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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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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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
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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.
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
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
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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
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?
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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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
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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:
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.
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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
Was particularly pleased with this piece. The color on the hands is a hi-lite Lumier Blue to achieve the glow.
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
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
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.
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
Sunday, September 6, 2015
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
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
Thursday, September 3, 2015
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 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
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.
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.