Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Another example of spatter

Because I've had trouble getting to the easel this week, here's another (not recent) example of spatter; it will be pretty subtle to see given the size of the reproduction. Because I'm pretty literal, I tend to use spatter only where it was in life, as on these plates. The black plate had teal and white speckles and faux marbling lines, and the blue bowl I think had just white speckles.
"Heritage" ............... oil ............... 20" x 32"
The 'heritage' refers to my childhood growing up in New Mexico (given my rant, I suppose the chilies represent the various degrees of my temper!) and my love for New Mexican cuisine. Did this take a long time to paint? Yes; yes, I think you could say that. Because of various upheavals and interruptions in life, it was started about 8 years before it was completed. I'm glad I finally finished it.

33 comments:

  1. R, That's OK you make us smile. We all get those sometimes. I would be doing the same thing as you probably louder since I'm French !
    Beautiful picture quite fitting for this moment. : )

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  2. wow!! I'm so sorry you're going through a rant R. It sounds like it is justifiable though. Sometimes our reputation is so closely tied to our name.

    Casual acquaintances misspell my name frequently. [Shiela, Sheela, Sheilah, Shila, Shelly, Sandy] I don't mind that much but I would get upset if it's something related to my work.

    Healing and Calming hugs!!!

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  3. Thanks, Dominique and Sheila! I don't know what I'd do without my blog friends. I felt better just writing it down.

    Having it on a printed invite that was mailed out to a list of a couple thousand, ouch, that's what hurts! It seems so... permanent, (even though they'll all be thown out in a day or two). So much for trying to build a mystique, and a reputation!

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  4. R. (or should I say "AARRRRRH!") You certainly have a right to be miffed. In the grand scheme of things, though, it's pretty comical. Just think, you could use this story at future receptions. Anyhow you still have a mystique to me. Stay enigmatic.

    "Heritage" is beautiful. Great composition and color as always.

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  5. Well, there's another potential issue here. If you are concerned about potential collectors looking you up, they would need to know how to misspell your name.

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  6. I get my name misspelt and mispronounced all the time! I'm actually used to it and I'm always surprised if someone gets it right!
    Love this painting! Mexican cuisine....yum!

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  7. R, and I thought I was the only one with that felt this way! Because of your rant I feel much better now :) I COMPLETELY understand your being upset, I would be too!

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  8. Oh and I LOVE your new work! Gorgeous!!!

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  9. Doug, Thanks for my backing my right to ridiculous outrage!

    And Paula, you have an excellent point! Actually one of my inlaws who's never bothered to learn how to spell my name, either, complains she can Never find my website (big eye roll)!

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  10. Manon, you are right and I should be used to it by now. I once thought of starting a collection of misspellings of my name (we some weirdly addressed mail!

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  11. Thanks, Teresa!
    I was worried that ranting would send people scurrying away from my blog, but everyone's been so understanding. Guess it must happen to lots of us.
    THANKS EVERYONE!

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  12. Hi R,

    I wish I'd read your blog before I said I'd like to know your name.
    It is strange writing to an intial, but I am sorry now for saying so.'

    Typos and misspellings are so common today, it's hard to take that personally.

    Take care,

    Barbara

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  13. I think your rant was wonderful...you are human and real. I guess that makes you a real human! Now's the time to paint all those plates that you broke. You didn't break any plates? Oh well, there's always next time. My last name is mispronounced and misspelled on a regular basis. Only the Swedes get it right.

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  14. Very cool splatter technique! I may refer back to your blog if I ever need to splatter something in a painting.

    I don't blame you for being angry about your name. As an artist we spend a HUGE amount of time building a reputation. We don't use business names, we use our own names so it's very important that it gets spelled right especially on a show invite that we are going to be in!

    I'm sorry that happened to you!

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  15. I wonder why the people who did your card did what they did...are they trying to make you furious?? Do they harbor ill will?? Honestly...I bet they are jealous of your beautiful work. Some people are envious of others and do things like this "innocently" when in fact there is something Freudian going on.

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  16. Your artwork is so amazing!

    Imagine how people constantly massacre MY name. !!! There's also one person in my painting class whom I've known for over a year, who still pronounces my name wrong. Oh well.

    By they way, love how you have the rant in RED CAPS. It's very fitting.

