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  • TD Hinkle 11:14 pm on May 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Lennart Anderson over at JSS 

    There is a nice post about Lennart Anderson over at The Jerusalem Studio School’s blog.

    “For me, painting from nature is akin to playing music. The notes are there. One tries to get them down in the proper proportion to bring out the impression…Though one is drawn to see more subtly, subtlety often develops as the enemy of the large effect of the motif. The major changes in value are constantly eaten away by the awareness that the darks are being qualified by the pervasive light that is a component of the scene. This is a phenomenon noticed by comparing the motif at a distance of perhaps eight to ten feet. Contrasts are easily seen and darks seem strong but at closer distances it is apparent that light is seeping into them. My effort is to do justice to this problem, to achieve a balance between these opposite effects.” Lennart Anderson

  • iupainters 2:08 pm on May 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Editing your Gravatar- Tutorial 

    In this tutorial, I will run through how to change the picture of your gravatar. This will allow you to have whatever image you want next to your name whenever you post or make a comment. It’s essentially useless, but it looks nice. Here’s what to do:


    Sign into your wordpress account at the very top of the page when you go to http://www.wordpress.com

    Note** If you are already signed in, you will be automatially directed to another page. If that is the case, just skip to step two.


    Click on ‘Dashboard’ under the IU PAINTERS Blog.


    Your dashboard is where you will manage your username, make posts, etc. On the left hand side of the screen, you will see a bunch of drop-down tabs. Click the down arrow on ‘Users’ and then Click ‘My Profile’


    On the right side of the screen you should see a big blue icon with some text under it that says “Change your gravatar”. Click on that button.


    Click the first link that comes up. It should read “Upload a new image from your computer”. This is going to prompt you to select an image from your hard drive to use as your gravatar. The image can be any size you want- you will be prompted to crop it in the next step. If you don’t have an image in mind, you will need to pause this process and find one before you proceed. If you have a laptop with a built in webcam, you can select “Use your webcam to take a snapshot of yourself” and it will automatically use that picture. It’s up to you.


    You will be prompted to crop your image into a square format. The previews on the right hand side will give you an indication of what the image will look like when you have completed. When you have finished cropping, click the “Crop and Finish” button at the bottom.


    This step will ask you to ‘rate’ the level of your gravatar. Unless your putting up porn, I think it’s probably fine to just select ‘G’. This step is just so people who don’t want to view what they deem inappropriate content don’t have to.

    That’s all there is to it!

    ****Note: It can sometimes take a few minutes for the gravatar to have effects on your dashboard and on the blog itself. If it doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry about it. If it has been longer than a few hours and you still can’t see it, try again, or send me an email and I will see if I can help you.

  • TD Hinkle 2:11 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Interview with Gideon Bok 

    There is a really great interview with Gideon Bok over at the Painting Perceptions Blog. It gives some interesting insights into his process, what the paintings seem to be about, etc. Even though there are slightly different things going on, his studio condition reminds me a little bit of Ben Cowan’s. The paintings seem to be about the passage of time and the shuffling of objects in the studio.

    For those that haven’t seen it, Gideon Bok also writes a blog where he posts paintings in progress. It’s interesting to see how they devolope. Check that out here: http://gideonbok.blogspot.com/

    HT: MW Capacity

  • alessandrasulpy 5:02 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi Gang,
    A few of us went to ArtChicago this weekend. Amidst a sea of lacquer was this fine painter who I have become very fond of – this was my ‘major’ find at the show, but let me know what you guys found!!

    Karim Hamid

    • TD Hinkle 1:57 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing. I really like these a lot… Especially the group of paintings between 2007-2008. The paintings look like they are informed a lot by the collages… are they just straight oil paint made to look like collage?
      Even though a lot of the paintings feel slightly pornographic, it seems like they are able to transcend that subject matter more successfully than other ‘pornographic’ paintings. John Currin comes to mind.

  • iupainters 1:59 pm on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Creating a WordPress Username – Tutorial 

    A few people have been having a little trouble figuring out how to get themselves set up to interact on wordpress. Here is a tutorial on how to sign up for a username.


    Head over to http://www.wordpress.com and click on the orange “sign up now” button on the right hand side.


    Fill out all the information on the next page: a username, password, password confirmation, and primary email address. Click the button that says you have read the legal information. Then click “Just a Username, Please” (unless you want to start your own blog too, that’s up to you)


    Check the primary email address that you entered during step two. WordPress.com should be sending you an email containing a link that you will need to click in order to activate your account. This is usually sent immediately, but could take a few minutes. As soon as you get the email, click the link inside of it.


    Send me an email at hinkle.travis @ gmail.com telling me which email address of yours you used to sign up during step 2. That is how I will be able to add you as an author on IUPainters. Once I am able to do that, you will automatically see IU Painters on your wordpress ‘Dashboard’ whenever you sign into wordpress.

    That’s all there is to it!

  • TD Hinkle 2:18 am on May 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gregory Crewdson, Painting, Photography   

    Gregory Crewdson 

    This photographer’s name came up during my pre-oral and I thought it would be a nice thing to share with everyone. I had seen some of the work before, though I didn’t recognize the name when it was mentioned. Crewdson makes really elaborate sets and hires actors for his photographs. Apparently these are done without any manipulation in photoshop. I think a lot of this work  inherits interesting conventions from the history of painting. They seem to fit together as images in ways that few photographs do…. they just feel like paintings. Everything about them seems incredibly deliberate.

    Most of these seem to be about American domestic suburban life with some sort of ambiguously unsettling (and sometimes explicitly creepy) undertone. I think they are really beautiful, rich photos. Because they hold so well together as images, I actually become genuinely interested in subject matter… which as many of you know usually puts me off or is totally besides the point for me. Does anyone know more about his work, or any other photographers who are doing something similar? What do people think?

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