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Friday, January 25, 2013

Victor Alcazar - Mexican Painter

Contemporary Art
Modern Art

After I did my self-interview, I showed it to Veronica Navarro, owner of Gallery Studio 18, and asked her if she had ever heard of an artist doing a self-interview before. She said: "Yes. Victor did one a while back."

Oh no !! She burst my bubble !!  I thought I was the first one irreverent enough to interview myself. I thought I was unique...one of a kind !!!  What a bummer !!!  :(((

Oh well...

I would like to introduce to you the talented Mexican artist who stole my idea before I even had a chance to think of it:  Victor Alcazar.

I warn you, he is more irreverent than I am. His work is definitely original and colorful and, as you will see,  he has a very vivid and creative imagination.

To see more of Victor's work, go to his blog:   Victor Alcazar

If you are curious about my self-interview, go to: The Irreverent Artist

VICTOR ALCAZAR - Self-Interview

Q.- What do you do? How do you define yourself?

A.- I´m an artist that´s always looking for creativity in the image until I  reach the finished work.

Q.- What is your goal?
A.- To have an interesting career in in the art world.

Q.- Give us your bio in 4 lines.
A.- I was born with the same needs as everyone else and they progressively transformed until I reached an artistic life. I grew in my personal search. For several years, I studied  various artistic disciplines. I have traveled looking for interesting people who could help enrich my life and my work.

Q.- Do you exhibit your works on the web? Where can we see it?
A.- At the following address:
This blog has allowed me to share my work without having to pay which is always a  good alternative.

Q.- How is an idea born? What is "inspiration" to you?
A.- Inspiration comes out of need. That´s what motivates me. Each day I wake up and I have art for breakfast, lunch and dinner and I nourish myself with it. It´s a good thing to do because, generally, I don´t go one single day without creating something. It's my reason for living as well as my sustenance.

Q.- What role does technology play in your creative process?
A.- There´s variety in my work as to themes and materials.
I depend on a variety of materials to form ideas and create the final work. Technology is present in every aspect of my life and work.

Q.- What is art to you?
A.-  My answer to that question that art generally meets certain academic  rules, but that it´s also true that you can discover it daily in an old wall paper, alphabet soup, the colors in soap bubbles, etc..
It´s not a good idea to reject any form of expression.  You can create art if you do it with conviction regardless of whether you use new materials or recycled ones.

Q.- Under what circumstances do you get your best ideas?
A.- When I work under pressure and conscientiously put  a lot of time into my work. Even when some great ideas come along and even though sometimes simplicity is best, I continue working on them and polishing them. I am very methodical with the final quality of my work.

Q.- How do you test an idea to see if it´s a good one?
A.- If it´s a good idea,  it is already full-proof regardless of the author himself. It surpasses boundaries, thoughts, religions and time.
Q.- Name a creative idea that you wish had occurred to you first.
A.- The following website:   la rueda.la vida
Q.- When did you start to see yourself as an artist?
A.- When someone paid for my work. Until then, I had only considered my art as an isolated expression of my thoughts on the world.

Q.- Why do so many artists and creators have volatile personalities?
A.- There are all kinds of people but artists usually feed off of the channel and the waves of  life which is in constant movement. It is hard to define in which direction it's moving other than the basic rule which is constant change.
One day we see artists doing one thing and next day we see them doing something different.
Q.- Do you consider yourself postmodern?
A.- No.
Q.- How should one judge a work of art?
A.- It should be based on the artist's expression and the influence it has on people.

Q.- Does an artist have to reinvent himself each day?
A.- Yes. It´s an eternal law.

Q.- Which artists do you admire and how have they influenced your work?
A.- Gigger is one of them.  I admire the work of many artists even if they are not famous and even if their theme is not similar to mine.

Q.- Is authentic art necessary?
A.- No. One can live with sub-art if necessary.

Q.- Is it hard for you to let go of one of your works when it sells?
A.- No. For me it´s a pleasure to sell my work.

Q.- Does one purchase the work or does one purchase the artist?
A.- Both...in one single payment.

Q.- There are no guides in art. How do you know what your work will turn out to be.
A.- That is dictated by life and necessity.

Q.- Do you think it´s right that most of the works in museums are from dead artists?
A.- Yes. It gives us the opportunity to remember the great cultural heritage of humanity and how it has influenced our present.

