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Arto on the Walk – Day 5 to 6

October 15, 2016

Promo –

Art On The Walk, at the Henry Deane Plaza Monday 10th – Friday 14th October between 8.00am-7.00pm. Over the week follow each work of art on facebook.com/henrydeaneplaza and get a chance to vote for your favourite artist at henrydeaneplaza.com.

Day 5

The day was fine and slightly windy, my drawing was bombed with bird dropping at least 6 times, much cleaning and adjustment was needed to fix those wounds. I mainly focused on tonal rendering and added a small frog(kek) to the drawing, many small areas of focus to clarify the multi-level story that was unfolding.

I was asked many things by the audience, one thing I did say more than once, “If Rembrandt was working on a drawing in his studio for a number of weeks before he started to paint, this would be the equivalent drawing. The difference would be, I am in the middle of Sydney, drawing on the ground, in a plaza with thousands of passers by, chatting and taking photos, working for only 5 days, I am sure Rembrandt would find the 21st century an undesirable place, noisy, full of distractions and not a place to contemplate deep and meaningful ideas on a drawing board, let alone a master work. ”

I talked to many while I defined the artistic vision, getting ever closer to the end. A few more small things and all was done.

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Day 6

I arrived at 9.20, I had missed an earlier train. I just added 4 leaves on the main tree and cleaned someones absent minded foot prints from 2 parts of the drawing. Minor adjustments to some needed areas, signed it and all was done. In those 5 and a bit days I spent at least 7 hours a day standing with my legs apart drawing with the end of the pencil, enjoying every painful lunge, with a great desire to render my deep ideas , I never felt tired or listless, only pure CHI, as I had only honor and love to drive all my inspirations, not monetary gain.

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The photo is not quite the best, I had a problem with the lighting, I will re-post a better picture in the future.

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I hope you enjoyed my creative journey, I will write a 20 page essay on the meaning and my considerations that took place while I dug deep into what has occurred in the history of the 20th century and what we have forgotten about from our ancient past, something I contemplated in those 5 days, where many others I know would take years for same outcome, as a masterwork does not fall out of an empty shelf.

Many decades of drawing have taught me to simplify the subject, harmonize the composition and let the viewer become involved in the process of piecing the story together, without too many complex thematic images or jarring abstracted ideas, each which can take away the underlying beauty and truth of artistic expression.

Modern art (or Post Modern Art) has no longer a place in the life of man in the 21st century, it has completely failed in communicating a balance of the deep emotional needs, spiritual and intellectual wants of a complex world that has incoherent images thrust into every aspect of our daily life. As a working Artist I have passed though the fire and brimstone of every modern art genre and found that our survival as intelligent, self reliant humans have been sorely compromised by the fake “isms” that has its only goal of supplying a never ending stream of “junk art” to fill the Modern/Post Modern Art Industry, enriching the Galleries and destroying the Artists. I have made it my goal to restore the faith in the ability of our Artists to present beauty, truth and a deep dialog with those who want to become enlightened in our population. My art has a tradition that is thousands of years old and it will survive many more, the deconstruction of art in the 20th century was but an aberration doomed to destroy itself and finally become something to be scorned.

Thanks for following my work, Regards Arto.

 

Arto on the Walk – Day 1 to 4

October 13, 2016

Promo –

Art On The Walk, at the Henry Deane Plaza Monday 10th – Friday 14th October between 8.00am-7.00pm. Over the week follow each work of art on facebook.com/henrydeaneplaza and get a chance to vote for your favourite artist at henrydeaneplaza.com.

The passers by can watch the compositions grow from a few sketchy lines to the completed artwork, I am very excited to be drawing at the very hub of the Sydney commuters. I am looking forward to putting many hours of creativity for the public to enjoy, please come and visit, if not then follow our progress on Facebook. If you do not know me, do not be afraid to have a small chat while I work, I do enjoy entertaining a large crowd while dancing on the end of a pencil, LOL, Arto.

My running commentary:

Day 1

A nice warm day, perfect to attack the paper with some quick pencil sketches. The other Artists are a terrific bunch of hard working crafters, good enough to scare the pants out of the average sketcher.

They day went well and I completed the initial sketch in record time, I worked like lightening, without hardley a break, I hope my crowd pleasing pencil dance inspired all in attendance, LOL.

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Day 2

It was failing light near 6.30pm, I was struggling to get a clear photo of drawing. My leg muscles ached all day but I still carried on, just too much fun for this old dude LOL. I have 3 more days and all I will be doing is increasing detail and I will not add any colour, as the overwhelming response from the public was keep it as a pencil drawing. I agree, the paper that we are using is not suitable for my classical approach to pastel/watercolour/gouache, yet I could just smudge my way through and ruin a very comprehensive pencil drawing, which this paper is an excellent choice.

The cotton paper of choice would have cost over $100 a sheet, not economical for a live venue, where problems can occur with wind and weather. My only choice is to use this as a drawing in its own right rather than sully it with an unsuitable medium. The crowds have been fantastic and very responsive to our live drawing, all the Artists involved are absolutely the nicest folks around, not to forget the quality organizers.

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Day 3

I forgot to take photos on day 3, my legs muscles were wrecked LOL, try lunges for 9 hours and you’ll understand ouch !! I did a lot of detailed work that day, arriving home at 9.15, a very tired Art soldier.

Day 4

My legs muscles improved overnight but the weather didn’t. The day was filled with strong gusts and threats of rain, to offset that, the drawing went smoothly and crowds were fantastic!!! 🙂 Some extremely interesting visits from members of the public, I am definitely a fan of those that pass through Henry Dean Plaza LOL. The sprinkling of rain come late in the afternoon, while all the Artists acted as a highly co-ordinates team of well trained professionals picking up all the artwork in less than a minute!! You just got to love all the Artists in the group.

Some of us worked in the storage room from sometime, until the rain abated, then another burst of rain came, then back out again. It was a fun day for all with many laughs while birds bombed our artwork with their droppings LOL We are looking forward to the last day for everybody to put their finishing touches on each work.

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See you Tomorrow with the picture file when its completed, Regards Arto.