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Monday, October 11, 2010

Walk the walk, talk the talk...

It is one thing to be able to create art, it is quite another to be able to articulate clearly one's feelings and meanings about the art. I for one really struggle with the process of communicating my fine art. Subsequently, I do not have as much a problem discussing the other interests in my life (ie., design, information architecture, usability design, and music). "What's the deal?"

Well, I've done a lot of soul searching and research and I think I have come up with an answer. My fine art (the art I do for myself and not for others) is very personal. Unlike my commercial work which I consider more of a creative service, my fine art is a process for communicating my pure thoughts and visions. Unlike commercial work which uses my creative talents as a tool to solve clients creative needs (thus the service), my fine art is self involved and self motivated. Those of you who know me realize that I am made-up of  many layers; and most of those layers I am not comfortable, through my art,  sharing except through metaphor and symbology. Metaphor and symbology, while valid forms of expression, they are not always the most intrinsic forms of communication. More clearly they are more like their ancient dionysiac counterparts–masks, which allow the artist to adeptly move between characters.

I have become enthralled with the PBS series ART21. For those of you who have not discovered this series it is a must watch (or must own). In the series established artists present and discuss their work. I mean truly, intellectually discuss their work. You are often given insight into inception and technique. Some of the work you may love, some you may hate, but what you learn about the art and artist is presented in clear, thoughtful dialogue. What sets these artists apart is their ability to clearly communicate their art and their reasons for creating their art, and this is what sets them apart.

Thus one of my highest goals has become to alleviate the boundaries that I have created around my fine art so that I can thoughtfully and clearly communicate the processes and meanings to those who are interested in my work. This blog is one of the first steps. From here I will try my best to highlight the "whys and hows" of my work. Please feel free to comment, critique, and discuss as you feel led because communication is never a one-way street.

NOTE: I mentioned ART21 but way before this series I was blessed to come across an independent documentary entitled Painters Painting by Emile de Antonio. In this film Emile interviews all of the Abstract Expressionists and asks them to define/explain their work. Before ART21 I watched this film over and over; it is brilliance and a peek into one of the most magnificent times in American art. 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Work for Review


This is a new painting in the Swirling Eddies series that I have been working on for quite sometime. For those not familiar of this series you can check them out on my Website under Abstracts. This series originated from the skies I was creating for my abstract landscapes. I've always loved swirls and I am pretty sure they can be found in all of my paintings. I have always loved the mystic spiral and it's association with nature (from my fascination with the  Fibonacci series found in nature). These paintings are very primal for me. I really let go and immerse myself in the process. There is something very cathartic about creating Swirling Eddies.

Basically they start with a background of colors hastily blended together using large brushes, squeegees, rags, whatever can create and interesting ground. I then will often free brush some base swirls on the canvas. That leads to the foundation swirls which are created using Van Dyke Brown (thinned out) and the amazing pinstriping brushes (I get these from Amazon and they are awesome). Once the swirls are dried I put on some jazz (Bebop or Latin works best) and begin blending in colors and patterns. I really get immersed in the process it is amazing and very satisfying.

There has been a lot of time past since I did one of these so there are some interesting mutations occurring. One of the biggest changes in this series is the addition of complimentary colors. The original eddies pretty much stuck to specific color families and values, making them quite mono-chromat. These new ones with the compliments really jump off of the canvas.

I'll be showing these new works at the opening of the 2010 Frisco Arts Gala (10/1/2010 7:00-11:00 p.m.) and the Grand Opening of the New Frisco Discovery Center (10/2/2010 10:00-6:00 p.m.). In the meantime please let me know what you think.

Compact & Portable Sketch Folio 1 Drawing Kit with Art Supplies

Thursday, September 9, 2010

iPhone Hipstamatic A New Obsession

Taken by T.Scott Stromberg using iPhone 4 and Hipstamatic App
I got a new app for my iPhone called the Hipstamatic and it is soooo cool. It comes with a bunch of lenses, different types of film, and flashes with the option to purchase more...It's a lot like shooting with a Holga camera (but digital and a lot quicker development time).

This shot to the right is out of the window at the EMC offices in Toronto. The colors and the composition came out just right. I took some more photos at the Wakeland vs Rockwall game last Friday night. You can get a glimpse by checking out my Photobucket page.

This app was like $4 and it is worth every penny. If you have some extra coin and an iPhone I think you should get this one. Lots and lots of retro fun!

ATC...Yah you know me!

NEW! Artist Trading Card
Here i a new ATC that I created on a
recent trip to Toronto. What do you think?
We've been playing around with ATCs at The Guild for quite a while and I really like the concept. ATC are miniature works of art that measure 2.5"x3.5" on card stock. the concept originated in Switzerland but has now spread across the globe. There are lots of sites on the Interwebs where you can find forums and trading places. Some people trade card for card and some people ask for ca$hola.

I've always liked the idea of small works. I find them very refreshing because I spend most of my time sketching in a Moleskin. I like having the ability to have experimental works that just don't get left in my sketchbooks. I also like the idea of creating affordable, transient pieces of art. They allow me to test ideas in a small scale.

I haven't decide whether or not I will sell them or trade them but if you see something you like please just drop me a line and we can talk.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Welcome to "Add More Noise" a blog by T.Scott Stromberg

So I've been meaning to update my blog for a long time. My old blog just wasn't easy to post with so I just quit blogging. So yesterday I attend this months Guild meeting and Jeb Matulich is presenting "Blogging for the Artist". I saw lots of different blog tools and thought I would just pick one and try and see how easy it would be to create a blog and post on it. Well what you see here is the beginning of my new blog. It is definitely a work in progress but so far I am loving Blogger.

A big THANK YOU to Jeb for inspiring me to get off my butt an continue to blog. If you would like to see Jeb's blog– Junky Trinkets then just click here.