Archive for April, 2008

Brent Ray Fraser’s Thoughts – April 23, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2008 by brentrayfraser

Learn to read your paintings. They should, overtime, describe what makes up your artistic blueprints. Once you learn to decipher the progressions you create, mastering your mind, eye and hand coordination will guide your art past any boundaries and onto new ideas. You can then test yourself with multiple strategies. These strategic challenges can only be chosen by the artist themselves, as each individual possesses unique capabilities with their own practice. You will know what they are when you become comfortable with your style and reach your plateaus.

The only way to overcome these flat sticking points within your art is to create more art. DO NOT STOP! When your style eventually evolves don’t be afraid to follow. Let you mind, eye and hand coordination evolve naturally. Go with it and strive to perfect the new traits until you are satisfied with their growth. You will know when this occurs. When it happens to me I tend to feel mentally unstimulated and bored. This happens to me weekly, sometimes on a daily basis. I have learned to accept this as my creative process. I have also learned to control it so that my style continues to manifest maintaining its original flavour.

Once you feel you’ve reached an apex in your current style go back to the former to establish a bond between the new and old. This will create a hybridity of forms and push your art to a new level. If you proceed with this connective strategy on a continuous basis, your artwork, in your mind, will become that once unimaginable vision. It will possess a strategic process that can continue to evolve at your will. The repetition of this strategy has increased my awareness and has brought forth new styles that I never thought I had. I always ponder what my artwork will look like in 10-20 years. It boggles my mind to even think about it, as I cannot tell what my artwork will look like after my next studio visit. It changes all the time.

This is what makes the creative process a truly beautiful element to ones blueprint.

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The things we do – April 23, 2008

Posted in Journals on April 23, 2008 by brentrayfraser

Proceed with thoughts that will start the stages of your process. These thoughts begin with the simplest ideas. Achieving an easy path towards a conclusion is typically what one should strive for, but at the same time one should challenge the journey with new paths in order to build knowledge of experience. This is the process of self-discovery through passionate creativity. What happens during the creation of the art is what creates the blueprint for the completed imagery. In most cases the idea precedes the artwork and the artist will work around that idea. That means that the process works around that concept. In a lot of my abstract works the idea comes after the process is completed. This establishes the finished artwork as a byproduct of the true artistic form. It’s how we go about doing the things we do that makes us who we are.

Brent Ray Fraser The Makeup Artist

Posted in Brents other attributes on April 23, 2008 by brentrayfraser

Although I do not do makeup artistry anymore I still extremely miss the art form. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss applying cosmetics to large amount of women. This art form is the one and only art form that I have found challenging from the start. It’s an art that can transform ones own perception of how they are perceived by the world around them. So, I decided a few years back that I wanted to pursue an art form that was more lucrative than being a full-time artist. At that time in my life I wasn’t selling any artwork at all, just creating it. So, I needed a career that would lead me towards a stable self-supportive lifestyle that would help pay for paint and canvas.

I knew that I loved being around women and I knew I adored my art. So I figured I could learn to use those things they (women) called mascara, eyeliner and eye shadows. I just didn’t know exactly what they were at the time, but was determined to learn. I also knew that I had a strong artistic confidence that had been built up over the many years I had been creating art so I figured I could become a very good makeup artist. It was extremely difficult at first and I became frustrated very quickly. The entire school was full of girls who had been learning these things since their teen years and some earlier so the intimidation factor was high. Not to mention I had never taken a painting course in my life, so I had no experience with brushes at all. So my classmates all had a head start on someone who used his fingers to comb his hair. Over the next year I would engulf my life into the art of makeup and wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of my ambitious drive to becoming the best makeup artist I could be. I had to have a high goal expectation in order to push myself further.

Unfortunately, I became so busy working in the makeup industry in Vancouver that I began to neglect my true passion for painting. I had to make a decision. Keep taking home a paycheque from makeup at the same time neglect my painting or drop the makeup and focus entirely on creating artwork that had no paycheque. I had struggled over the decision for quite some time. I have never had to say goodbye to an art form before. It was like someone taking off one of my arms. I finally said two words. Fuck it! And here I am with thousands of dollars in unused makeup, a student loan of over $10,000, a vast collection of professional photos of women I had applied makeup on and a fond memory of the makeup industry.

