THE HUMBLE DUDE...
|"Encore" 19 x 25 Pastel|
I wish it was something as relatively paltry as the new “blowhard” destroying some of my irreplaceable art books, or say, the Sillies fighting over what show they’re going to watch, complaining about eating something that’s healthy “but doesn’t taste good” for dinner, or saying things to deliberately hurt each others feelings—and denying they’re doing it. Or even something as mundane as the poor Mrs. Dude getting frustrated over still having a disorganized, messy office after 8 years. No friends, this one is a little more...personal.
After spending 4 years and thousands of dollars in pursuit of getting into the nations various art galleries, acceptance into certain juried art shows, some brief mention in the pages of American Artist, or a smidgeon of real acknowledgment from the strange and insolated world of Fine Art, I’m now basically and politely telling these people—to go screw themselves.
SAY IT AINT SO, JOE..
|"Jamie in Cutoffs" 19 x 25 Pastel|
Their deliberate and endless use of “art speak” accompanies their every lecture like an academic banana peel, as they slide endlessly around the point, not once having the common sense (or courage) to simply say it in straight English. Where one direct sentence will do, they use 50. They cling to words like “transcendence”, “juxtapose”, or “verisimilitude”, as though their scholarly credibility might crash without them. Pity the students of these so-called teachers, wondering if they’ll ever hear a single word of useable advice for which they’ve paid so much to finally learn.
But, is all truly lost, you may ask? Will they continue to bar the work of the humble Dude from their often incoherent and oddly exclusive ranks?
THE HUMBLE DUDE’S NEW PLAN OF ATTACK-ACK-AK...
|"Camouflage" 12 x 16 Oil on Board|
Instead of spending time, money, and groundless optimism in hopes of helping the hoity-toity fine-art types see the light...I’m simply going to engage in the time-honored practice of doing nothing at all! Hey, that shouldn’t be hard.
Basically, I’ll just keep doing what I always do; painting from the models and doing some still lifes, but without the expectations and the forking out of the thousands of clams in attempts to get noticed. And remember what I said about DC calling me about the Dollar Bill job that came out in January? “If they want you, they’ll call you.” It applies to pretty much everyone.
But, enough bla-bla-ing. Hopefully we’re all excited to see what’s coming up from the brush and palette of the Dude.
It might even surprise both of us.