Friday, December 9, 2016

the nature of detail

When dealing with art there are 2 distinct 'levels' of detail. The first would be the detail that describes so called objective reality. In painting many times this approaches 'photographic' detail or what could also be termed neo-classicism. This is basically an adolescent approach to art and art appreciation. The appreciator says, "Wow, look at how well that artist captured 'that'. The artist working at this level of detail is basically dominated by a concept and need to attain some idea of perfection with regards to expressing the motif 'realistically'.. At the same time they dominate the medium with their 'technical' mastery.
There was quite a shift in this understanding of 'detail' in the 19th C with the advent of what is now termed impressionism. It is really the flowering of the modern and goes hand in hand with the shift from the agrarian to the industrial.
"Detail' becomes clearly AESTHETIC detail. The artists we love from that period like Cezanne, begin to rise to a more mature understanding of detail. They are less concerned with literal detail than they are now concerned with the inherent values of the medium itself. The 'picture' begins to take a less important aspect to the process and the 'painting' becomes prominent. In other words as an example of this more mature expression of modernism and painting the Cezanne below, shows us much more than the woods and Cezanne's expression of the woods. We see great attention to the personality of the brush and his care with the same. You can see every mark in the work and it all contributes to the overall color harmony and composition. You can see that all the major aspects of the medium are in balance. You can see the painting as the expression of the brush. You can see the painting as the expression of color. You can see the painting as an expression of the motif, ie. the woods. And, you can see the painting as an expression of Cezanne's artistic personality, ie. intelligence, thought, feeling and intuition. In essence all these aspects are one. You don't do this from an intellectual place. You enter into what could be termed the superconscious. It is also very taoistic. And really it is simple contemplative entertainment of a very high order and it is very detailed! It is aesthetic detail. It embodies a shift in consciousness from the adolescent need to show one's 'technical' mastery to the adult need to express oneself as the medium. It is music and with true receptivity can be appreciated as such.  My teacher Antonio Salemme 1892-1995, would often say,"Look at the brushstrokes."  It is cutting thru conceptual mind.  This is the crux of the issue.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

from Tasmanian Tiger, thylacine, 22″x30″, watercolor series

These were done from a photo of the now considered extinct Tasmanian tiger or thylacine.  It seemed so mythical in its appearance to me, with its striped back and dog like head.  It is a marsupial by the way.  I used it as a  beginning point to work with various color combinations just for the musical properties inherent in the color and brush and to accentuate as well a kind of what I see as crazy well as to commemorate the tragic nature of this remarkable creature's passing from existence.  They are 22"x30".  Done alla prima, which is to say spontaneous expression basically.  
     By right clicking a given image and choosing view image then clicking that image  you will arrive at a good detail version.  The abstract nature of brush and color are best seen at the same focal length you would use to read a book and I believe that is the best and most interesting viewpoint in a painting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

still life with yellow 2, 20"x24"

still life with yellow 2, 20"x24", $1500                 
Based in the aesthetics of spontaneity.  It is a contemplative piece, a sophisticated expression of aesthetic consciousness.  Just pay attention to the brush work andnote the spontaneity.  It is in the present moment of consciousness  that the 'nuts and bolts mysticism' of the art form are to be recognized. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A song - Just a little while...

'Just a little while to stay here'  an arrangement by the great Geoff Muldaur as taught thru
A 'funeral march', coming out of New Orleans.   Something like that anyway...

Easton, Pa. where the Lehgh river meets the Delaware river

oil on canvas, 30"x40", $1500

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Still life with sculptures as, 22"x30", watercolor

  $750 including shipping and handling,  will frame for $250 and invoice via PayPal just get in touch.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

watercolor still life with plums, 1983

 A watercolor from my early period.  1983.  I was 'educated' in a zen aesthetic, so these are based in that spontaneous aesthetic.  22"x30".  Well worth collecting, framed properly you would have a thrilling addition to your environment!  Get in touch if you are interested.

Monday, February 8, 2016

from the Great Bruce Cockburn!

Still life 22716, 22"x30"

a brief bio

William DeRaymond
349 Main St., Freemansburg, Pa 18017
1979- 1985  Student of Painter and Sculptor Antonio Salemme. Easton. PA. 
1990 B.A. Art Studio, Printmaking, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

 Solo Exhibitions
2011 Antonio Salemme Foundation 542 Hamilton St, Allentown, Pa
2010  The Beveled Edge, Bethlehem, Pa.
2007   Ajo Library Gallery, Ajo, Arizona
2000  Little Willy’s Art Mart, Santa Rosa, Ca.
1998- 1999  DeRaymond Atelier Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
1998 April, Manna Soup Kitchen, Mendocino, CA.
1992 CenterArtCenter, Healdsburg, CA.
1989 Odyssey Theatre Gallery, Sonoma, CA

 Group Exhibitions
 2015 September - Mendocino Art Center,  Pleinair, Mendocino Ca.,
2011  March  Bethlehem Community Artists - In Unison @Touchtone Theater
2010  August - Emergence - Chen Arts Group at the Antonio Salemme Foundation
2009 55 Main Gallery, Bisbee, Az
2008-2009 Bizz Art Gallery, Bisbee, AZ
2008  Plaza Gallery, Ajo, Arizona
2007  Rural Art Show. Salazar Library, Tucson, Arizona
2001 Urban Color Collective Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.
2000 January, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA 
2000 ‘Well Hung’ Part of Taking  the Leap practicum. Emeryville, Ca.
1997 ‘River as Muse’ Lafayette College, Easton, PA.
1996- 1997 The Studio Gallery, 3840 Finley Ave., Santa Rosa, CA.
1993- 1994 James Curtis Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
1991 Bach  and Company, Emmaus, PA.
1990 Cavallo Gallery, Easton. PA.“
1987-1989 Neulight Gallery,  NewYork, NY

Juried Exhibitions
2015 Pleinair, Mendocino Ca., Mendocino Art Center Paint Out
3rd Place Award -Oils
2013 Mar. -April San Diego Museum of  Art Artist’s Guild - International Plein Air Exhibition
2006 Plein Air, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, Ca.
2004 Portraits of Artists, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, Ca.
1999 Art of the Ordinary, Sebastopol Center for the Arts,  Sebastopol, CA.
     Award of Merit
1999 Portraits of Artists by Their Friends, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol. CA.
1992 California Works, California State Fair,
      Award of Merit
1992 Pacific Prints, Pacific Art League of Palo Alto,  Palo Alto, CA.
1990 Small Works Show,  California Museum of Art,  Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA.