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Penelope Przekop July 13, 2013

Facebook and the Meaning of Art

The Explosion
Many people wonder what purpose fine art serves, even those who spend exorbitant amounts of time creating it. Sometimes it seems like one of those questions for which there is no simple, good answer. much like that burning mystery, 'What is the meaning of life?"

And this drives us nuts.

Well, I think I figured it out this morning. Imagine that, all it took was scrolling through...

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Penelope Przekop March 26, 2013

The Warrior

The Warrior (she cries and hides but never disappears)
36" x 34" Acrylic, Ink & Pastel on Canvas

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.” 
― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

Well, another week, another challenge. On and on it goes. I've been reading Sylvia Plath's diaries and suddenly feel that she's my soul mate. Hopefully, I won't end up with my...

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Penelope Przekop February 24, 2013

Some Thoughts on Figurative Work

Who Am I in This Crowd?
detail of larger work
I've been thinking a lot about the value of figurative work in terms of its ability to be progressive rather than retrograde in nature (as Currinsaid in a 2009 interview). I also heard recently from an art dealer that figurative work is harder to sell because people don't necessarily want to hang a painting of someone they don't know in their home. I get...

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Penelope Przekop February 11, 2013

Welcome to Wonderland

A couple of years ago, out of the blue, I received a note from Mojo Perry, a singer/songwriter who was crazy about my art. He'd stumbled across it on Facebook.

Mojo is a fantastic musical talent who has a large following in both the US and Europe. He views his music as art, and never gives up on his quest to create the best, most honest work he possibly can.

To learn more about his thoughts on...

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Penelope Przekop November 09, 2011

CALVET and Art: Isn't This What They Told Me About Jesus?

Okay, I realize this may be controversial for some folks; I may be struck down by the hand of God at any time today, but lately it's occurred to me that art provides many of the things that Jesus is supposed to give me ... redemption, purpose, love, meaning, joy, healing, etc. Of course, I don't know that art can give eternal salvation, but I do know that it can save a soul. It did just that for...

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Penelope Przekop August 18, 2011

Simply Wonderful: Luiz Cavalli

"There are always people who do not understand a simple painter."

The other night during dinner, my husband looked me in the eye and asked, "Why do you like to paint?" It was a simple question, one I've thought about quite a bit. It was one of those moments in life when someone who has closely watched your evolution calls you to the carpet. They ask for an answer or statement that somehow magically...

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Penelope Przekop August 13, 2011

The Critic who Thought a Duck was a Cow

Story of the Day: Animal announces that she's a duck. She walks, quacks, and swims around like a duck. Critic watches her closely and writes, "She said she was a cow but she's actually a duck. Stupid thing ... she doesn't even know she's a duck. She's a terrible cow. I suppose she put up a good fight trying to be a cow but she failed." Perplexed, the Duck says, "What the duck? I'm a ducking duck,...

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Penelope Przekop July 05, 2011

Wrestling With Demons

Untitled Work in Progress (detail)
4 x 6 feet
Acrylic on Canvas

"An artist is a creature driven by demons."

-William Faulkner

Aberration Nation began focusing on aberrations, those crappy situations life throws at us, or that we create for ourselves. One of the reasons I started the blog was my hope that reading about the difficulties other folks have overcome would show my mother that she is not...

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Penelope Przekop February 08, 2011

Art of the Nude: Ilene Skeen

"It's a dangerous thing to believe that one part of you is at war with another.  It's not a good message to teach children; it leads to all kinds of trouble."

Growing up in the Deep South during the decade of free love and the one that followed, I was taught that my body was the worst thing about me.  What did it do? I wondered. Oh, it wasn't what it did, it was what it was goingto do. Flesh was...

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Penelope Przekop November 22, 2010

The Mind of an Artist: Karin Perez

" ... almost every single "normal" person has a hard time understanding the way my mind works."

Lately a few folks have asked me to describe how my mind works.  To address the question, I focused on things such as how I can zoom from detail to big picture and back to detail, or how I can manage to do a variety of different things at once while heads spin around me.

I didn't go into detail about how...

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Penelope Przekop October 29, 2010

Art and Science: Santiago Betancur

"Two different points of view (art and science) are converging."

Despite already envisioning myself as more of a "liberal arts" student, when we studied vision in the 6th grade, I was fascinated. It was one of the few times I came home wanting to explain something I learned to my mother. I remember her patiently listening to my 11-year-old scientific explanation.

When I hit junior high, I was faced...

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Penelope Przekop October 01, 2010

Hell's Best Illustrator: Allen Koszowski

"In general, horror artists are not promoting evil; in their world, good triumphs."

Creative folks often use art to express what we cannot otherwise fully articulate. As everyone knows, among other things, art is an outlet. 

Although this outlet concept isn't rocket science--it is. Entire books and college courses have been created around the study of why specific writers, musicians, visual...

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Penelope Przekop August 04, 2010

The Real Deal: Ed McCormack

"A real artist has no choice and should be prepared to go down with the ship!"

Yesterday, the August 9th issue of Newsweek showed up in my mailbox with Mark Twain's picture on the cover. In the issue, Malcolm Jones writes about Twain's last essay in his article, "Our Mysterious Stranger."The essay was written four months before the beloved writer died. Jones says, "Twain meant to impress no one...

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Penelope Przekop July 08, 2010

A Jewel: The Pearl New York Lounge

" ...everyone who walks through our door is treated like a VIP."

If I can make it there,
I'll make it anywhere,
It's up to you,
New York, New York. 

When you grow up in a place some people refer to as the "The Armpit of America," you truly long for New York. Okay ... my deep South hometown ain't so bad. The hot, muggy place has come up quite a bit in the world since I hung my hat there. But nothing...

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Penelope Przekop June 04, 2010

Dedication, Creation, and Expression: Karina Sala

"Creativity is a capacity all humans have but talent is a power that not everyone shares."

I'm beginning to wonder if being a writer is akin to suffering from a bizarre diagnosis.  The primary symptom is an unfaltering need to write and the underlying disease presents as:
  • lack of self-esteem
  • an strange emptiness that needs filling
  • a constant or deep need to be validated; to be worth something

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Penelope Przekop March 16, 2008

Is THAT Art?

Although I majored in Biology, I spent many hours in college studying art history. At the time, it never occurred to me to actuallypaint anything. I was a writer in my spare time, not an artist. All I wanted was to express something beautiful and appealing that held more than ordinary significance, all with words. Strangely enough, a couple of years ago, I began having an urge to paint. I wasn’t...

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