New – now sign up for email updates!

I launched the revamped Ralph Art Website over the weekend, and one of the features I’m most interested in seeing whether people use is the email update service. Here’s how it works – signing up puts you on a list I’ll use to send out email updates about upcoming exhibitions, new stuff on the website, and general announcements. “Oh fine,” you’re thinking, “That’s all I…

Updates to the website

Talking about technical updates to a website – boy, that’s some exciting stuff.  Okay, so here are the major improvements. New theme (re-skin) is cleaner, easier to navigate. At least I hope so Added some functionality (content delivery network) that should make pages load faster, which, on image heavy pages, is a big deal. Started hosting the gallery images on a photo sharing service, should…

Update – show this fall at Gallery 414

Okay – mark your calendars: I now have dates for the fall show I’m doing with Leo Wesson and Kipp Baker at Gallery 414. Opening will be Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 PM; show will be up from October 22 through November 20, and the gallery will be open during that period on Saturdays and Sundays. Gallery 414 is located at 414 Templeton, in…

Preliminary announcement: show this fall

Just a quick “reserve this date” thing. I’m on the calendar, awaiting final dates for a show this fall at Gallery 414, here in Fort Worth.  I’ll be showing there with a couple of old long-time photographer friends, Kipp Baker and Leo Wesson. Still in the planning stages, but should be mostly new paintings, with a few older, larger pieces. Plus photos by Leo and…

Mike Brutal, Oct. 1970

I posted an old photo from high school today on Facebook and old of my old buddies, Dan Brekke, asked about some of the comics I used to do for our school paper. I scoured around through a bunch of ancient paper my better half hasn’t found and tossed but alas couldn’t find the comic Dan was probably referring to:  a political cartoon having to…

Twentysomething

Quick note: I’ll be in a group show at Gallery 414 this year during Fall Fort Worth Gallery Night, which falls on September 12 this year. The show is titled “Twentysomething” – I assume because the participants will be 20 artists who haven’t previously shown in the space. Gallery 414 is located at 414 Templeton, just off University Drive and 7th Street. Thanks to artist John…

Ralph Art Website relaunched

Woo hoo! The new Ralph Art website is now officially live!  I cut over the DNS for https://ralphwordpress02-ralphart.rhcloud.com a little while ago, so now the redesigned site is the one you’ll see when you go there. If you are curious or bored, the old site, with all its warts and poor display on mobile devices, is still visible at http://old.ralphart.com. The last redesign (mostly just…

New website!

Just doing the soft launch of the new Ron Crouch /  Ralph Art website. For now the URL is http://new.ralphart.org. After I’ve made sure I’ve gotten all the rough edges sanded away I’ll be changing that to http://www.ralphart.org. The old site is still at https://ralphwordpress02-ralphart.rhcloud.com — haven’t quite decided what to do with that. I may eventually point that at *this* site. If you see…

Fear of bad art

The most debilitating thing from a creative point of view is what I call “fear of bad art.” It’s when, rather than make some piece of art that turns out badly, you’d rather make nothing at all. Guess what: that means you’re doomed to never make anything. You might as well admit it now and start selling your paints. Fear of bad art is really…

Titles

Once upon a time, I liked coming up with what I considered at the time “clever” titles. I aspired to have them be poetic, quirky, enigmatic, witty. At the time I was painting these big abstract color field paintings (this was circa 1974). Sample title from my undergraduate days: “Possessing not the dancer’s grace, I turn instead to wine.” Oh I loved that title. Better,…