Knowing –Art of Learning

Art of Learning


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Recently I have been trying to reply to the comments that I have received and they have all gone into outer space. Meaning that they are not showing up. I am afraid they will all show up at the same time with many dupes. I appreciate your comments and try to reply immediately, so this is a group shout out “Thanks”


Written by Bob Martin

September 15, 2006 at 1:11 pm

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More on the work that it takes to being an “Artist”.

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The last couple of weeks I’ve been watching Roger Federer and Tiger Woods and what I can say about both is that they never look like they are struggling. They go about doing their jobs in a calm and committed way. I think they are able to do this because of the amount time they spent on getting and staying good. Both of these athletes (any many others) I consider to be artist They are not dependant on some outside authority to define them, like the “Art Elite” or the “Art Establishment” Watching them I am emotionally moved by their play. I find myself going “wow” when Tiger hits a putt into the hole from what looks like 50 feet away.

Pain If I were fortunate enough to study tennis with Federer it is doubtful that I would ever play the game in such a beautiful and artistic way. But if I put in the time and was as committed to the work I could eventually create my own beautiful and artistic way of playing the game.

I think this is the same for painters. When I first came back to painting, after being lost for a time, I would only refer to myself as a painter and only at the point that I believed that I was creating an emotional impact on the viewer did I start to speak of myself as an “Artist”. (Not at all suggesting that others do this, this is just my own personal madness) People were hearing what I was saying in my paintings (like a secret code). Like magic. I was amazed, caused my paintings don’t look like Dinnerstein, Peter Cox, Laffel, or Ted Seth Jacobs and others that I studied with. My paintings kind of look like my paintings.

“Pain” (c) “87

Bob Martin

Written by Bob Martin

September 9, 2006 at 7:06 pm

Posted in Art, Artist, Artists

Church Work and Angels

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A few weeks ago I visited a church and noticed that there was almost no art work visable. It wasn’t always that way. I got this idea to paint angels. Not your typical “DaVinci” type angel. Angel 2

“Blue Angel” (c)

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Written by Bob Martin

June 27, 2006 at 12:47 pm

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Keeping things simple

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I've been working hard on finding a balance between abstract and detail. At times I need to be rescued from myself. I will keep making my work more complicated then it needs to be and then I am disappointed. When I leave the studio for lunch, someone should just come in take what ever is on my easel, frame it and hide it from me. It would help if they paid for too, but I would settle for the painting being hidden for a while.
Sketch by Bob

Conti drawing Bob Martin 1994 (c)

Written by Bob Martin

May 10, 2006 at 10:19 pm

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Sounding and looking like George Carlin

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hornblowerFor some odd reason, Monday Night Class came to mind. I was talking to my daughter over the weekend and she asked about a couple of expressions that I like to repeat, #1 is to play the board which is an expression used in playing chess, not to get personally involved with you opponent. and #2 Keep tapping on the bridge, which came from "Stephen's, Monday Night Class" and it is a story about persistence and commitment. Well anyway, I went on line and found the this book from the seventies and started reading and wow I keep thinking about George Carlin, and like how he sounds the same and I wondered if I still sound the same. Someone will have to tell me cause I'm sure ain't listening to my self.

Well back to the bridge, there is this guy who decides he is going to tear down the Brooklyn bridge and starts hitting it with a ball pein hammer and as I remember the story, people think that he is crazy, but he stays with it and at some point the bridge begins to go into convulsions, if that's possible for a bridge. Sure enough the police have drag him off the bridge, cause it surely looks like its about to come down. Two lesson to be learned here, 1 almost anything is possible and 2 commitment and persistence will eventually pay off. Good advise I think for us painters/artist types.

Written by Bob Martin

April 11, 2006 at 1:25 am

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