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Hillel Kagan
Intimate Moments

Paintings of male and female interactions of shapes and forms.
Third of a series.


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2008-03-17

2008-03-17

Painting material and the stock model shots I'm working with

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2008-03-17

2008-03-17

Trying to make sense of some pictorial elements.

Still working on smallish canvases 91x91cm. If things work out I'll try some larger ones.

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2008-03-24

2008-03-24

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2008-04-01

2008-04-01

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2008-04-07

2008-04-07

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2008-04-07

Well I wasn't sure yesterday but when I looked at it today, it told me it was finished.

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2008-09-26

This is a canvas I've been struggling with, I've lost my way again somewhere along the line. And there I go again putting my reds before my blues. I think Delaney and I have fairly similar palettes, we probably buy the same cheap student grade oils. I can't seem to resolve this thing (maybe it is resolved) so I've put it aside and gone back to the drawing board.

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2008-09-26

These are a group of small studies I'm working on in an attempt to find my way again. I'll try to keep you posted now that my camera has batteries that will hold a charge.

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2008-09-28

2008-09-28

For Karen as promised.

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2008-09-28

2008-09-28

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2008-09-28

2008-09-28

Thanks Karen, when I took a shot of this one I realized it was finished.

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2008-10-03

Just to prove to you that I haven't been bone idle this week. On the easel are five little itsy bitsy paintings, a commitment for an upcoming show. The size was a prerequisite. The opportunity just presented itself and I figured I'd just keep working on these small studies I've been doing. My work has been getting smaller and smaller of late and these things are the smallest to date, if the trend continues maybe the work will disappear altogether.

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2008-10-13

Enough.

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2008-12-11

2008-12-11

Series of 5 small studies, all 13x18cm. That was a prerequisite for inclusion to a benefit show I was asked to be in. As I've been doing these smaller studies for paintings anyway I made these 5 small studies I intend to work up into larger paintings.

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JP Delaney
2012-01-19 22:51

Unless one is a mega rich 'n famous ArtStar, I feel people such quit hitting artists to participate in benefit shows. Really they ought to be organizing a show of the artist's work - for the benefit solely of the artist her/himself who has a real need for exposure and sales. When s/he is subsequently elevated to the wealthy star category, all's fair with asking for freebie work. So Mr. Kagan - did you attend the show in the end? How did your works go down with the benefit crowd? You mention that these were preparatory studies - were they used for later works?

Hillel Kagan
2012-01-20 01:04

Presumably if you're an artist who is making money, donating work can get you a tax deduction. For most artists that doesn't mean too much and there is no benefit for them beyond some slight exposure. But nonetheless I have given stuff to causes I like. These things were for the Art College here. It wasn't a bad concept - a mystery sale - all the work was the same itsy-bitsy size 13 cm x 18 cm and if I recall they were all the same price. So if somebody bought something they wouldn't know until afterward whether it was a piece by a well known artist or a nobody like me. I donated work a couple of times and they sold a few pieces. I worked one of them Small Study IV (top right) up into a larger painting. LINK. So I was just exploring what you've been up to here. You've been busy - Good job. Wow look at me - I'm responding to comments on my Studio Log page. Far o ut!

JP Delaney
2012-01-20 19:06

Benefit freebies for the ART COLLEGE!? Those guys ought to be ashamed for all those poor fine art graduates they push out each year - most of them equipped only to crash on the rocks of poverty, isolation, and the world's lack of interest. Instead of exploiting the ready availability of senior artists' need to exhibit, those professors should be back in the undergraduate painting school telling the wide-eyed and eager wannabe students to go find a proper job in accounting or somesuch, as there's a dead-end awaiting their exit from the degree course in hand. And then they have the cheek to ask for free art from those few remaining practicing artists still managing to put paint to canvas, despite years of seemingly pointless production of art no-one wants? Man, that does piss me off. They should be out there involving the senior artists who've seen it all to come and lecture in their college, and pay them for doing so. That would be far more useful for a young student than that mystery benefit gig you describe. Regarding the comments in the studio log - I have to admit again that you were absolutely right. At first, I had thought a space without the noise of comments might be useful but years ago you told me it would fail, and that I'd have to add the possibility for commentary if there'd be any remote possibility of artists actually verbally addressing one another. It's probably too late now, as ap has been long superseded by much better art websites but what-the-hell I figured I'd just give it a go, at least in recognition of Kagan's ever-astute understanding of people, artists, and art.

Hillel Kagan
2012-01-23 21:57

I agree with you about everything except one thing. There are no better art sites than this one especially If it's about artist to artist communication and not just showcasing images. Not surprisingly other sites are beginning to fail, My Art Space was a big (free) one that after it's first year started to flog premium memberships for money (the premise being, you got your own web page under their umbrella for less than creating your own website), I just noticed that they no longer exist. I wonder how many people paid in advance and got stuck. The studio log and forum discussions on this site have the potential to make it unique. What confuses matters are the artist's portfolios. I'm sick of looking at digital approximations and certainly can't judge the merit of a work of art based on them. As I've said time and again artists will dump images wherever they can in the extremely off chance hope of gaining exposure, representation or sales. Actually they only gain exposure to other failed artists. I think the future of this site, if it has one lies in the potential of the studio log to create interest in process and facilitate additional discussion and dialogue.

JP Delaney
2012-01-25 23:51

Feel like leading by example (again)? I've set the default order of studio logs to latest update date. Doing so, I realize I'm the only one to have used it last year. Anyway, you're up there with me too. In the next day or so, I'll start a new SLOG, and so I hope I can count on your periodic intervention? (Naturally, it'd be even better if you'd consider starting one yourself, Mister Kagan)


2008-12-11

2008-12-11

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