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

Grey Cross Studios/Immortal Artist Operations

New Orleans

Email: greyacross@aol.com

Saturday, November 28, 2015

In Consideration of the Dark Side of Creativity

When I was in my early 20's the mother of my then wife said in a conversation about me "You know, he'd be much better off if he didn't think so much"

She might have been right. I really didn't understand my mind well enough then. But I knew enough that if I just stopped thinking about things and went with the flow of a middle class life I might have been a lot happier. Or that was my logic at the time.

I'd seen my own mother suffer with depression, suicide attempts and a loss of how to cope with the normalcy of life. Her own type of madness I have no doubt stemmed from both her creativity and her inability to express that creativity in any way that meaningfully mattered.

Friday, November 27, 2015

A Few Tips on an Effective Online Art Portfolio


There is an amazing selection of articles out there regarding what constitutes an effective portfolio of your work. For the sake of this article I will be referring to an effective "online" portfolio only and what gets the attention of others that may otherwise pass by your work.

It is a simple fact that if you can get a person to look at you once, you can get them to look again. Its that first look that is often the most difficult because if you don't capture their imagination right away, the chances of catching it later are all the more difficult.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

You'd better be a Damned Creative Reporter to Interview an Artist

I am known for being a news hawk. I monitor news on a vast number of subjects daily. I'm not kidding you, I get approximately 500 email news alerts daily (thank you google news alerts). Of course a predominance of them relates directly back to art and every aspect pertaining to the art world.

One of my biggest peeves are news stories about artists. I am constantly amazed at how little regard reporters put into stories about artists and their work. First is the fact that most stories don't even show the artists work. They describe their work in blunt cliches that sound like they've been used in every story the reporters ever written. If the story warrants a photo its a small, blurry image that I frankly find insulting. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nosferatu The Ghost Ship (Sculpture Tutorial)

I often talk about brainstorming and the technique called "cubing". The piece of art I am going to describe here comes directly from that technique. So you might want to check out this article first (Lost in the Space of My Mind)

Part #1 The Brainstorm

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Destroying the Mark of the Beast - An Artist Saying Goodbye to His Art

About a year ago, when I was first beginning to work with architectural shapes in sculpture I took on an immense project. The creation of an 8 foot by 4 foot canvas replica of a cityscape. The finished piece had 86 structural components. Each one took from 2 days to a week to complete before being added to the whole. Approximately 450 hours of work went into its completion. 

A Public Letter of Termination to one of my Emerging Art Interns

This is to inform you that you are being released from the intern program for Grey Cross Studios. You were asked to participate because of your enthusiasm to make the arts a permanent part of your life and what was seen as a commitment to learn.

Telling me once that you were tired and needed to reschedule your session was acceptable as a "one time" reason for not attending. Telling me a second time that you were too tired a half hour after your session was supposed to begin and after you'd already rescheduled that session due to rain was not only unacceptable but plainly shows that while your heart may be strong to become an artist, your commitment was not. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Art of Art Deconstruction

We learn a lot from creating a piece of art. Every masterpiece we make teaches us valuable information about our skill level and teaches us new things with every brush stroke. But we rarely consider what we might learn by un-creating art. 

Let me give you an example. About a year ago I decided to create a cemetery sculpture. The plan was to create a replica of a New Orleans above ground cemetery on a six foot by 4 foot canvas. I used a frame from a large canvas given to me by a friend. I stripped the old canvas off and replaced it with fresh canvas, and I was off and running. After about 200 hours of work I'd created about 70% of the cemetery complete with tombs, stones, memorials, angel sculptures and all the other amazing things found in a New Orleans cemetery.

