Thursday, May 31, 2007

And now, the rocks

Well, they're sort of rocky anyway. But you might see other things in them. I'd be interested to hear (or read) your reactions.

This one's pretty rocky, I think.

This might be considered less rocky

Ditto this one


These are my current favorites :)

Please feel free to comment on these or the previous ones. I'd really love to hear what people see in them, if anything.

19 Comments:

Anonymous noorster said...

I think I've discussed this with you and I'm not one to spoil the fun of others, so I'll just say I see penguins and femurs in the third one.

31 May, 2007 10:33  
Blogger Kiwi Boy said...

They've all got this growing quality to them.

31 May, 2007 12:54  
Blogger Nizo said...

I love the colours... do your paintings have names?

31 May, 2007 13:01  
Blogger bullfighter6.2 said...

Hey man!!

It`s so awesome to see that you`re painting in a big way! These new works are stunning!
The harlequin series is cohesive and sensual, moody but light-hearted. Do more more more! Work your ideas out until they`re exhausted!

The rocks series is something that could definately go far. They`re accessible and beautiful and full of imagination.

I honestly had no idea you had such a mind! Keep going, more and more and your ideas will elaborate themselves beyond anything you started with.

p.s. you should start making price lists :)

31 May, 2007 20:25  
Blogger Tsedek said...

I like the faceless harlequin 3. I still have to figure why it is it touch me.....

31 May, 2007 23:53  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Wow, thanks for the comments and the compliments, people! What a great set of responses to wake up to :) Hmm. You've sort of all rendered me speechless, but not so speechless that I won't reply ...

Noorster - Yep, we have, and I agree - those elements are definitely there - but don't ask me what that means ...

Kiwi Boy - Hmm, you're right. I'd sort of intended that but I'm pleased that I'm not the only one who sees it.

Nizo - Not names as such. There's always something I'm thinking about while I'm working, but most of them don't really have names - presumably because I don't have little plaques up next to them. Probably if I were to have an exhibition, I'd start thinking about names for them.

Don't worry, though. I'm not a fan of the whole "untitled" thing. It's just that, in the absense of a recognizable story (as in Renaissance paintings, for instance), it can be difficult to just come up with names. Did you know that Magritte used to have his friends over after he finished a painting, and they would have a sort of naming party? They'd decide together what the painting was to be called - which is an interesting method.

Bullfighter - I wish I had the time to work these ideas through even more. I spend far too much time doing rather boring work, but it's work that I get paid for ... sucks, huh? But wow, thanks for the compliments, I'm really happy you enjoyed seeing these, and don't worry, I'm definitely not stopping now :) The rock series is definitely going to be continued. Probably through the far right painting in the triptych.

As for price lists - hmm, you're right of course. I really need to organize an exhibition, but I'm buggered if I know how to go about doing that in this country ...

Anyone have any ideas?

Tsedek - Of all of the harlequins, 3 is my favorite too. I'm not really sure why either, but I'm happy that you like it.

Wow, guys. I really can't thank you enough for these comments ... :)

01 June, 2007 01:20  
Anonymous Shari said...

Honestly, I don't see rocks.
My reaction to the top picture was
a pomegranate. Afterwards, I realized
that these are rather erotic paintings, and those red red red
colors just accentuate this.
The harlequins didn't do as much
for me.
Great, and thanks for the blog
and the pictures; I enjoy reading you
very much.

05 June, 2007 07:00  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Hey Shari thanks for the comment!

Well, you don't have to see rocks, of course. And I agree, they are quite erotic. I'm pleased you liked them and thanks for reading me (and for posting your comment - I really appreciate it) :)

05 June, 2007 07:48  
Anonymous Elbasztom from Захалустье said...

Just discovered your blog. Perused, chuckled, and made it an IE Favorite. I look forward to reading more. Fabulous, Possum!

09 June, 2007 23:11  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

elbasztom, hello Possum!

Thanks for dropping by, and even more for letting me know you dropped by and are enjoying my ramblings.

Happy to have made you chuckle. I hope that I don't disappoint in the future ... :)

P.S. How cool to come from a place whose name starts with the number 3 ...

