Newberry, Apollo Beach Turquoise, pastel

Newberry, Apollo Beach Turquoise, 2020, pastel, 18x24 inches
Newberry, Apollo Beach Turquoise, 2020, pastel, 18×24 inches

Continuing my color theory exploration with a turquoise atmosphere, pink light, and green shadow. For instance the sand is a mixture of turquoise, pink, and beige which becomes a sort of gray, but then water and sky get to have a lot of saturated color of blues and turquoise. The white of the waves has pink in the lightest parts with white with delicate pale green shadows.

The last two days I read a friend’s book, CallSign Voodoo by Boone Cutler. It is about his time as PsyOp specialist in Iraq. Later today I will write a review. He is a good man and brilliant. In many ways it was horrifying, I have never harmed anyone intentionally or killed anything other than mice (in traps) and mosquitos. I had planned to write the review last night, but instead I pulled an all-nighter, drawing this pastel — restoring my sense of benevolence and joy and my motive for being. I am always surprised and disappointed when artists bitch in paint. What the fu*k is wrong with them? Art is about evolution, leave the crap behind. If they want to use it as therapy, show us where they want to go in life, what goals they would like see made real. A therapist wouldn’t let them get away with the bs they pull in paint.

A synesthetic feeling I get from this is the feel and sound of crunching salt-encrusted sand.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 11/13/2020

2 Replies to “Newberry, Apollo Beach Turquoise, pastel”

  1. Thanks for another post Michael – I always look forward to them – I have enjoyed the colour theory posts in recent weeks and months. Formal analysis plays little role in contemporary art theory, as you often demonstrate, and it’s really good to read it as it applies to your work.

    However, I wonder where not “bitching in paint” (excellent phrase) would leave works such as Goya’s ‘3rd of May’, his ‘Saturn…’, ‘Capriccios’ or ‘Disasters of War’? Or Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, Munch’s ‘Sick Child’ – Daumier, Kollwitz, Nash and many others?

    Perhaps your comment is framed within the context of your writing about much of contemporary art and the “crap” you refer to refers to that, rather than the representation of the “crap of life” which I would read “bitching in paint” to mean. But if you meant the latter, to use your own terminology; how would we see the light if we don’t find the shadows?

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    1. Hi Greg, love your detailed comments. Goya’s drawings/etchings are powerful and wonderful in a morbid way. He invites us into hell, both his inner world and the evil people do. We get to experience his shit and feel as if it were the nature of the world. A fairly hopeless one. Taken to heart effort and happiness are worthless and self-defeating. But what is the nature of art? What does it have to do with humanity? Is it a mirror, gallows, or beacon

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