Saturday, December 8, 2012

Selling a few paintings for a trip.

Just wanted to send a note to all my friends. I am trying to raise money for a trip to NY to be able to participate in my first NY group show at Sideshow Gallery. The exhibition opens on the 5th of January and I really need to be there. I decided to sell a few of my 'soft paintings' on unstretched canvas on ebay as a way to raise funds for the journey.

All your help is greatly appreciated.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Three new 'Flat Paintings'

For quite some time now. I have been making what I call 'swatch paintings'. These are small versions of the larger paintings just on unstretched canvas that I have fully painted. This past week I decided to step it up a notch or three and cut me up three rectangles of canvas. Each one roughly 16" X 10", so it makes it more like an actual stretched canvas painting. I was originally thinking I could just nail them into the wall at the corners, but then I put them on some foam board and found that I liked the idea. I am now waiting till I return from my NY trip where I will have the three paintings framed with nice wooden frames and put under acrylic glass. Click on the images for larger viewing.




Sunday, October 28, 2012

Painters Journal archives.

Unfortunately this feature on didn't last more than 2 years. It's understandable as the people who wrote it got very busy. But these were some great writings on Painting in NYC from 99 to 2K. Written by painters Michael Brennan and John Zinsser who are both in my art documentary. I'm working on getting a special interview done where they are both interviewing each other. Should make for one hell of a special.'sjournal1999.asp'sjournal.asp


Ask Mark Kostabi archive.

Sitting here on this rainy Sunday, reruns of That 70's Show running on my DVD player. What a great show. I was just looking around the net for something to show a friend who was going on a bit about the gallery world. I wanted to share the articles of Mark Kostabi and his advice to artists, but realized there isn't a way on to see all the articles in one space. So I made my own. There is so much great information on here from a true art star, one that has done way more than any book writer.

So much to read and learn from here. Enjoy.

And Thanks to Mark and Artnet for doing these features.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Who's Afraid of Red Yellow and Blue...The documentary.

I have been working on this documentary for over a year now. Getting ready to make my second November filming trip to NYC. November 2011 was the first NYC filming trip I made. During that visit, I got to interview Peter Reginato, Karen Wilkin, John Zinsser, and Klaus Kertess. I got to meet Pat Steir (we had to make a raincheck for another day), and Ronnie Landfield (whom I interviewed on the next trip to NYC in April of 2012).

I feel amazing to have gotten this far with the film and am happy to share with you a recent trailer I made to show to some prospective funders. I know that in the future I'll be making a second version of the trailer, but this is with what I have right now.

I hope you enjoy it. As I was working on the trailer, I finally came up with the name for the documentary. If you know me, you know I was thinking of calling it Painters Painting Two....or maybe Too. Kinda cheesy, but hey I couldn't come up with much better. After working on the trailer a bit I was just thinking about it while waiting for sleep. Suddenly I thought of the title 'Birth Of Venus' or maybe Re-Birth...but that sounded more like a sculpture film. I thought the idea of naming it after a famous painting could be a possible good idea. Almost immediately the name flashed in my mind.


One of the many great titles for paintings that one of my absolute favorite painters Barnett Newman gave to his work. But it also rang true with what I felt I was trying to accomplish with this film. To give a sense that even 60 years later, people are still (to use the analogy) afraid or abstract modern art. And I hope with this film that it will give people a much needed eye into the world of these people, which will inevitably give people more insight than before into the world of Non-representational painting and sculpture. As I do have Peter Reginato, an amazing sculptor in the film and am in the process of interviewing Forrest 'Frosty' Myers for the film too. I didn't want to give the film an overtly painting type title.

I am about to make another trip for filming next month and have had much help from some amazing people to allow me to make this film. I have a donation button below if you would like to help out. It will allow you to put in any amount of funds you would be willing to donate. And if you are really willing, I am working on a referral plan where if you guide people to the site and they too donate (while giving your name in the comment box). Depending on how much you are able to bring in, I can offer some amazing footage of any or ALL of the participants being sent to you on DVD's after the release of the film. You can learn more about it here.

Thanks for all your help. Remember, you helped make this happen. With all your donations, and all your praise and just getting in touch to let me know you are happy about what I'm working on.

Jeffrey Collins
Director (and all the other stuff too!)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Three Painters...One Guide

I was just spending some time looking over things I could add to this blog, since I know I don't add much to it these days. I seem to add more that has to do with my film, than with myself.

I wanted to bring to your attention, another wonderful piece written by Mr. Carl Belz. On three great painters I have recently been able to get to know a bit better. Ronnie Landfield, Sandi Slone, and Darryl Hughto. Funny thing, is that Carl didn't know it, but I have been working on getting interviews with all three of these painters for my documentary film. It makes me want to get my visits in even more with Sandi and Darryl, since I have already gotten about 4 hours of interview with Ronnie...and there's plenty more to come. Then on top of all of that, I'm going to be heading back to NH to visit Mr. Belz once again, so we can spend more time talking about all the wonderful painters and sculptors I have filmed for this wonderful document on modern art and it's practitioners.