Ok, just kidding about the 3, but where is Zachalustye anyway?

10 June, 2007 01:04  
Anonymous Elbasztom from Захалустье said...

I surfed the link on Noorster's blog on over to your place. As I had from someone else's to hers. And yes, I had a few good chuckles. Will have to read through your pieces on the various holidays again. Loved the Purim story. Best description I have read, including the book of Jewish holidays I paid 32.99$ for. Ever though of publishing your own? There is a guy David Plotz blogging the Bible on slate.com as well. I think you are a notch or two better than him. And I'm not just blowing smoke up your skirt, Babycakes!
Zaxalustye is next to Pizdets in Soviet Boston. (No offence mean to former CCCP-ites.)

10 June, 2007 04:32  
Blogger Elbasztom said...

You inspired me to start rambling again. Cheers!

10 June, 2007 07:26  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Wow. For $32.99 I could get a hot meal next time, instead of having to chew on old newspapers.

I really should look into publishing, but truth be told, I haven't exactly got enough material yet.

And I wouldn't know how to go about publishing, even if I did have. I have the same problem with organizing an exhibition of my art. I just don't know where to start.

Anyway, I won't rant. Thanks for the compliments yet again, I am chuffed! And I'm happy you think I'm funnier than a guy called Plotz, because frankly, with that name, he's got a head-start.

You're not blowing smoke up my skirt? Then who is, I wonder ...

Anyway, happy to hear that you've been inspired to start rambling again. I'll check you out soon ... your blog, that is. I'll check your blog out soon ... (oops!)

:)

10 June, 2007 12:22  
Anonymous KA said...

In the first painting I see a child, or a baby, in the foremost set of rocks. Maybe I'm alone, but theres a resemblance, with the baby lying on its back, its head on the left, its legs on the right. Maybe even wrapped in something.

The red seems almost like blankets, and in the background almost like a group of people standing, watching the baby.

Am I crazy? haha well I hope I was able to make some sense in describing what I see.

18 June, 2007 06:25  
Blogger Lirun said...

uve gone vewy vewy qwiet.. are you hunting wwabits?

20 June, 2007 02:21  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

ka - Wow, that's something I hadn't noticed at all ... but after you mentioned it, I looked again, and it's definitely there. Interesting ... I was painting rocks :)

lirun - I'm baaa-aaaaack :)

25 June, 2007 01:39  
Blogger nrg said...

I didn't get rocks from any of them... erotic, yes. Rocks, no. Do you ship to Norway?
The first one looked like Judgement to me. Don't know why, but I wouldn't want to be the figure in front with everyone in the background looking down on me. The second one is my favorite, esp the movement on the upper right. The third was the most erotic in my mind and reminded me of lilies.
I also very much liked the series of three at the bottom. And I prefer the rocks (?) to the Harlequins.
I'm serious about the shipping to Norway...

05 July, 2007 05:19  
Blogger nominally challenged said...

Hi nrg! Thanks for stopping by :)

I guess I should stop calling them 'rocks' entirely. Apparently I'm the only one who thinks they look like rocks ... LOL

Thanks so much for your comments. I also like the second one (well, I like all of them, really). And I don't deny the eroticism in all of them.

As for shipping to Norway, I have shipped paintings overseas in the past (see my post of September 28th - they were shipped to Prague). It was a bit of a challenge shipping those, but that was mainly because there were five of them, and they were big (100 cm x 180 cm each). These paintings are considerably smaller. No. 1 is 90 cm x 90 cm. No. 2 is 70 cm x 90 cm, as is No. 3. The three paintings in No. 4 are each 15 cm x 100 cm. So logistically any of these would be easier than the five rather large canvases I shipped last year.

If you want to discuss this further, please let me know and we can find a way of doing so away from my comments page :)

05 July, 2007 06:19  
Blogger ~~Silk said...

This is a serious inquiry re the third painting in this post. Is it for sale? You may contact me at SilkenDrum at yahoo dot com

~~Silk

22 November, 2007 13:02  

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