Q.- What roles have merchants, representatives, gallerists and intermediaries  played in your life?
A.- Generally,  I have not needed any of them to sell my work because I promote myself. However,  should I meet someone who is interested in my work and is willing to sign a contract, I might be interested as well.

Q.- What kind of commission work do people usually request?
A.- Portraits, murals, caricatures, designs for specific places or specialists. A little bit of everything. Also social projects such as giving art classes.

Q.- Which one of your works do you like the most?
A.-I wish it was only one so that I could answer but there are many. Therefore,  I cannot answer that question.

Q.- Are you a collector? Do you collect anything?
A.- I recycle objects. I hardly ever collect anything except the images in my mind.

Q.- What websites do you visit?
A.- Those that are relative to art. There are also some other good ones too. Someday, I hope I can remember their names.

Q.- What advice would you give to beginning artists?
A.- Live the fascinating world of art just as it is without following the rules of the consecrated artists.
He who is...will be.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Nude Male #4 - Painting Demo

Contemporary Art
Modern Art

A friend suggested that I call him "The Stud".

Male Nude #4 aka "The Stud"
Original Oil on Canvas
by Beatriz Socorro

This is another alla prima (wet-on-wet) painting.

Notice how I like to do what some say I shouldn´t, such as blending paint directly on the canvas and that I hardly ever start a painting with an imprimatura. Naughty, naughty !!

What is imprimatura? 

The only color I blended first on the palette. before applying it to the canvas with a palette knife. was the off-white, for which I first mixed White with barely a pinch of Cadmium Yellow Pale.

The other colors were applied straight from the tube: 

Medium Red
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Sienna

If you enlarge and observe the photo, you will notice that the quantity of Medium Red applied decreases as you go up, that there´s more of it on the left and hardly any on the right side.

The burn Sienna was applied only at the bottom.

Because this is a wet-on-wet painting there is no need to add mediums, unless the paint in your tube has thickened some and you need to thin it a bit. You can mix it with some linseed oil to give it back its fluidity before applying it to the canvas with a palette knife.

Nude Male Painting Demo
Step 1

Now comes my favorite part.

With a flat brush dipped in the off-white paint,  outline the figure.

And then...let your fingers do as they wish.

I love to use my fingers when I paint. I love to feel the paint. I love to let my fingers do as they wish without further thought on my part.

It´s an intimate feeling - not sexual, not a fetish - but definitely something very sensual and  intimate with the paint and the work.

The truth is:  I never create the work...it creates itself.

For me, it´s always such a pleasure to watch as it evolves with a mind of it´s own.

So, use your fingers, let them do as they wish, without any expectations on your part, and experience what I am talking about.

Nude Male Painting Demo
Step 2

Using the same colors, mix the Medium Red with Cadmium Orange to obtain the darker shade and use the same off-white for the lighter areas. For the very dark areas use pure Burnt Sienna.

Above you can see how I first applied the paint side by side, as if painting by numbers.

Once you have filled in the different areas, with a brush start to blend. Notice that this time, though, instead of just softly blending the edges, I also lightly blended the colors with each other. When you do this you must be careful to avoid excessive blending.

I suggest that if you have never done this before, you try it first on your palette or a separate piece of canvas and see how it works. Otherwise you will ruin your painting.

You want to move your brush lightly  and freely from one color to another without excessive blending.

The photo below shows how I first applied the colors side by side and how I then  started to blend the colors.

I usually let the brush follow the direction of the shape of whatever subject I am painting. In other words, an ocean would be with horizontal strokes. Clouds would be curved, etc..

But in this case, you will see that I just let the brush go in whatever direction it wanted.

Nude Male #4 Painting Demo
Step 3

Have fun and God Bless !!!

Monday, January 7, 2013

SAATCHIONLINE - How To Photograph Your Paintings

Contemporary Art
Modern Art

How to Photograph Your Paintings

Here´s a great explanatory video on how to photograph your paintings.

Also, if you´re already are an established artist, this is a site you might want to consider to exhibit and sell your work.

How to Photograph your Paintings - Saatchionline.com

Oil Painting Tips - artinstructiondemos

Who is Charles Saatchi?

Saatchi - BBC

Saatchi - Dailymail

Charles Saatchi - The Guardian

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My God Thinks I'm Fabulous

Contemporary Art
Modern Art
Fine Art

My God Thinks so Too!!!

source: Anti-Gay Bullying Awareness