Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Year of 2014, so far...

Yep, I have been away for a while and making money elsewhere, starving artists do that.  I have dabbled on my crafty side in the past year. I went through an apple phase last fall ...

I had a ball creating these.  Kinda... getting back to basics.  

And that led me right into doing this. I am pleased with this piece and am sure Robert Henri would find something to say about it, although I am sure it would be negative but dang it, I like it. I have signed it and since removed it from my easel.

That all I have for today but remember happy trying to paint y'all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Starving Artist gets FREE Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Products

You may find this funny, annoying or plain silly but I promise you it will be honest.  I'm a BzzAgent, which means I get new products to try for FREE along with coupons and samples to share. Burt's Bees is my very first real Bzz Campaign and I want to do a good job so they'll give me more products to try.  I received a full size bottle of Burt's Bees Moisturizer and Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin.  I have been using them for about 3 weeks now and I find them to be very comparable to Aveeno. My skin is sensitive and it has not broken my face out, as a matter of fact it feels rather smooth. It did not erase my wrinkles but it didn't promise to do that. On a grading scale 1-10, with 10 being highest, I give it an honest 9 ... I'd give it a 10 if it had a pleasant smell but there is no smell at all.

This is what they sent me Free!

You may think this a little off the mark for an Artist's Journal but I am an Artist and a Woman that likes her skin to look and feel good.  But, let's think about it ... the artistic chemistry involved in making this stuff is ART in the ultimate sense and way surpasses my ability. On second thought, a painter's mind constantly mixes hues to create values and shades of color that will portray an image or feeling.  You think I could mix a concoction to make face cleanser and cream? Nah, I'd probably blow the lab up.

(cough, cough) I wouldn't have to be a 'starving artist' if some of you would buy my artwork. (hehehe)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Know it all people ....

“Those who simply collect technique have at best only a second hand lot. A great artist is one who says as nearly what he means as his powers of invention allow. An ordinary artist often uses eloquent phrases, phrases of established authority, and if he is skillful it is surprising to see how he can nearly make them fit his ideas---or how he can make the ideas give way to a phrase. But such an artist is not having a good time. 

A snake without a skin might make a fair job of crawling into another snake's shedding but I guess no snake would be fool enough to bother with it. ...
IF IN your drawings you habitually disregard proportions you become accustomed to the sight of distortion and lose critical ability. A person living in squalor eventually gets used to it.” Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

Not promoting this book just an example
Wow, this an artist after my own brush! I have often been told in my life that those who can do and those who can't stand by and tell you how to. I must admit, that really gets under my skin sometimes. I just hate for someone to say to me "if you did this" and speak in terms that only one can find in what I call 'idiot books'. You know the books I speak of. The ones that convince people (that don't have a clue how to hold a brush must less how to keep the paint from sliding off the canvas) that they can tell you what and how to do. These are the people I want to take my paint brush to. I'd probably paint question marks all over their tiny little beady-eyed faces so when I looked back at them I could simple say, “Question? Why the hen are you here invading my space if you don't like the quality of my air? Crawl back in your own snake skin.” I mean really--gets on my last nerve.

enough said for today ... happy creating ya'll. P.H. Original's aka/Pam Hartfield

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

'Letter of Criticism' ~ Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

It appears I don't have a lot of inspiration this morning ... this is not a good thing.  What am I thinking? Today could be the perfect opportunity to meet my 'muse' head on and put the ideas in play.  Okay girl, get it together.

