Category Archives: art theory

“45 and Still Alive” by Richard F. Yates

I turn 45 in a few days—and I still wonder… My dad, when he was in his 50s, said, “I wonder what I’m going to be when I grow up?” I laughed at the time, but I get it now. … Continue reading

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“DERP?” by Richard F. Yates

I spotted this sticker on the hand dryer in a Wendy’s bathroom in Longview, WA. I don’t know what it MEANS (a band? an acronym? just a humorous word?), but I liked the placement and the bold lettering. With art, … Continue reading

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“Read a Damn Book – 032: Understanding Comics”

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, comic books were HOT! Mainstream comics (Marvel & DC) were doing well, collectors’ prices were up, and the classic characters were on everyone’s mind. Tim Burton’s Batman film (from 1989) smashed box-office … Continue reading

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“Art in a Vacuum?” by Richard F. Yates

Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum—no matter how fancy the brand of vacuum or how large the collection bag. —Richard F. Yates

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“An Outsider Looks at the Outside of Art” by Richard F. Yates

I’m 44 years old, never went to art school, and ain’t rich. For some reason, though, I make “art.”* *[“Art” is a strange thing. There are a multitude of definitions, and none of them seems to adequately explain the concept. … Continue reading

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“Make a Million Things” by Richard F. Yates

My philosophy for art is this: you make a million things. If you make a million things, I guarantee that at least a few of those things will be brilliant—one or two, maybe more. A few will be MASTERPIECES! Even … Continue reading

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“The PUNK School of Art” by Richard F. Yates

I’m definitely from the Punk School of Art, in the sense that I think everyone should make stuff regardless of talent or technical expertise or access to fancy art production tools. If you like art and enjoy making stuff, the … Continue reading

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