your creativity. Keep them coming!

    • Diane: As someone who went back to art school in her forties, it’s never too late! At your age, you have many years to draw on that will impact your art! You go, girl. Carole Guthrie

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