This weeks EBSQ Blogger of the Week is a painter of color, motion and intensity. His art has the power to pull the viewer in closer and take them on a powerful ride! I’m thrilled he could be with us today.
Who and where are you?
My name is AJ LaGasse, and I’m a New York City artist. I thrive on working with different media, as well as different styles and subjects.
My main passion though, is abstract art – it looks easy, but it’s very challenging! That’s what keeps me interested in it. You have to search within yourself to paint an abstract, whereas with still-life’s, for example, you are guided along by what you see. You can get by with technical skills alone.
Nevertheless, I’ll paint still-life paintings, landscapes, etc., when the subject matter moves me. Additionally, I love textures in my paintings – usually heavy applications of oil paint that create their own patterns.
Once blogs started to catch on, I realized that it was an easy way to keep an updated page on my artwork and new paintings, etc.
I already had my website set up (http://www.LaGasseGallery.com), and I could have simply dedicated a page that I could just update constantly. The beauty of the blog though, is that it’s easier to add your post and pictures, and the rss feed makes it easier for people to subscribe to your content.
Post good quality pictures! This is especially important for those artists that want to sell directly from their blog. The viewer has only the pictures to use as a reference – they can’t touch the painting, turn it around, or look at it in different light. So you must provide the best quality pictures as possible, including some close-ups.
Without pictures, the blog post becomes boring for most people, and they will just click-off. Offering a visual entices the viewer to engage a bit more…
I’ve noticed that certain musical choices affect how I paint. For instance, if I need to work slowly on a painting, or with small details, I go with slow-tempo music. This could be Enya, or slow classical music. If I work on an expressionist abstract painting, I listen to fast-tempo music, like Enigma or even trance music. Either way, I usually avoid music with loud vocals, or avoid vocals entirely. I find that words distract me from the process.
I don’t know – LOL! I’m going to surprise even myself! Seriously, I have so many painting ideas in my mind that I want to do, and I want to do them all at once – but there aren’t enough hours in each day to get them done. So I’m working on each idea, one at a time… My goal is to be the best contemporary abstract artist in my time, not just a legend in my own mind, LOL!
Thank you AJ for being an EBSQ Blogger of the Week!
If you are an EBSQ Artist and would like to be considered for Blogger of the Week just add us to your blogroll. I’m searching EBSQ profiles weekly for links to artist’s blogs. If you aren’t an EBSQ Artist, what are you waiting for?