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,…

A painting progression – Kipp

Finished a painting of my friend Kipp the other day which turned out pretty well. I actually thought to take progression photos along the way (smartphones are actually good for something other than texting), and thought it might be of interest to others to see how a painting takes shape. First — I usually start off by doing an underpainting or sketch in burnt sienna.…

New Painting: Texting Women

After a prolonged period of non-art production, I’ve actually been fairly busy, comparatively speaking, since last December. The other day I finished “Texting Women” (title subject to change), which I started not too long ago. Apologies for the awful photo; it was shot with my cell phone. Done in oils, finished size is 30 x 40. Source: Ralph Art Blog

Coming soon (I hope) – prints!

I’ve recently become intrigued by the idea of producing a few giclee (or do you say “geclee”) prints of some older art. A giclee print is essentially a high-end inkjet print made using archival inks on archival paper. This interest was sparked by the desire to share a couple of specific works on paper for which I’m not willing to part with the original. A big…