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how the eye reads circular shapes

Awareness determines the total shape and the visual journey is dictated by this. The eye cannot move around a circle without traveling from point to point. A circle is determined visually by following points along a descending or ascending line. Awareness determines the shape of a circle in its entirety and cannot be followed through visual mapping unless points of attention are mapped out along a line which descends or ascends. The visual path taken between points, is straight and not curved. This means that the visual mapping out of a circle is not what determines the overall shape of a... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 10/29/13

self taught artist

what is self taught when everything you see and labeld is secondhand information? Perhaps this idea of being a self taught artist is a way of saying that you are good at what you do or even better, good at what you do and better for not being taught how to be as good as you are. Self righteousness comes at a cost. Either it gets paid for through a degree or course of some sort, or in psychological systems that require constant mental upkeep to maintain some sort of believed in sanity. Either way does not work long enough to keep that wolf from the door. You have to 'maintain' the show or sink like a... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/26/13

basic form 3 (showcase winner round 7, abstract)

The artwork is a visual investigation into theappearance of objects. the natural lines that make up shapes on the landscape are inherent in the natural movement the hand makes. The body knows how to do this, because it is not separate from the object (landscape). The intellect interprets the inherent intelligent knowing that is appearing as a myriad of patterns. Without the intellect labeling the visual appearance as color, perspective, things, the basic forms that appear, can be recorded.It can be known that both body and landscape are life energy itself, vibrating in a myriad of patterns and tha... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/19/13

painting as a visual investigation into non-duality

The basic shapes that make up all forms visible to the eye, are formed by what appear to be lines. Relatively speaking, these lines do not have distinct borders as such, but do have distinct directions. These directions are labelled(conditioned) with words such as ‘curved’, ‘angular’, ‘geometrical’ or abstract without any definite shape/direction etc. By exploring the natural and spontaneous way that the body makes marks on a surface it can be seen how random lines can suggest shapes (as in abstract surrealism). Through an exploration of abstraction over a pe... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/6/13

Online Art Competitions....the new MIAMI of the arts

"Online Art Competitions....the new MIAMI of the arts" Only speaking from my own experience and what I have heard and then pondered about what other artists have said about the above. My first online art competition with Artists Wanted, came about last year. With great excitement and loads of unknown at the time naivety, I opened the invite. My first thought was where had they come across my email address. Enough said, our details are already smeared across cyber space like a strawberry jam fractal after hitting the deck. The manner in which the invite was written, hit the target and trigger... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 10/18/12

why Free Street Photography...

http://freestreetphotography.weebly.com/ [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/17/12

updated artists statement

After producing the last two works I have found it necessary to update my 'Artists Statement'. The visual is a language without concept. What I experience in my art work is that conceptualisation is secondary to the visual experience. There is a constant interaction with detail and simplicity. A process of elimination from complexity to simplicity. The over all result is intuitive feeling based. A feeling that constitutes strength.  The artist and his environment, thoughts and feelings, experiences of everyone and thing are all represented in every mark made by the artist in any given moment. ... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/2/12

the conman's game

Once upon a time, humans designed computers...By now, computers are designing humans.   Looking at marketing programmes that operate under the guise of social networking systems. Initially the network is designed to keep people in contact, share information and through a social system of interaction link potential clients to products. From one social networking system in particular (very if not extremely popular social networking system) I have over a period of time and with the aid of other tracking networks, observed the marketing web at work.   Basically what happens is that you set up a... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 8/2/12

questioning street/graffiti art as a Fine Art

Present day street art appears to have its main emphasis on concept and technique but as yet lacks the maturity one develops when the artist goes beyond this. Again what is art?....is it craft (mass production, technique, use of materials) or is it Art which is all that has been mentioned and that extra ‘thing’ which is not a thing? The new generation street artists don’t appear to ask these questions. Their lifestyles could be too fast or too focused in their minds. This age of iPad and smart phone, Facebook etc. has captured the attention. With this kind of busyness going on nature gets overlo... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 7/30/12

comfortably numb

Picture this...a man sitting on a bench under a tree in a natural setting. In front of him is an azure coloured lake of clear clean water. He sits here looking at a flat screen. His mind is totally taken by this screen and nothing else. When he looks up, he sees the beauty around him and immediately has to relay this to the screen. He takes a photograph and posts it onto his screen. In his minds eye, he imagines that people like him are interacting with him. A whole network of activity going on. For a reason beyond his imagination, this man’s interaction comes to an end. He stops for a moment... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 7/29/12

