Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


The Arts

News and comments about the arts. Mostly theatre.

August 13, 2003

This is really big on Blogdex at the moment, but it's so impressive I figured I'd reference it too. These are a series of images that Greg Apodaca has worked on. If you've ever questioned what blemishes can be cleaned up with PhotoShop, you won't anymore.

10:12:53 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Internet The Arts

Though I've never acted, I've got a background in theatre and film. So, I've known plenty of actors, held lots of auditions and seen lots of plays and movies. Freakgirlspew, who's doing some freelance work for a casting agency, reminded me of a few thoughts I had on acting the other day.

There's a tremendous gender imbalance among actors. In my experience, there's probably 1 man for every 8 women who are interested in acting. Furthermore, as we all know, there generally tend to be more roles for men than women. What does that mean? Most of the male actors I've known who have even a modicum of work have, by the age of 30, established themselves. That is, they're getting regular paying work. They're not Brad Pitt, but they've made a profession out of acting.

For the women, this is, unfortunately, a rare thing. Which is tragic, in a way, because generally the women are better, more committed and more thoughtful actors than the men.

9:35:56 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    Movies The Arts

I'm not much of an art connoisseur, but I'm a fan of Henri Rousseau. Unfortunately, his paintings seem to be spread all over the globe. In particular, his most famous works are in Paris and New York and Copenhagen and Lord knows where. What I want is IPDB.com, the Internet Painting Database. I just look up an artist or painting, and it tells me where it's located. Of course, if a work of art is in a private collection, it could just say 'private collection, contact this art dealer for more information'. Why doesn't this exist already? Could somebody get on that?

9:19:36 AM  Permanent link to this entry    Trackback []    The Arts