Donald De Lue 1897-1988
I have been writing this blog for two years now. I have written 757 of them in a row. I think I have missed a day or two, but that is it. My intention was to write down everything that I think painter should know. I had no outline of how that should go and the process has been accretion rather than an orderly exposition. The materials and basic methods posts are concentrated in the first six months. There is no index to the blog and the search feature at the upper left is only partially useful. Some of the posts that I think are most useful, at least from a technical standpoint, are those. I think the posts on edges and design are probably the best writing I have done . I encourage you to go back and check those out. I don't know that I will write this blog forever, but I am not ready to quit yet either.
There is a lot of art history yet to be written and I have wanted to write more about aesthetics too. I think that is the direction this blog will take for a while. There has been an increasing amount of that lately anyways. It is in my opinion the largest area of study for those who want to make good art anyway. Examining the history of art provides a model for making good art ourselves. I have covered art history only up to about 1890 and concentrated mostly on the Americans. I want to continue that, but, I have yet to do the impressionists and I want to cover the "other" painters of the 20th century, the little known American realist painters that the museums have neglected. I would like to write on the decorative arts and architecture too, not a scholarly examination, but just an armchair tour, as I think a painter should know about that too. Do you know about Eastlake? How about Asher Benjamin? Eugene Galien Laloue? Anthony Thieme? Stafordshire pottery? The Oneida colony? See, there is still some ground to be covered.
I am a little concerned that I frontloaded the blog with so much "how-to", but I have, and now I am going to have to steer the blog more in the direction of a course in aesthetics. I hope you find it interesting. But I am willing to bore you, too. I think painters need to know this stuff. In the long run the importance of taste is huge. Taste is terribly underestimated and I often see well made art that fails because it lacks taste.Taste is the integrity of aesthetics.
Either way I intend to keep going and on this the second anniversary of this project I am pleased at the enormous audience it has built.About 30,000 people a month read this blog.Or maybe one guy out there reads it 30,000 times, who knows? Thanks for reading it. I am appreciative of the time you give me. I will take a deep breath and continue. I hope I can make it worthy of the time you give me to read it and I hope I can be of service to you all.
There are still a few slots left in the second Snowcamp, the first is filled
I will lead a band of fearless painters through the snows of New Hampshire's White Mountains from a 19th century inn early next month Do you want to come? I can save you YEARS of screwing around! You can sign up here.