http://www.richardhellergallery.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=3370 At the end of April, I found myself fully vaccinated, and in LA to drop off some work for
https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Floral-I/1167135/8491788/view Let me know what you think. #michaeltole #transparency #floral #materialityofpaint #painting #monochromatic #oilpainting #manganeseviolet #stilllife #fineart #magenta #dutchstilllife
I am about to nerd out about paint, so prepare yourself. I refer to the series from which this painting comes as “Transparencies” because they use only one pigment, oil medium, and the white of the ground to achieve the value structure. The lights are achieved by thinning the paint with oil medium, not by adding white or turpentine. Therefore, the surface resembles stained glass, with a twinkling light, and pigment suspended within the paint surface.
I distrust cool. Cool is a lie we tell to protect ourselves from the heat of what really drives us. It is the solidified crust that must be peeled away to reveal the magma beneath, which is the suppressed life force that animates the deadened surface.
In The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione in the middle ages, he says that a woman’s outward beauty is the surest sign of her inner virtue. Keats famously said truth is beauty and beauty truth. What this teaches me is that men are stupid.
Art is a thing of little consequence…and I have dedicated my life to it. This would be tragic, if it