There is one thing that I can tell you about myself and that is that my artwork thrives off new experiences. Every single thing that happens from the time I fall asleep, dream and then wakeup can be seen in my artwork whether literal or not. My artwork is who I am and if you look hard enough when I am creating a new work, I paint like I am applying makeup to a beautiful woman’s face. I was never taught to use brushes while attending Emily Carr. I am a self-taught painter who began to paint with his hands and fingers. I learned to use brushes at makeup school. Although I do love to use brushes, nothing feels more energetic and provides me with the connection to my art like the sensation of touching and caressing my canvas. It’s irreplaceable.

Attached is of my makeup/hair/costume creations.


Brent Ray Fraser’s Currency

Posted in Uncategorized, Work in Progress on April 23, 2008 by brentrayfraser

Keep your eyes peeled around town for the newly revised Canadian Dollar. I use these custom made bills as a traveling art piece that also serves as advertising for my website and Blog. This new currency will hopefully someday replace the boring valuable paper we see everyday.

If you are lucky you might find a dollar bill with a different photo on the front. I will be also be dispersing a small amount of special monetary papers for those who like to tip.

Brent Ray Fraser Live at Lord’s Shoes April 26-27, 2008

Posted in Art Exhibitions, Live Art Shows, Special Artistic Events on April 23, 2008 by brentrayfraser

I recently painted up a storm within the front display case at Lord’s Shoes on South Granville on Saturday April 26th and 27th. They granted me the opportunity to transform their front display case into an art studio for two days. Inside I began taking shoes from the store, drawing them and then painting them behind the glass walls. The artwork will on display for a few months and will all be for sale ($75 each). It’s a customer appreciation event so the work is inexpensive and very affordable. For those of you who haven’t seen my women shoe fetish paintings this will be a treat as there are 30 paintings in total.

I would like to thank Jacqueline Noland and her lovely staff of Lord’s Shoes for all their fantastic help and for the absolute kindness and generosity during my stay within their store. I would also like to thank Jennifer Daerendinger for all her help during my artistic endeavor as none of this would have transpired if it weren’t for her. You all rock big time.

 

 

Brent Ray Fraser on Styles – April 22, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2008 by brentrayfraser

Learn to read your paintings. They should, overtime, describe what makes up your artistic blueprints. Once you learn to decipher the progressions you create, mastering your mind, eye and hand coordination will guide your art past any boundaries and onto new ideas. You can then test yourself with multiple strategies. These strategic challenges can only be chosen by the artist themselves, as each individual possesses unique capabilities with their own practice. You will know what they are when you become comfortable with your style and reach your plateaus.

The only way to overcome these flat sticking points within your art is to create more art. DO NOT STOP! When your style eventually evolves don’t be afraid to follow. Let you mind, eye and hand coordination evolve naturally. Go with it and strive to perfect the new traits until you are satisfied with their growth. You will know when this occurs. When it happens to me I tend to feel mentally unstimulated and bored. This happens to me weekly, sometimes on a daily basis. I have learned to accept this as my creative process. I have also learned to control it so that my style continues to manifest maintaining its original flavour.

Once you feel you’ve reached an apex in your current style go back to the former to establish a bond between the new and old. This will create a hybridity of forms and push your art to a new level. If you proceed with this connective strategy on a continuous basis, your artwork, in your mind, will become that once unimaginable vision. It will possess a strategic process that can continue to evolve at your will. The repetition of this strategy has increased my awareness and has brought forth new styles that I never thought I had. I always ponder what my artwork will look like in 10-20 years. It boggles my mind to even think about it, as I cannot tell what my artwork will look like after my next studio visit. It changes all the time.

This is what makes the creative process a truly beautiful element to ones blueprint.

Brent Ray Fraser on Material Connections – April 20, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2008 by brentrayfraser

By incorporating the banal objects that occupy my surroundings I can create an internal space within the canvas. This imaginative space becomes a breeding ground for my ideas to procreate and flourish. The objects begin to interact with the lines, marks, colours and gestures within the creative atmosphere and new ideas are brought into existence. The objects are things I’ve collected over the years from random searching. I can never seem to throw these adopted treasures away, so I keep them in storage for later use within my art. Many of them lay stored away and hidden in my studio for months, often years at a time before they become involved in the process. They somehow find their way back into my mind while creating. When my ideas arise I begin to paint and the objects that I once acquired a year ago feel absolutely necessary to join the other materials within the work. I can never say no to them when deciding whether or not to incorporate them. The decision never actually presents itself as a choice, but rather an intuitive conclusion.