Artist Life

Reset the clocks. Run the short loop. Walk the long way back.

Breakfast is grits and sweet potato. Veg sausages and espresso

Off to the garden shop — bags of mulch, compost; no seeds. They’ve already come from online stores. Skip the starter plants. They always tempt, but they never grow as well as from seed, or direct planting in the yarden.

Put prints from yesterday into flatten press.

Into the darkroom. Re-print yesterday’s negatives using softer developer. Ilford Multigrade and 1+9. Simple, reliable. Spend time testing imagery not chemistry.

Prints looking good. Mix scones. Bake scones. Lunch. Rice and yogurt. Start new rice. Back to darkroom

Go to next negatives on list of ‘print for edit’ — always 8x10s. Keep process simple, repeatable. Expand other areas of praxis.

Prints washing. Read some. Avoid the dead-enders, the freezer geezers that dominate the Web Forums.

Set prints drying. Cut veg for dinner. Plot out midnight readings.

Seek out Winogrand Color book? Not published?

Oh, write this and post. Do more. Do more often.

art daily

[9.2.21] Overnight

the medium is massaged
walls and malls
trade tantrums
nationalist conservatism


small parts must contain more. on viewing.
avoiding the laws, just to pay the in-laws

riding the craft carousel keeps them failures; stuck in 1st grade art.
it’s craft time: everyone get your brushes and aprons

important because craft isn’t  the commitment

don’t explore, don’t stretch beyond craft. they let craft fill them.
keeping them from certain failure beyond.

An example:
you must envy him — he has expensive possessions gotten on the cheap or free; ‘cause he is so clever, or has such successful admiring friends
He posts on Loud forums in sales brochure english, like a clerk without a law degree. maybe a low degree

Fear of not knowing becomes not doing; no mistake worse than that.

Overnight: Art &&

notes from the table:

MacLagan - Psychological Aesthetics
the rise and fall of the aesthetic
the split between inner and outer worlds and the impoverishment of psychological life
from iconograph to embodiment
from inarticulate to aesthetic form\
//rl inart to artic form
aesthetic, beauty and soul
art therapy and the therapy of art
towards a new psychological aesthetics
putting aesthetic and psychological qualities into words

Efland - Art and Cognition
the uneasy connection between art and psychology
artistic development in cognitive development theories
the cognitive revolution and conceptions of learning
cognitive flexibility theory and learning in the arts
obstacle to art learning and their assessment
imagination in cognition
the arts and cognition: a cognitive argument for the arts

Modell - Imagination and the Meaningful Brain
Uncertain steps toward a biology of meaning
metaphor, memory, and unconscious imagination
imagination's autonomy
the corporeal imagination
internality and the self
directing the imagination
the uniqueness of human feelings
feelings and value
imagining other minds
mirror neurons, gestures, and the origis of metaphor
experience and mind-body problem


Cognition through color