“The painting is not a depiction of the title, nor is the title a description of the painting.” -Rene Magritte
“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.”
– Pablo Picasso
“Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.” – Laurence J. Peter

Immortal Bridge Mt WuTai, China

Immortal Bridge Mt WuTai, China


Is the title of this photo important? Yes because most will want to know where this place is, a sacred Buddhist mountain in China. But…………

Explaining Art ?

Why should any artist have to explain his art to a visience? Visuance? (visual audience)

Are explanations of art relevant? Important? What, if any, value do they truly have?

Take a long, slow look at the works of the great Zen painter Niten, better known as Musashi Myamoto, one of the greatest of Japanese swordsmen. His “Shrike on a Reed” is in my humble opinion, one of the greatest pieces of art in the world. It is simplicity itself, yet it speaks to all so elegantly. Without ……….words. You can see this painting at www.musashimiyamoto.com/musashi/musahi_art.html but please remember to come back!! Come Back!!!! (Mandrake gestures hypnotically)

Some say some of my paintings are Psychedelic. Is that bad? It is supposedly passé, but trust me, psychedelic art has not gone away. Take a look at the work of Alex Grey (???) or the lettering of Roger Dean.

What was I on when I painted these mandala things? Mostly nothing. And to some degree, literally no-thing, as it is always good for me to get out of the way of my painting process, and, as much as possible, try to let conceptual though pass through the empty/ full capacity that is mind.

My abstracts speak for themselves. The geometric mandalas are works that were, to some degree, self-created. Portraits do not need labels, unless they are of a historical nature. When I did my High Def digital show at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center in February ’09, there was no explanatory text or titles for the paintings.
I could take some time and explain how I do some of my work, but that would be of interest to only a select few nerds.  Although there are a lot of peeps out there who are getting really good with Corel Painter so explanations are getting interesting on that level. Also I don’t want to give away all my secrets.

So what does this have to do with myartistego? Well, as near as I can figure out Musashi sought no praise for his work, yet all of his work immediately became collectors items. I am not at either of those points in my spotted career as an artist .  So praise is ok, folks.

So anyway here is a photo of my favorite mountain in North America…..taken on a recent trip to the Cascade Mountains in Washington, USA.


Mt Shuksan, near Mt Baker, Washington, USA
Mt Shuksan, near Mt Baker, Washington, USA


Next is the black granite & steel 50’ sign in front of US Federal Courthouse, Seattle, WA.      AutoCAD design and drawings by myself.

US Federal Courthouse sign, Seattle, WA

US Federal Courthouse sign, Seattle, WA


In the early part of the century I worked as a tech-mech CAD designer, then got my first graphic pen with the Corel Painter Classic add-on and made the leap to artistic and graphic digital media.

That was such a revelation, creating with pure light. Eat your heart out, you artists who work in oils and claim to be “painting with light” !Here is an early paining of a pluot with Corel Painter…..had a lot of fun doing this one, getting the translucent quality of the fruit just right….. actually painting with light.  Tip of the hat to Rene Magritte.  As always, thanx for visiting myartistego and be sure to visit my gallery at www.artbyinglis.com

A Pluot #4

A Pluot #4