In the meantime. I highly recommend taking a few minutes, which I hope after reading will mean a few hours of research, and dig into what Mr. Belz has to say.

Thanks for your time.


Monday, July 2, 2012

New updates for my art film campaign.

Two new high digital quality pics from two amazing works on paper by two of my favorite artists. Marc Ross, whom was the subject of my first documentary. And Ronnie Landfield, who is in the new art documentary I am working on as we speak. Keep yourself up to date by liking us on facebook.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

New documentary film campaign is LIVE.

The new film fund raising campaign is now live on the Indiegogo website. This site is very much like kickstarter, but has a number of perks that kickstarter does not have. This time I will be able to get any raised funds for the film. Indiegogo is not an all or nothing deal. So no matter what, i'll be able to continue to make this film, Thanks to all of you wonderful contributors.

There is over 60 days on this campaign, so there's plenty of time to get your contribution in. Visit the page, check out the many video clips already filmed. So much has been done for the film. But there is so much left to do. With your help, we all can make sure this happens in the best way it can.

Thanks in advance.
Jeffrey Collins

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Finally updated my website.

The new 2012 paintings have been updated to the website. So you can see them in all their web glory. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Been to some interviews.

Been on a nice trip to NYC 2 weeks ago for more filming and you can check out some of the results here.Got wonderful interviews with Painters Ronnie Landfield, Michael Brennan, and Ruth Ann Fredenthal. Along with continuation interviews with Peter Reginato and John Zinsser.Have a wonderful time viewing all the clips. Thanks to all the wonderful people who contributed to helping me get these interviews done. Keep on contributing and i'll keep on filming. 

Thank you for the support.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A wonderful article on fellow painters.

I was pleasantly surprised when I woke up two days ago and found this in my home page feed of blogs that I actively read and follow. A very well respected and admired curator Carl Belz decided to write a nice piece on a few fellow painters, and included myself in the writing. Put a big smile on my face that still hasn't went away. I am very thankful to Mr. Belz for his kindness in writing about my work and the work of fellow painters.

Thanks for reading. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Campaign's still on.

I wanted to take a moment to say Thanks to all those wonderful insightful people who donated to the Kickstarter Campaign. Unfortunately it didn't get all the donations it needed to become a successful campaign. Even after the campaign ended, people are still sending in funds via paypal to help get the next phase of the film made. Granted, what amount you decide to donate will be responded to with the specific pledge it was accompanied with. So if you still give $25 you'll have the digital download in HD of the full film. For $45 you'll have the DVD and digital download. And onward. If you need to check out what the levels were. Please feel free here.

Since so many of you have been gracious enough to help like this, I do have special gifts I wish you to have, but i'll let them be a gift and not tell you about them. ;-)

Just click the box to be taken to the Paypal site. You don't have to sign up for their service to use it.

It will ask you what email to send the funds to. Put in and it will be good.

Thank you all for the support. Jeffrey

Friday, March 2, 2012

Quote of the Day 03-02-2012

To begin the year. I'll begin with a quote from one of my absolute favorite painters and good friend Joseph Marioni. This is from a paper he wrote in 1992 called "Socrates and the Alligator".

You can download a set of papers I have digitized here...

"It has always struck me as quite curious that the principles of art, in the classical tradition, were not formulated by artists but rather by philosophers."

He's speaking about how we are still using terms brought forth not be artists, but by philosophers. People who really didn't know much about art, and even less about painting.

Cheers to all Painters out there. Destined to fight the fight against old theoretical practices in art.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Essay in Nyartsmagazine.

I woke up today and found out this wonderful nugget of happiness was sitting on the NyArtsMagazine website. What a wonderful way to begin your day. ;-)

Monday, January 16, 2012

My film campaign on Kickstarter is LIVE!

I'm so thrilled about being able to put this project on Kickstarter to help get the funding I need to finish up my film. So far even in the first day I'm already up to $340 and lots of people are talking about it online. I'm so pumped about what the future holds for this campaign, I know there are so many in the future that will be glad to have this historical document to show the artists and art world of today and how they lived and worked.

Please share this with all your friends too. Get the word out there and let the world know about this monumental documentary on modern art.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quote for the Day. 01-07-2012

Thanks to a colleague Matthew Allen. I was introduced to this wonderful quote by the great painter Helmut Federle.

‎"I see it more in an Asian way, that I, as an artist, don’t have to invent something, I just go down the same path as everybody else, and make distinctions in my period, my time. References are warm and beautiful energies. I am part of a history and not a statement of the moment. In the end I’m not doing something different than what Giacometti or Kandinsky did. In my opinion, an artist is always doing the same thing. The values are spiritual, philosophical, it’s always the question “Why are we here?” “Where are we going?” “What is it?” “What is an existence?”

Thanks Matthew for introducing me to this wonderful quote.

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