2011.06.02 01:00 - Art

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Zen Arado. The comments are by Zen Arado. Present were Qt Core,  oO0Oo Resident and myself


    Zen Arado: Hi Qt :)
    Qt Core: Hi Zen
    Zen Arado: how are you?
    Qt Core: just started the first day of a 4 days weekend and already stressed
    Qt Core: you ? :)
    Zen Arado: I am good
    Zen Arado: went to bed early for a change
    Zen Arado: I have been staying up too late
    Qt Core: just a sec
    Zen Arado: and then feeling tired all day
    Qt Core: back
    Zen Arado: wb
    Qt Core: sadly i know that feeling very well
    Zen Arado: yeh i find it so hard to go to bed at night
    Zen Arado: Hi Sam :)
    Qt Core: i would like to go to bed earlier but i have some famioly issues that prevent that and than that make me go to bed nervous if not even angry so sleep don't come easily too
    Zen Arado: I find it hard to get to sleep at nights too
    oO0Oo Resident: hi Zen, Qt :)
    Qt Core: Hi oOOOo
    Zen Arado: Hi Sam :)
    Zen Arado: wouldn't it be great if we coild just switch ourselves off at night ?
    Qt Core: i had a shock last december when i found myself thinking it was quite early going to sleep at 2am
    Zen Arado: if I had a happy experience it keeps me awake too
    Zen Arado: I can see Sam on the map but not in person?
    Qt Core: yes, but then the little sleep would be a good sleep
    Qt Core: he isn't at our level
    Zen Arado: yeh
    Zen Arado: ah butterfly Sam
    Qt Core: here he is in butterfly form
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: still learning to fly.. lol
    Qt Core: and the question is who is the one dreaming ?
    oO0Oo Resident: ha! worth staying awake for that dream
    Zen Arado: you could just say 'there are dreams'
    Zen Arado: arisding out of some vast consciousness
    Zen Arado: nice colors Sam

    Sam arrives as a butterfly and reminded me of a butterfly painting I had just uploaded:


    Zen Arado: I did a painting of a butterfly
    oO0Oo Resident: ty Zen.. time to change though. ned to land.. would be nice to see your painting.. was it based on a model?
    Zen Arado: I tries to give it to you
    Zen Arado: but you are a bit fluttery
    Zen Arado: :)
    Zen Arado: nah ust froma photo
    Zen Arado: wish my j key worked better
    Qt Core: lovely colors, Zen
    Zen Arado: yeh it was the colours that attracted ne
    Zen Arado: complementary orange and violet
    oO0Oo Resident looks at picture of painting Zen has sent... thanks!
    Zen Arado: it looks distorted there
    Zen Arado: it is in portrait format
    oO0Oo Resident: 1024x1024?
    Zen Arado: no that would be square
    Qt Core: not even out of place ;-)
    Zen Arado: more like that
    Zen Arado: I did two versions of that
    Zen Arado: oil and pastel
    Zen Arado: that is the pastel one
    Zen Arado: which I sold
    Zen Arado: still have the oil one I think
    oO0Oo Resident: ... wondering about these violet coloured flowering plants... what species they are.. there is a real depth to them...
    Zen Arado: yeh no idea
    oO0Oo Resident: :) nice in the mystery... even deeper
    Zen Arado: actually you could see the proboscis in the photo but I left those out in the painting
    Zen Arado: makes it too insecty
    Qt Core: but they still go great with the oranges and golden yellows ;-)
    Zen Arado: butterflies have quite long probosces
    oO0Oo Resident: there are a lot of colours... as I look closer
    Zen Arado: (if that is the wor)
    Zen Arado: word
    Zen Arado: I don't bother with details
    Zen Arado: I could have made itr more abstract
    Zen Arado: cos it is really the colours that appeal to me
    Zen Arado: not an exact botanical representation
    oO0Oo Resident: kind of fascnated by the upper left section... what looks like . almost a stream of sorts .. the browns with squiggled highlights

    Since I had now rezzed a board to show the butterfly painting I finished up spending the rest of the session showing more paintings :)

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    Zen Arado: I used to paint a lot of azaleas
    Zen Arado: because of the bright colours
    Zen Arado: springtime Sam :)
    oO0Oo Resident: this painting is fun.. It has interesting aspects that one can keep discovering.
    Zen Arado: that one doesn't have enough resolution
    Zen Arado: it was taken with my first digital camera
    Zen Arado: whch only had 1.5 Mp
    Zen Arado: seems so little nowadays
    oO0Oo Resident waves to observerm.. heya :)
    Zen Arado: Hi Observerm :)
    oO0Oo Resident: yes that pixel storage capacity has really increased
    observerm Resident waves
    Zen Arado: yeh but remember how small the memory cards were too
    Zen Arado: 2 Mb I think
    Qt Core: hi observem, i suggest you to come here or at least cam here to see the great paintings by Zen
    Zen Arado: remember paying so much to get one with 8 Mb
    Zen Arado: same place different year
    oO0Oo Resident smiles
    Zen Arado: I took most of those photos myself
    Zen Arado: a lot of them are from a beautiful National trust Pooperty in N.Ireland called Mount Stewart
    Qt Core: this is quite realistic

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    Zen Arado: yes that couple were walking towards me and when they passed I turned around and took the photo
    Zen Arado: it was a beautiful spring day
    Zen Arado: and it captured so much the romance because of the red Rhododendrons
    Zen Arado: I think
    Zen Arado: hopefully
    oO0Oo Resident: beautiful Zen.. nicely composed.. the eye follows on fro the burst of red , right to the couple
    Qt Core: and one of them being dressed in red make the connection to the flowers stronger i think
    oO0Oo Resident: I like the shadows and light patches
    oO0Oo Resident: agreed Qt
    Zen Arado: yeh it's funny but I don't think about those thngs deliberately when painting
    Zen Arado: it's more by feel
    Zen Arado: Hi Eggsalad
    Qt Core: if an art critic would alalyze it he would find so many things you haven't thought about when painting it ;-)
    oO0Oo Resident smiles... the rhododendron has depth once again like in your butterfly piece
    Zen Arado: yeh I know
    Qt Core: i don't really believe in overalayzing art (every kind of art)
    Zen Arado: there is a beautiful Italian garden at that place
    Zen Arado: (I don't know how Italian it is)


    oO0Oo Resident: the lavender tinting of the pavers and also some purplish shadows on the one column..
    Zen Arado: and a nice lake
    oO0Oo Resident: oooh
    Qt Core: wow

    dabchicks pastel.bmp

    Zen Arado: it's nice the way you get the colours reflected in the lake
    Zen Arado: I must have sold about 30 paintings of that lake :)
    oO0Oo Resident: was just thinking the water surface..textures from smooth to rippled to wavey is done so well and with the light and shadow and reflections
    Zen Arado: from different perspectives
    oO0Oo Resident: and the subtle colours of the lillies, and the mosaic of distant foliage...
    Zen Arado: or ducks in the lake
    oO0Oo Resident: ducklings in time lol... Zen! your paintings are awesome
    Zen Arado: ty Sam :)
    Zen Arado: I have lots more in my gallery
    Qt Core: an online gallery or a rl one ?
    Zen Arado: a SL one
    Zen Arado: it's on my profile
    Qt Core: then i'll know how to spend some time in the future ;-)

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    Zen Arado: bluebells
    Zen Arado: you have blusbells in other countries?
    Zen Arado: or maybe have a different name
    Zen Arado: they are always associated with springtime
    Zen Arado: we have bluebell woods
    Zen Arado: they seem to grow better near trees
    oO0Oo Resident: so many things in this one... the symmetry of triangles, those wonderful concentric hooping branches on the right.. the way the central dark green tree is sheltered and blessed by the nearer deciduous tree.. the still water surface.. the colours1
    oO0Oo Resident: !
    Zen Arado: ha ha Sma
    Zen Arado: Sam
    Zen Arado: maybe I am better than I thought
    Zen Arado: didn't realise all that
    oO0Oo Resident: your intuition of beauty captures it all without thought Zen.. that is the truly beautiful thing
    Zen Arado: reminds me of the way an art critic analysed a Raphael painting into different sized triangles
    oO0Oo Resident: stillness and magic


    Zen Arado: think it was that one
    Qt Core: both are full of triangles and they are almost "pushed" at you
    Zen Arado: yeh
    Zen Arado: the woman is a triangle on her own
    oO0Oo Resident: that red and blue outfit is so rich and vivid
    Qt Core: time to go, thank you Zen for sharing your art
    Zen Arado: thanks for coming Qt
    oO0Oo Resident: Bye Qt, tc
    Qt Core: bye all, have fun
    Zen Arado: bye
    Zen Arado: Raphael's paintings are so soft and warm
    Zen Arado: I like pastel as a medium because they give you nice soft effects
    Zen Arado: where watercolour gives hard edges
    Zen Arado: though watercolour has charms too
    oO0Oo Resident smiles.. medium is the message
    oO0Oo Resident: how long did this one take to paint Zen?
    Zen Arado: hard to say
    Zen Arado: it was at least 10 years ago
    Zen Arado: it is an oil painting and they take longer
    Zen Arado: and sometimes I leave them and come back to them
    oO0Oo Resident nods
    Zen Arado: I did a pastel version of that one too
    Zen Arado: pastel is easier
    Zen Arado: pastel is closest to pure pigment
    Zen Arado: just pigment held by a weak binder
    oO0Oo Resident: oh? I didn't know that
    Zen Arado: so colours are brighter
    Zen Arado: yes
    Zen Arado: people associate it with chalk
    Zen Arado: but it is so much softer
    oO0Oo Resident: less and les wet... water colours, oils.. pastels..
    Zen Arado: and purer
    Zen Arado: pastels probably last longer before the colours fades too
    Zen Arado: and no cracking as with oil
    Zen Arado: or yellowing of linseed oil
    Zen Arado: but oil is nice to work with too
    Zen Arado: I never took to watercolour
    oO0Oo Resident wonders hao many times the canvass is touched in this one...
    oO0Oo Resident: *how
    Zen Arado: I was doing abstracts lately
    oO0Oo Resident perks up.. got one? you can show?
    oO0Oo Resident: hehe

    Flowers abstract.jpg

    Zen Arado: well not too abstract that one
    oO0Oo Resident: colour explodes into view dear reader
    oO0Oo Resident: oh wow
    oO0Oo Resident: reminded of oohing and awing at fireworks show
    oO0Oo Resident: these are great
    oO0Oo Resident: I see my mind reading so much into them lol
    Zen Arado: it's harder to sell abstracts though
    Zen Arado: yeh


    Zen Arado: what do you see in that one?
    oO0Oo Resident: almost a rising flame
    Zen Arado: some see a clown
    oO0Oo Resident: like a frozen moment on a candle flame
    Zen Arado: or jester
    oO0Oo Resident: I'm so drawn again and again to the SS in the yellow block
    Zen Arado: hmmm...yeh
    oO0Oo Resident: and the turqouise ribbony smear it extends from
    Zen Arado: I never noticed that before :)
    oO0Oo Resident: hehe
    Zen Arado: I better go Sam
    Zen Arado: ty for coming
    oO0Oo Resident: kk... thank you for this wonderful slideshow
    Zen Arado: np
    Zen Arado: I love showing off
    Zen Arado: :)
    oO0Oo Resident: so many amazing colours
    Zen Arado: thanks
    Zen Arado: not sure if I should add all the paintings to the log
    Zen Arado: maybe I will just post the slurl to my gallery
    oO0Oo Resident encourages Zen to add as many as humanly possible, so that readers of the log will be able to follow the comments and see the truly wonderful artwork
    Zen Arado: anyway bye for now
    Zen Arado: ok
    oO0Oo Resident: bye Zen.. take care.. ntsy, and Qt and Obs.

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    Wonderful Zen!!! Thank you.
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