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,…

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…