[NetBehaviour] Painting is hard

Richard McLean richie at richiemclean.com
Wed Sep 20 15:24:54 CEST 2006

Hi Marc,

I liked your drawings too.

In terms of 'insanity', which Im now doubtful about modern day 
paradigms of psychiatry, here is a gallery you may be interested in:


...it is a collection of drawing included in an autobiography of my 
experience with 'schizophrenia'.

There are a lot of images, some in the book, and some from the era.

I have also done a new collection of late, at:


ps i especially like the map of the english coast and the organic 
nature of the first sketch.


On 20/09/2006, at 9:44 AM, info wrote:

> Hi James,
> Well - I think that we can enjoy creating in other mediums as well as 
> net art.
> A while back, I created a web site of sketches consisting of work from 
> 1986 to 1990...
> even the web site now seems from another era.
> tomorrow's insecurity
> "sketch pads created by marc garrett during 86-90."
> These images, notes, poems & rants are all from a 4 year period of my 
> life, 1986 to 1990. This was a crucial stage for learning. It comes 
> from a philosophical place & questions life, Art, Insanity, Security, 
> Institutions & many other things. They are from sketch books & note 
> pads that I have always carried around with me. On this site there are 
> numerous thoughts & images, questioning situations, events, personal & 
> political etc...
> http://www.furtherfield.org/mgarrett/tomorrows_insecurities/index.htm
> I wonder if anyone else on here has stuff that they can show (links 
> to) before they explored net art, or related creativity? Hell, we 
> could have an online exhibition of web art by net artists before they 
> suddenly turned....
> marc
> >Painting is hard
> >----------------
> >
> >Painting is hard, that is, it don't make me a hard man just cos I 
> paint.
> >It's difficult, especially when you're not as good as you think you
> >should be, to be an ARtist. Especially when you insist upon pursuing
> >some vision of a personal abstract visual language arising through
> >randomness, perhaps even the sub-con-shush. Especially when you spend
> >hours mixing up colours, getting all excited when you discover a
> >beautiful vibrant grey can be made by mixing a rather expensive cobalt
> >blue with a somewhat cheaper raw umbre, and the disappointment of it
> >hits you when you mix in the emulsion and find it's rather boring gray
> >after all.
> >
> >Painting is hard when you've no idea of what to paint, but what the 
> hell
> >has any of this to do with net art?
> >
> >http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >
> ><end>
> >
> >Painting _is Hard
> >=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
> >
> >Painting is difficult I mean. It's tricky working it out, what like 
> am I
> >going to paint next? When you've no idea and could be thought of as
> >stubburn, atleast you think you could be thought of as stubburn, but
> >have no idea what others really think, if they think at all about what
> >you do, if what you do has any consequences within their thinking, you
> >could be thought of as stubburn for inisting upon the pursuit of the
> >construction of a personal abstract visual language when you don't 
> have
> >any notion of what it shall actually communicate. You could be thought
> >of as stubburn, nay foolish, for doing so. By your refusual to make
> >paintings which are purely for selling, because doing so lacks any
> >interest to you, and your interest lacks in painting because you don't
> >know what to paint, you are. It is at times like these that
> >
> >http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >
> ><end>
> >
> >Painting^ is ^hard
> >`='`='`='`='`='`='
> >
> >Painting is hard when you are scared of it. You're scared of messing 
> up
> >what you've already painted, even when you imagine it looks like a 
> mess
> >to everyone else anyway. You're scared of the unknown, and painting 
> can
> >be an exploration into the unknown when you can paint nothing else but
> >your own instincts of what to paint. It's scary when you paint
> >something and later look at it, knowing full well you'll put it on the
> >internet for all to see, and all you see is a beacon for crazies to 
> come
> >after you. A beacon for demons from outer space to come eat up your
> >consciousness and take over your body. Oh! Hang on, that was just a
> >fancy, it weren't real, thank GOD.
> >
> >Yes, it's tricky indeed this painting lark. Here is an mp3 of some
> >electronic music I made, all by myself, during these times when I feel
> >painting is hard. It is for your listening pleasure, the sounds are
> >lovely phat synths, and some slightly muffled drums. There's a little
> >cutting up of the drum sequences, and of course, the favourite of all
> >amateur electronica music makers, the reverb. The reverb is on 
> everthing
> >I do, because my mind is full of reverb, nnmnmnmnmnm.
> >
> >http://www.jwm-art.net/art/audio/painting_is_hard.mp3
> >
> >Don't forget, painting is hard, especially when you've got no clue.
> >
> >"but what the hell has any of this to do with net art?"
> >
> >I'm probably misplaced on this list, only being a pretend net-artist,
> >but I like what is posted here, and feel inclined from time to time to
> >post this or that :)
> >
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