I'm not the Immortal Artist. You are

Immortal Artist is dedicated to exploring all aspects of experimental art and creating new and innovative techniques which other artists can use to strengthen their own work.

The blogs creator, experimental artist Grey Cross pursues and discusses art across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. They include painting, sculpting, body art, digital art, and photography. With an emphasis on teaching artists to utilize today's social networks to further their own art and reputations.

This blog uses the Living Blog concept, an idea created by Grey Cross

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Email: greyacross@aol.com

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Image of the Day - A Black Rose to Mourn My Death

I am almost finished with the final art for the Fourth Vision of the Revenant Cycle. This has been the most difficult set to work with so far. I am not really sure why.

The Fourth Vision of the Revenant Cycle

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Turning Body Art From Taboo to a True Artform

Before I made the transition to full time arts I was a photographer. For years I strove to be taken seriously with a camera. I was constantly asked by people if I used photoshop for my work, never considering that I just had a damned good eye for taking a photo. It was frustrating to the point that one day I said to hell with this and retired and became a full time artist.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Image of the Day - Staying Behind

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Fourth Vision of the Revenant Cycle

I think this one freaks me out the most out of all the images created for this session. He's not going with those other orbs no matter what. He's holding on no matter what. Better to be a spirit in this world than whatever those other four will become when they cross over.

After the Art Sells - Losing Control of Our Work

I had an interesting conversation with a colleague the other day. She said something that made me pause. She said she'd run into many artists that had a fear of losing control of their work. She'd found many artists that did not want to participate in various programs because it meant their art was out there in a market they were unfamiliar and they had no control over what happened to it.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Image of the Day - An Abstract Death

Digital art enthusiasts would make the reasonable assumption that the design behind this model was done completely by program. But the reality is that the design behind the model was a sculpture created prior to the body painting session and posed with the model.

This shoot is a perfect example of Assimilation Art, using multiple art forms to create something new. The sculpture, the body painted model, the photography and the digital art morph together to form this art.

Fourth Vision of the Revenant Cycle

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Understanding Art Psych - The Psychology of The Revenant Cycle

There is truly a psychological component to art. Art creates emotion. Certain art can make us cry, make us laugh, make us angry. Some art does so intentionally. Other times its our life situation which causes it. Even a pastoral scene of a quiet valley with a bubbling brook can evoke memories that we may cherish or we may despise.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Will My Art Outlast Me? The Artist Considers the Life of Their Art

When you are painting that woodland scene in your studio on a quiet night you are inevitably focusing on whats in front of you. You are focusing on each brush stroke. You are considering the blends of each paint color and do they naturally flow together to form the painting you are trying to create.

But how often do we take the time to consider the longevity of that piece of art? Will it last five years? Fifty Years? Five hundred years? Does it even really matter?

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Image of the Day - The Peacock Mosaic

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For the first time in my 14 years in New Orleans I spent the day at the Audubon Zoo. A wonderful experience and highly recommended for anyone visiting. I of course had camera with me. This friendly peacock was just wandering by the side of the pathway ready to pose for me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Image of the Day - Terras Avernia

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Terras Avernia is a 6' x 2' sculpture done on canvas. When complete it will be a landform sculpture simulating what you would see from a satellite view of the earth. At the top is a large volcano. Beneath it is a small city that border the ocean and a river. At the bottom end is a large lake surrounded by high mountains. I hope to finish the clay work on it by tomorrow and begin the detail painting so that the piece is complete for by Sunday evening. It will be used as part of the photo shoot for the body painting being done that night. To see more info on it, click here: 

Revenant #4

Discovering Artists at the Grass Roots Level

Recently a New York Times article was written about the Hollywood mega talent agent Joshua Roth and how he was delving out into the art world to seek talented artists to represent. I've long advocated that this is one of the steps needed to really really kickstart the art world into new methods and directions. In fact I see it as a sign that a revolution truly is taking place in the art world. I applaud Mr. Roth for taking these steps.

Image of the Day - "The Folly of Earthly Belongings"

Creating a Working Language in The Arts

Artists Live Within Their Own Universes

I often find myself in a place where the working language of the art world is not quite enough for me. As an experimental artist I run up against a wall quite often where what I am creating is far enough out on the fringe that I am forced to create my own working language and terminology for what I am doing.

This is most often due to my own ignorance I suspect. Never having had the benefits of a degree in arts, I've largely had to piece together my own knowledge of how the art world works. I think a lot of other artists run into this often.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Image of the Day - "Clawing at the Fabric of the Universe"

Was particularly pleased with this piece. The color on the hands is a hi-lite Lumier Blue to achieve the glow.

The Idea Makers - The DNA of the Artists Mind

The eternal search for new ideas becomes harder every moment that civilization exists. This is literally true. Our ability to create completely spontaneous and new ideas is gradually getting harder and harder. 

As technology increases we are able to explore new avenues of ideas and creativity, but we will eventually reach a point somewhere in the future where everything that can be thought up, will be. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Image of the Day - "The Souls First Steps"

Third Vision of the Revenant Cycle

This one took some doing. The model was body painted first then photographed and then merged with an original piece done at night in one of New Orleans cities of the dead. To bring it all together took some work. Do not be deceived this piece is far more than digital art.