Today lead me to a 'Letter of Criticism' written by non other than Robert Henri to a student/friend.
         "You have gone there to find yourself.  What you have started, this thing of becoming an artist, a real one, almost every man fails at.  Few have the courage or stamina to go through the parts one has to go through alone in more ways than one.
           I don't believe in being inhuman.  I should feel sorry for the man who would not cry for company or sympathy.  The human creature must have these things, and when you can't stand it you will have to dig out and get your belly full--and then go back.
           If you go through this winter you will come out a strong man and you will be well aquainted with yourself.
           It's hard.  I shiver with the cold.  It is easy maybe to sit here and write this, seated by a steam radiator.  But I know what it is like to be in the cold and alone in both ways. .......
          You are not yet used to the weather.  You can't jump from comfort into the conditions of such life.  And then the snow is to come.  Get ready for the wonder of it, and paint like a fiend while the ideas possess you.
          ... If you paint two or three hundred canvases this winter and a dozen of them are really good and say your say of yourself, time and place, you can be happy." Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

I sit at amazement that I stumbled across this letter, what a metaphor!  It was just the kick in the pants I needed today.  The irony is, usually, I do a lot of painting in the winter but this winter has lead me to a lot of obstacles in my path. And the hurdles have been higher than I could muster the courage to jump.  But ... all this has lead me to do this blog and that, in itself, is proving to be my soul searching place in the cold.

happy creating ya'll, P. H. Original's aka/Pam Hartfield

Monday, March 28, 2011

If the artist is alive in you .. Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

"IF THE artist is alive in you, you may meet Greco nearer than many people, also Plato, Shakespear, the Greeks. In certain books -- some way in the first few paragraphs you know that you have met a brother.

You Pass people on the street, some are for you, some are not." Robert Henri, The Art Spirit.

El Greco 


All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.

For my two cents worth today I give you one of my favorite Rat Packers as I could not have said it better myself and this, my friend, is my brother.

Friday, March 25, 2011

I hope to be scared soon :/

531 × 390 - Robert Henri, Girl Seated by the Sea, 1893
16 x 20 - Pam Hartfield, Path to the Sea
 Imagine a world where you sit on top of the Ferris Wheel and never feel the slightest shiver or get the feeling you could fall.  What if you never felt a little eerie entering a haunted house or after you've climbed the mountain not been a little afraid to peek over the edge? Ever peered out at the vastness of the Ocean and wondered what creature looms away from the shoreline, but gasped at the beauty and intrigued by it all?

 In the words of our infamous Robert Henri, "Everybody who has any respect for painting feels scared when he starts a new canvas.  A person who has never been afraid has no imagination.

A GREAT painter will know a great deal about how he did it, but still he will say, "How did I do it?"  The real artist's work is a surprise to himself." Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

I'll buy that! I have yet to touch a new canvas when my hand didn't quiver just a bit. I bite my lip and say a little prayer.  I have even been known to whisper to myself, "It's okay me and God have this."  It's when a painting goes astray and lends itself to some form that has no recollection of realness that I whisper again, "Lord, where did I go wrong?"

I'll leave you with these thoughts to ponder today ...  GET SCARED PEOPLE and paint. (imagine the fear in me when I clicked the button posting Henri's seashore beside mine)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'm not Famous but I'd Like to be ...

Yes, that's me non-famous Artist Pam Hartfield.  Wonder what it would be like to really be famous?  Never mind being rich!  I could paint until my hearts content, start a school for all those who really want to paint and can't afford to buy the supplies.  The list would be endless.  I can see it now P.H. Original's aka/Pam Hartfield up in lights with cameras flashing and journalist asking questions.  I wonder how many times I would stumble over my own feet walking that red carpet?  We all know I shoot from the hip when I have something to say so I assume they would just love to quote me saying something utterly stupid ... but then again that's part of my charm don't you think? ;)

On to a more serious note about someone who was famous in his own time, Robert Henri.

Robert Henri, Gertrude Venderbilt Whitney, 1916
"A work of art is not a copy of things.  It is inspired by nature but must not be a copying of the surface.  Therefore what is commonly called "finish" may not be finish at all.

You have to make your statement of what is sential to you-an innate reality, not a surface reality.  You handle surface appearances as compositional factors to express a reality that is beyond superficial appearances.  You choose things seen and use them to phrase your statement." Robert Henri/ The Art Spirit

"In other words if you want a picture buy a camera." Pam Hartfield/non-famous artist