What is Site Specific Art? "How Do I" The Art of Being an Artist

Many artists work with studio created art. They have little knowledge or understanding of "site specific art" and how it impacts society and is used not just for beautification but also to teach or carry activist messages. A better knowledge of site specific art can be beneficial to every artist. Here are some helpful links to find out more

Wikipedia - Site Specific Art

Site Specific Art Youtube Examples

Why “Site-Specific” Isn’t So Specific

Site specific art

Site-specific art/Environmental art Pioneered in U.S

Site Specific Art 

Site-Specific Art Background

"How Do I" is created to help artists find helpful links to subjects that may be of interest to their careers as artist. If you would like to suggest a subject or add additional helpful links, you can do so at the end of this post. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Image of the Day - The Blood Oak

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This charming fellow is called the Blood Oak. he is an experimental prototype sculpture. The intent was to create a driftwood sculpture creature who was half tree. He's not complete yet but I'm pleased with him so far. He uses natural clay to form the base and face over a piece of cypress driftwood. The arms were created by drilling a hole through the wood and extending a heavy gauge piece of wire which was then covered in clay. Foaming glue was then used to seal the piece together and to create a series of drips. There were four layers of foaming glue, each left to dry partially before adding another until the drip had the proper length. I suspect that if I do future pieces in this series that each will develop distinct personalities that are based on the shape of the driftwood. Its an interesting experiment in form.

He will most likely be merged into the Revenant Series and become part of the mythos of that series along with future brothers and sisters. 

Artists Should Always Experiment

When I create, I enjoy working in a particular area for a time before moving on. When I got very involved in wax art for a time, I experimented continuously until I felt I'd really mastered the technique. Everything around me became about wax work. When I was in my luminescent phase I went as far as to completely retool the studio in order to maximize my experimentation's.

In the past year my shift turned towards smaller sculptural works. I'd spent 3 years focusing on nothing but huge canvas pieces. So of course turning towards smaller sculptures once again everything in the studio had to be retooled. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"How Do I" The Art of Being an Artist - What is your Digital Footprint

What is your digital footprint and why is it important to artists? Your digital footprint is your virtual identity. Its the combination of all you have done and said online. Artists who can understand this have an edge over artists who don't. Artists who understand that their digital footprint will exist long after they are dead can control their footprint more effectively. I've written about this in past articles, so I am including those in this list of helpful links to understand your digital footprint better. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Image of the Day - Blood Magic

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The Fifth Vision of the Revenant Cycle uses blood as part of several of the images. This one takes it to the extreme. Its a very phallic and I think that's one of the reasons the image works. The pulsing of phallic blood is transformed within the wood that the guardian carries with him. This is one of those images that also shows much more detail when its enlarged.

To view all the images so far created in the Fifth Revenant Cycle click the link

Your Art Blog Fails Because Its Just Your Art

Over and over again the experts say that the most popular art blogs are the ones that provide content, not just your art.

For some artists this seems like backwards thinking. "Why would I create an art blog that isn't about my art?" I think that's where the mistake is being made. You can create good content and show your art at the same time. Its all a matter of balance. Balancing your personal content with more generalized content is the key.

Consider that when you look at an artists portfolio that all you see is that artists work. That's the purpose of a portfolio. There is little else. And while you might be a fan of that artist it can grow boring pretty fast. And unless that artist is producing a prodigious amount of work on a weekly basis, it probably doesn't even get updated all that often. People lose interest.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Creativity Does not Just Happen - Artists Learning to Create Ideas

I get asked a lot of questions about creativity. How or why do particular ideas happen? Is it easy or difficult to find new art concepts? How can you create 10 sculptures in a month without burning out your creativity? And most important "What is your process???"

So lets talk about process. First of all its important to understand that I don't consider myself an artist with ideas. I consider myself an idea man who translates those ideas into art. With that in mind, the technique of art is not the most important aspect of my work. Its the idea first. And translating that idea into art second. 

Whats the difference you may ask? The difference is all in the mindset. I walk into the studio looking to take an idea or concept and bring it to life. The harder the idea is to translate, the more enticing it is for me. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Icy Hand of Politics in the Art World

Its only been in the past few years that I really began paying attention to the worlds art scene. Anyone who follows my Twitter feed is aware that I post articles of interest related to the arts from all over the world. I do it to inform others, but primarily I do it for myself. Its my way of educating myself on the trends and directions of the art world. I've always felt that since I was a self taught artist I could not speak informatively unless I understood art better. I don't mean the history of art but more the "currents".

I've always tried to stay informed on a great many subjects throughout my life. I have a grand passion in particular for politics. Not for arguing politics or even taking specific sides, but just watching the trends and directions that politics take globally.

So it was natural to merge the two together and begin watching how politics effect art and how art can effect politics.