You can view the working notes for this series at the following: Revenant #3

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Artists on Twitter - Designing Direct Message Introductions (#Twitter Science 101)

One of the things on Twitter that irritates a great many of us is the constant stream of "HI I AM" messages and "LIKE MY FACEBOOK" messages that we get in an abundance via private messages most of them trying to sell us something or some concept.

I have to be honest, most I don't even bother to open. I can see at a glance to the Direct Message box that its not worth my time in the very first few words. But every once in awhile there will be one that catches my attention because of its sincerity or its attempt to be honest and open about why they are saying hello.

The Occasional Daily Art Log for 09-09-15

Its been a totally amazing night in the studio. Revenant #3 began at 10PM and ended right around 2:30AM. This one went so smoothly. The model was great and my artist intern was in perfect sync with me throughout.

All three of these body sculptures have gone remarkably well so far and gone off without a hitch but for this one I was in a particularly great creativity zone throughout. I knew where I wanted to go with the piece and executed it perfectly.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Image of the Day - To Gaze Upon an Alien Sky

Today's image is part of the Dark Shadows Forest series. The original image was shot just before dawn in Audubon Park. The digital art took about 3 hours to create the final image seen above.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Changing the Art World - Focus to the Arts not the Politics of Art

As Burning Man 2015 comes to an end it has been my irritation to see dozens of articles written on everything from bug infestations to earthquake hazards that could take place with so many people dancing in the desert. In one case there was a report about a van that was driving to Black Rock City that said "Free Candy" on the side in bloody letters. The owners were participating in the crazy vehicles that are known to populate Burning Man, but stopped briefly in a California town on the way to visit friends. The outrage of frightened parents who took this "obvious parody" as real and called the police to protect their children was to say the least, IDIOTIC! The press coverage it got was even more so. In another case there was a series of articles written about the hazards to the ecosystem with so much smoke in the air.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Time Sculpture - Art, Artists and History Mix

I've always had a fascination with time. If you are a regular reader to my blog you know that I believe we are the first generation to become virtually immortal. With that thought has come my need to explore the immortality of art itself and what becomes of art after the artist is gone.

With this in mind I am creating (or have created depending on when you read this) the first in a series of "Time Sculptures".

Friday, September 4, 2015

Image of the Day

Aurora was created from a predawn photo shoot in the Audubon nature center this morning. It is one of several images that will result from this shoot. For more information on the technique used, see the following:

The Sweet Zone

Thursday, September 3, 2015

What is the Photography Sweet Zone?

The Sweet Zone is the period of time when the sky begins to light up before dawn or the light fails at dusk when the flash on your camera still functions at the same time. Your camera uses both the flash and the natural light to create a unique image that cannot be caught at any other time of the day. The Sweet Zone only lasts about 10 minutes. Before that time there is usually not enough light for your camera to pick anything up or for your flash to function. After it the flash stops functioning completely and natural light takes over in the shots. You can force the flash to remain on, but it is only in that brief zone that you can pick up some very intriguing outdoor images.

Image of the Day

The Hurst Tomb

This is the 23rd sculpture in the New Orleans tomb series. I've left the last few open so that the desiccated corpse still shows within. This is the first tomb that also incorporates Mississippi River driftwood into the design, something I plan to do more often in future pieces.

For more info on this sculpture click here: Hurst Tomb

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Every Work of Art creates a Preconception

Every Work of art creates a preconception of the artist. What do I mean by that? I mean that no matter how good or how bad the work of art is, the viewer is looking at it through a subjective lens. Lets take a beach scene for example. 

On the wall of a museum is a beautiful tranquil beach scene with the sky full of the last shades of a setting sun. Pretty huh? Now lets look at it through the eyes of several viewers.

Viewer #1 is an elderly man, who when he see's the painting is taken back in time to childhood days with friends. A campfire may be being lit just out of the frame of the painting for a cool autumn night ahead. Elderly mans preconceptions of life have just created an instant affinity with the painting. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Artists Commentary by Darren Bailey LRPS

It is time for the Art world to accept that the photographic process can be used for art in the hands of the right artist.

As a photographic based artist it is sometimes a little difficult to get taken seriously, because I am using a camera instead of a brush or a pencil, as soon as anyone from the art world hears the word "Photography" they instantly switch off and label you simply a "Photographer" and conversely those that consider themselves a "Real photographer" do not take you seriously unless you are producing images of little birdies, landscapes and weddings so I find myself in a little bit of a predicament.

Image of the Day

I believe this is the final image chosen for the Revenant II. There are approximately 100 hours into Revenant II with a total of ten final pieces of art. My thanks to model Christopher Ryan (http://christopherryan.com) for participating in this one. We move on to Revenant III tonight with model Topher.

The Occasional Daily Art Log for 08-31-15

I've been doing a lot of soul searching the past few days. In fact I wasn't even going to do this log tonight because in a way I feel like a fraud for having some of the thoughts I've been having recently. But then I got to thinking that this is what this is meant to be. In simpler words its about the challenges, tribulations and soul searching that artists go through. If I don't express it in the written form, then it remains nothing but a series of thoughts in my own mind. So here it goes.