    There must be something in the air, everyone and everything's been bugging me too lately. Or maybe it's just the perimenopause thing.

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  17. Hi Barbara,
    You are so right, typos are endemic these days, and I, as a notoriously bad typist, am responsible for many. I have pleaded with blogger to put a spell check in the comment section, to no avail thus far.

    Still, as a graphic designer, proofreading is a way of life for anything going to print. Preferably with at least two sets of eyes.

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  18. Thanks Joyful, from one semi-nameless artist to another! A certain level of anonymity is a treasure.

    Thanks Kim, I'm sure you must know what it's like!

    Celeste, that's an interesting take, though no one who has seen me furious would wish to bring that firestorm on! LOL!

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  19. Jala, Thanks, and I did think of you and how you must go through this, too! And you may be right about something being in the air... yes, everything is making me irritable for the past few days, too. Barometric pressure? The snow on the way?

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  20. Hi R - went straight to the red type after admiring the rather fabulous painting posted before it. Good for you, give them hell! I don't have your problem, only when it's "Hey you" - you deserve and have earned your right to call yourself "R" and it should be respected by everyone in the art world.

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  21. I love New Mexico cuisine too and HATE it when people misspell my name. I am also a stickler for etiquette, and they really should have cared about the mistake. At least you know that your artwork at the show will be fabulous. :)

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  22. Just found your blog and love your work. You have good reason to rant. Maybe in a few years when you are rich and famous you will be able to look back and laugh at this....

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  23. Hello Mr. R. I, too, am guilty of skipping the black type and went straight to the red-rant type. It is considered unprofessional to have any misspellings and incorrect usages of names in any printed material. You are right and they are wrong.

    As for the Stress Relief Tea you are drinking, I prefer a very dry martini, with a couple of jalapeno stuffed olives, preferably gin with a splash of vermouth...hey, that's a recipe for your new blog! :)

    I thought I was a follower of yours, but did not see my name up there, it's there now! Take care and rant as much and whenever you want to!

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  24. Liz, Anne, Judy, thank you for acknowledging my right to rant-- it helps me get over it faster.

    Angela, The martini sounds great; but I only get have the good stuff after 6! (;
    Thanks!

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  25. Whoa, Mr. Garriott, I owe you an apology. I just got to your blog now and read your rant. Having mentioned you in my blog yesterday, I hightailed it back to check the spelling and ya, I misspelled it, but not intentionally I assure you. I remember checking the spelling, going back and adding the second t, but I guess I didn't save it properly and of course it posted incorrectly. I realize your concern was with the printed invites, but still, very sorry. With a name like Schwarz, it's quite a little miracle if it ever gets spelled correctly, so I understand your frustration. The correction has been made. Another great painting by the way.

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  26. Oh, Mr. Schwarz!
    Don't worry-- I'm not nearly as worried about misspellings on blogs (I'm a terrible typist myself!)--
    and Thanks!! for the mention your blog! Try Tip #5 to adjust your blues and cyan levels.

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  27. I can't find the rant, but the whole misspelled/mispronounced name thing is a sore spot for me too. I have two first names--except my last name isn't pronounced De-neese, it's pronouned Dee-nice, with a long "i". Nobody ever gets it right (with good reason, since it doesn't make any sense). I don't mind having my name mispronounced. What gets me is that I seem to get called Denise more often than I get called Kim--and sometimes by people who know me quite well. I HATE that!! I know better than to take it personlly...and yet, I kinda do, LOL.

    There is NO excuse for misspelling someone's name on a publication. That would make me furious.

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  28. Thanks Kim! I wondered how that might be for you with two first names (sort of)! The misspelling, misprouncing is a bane to many of us.

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  29. Well, I didn't read the rant, but I can imagine. A writer at a newspaper WHERE I USED TO WORK wrote a piece about me and spelled my last name with an "sen" instead of "son." It's enough to make you cry.

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  30. A good case in point, Carrie. Ouch! I had it happen to me once in the newspaper, too. So much for my 'fifteen minutes of fame'.

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  31. There's so much going on in this one!

    A lot of different subject matters that shine on there own.

    I love the striped cloth as a backdrop.

    A colorful and visually interesting painting all around!

    -Dean

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  33. Thanks Dean! It's one of the more complicated paintings I've tackled.

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.