selling art through the internet

Given how sales of artworks over the internet have taken off over the past year and a half, I have noticed the one important factor about marketing that works every time. The amount of times that which you want to sell, gets exposed to a potential buyer. This leaves artists in somewhat of a dilemma because given the trend to buying most products over the internet, our art works becomes a product. And not only this, our art works get bought because of the amount of times they have been viewed. Which may be the case even if the art work was hanging in  a gallery. But a fundamental difference remai... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 4/28/12

artists statement

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The art work is a reflection of the beholder. These factors are what I explore in abstract painting. My process of painting involves expressing the creative impulse of the moment , through the use of gestural mark making.  I see every mark made to be a story in itself and when a painting is finally done, the sum total of markings form a unity. Every point on the surface on which I work, relates to the whole and what connects these with each other is an emotional tension that gets felt into and then expressed. Preferring to work on paper and canvas due t... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 4/18/12

what leads the attention away from objects in space

Something about being on the computer a lot is that the attention is constantly taken by the screen. The brain gets into the habit of relating to an illusion of space on a flat screen.   Who is to say that this same image is not the very image we have whether computerized or not?   A brain that is not given the chance to define space in a three dimensional context, tends to get lazy and gets easily bored with the third dimension. Out of this boredom stems a lack of care and attention to three dimensional concerns. On a computer screen, the world appears as a flat screen and it is far easi... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 4/15/12

the knowing

The knowing   The background was painted in with a broad brush stroke, filling the space with large areas of similar colour, everything else was painted with single strokes of various flat colours. This application was spontaneously brought forth, fitting in to the situation at hand, from having run low on ochre colour and having to use economically, the little that was left. So that was how the background colour came to be. After this, the lines began to get applied. Lines that give no significant form as if suspended in space, prior to their dance into what looks like form and yet, may hin... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 1/24/11

Conceptual Art has stagnated Art

In the world today, many different art movements are being explored. Looking at the movements available today, in which different expressions are categorized, poses a long list of isms. Art itself, has long been reflected on as the forerunner of the state of life as it unfolds as history. And Art itself is seen to be the expression of a different perspective of life. A perspective that gives a view or an opening into a world not necessarily seen by the conditioned response of people as they go about in their everyday life. The artists perspective, therefore, gets regarded as something valuab... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 11/6/09

How I use oil paint on canvas

Using a quality pre-primed medium textured canvas that gets purchase in a ten metre roll.This is then cut to required size and stretched onto wooden stretchers. I make use of quality commercially prepared oil paints. It seems that, given the manner in which my day unfolds, there doesn’t appear to be much time to prepare my own alchemical oil mixtures. And this is where technology has stepped in. As for oil colours themselves, the way in which the colour is suspended in the oil and the manner in which the light interacts within this, is what gives oil, as a medium, its luminosity.   Following the method of the maste... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 10/25/09

Space and Objects and how this relates to the lie that you create your own reality.

  An object is defined by the space around it and space is defined by an object in it. The one cannot do without the other. As a concept, there are two. As a reality, it is one. Space is entirely empty and entirely full simultaneously in reality, thus it is One(non-dual). Conceptually, it is split into two (duality).     An object appears thus, from a view point, to be a shape. On closer inspection, the shape disappears when it morphs into a surface. On even closer inspection the surface disappears when it morphs into particles and so on until what was once of a certain form, is of a totall... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 4/16/09

Intuitive Interpretation or the abstract of art

  In modern human society, all objects and their interpretation thereof, have been derived by using language that has its basis firstly in mathematics and secondly in the ‘feeling'. With not much emphasis placed on the ‘feeling' of an object, the interpretation thereof gives way to what is called logic. Which means that first the thought rises, then the feeling. But this is not so. Interestingly, when one looks inward and observes the action of mind, the exact opposite is the case. It has been noticed that when attention rests on an object, first there is a feeling and then that feeling is in... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 3/10/09

Intuitive Interpretation or the abstract of art

  In modern human society, all objects and their interpretation thereof, have been derived by using language that has its basis firstly in mathematics and secondly in the ‘feeling'. With not much emphasis placed on the ‘feeling' of an object, the interpretation thereof gives way to what is called logic. Which means that first the thought rises, then the feeling. But this is not so. Interestingly, when one looks inward and observes the action of mind, the exact opposite is the case. It has been noticed that when attention rests on an object, first there is a feeling and then that feeling is in... [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 3/10/09

Perspective

Perspective is an assumption. [more]
Posted by Adrian Setterfield on 3/5/09