When I first created this website I had a blog page (automatically). The truth is, I couldn’t think of anything to say at the time. But I stupidly felt compelled to write something. Which I did. It was a lame and vacuous short article about how to choose one’s pastels, sort of intended to be part of a series of helpful articles on the mechanics of pastel painting for beginners.
However… I am not, first and foremost, a pastel artist. I am, first and foremost, an artist. Pastels are my medium and, though I love them beyond all reason and will probably never change, what I have to say in my work is my first priority.
Having had some trouble in the recent past describing the kind of art that I do, I was relieved to discover the movement of Remodernism. My work seemed to fit with its position and aspirations, and it was easier for lazy me to describe the movement as a preface to describing my work.
Before this discovery, I had stumbled on a (to me) brave, inspiring, and validating documentary by the famous (some say infamous) art critic Robert Hughes. I was to learn later that this documentary serves as rather a bible to many Remodernists. It is called The Mona Lisa Curse.
So, as the first entry of my experimental blog, I wanted to post this documentary. Unfortunately, it is not currently available for viewing on YouTube, but below is a lovely excerpt. Watch for the full feature wherever you rent — it’s well worth it and, even if you don’t agree, it’s extremely educational.