GALLERIES
 HYPERMODERN REALISM - oil paintings on wood panel and fine art giclee prints by Keith Halonen


HOW BEST TO ENJOY THIS WEBSITE

     THIS SITE is an online portfolio of my oil paintings for your viewing pleasure.

     THIS HOMEPAGE is rarely about art. To view my art, click a gallery link top or bottom of any page. On a gallery page, click a thumbnail pic to load a full-view page for that painting. Links below a full view load other artworks from the same gallery.

     CHESS QUOTES now in the Chess Gallery. Links top or bottom of any page.
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WHAT  IS  ART?

     SUMMER~FALL  2016  Denial, CA – I used to frequent several art forums. My sad experience is that I was vilified for every imaginable reason. I was a simpleton for producing utterly pointless representational realism in the age of widespread photography! An egoist for signing my name to my works! Apparently, I'd committed the unforgivable sin of failing to recognize that my skills are gifts from a loftier realm than the one I inhabit. I should have realized I'm just a lowly human paintbrush in the supernatural hands of some esoteric spiritual master. I was castigated in precisely these terms: "If you don't believe in God, you cannot possibly appreciate the world in all its glory as we do."

     Mind you, it wasn't just a difference of opinions between civil arguers. There were bitterly militant Christians on board who relentlessly harrassed me until I decided I had far better ways to while away my time on earth and especially online. It should be noted the forum monitors exhibited less concern than any decent school crossing guard. Today's forums have a word for such types – trolls. I still check in to one art forum from time to time, though, strictly for technical information. They at least have monitors who won't tolerate hateful diatribes and they've created a separate sub-forum for such never-to-be-settled philosophical discourse. I don't need to swim upstream to get what I seek or impart what I've got to give when I visit that art forum. In short, I don't do belief. The baggage is just too heavy. I prefer to travel light.



Could it be that I'm really PURE EVIL INCARNATE?

     An amusing phenomenon was the frequent appearance of ambitious young newbies. There were quite a few who professed that their reason for becoming artists was to become rich and famous. While I have nothing against wealth, I always questioned fame since that half of the combo features inherent burdens that are borderline dangerous: loss of privacy, stalkers, etc. My sense always was that affluence absent the penalty of fame would be the optimal situation.

     But the most fun was to be had from chiding the occasional newbies who showed up three or four times over the course of each passing year to headline their first-ever post with the subject query, "What is art?" Thing is, it happened with such predictable regularity that you could literally hear the rhetorical inflection behind the hypertext... What IS art?

     After the third time this happened, I had a prepared response that I would immediately post as a reply. Here's my fully fleshed out A to this age-old Q.


I am especially partial to the dictionary definition...



...although I have egalitarian tendencies expressed admirably in these pages from the
1967 book THE MEDIUM IS THE MASSAGE by Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore...







Basically, if you declare it to be art, I accept your judgement
though there must be, of course, at least some provisos in place.
For example, even these two images are undoubtedly art...

     

but ONLY if your name is Marcel Duchamp!

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˜˜˜˜˜˜ SUMMERTIME ˜˜˜˜˜˜
AND  THE  LIVIN'  IS  SIZZLIN' !

Odd, that daylight starts waning on the very first day of summer. The mercury's already been growing longer since late May or early June, recording triple digits for some 60 days over the course of the season. And yet our local microclimate sustains a 40-50°F difference between morning lows and daytime highs. Living between extremes, a 110° peak guarantees that when the temp drops to 80°, you actually get goose bumps.

     Good insulation staves off the heat for hours. We run the AC when the house gets to 80° and shut it down around sunset. Then its time to open the Windows again. Our community is a bowl with a lake at its lowest level and hills on the periphery. After night falls cool air streams down from above and our open windows allow the flow to carry the warm air away as it passes through.


     
——— BLITZEN 2014 und DONDER 2016 ———
because Blitzen usually precedes Donder

     Certain life forms love heat. Our Madame Galen Trumpet Creeper flourishes in triple-digits. Apparently, its orange flowers are yummy sweet. Hummingbirds and bees, of course! Mammals of the family Cervidae, on the other hand, prefer the shade under our front deck but that doesn't stop them from ascending the ten steps leading up to the top! This can be hazardous to their health – and possibly ours as well – should we suddenly open the doors to step out without realizing that they're snacking! If they bolt down the steps they might incur severe injuries. And if we suddenly press too close, we run the risk of being gored!

     So we position a couple recycled plastic lawn chairs at the bottom step to discourage them from making the climb. I suppose we could fence the yard but we much enjoy them reclining under the shade trees on the uphill side of our property. So the only fencing we've done is around our garden.

     There's yet another potential risk. Our southern-facing deck is the staging area for my retro-tech art studio light source. I'd hate to have to clean up shards of glass and deer ichor. Scroll to the bottom of this page for clarification.
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CHESS PAINTINGS GALLERY
TO OBTAIN A LIMITED EDITION
UNCROPPED FINE ART GICLÉE PRINT
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WHAT ALL GOES INTO ONE OF MY PAINTINGS?
CLICK UNCLE BALDY TO LEARN




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I  PAINT  ONLY  BY  STARLIGHT  —  IT'S  TRUE

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     Observe the ingenious looking glass positioned just so out on the deck! Behold as photons issuing down from the nearest star are redirected by this markedly innovative 1st century Roman technology at an upward angle into the artist's studio!

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     Marvel at the brilliant (400 Watts more or less) swath of light cast thereby upon the white ceiling directly above my wall-mounted easel! The resplendent radiance of this nearby self-luminous celestial body is so potent as to simultaneously dry my laundry and grow my vegetables whilst I labor with paintbrush in hand. Isn't science wonderful? No special licensing or permits required.

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