Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Any Crutch can be Kicked Out from Underneath You.
If you are relying on any drug, alcohol,
“muse” for creativity or artistic output, you have to realize
that you will eventually hit a dead end. Most of us have taken
something to help us relax, get past the fear and create. And it
might help occasionally or in emergency situations. But it can only
take you so far.
One problem is acclimation, then you need to
take more. Then you need more. Then at some point you are no longer
an artist but an addict. Addiction can lead to health and/or legal
problems.... and perhaps financial problems. (Some of that shit is
But relying on a drug to create art
...no matter how fancy or hallucinogenic the drug... does not excuse
you from the work of growing as an artist. (or growing as a human
being either) You will not grow by relying on a drug. Once the drug
is taken away what are you left with? The belief that you cannot
create with out the drug? You should be able to create under any
circumstances. Drunk or sober. You should be able to create if you
are tired and don't feel like it. If you are sick. If you are upset.
If the phone is ringing and the kids are screaming and the world is
falling down about you in flames.... because YOU are the artist. Not
the drug. Not this. Not that. It should come from you. No matter
I know. It sounds fun. We want to see
what will happen. We want to see what we come up with. We ant to see
what we have locked away in the subconscious. We want to see the
fancy colors and shifting patterns.... when most of us haven't
learned to see the world right in front of us now.
experience most people are observant as mud. People who call
themselves artists can't see the colors in the room. They can't see
the patterns and shapes of the human body; or the subtle rhythm of
body language and nature. Want to see some cool shit? Look at is
right in front of your nose. Learn to see proportion and negative
space before you enter the “Spirit realm” with LSD or peyote or
Instead of trying to take short cuts,
learn to meditate. It's not as glamorous as the heroin chic of the
stereotypical artist.... but you might actually make a decent work
of art for once.
Labels: art fear, drugs, meditation, rant
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Pojekt 50/50 is back on a roll with a show of mannequin heads painted by several local artists, including me. The show is this Friday at the ever- hop Belvedere's.
Here's a sneak peek preview of my work: based on VanGogh's Starry Night.
$10 to get in. Over 21 obviously. See you there.
Labels: art, pgh, projekt50/50, street cred
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Magic Luck Dragon.
We bring you Falkor from the Never Ending Story.
The biggest challenge was working under the multi -colored lights of the party hall. My lighting solution was not sufficient. I'm going to have to come up with something better for the future.
We got a lot of great feedback. The finished piece will be auctioned off at the PERSAD art auction, and we are hoping it brings a good price in for the cause.
Labels: art, lgbt, persad, pgh
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Painting Live at PERSAD
What the hell is PERSAD?
PERSAD offers health services, counseling, eductaion and advocacy for the LGBTQ commmunity, anyone affected with HIV?AIDS and thier family members.
I have been donating art for the art auction since 2008, before that I volunteered for several PERSAD fundraising events.
This year I will be painting LIVE with Lauren Toohey on the spot during the Underwriter's Circle Party. The resulting masterpiece will be up for auction in May for the big fundraiser, Art for Change.
The Underwriters Circle Party, a.ka. the VIP event, will be held on Thursday, April 11 at Jay Verno Studios on the South Side.
This year's Art for Change event will be held on Monday, May 13 at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture.
Persad's largest and most successful fund raising event will be celebrating the 25th year of Art for AIDS, which has raised over $3.75 million dollars to support Persad's Free Care Fund; allowing Persad to offer quality services to all clients regardless of their ability to pay.
Live painting is quite a draw nowadays. It's most exciting when the artist has a flow, a master of gesture, a rhythm. It's not just the resulting work. (although it certiainly helps if its good.) But the action of making art. NOt only the record of the artist's actions. But witnessing the actions itself. This. Is. Action. Painting.
And I can do this. I can do this quite well. I can hold my own against anyone. The past has proven that Lauren and I can make some great work together.
You are going to want to see this.
You can get tickets to the event
If you can make it, but want to chip in to PERSAD, you can donate at their website
Labels: art pgh, live painting, persad
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Call for Art: Super! Exploring the homoerotic subtext of the superhero culture.
If you grew up with comics and graphic
novels, you may have noticed the evidence: The incredible bodies in
flamboyant and skin-tight outfits. The leading of double lives. The
intense male/ male relationships. The strange, unusual and even
“unnatural” powers. Maybe it was the lack of positive gay role
models in the mainstream culture or maybe all superheroes ARE kinda
Things have progressed a bit from
Northstar to Batwoman to a gay wedding in Archie. This show is meant
to explore and celebrate all the hints, the winks & nods and the
glorious camp that occurred over time.
All 2D art accepted. Please keep in
mind this is meant to be an all ages show in a community center, so
explicit X-Rated images (whether violent or sexual) cannot be
accepted. The show is scheduled to open Sunday, June 2nd
in conjunction with the Gay Pride Events right in downtown
Pittsburgh. The show is scheduled to run through the end of
September. The deadline for entries is Friday May 31st.
The form you need to fill out is here.
Any questions, please contact me.
Labels: art show, call for art, comics, lgbt
Monday, April 08, 2013
Saturday night I was drawing live at the James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy.
It was a new challenge. A fairly new crowd. Something different.
I have a few drawings still left if anyone wants to purchase.
lumber crayon on thick paper. Approx 24x36" $25 each. through paypal. ships free inside the US.
Labels: angels., art pgh, live drawing, nudes
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Reports from the Battlefield. Pt 2
I was asked to curate some artwork in
conjunction with a showing of The Vagina Monologues at Point Park
University. Basically it was to collect and create some Vagina
Organic curvy images are typically associated
with feminine. But women can be logical and scientific and not always
so “flowy” so I created a very angular and .. masculine....
vagina. Its also kinda gay with a rainbow reference.
Cutting edge stuff, folks.
Here are a few of the other artworks.
Also celebrated a birthday. Go me.
April is looking as if it will be equally busy. Stay tuned.
Labels: art, pgh, vagina monologues
Reports from the Battlefield pt1.
March was busy.
The show with LUPEC
and the Morris- Levy Gallery I helped curate.
Art Attack wherein I sold the work
while it was still wet on the easel.
More to come.
Labels: art attack, lupec, pgh art
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I am what is missing.
Looks like my outsider status has been confirmed for at least another year.
Whatever would I do if was actually accepted and appreciated into the status quo?
That just wouldn't sit right.
The view is better out here.
It is best concern myself with getting better, not more popular.
Labels: art, cliques, outsider, rejection
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