Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Session Follow-Up Newsletter (04-24-2022)

Greetings, you are receiving this newsletter because you are registered for our Artist Round Table Bi-Monthly Zoom Sessions. We will be sending a follow-up newsletter like this after each session to highlight the key points discussed during the roundtable.

First, we would like to welcome David Kammerzell to the group! David Kammerzell was born in Houston, TX but was raised in, and currently resides in Denver, CO. He attended Arizona State University and Metropolitan State College in Denver studying Fine Art. Kammerzell paints vintage cowboys, objects, landscapes, figures, and collage-type imagery infused with a distinctly romantic, contemporary-nostalgic air. He seeks to put the viewer in a time machine, but one where the boundaries of memory and longing are blurred.

Congratulations to Natalie Featherston on her inclusion as a juror for the Northeast Fine Arts Exhibition of Traditional Realism! This annual juried show attracts hundreds of extraordinary artists from all over New England. This show will happen in September 2022. Stay tuned for more information.

We hope that everyone who attended the 2022 The Art of the Portrait Conference had a great experience. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the first in-person conference in two years! Also, for the FIRST TIME, the organizers live-streamed the annual conference. Anyone who did not make it, hoping to see you there next year!

In speaking about the relationship between aesthetic impact and knowledge of the personal behaviors of the artists - Anthony mentioned the notorious behavior of Caravaggio. Here’s an article about Caravaggio: The Italian Painter Was Also a Notorious Criminal and Murderer.

Books that were mentioned this past session:
How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like by Paul Bloom.
Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World by Aja Raden
Brains as Engines of Association by Dale Purves

Which one of the shapes above is Bouba, and which one is Kiki? To learn more about this effect that was discussed the last session, please follow the LINK.

Every artwork is the subject of the viewer’s interpretation. Quite often, an artist creates a work and unintentionally paints something that will take the viewer’s mind to the “dirty place”.
Entries welcome to the new category NSFWW (Not Safe for Work Work…) One might think that the artist should have seen things in his/hers paintings but alas, they did not - ( until someone pointed them out .)
Above: Clara Peeters Still Life with Cheeses, Artichoke, and Cherries, ca. 1625. This one raised a few eyebrows. What do you think???
Below are the example of NSFW from our group - once you see it - you can’t unsee it!

Above right is Natalie’s Featherston painting Fight Like A Girl (Round 24", Oil on Aluminum Panel). Someone mentioned months after Natalie painted it that the painting looked like a giant breast, with the gloves resembling a nipple. The fact that Natalie never noticed, given the irony that it’s a painting about breast cancer.

In between our bi-weekly Artist Round Table Sessions feel free to come and join the discussions on Smartermarx.