Category: pLog Pith

  • pLog Pith XVIII

    pLog Pith XVIII

     There is magic to the mystery, but there is no mystery to the magic. – TJA

  • pLog Pith XVII

    pLog Pith XVII

    If the big things aren’t right, the small things won’t matter.Make it so that small things matter. – TJA

  • pLog Pith XVI

    pLog Pith XVI

    You follow rules to go somewhere. You break rules to go somewhere else. You ignore rules to go nowhere.

  • pLog Pith XV

    pLog Pith XV

    We need to be reminded: there is no beauty without rules and there is no better rule book than nature. —TJA

  • pLog Pith XIV

    pLog Pith XIV

    Dogma is the illusion of power. Craft is the power to create illusion. —TJA

  • pLog Pith XIII

    pLog Pith XIII

    Religion requires the suspension of Reason. Little Good is unreasonable. —TJA

  • pLog Pith XII

    pLog Pith XII

    Where there is Dogma, there is a Devil. —TJA  

  • pLog Pith XI

    pLog Pith XI

    Dogma empowers the Charlatans. Craft empowers the Sincere. —TJA  

  • pLog Pith X

    pLog Pith X

    Where Velázquez is Grace, Caravaggio is Guts. Where Velázquez is Economy, Caravaggio is Ambiguity.

  • pLog Pith IX

    pLog Pith IX

    First, find the structure, then find the skin. And never underestimate the power and beauty of a one inch wide hog bristle brush. —pre-dishwashing thoughts after a long rewarding day in the studio.

  • pLog Pith VIII

    pLog Pith VIII

    A few words now about technique, so that there may be no misunderstanding as to its importance.  It is a poor thing that cannot be abused, and I do not want you to be afraid of the word, or to surround it with mystery.

  • pLog Pith VII

    pLog Pith VII

    Why is it that those so quick to believe man-made absurdities are the first to deny Nature’s rich mysteries?

  • pLog Pith VI

    pLog Pith VI

    It is this deep sincerity, this deep appreciation of the significance of things that makes one picture great among a thousand lesser ones, and causes us to feel, when we behold it, that we have thought and felt that way all our lives. – John F. Carlson, from Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, circa 1929.

  • pLog Pith V

    pLog Pith V

    If you want Warhol walk the aisle of a supermarket If you want Koons watch VHS porn If you want Hirst visit the morgue But If you want Caravaggio build a bonfire in a cave If you want Velazquez plan a trip to the moon with a sliderule If you want da Vinci hike the […]

  • pLog Pith IV

    pLog Pith IV

    Da Vinci tells us to take a 2 dimensional surface and make it 3 dimensional. Modernism took a 2 dimensional surface and made it 1 dimensional. – TJA

  • pLog Pith III

    pLog Pith III

    Socrates said you are only educated when you’ve understood how ignorant you are.  You can only find that out by questioning and doubting all the time. – Christopher Hitchens, in a recent debate with Rabi David Wolpe.

  • pLog Pith II

    pLog Pith II

    You can play bloodhound for months on end and always discover something new. – Christoph Waltz during an interview with Charlie Rose, talking about his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds Name a painting that has the same effect.

  • pLog Pith I

    pLog Pith I

    We each must choose our conversation… and with whom to have it. – TJA