Because there is so little humour in the world of visual art I am opening a challenge to the blogging world to submit art jokes and art related cartoons to this site. I begin this process with the following joke:
“Jock, the house painter, often would thin his paint so it would go further. So when the Church decided to do some deferred maintenance, Jock was able to put in the low bid, and got the job. As always, he thinned his paint way down with turpentine.
One day while he was up on the scaffolding — the job almost finished — he heard a horrendous clap of thunder, and the sky opened.
The downpour washed the thinned paint off the church and knocked Jock off his scaffold and onto the lawn among the gravestones and puddles of thinned and worthless paint.
Jock knew this was a warning from the Almighty, so he got on his knees and cried: “Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?”
And from out of the thunder, a mighty voice replied:
“REPAINT! REPAINT! AND THIN NO MORE!”
If you have a favorite art joke or art cartoon please share it with us…
Bejing-based Yue Minjun is one of the most important artists of the Chinese avant garde. Part of the Chinese avant garde movement, Cynical Realism, Yue Minjun’s work is characterized by a signature laughing figure which serves as a portrait of the artist. Upon greater inspection the smiling faces contain fear, animosity, and a sense of discomfort that is a product of facing reality in contemporary times. After working as an electrician, Yue Minjun studied painting from Hebei Normal University. In 1999 he was included in the Venice Biennale and in 2000 exhibited with Chinese Contemporary, London. In 2004 the artist was included in both the Gwangju Biennale, Korea, and Shanghai Biennale in China. Yue Minjun currently lives and works in Beijing, China.
Thanks to http://dailyserving.com for this image and artist write-up.
In a fervid exploration of my storage closet today I found this ’70s classic comic strip by Bill Griffith in a box marked “Art Misc”. It enhanced my Sunday with a knowing chuckle so I thought you might also appreciate the humour…
Bob Ross' Happy Little Clouds. I loved this guy with his educational series which was broadcast on PBS in the United States. Bob Ross taught me that there are no mistakes when it comes to art. There are only "Happy accidents" Enjoy.
Good morning friends. I would like to point you to my blogger friend @damewallis and her shared words of wisdom this fine Friday. Just keep drawing my friends & enjoy the sunshine.
Image Re blogged from http://lisboaimages.com/category/words-and-papers/ with thanks.
Saturday June 9th, 2012. What are you up to? Wanna come draw down?
The really excellent Vancouver Draw Down event website explains why you SHOULD draw:
Drawing is a way of capturing ideas, encouraging observation, and expressing thoughts. It’s a problem solving tool, a brainstorming mechanism, a way to visualize outcomes and a means of creative exchange.
It’s also a powerful communication device that transcends barriers of language and literacy. The more you draw, the more detail you see in your everyday life—shadow, colour, shape, reflection, texture.
It’s time to spark the right side of your brain and connect with the innovative and imaginative recesses of your mind. This is about process and pleasure, not about technical skill. That’s why everyone—including YOU—can participate!
If that isn’t a compelling enough explanation as for why you should get out to draw, here is my loose schedule and if you want to join me, follow me on twitter for updates during the day as to where I am? I’ll also be participating in the Online Daily Drawing Project for the rest of this week, which you can check out here:
& which I’ll post here: drawingontrash.tumblr.com
Here’s my destination wish list & order:
*11:30am-1:30pm: Draw Each Other! at Creekside
Creekside Community Recreation Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Join artist Calla Power to explore the art of portrait making and the art of
togetherness as you draw serious and silly portraits of each other.
*because this one is a little outside of easy waking distance from the other locations & it’s got the shortest time frame – I may have to skip this one…
10am-4pm: Drawing Attention at Emily Carr University
Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
An all-day drawing assembly facilitated by Emily Carr’s Teen Art Group that focuses
on techniques in pencil, charcoal and chalk.
11am-4pm: Micro/Macro Drawing Lab at The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Step inside Radix Theatre’s Micro/Macro Drawing Lab to magnify worlds within
worlds as you transform the tiny into the enormous.
12pm-4pm: Map Room at the Contemporary Art Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Explore the many potentials of drawing and mapping as an act and state of being
with artist and educator Landon Mackenzie.
12pm-4pm: The Face of our Community at ArtStarts
ArtStarts Gallery – 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Get “drawn in” to a collaborative window mural, participate in a still life drawing
activity with a twist, or doodle on the sidewalk chalk art mural.
10am-4pm: Alphabet Soup at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, World Art Room
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Explore the shape, line and design of typography by creating your own font.