Friday, March 10, 2017

Some reasons why I don’t paint more cocks.

Interestingly enough something is come up in the last week or two repeatedly and it has to do with why I don’t paint more cocks in my paintings. There are several reasons for this, and I’ve had several conversations about this, however, the first and foremost reason probably has something to do with the fact that I’ve been banned on Facebook at least three or four times for my artwork and for the images I’ve shared.

Both on my page and my personal page I’ve had people report for putting images up that actually even suggest some kind of sexuality. The rules on Facebook more or less, are that artwork, as long as it’s labeled with size date media as well as the artist name is probably legal if there’s nudity and, however, if that artwork is overtly sexual in nature that it often gets censored. I’ve even had images from the 15 and 1600s during the Renaissance and Baroque periods get reported.

Also another reason why I don’t include the penis more often in my painting. I just don’t think it’s necessary for the kind of aesthetic experience that I’m trying to communicate. I know that this sounds like a fancy way to say it but basically when I paint the male nude it’s not about sex it’s about eroticism for me. I’m not making paintings that I want people to jack off to.

Some people have described a conflict or two different sensations that have to do with love or attraction. The conflict is often referred to as eros versus sexuality.  Basically, some authors have described the idea that there is a sort of spiritual force or energy that they referred to as eros. Eros, is a kind of spiritual or emotional force that bridges the gap between love and sex. One of my friends referred to this as the Stendhal syndrome. This so-called syndrome is often described as people having a feinting spell when they had an overwhelming experience looking at a work of art, or visiting a beautiful building, or even carrying a piece of beautiful music.

I want people to be overwhelmed by the beauty of my work and the experience of it but not necessarily to be sexually stimulated by it.  I want people to see the work and comments and think about how beautiful it is and how beautiful the human body is before they respond to it in a sexual way. I wanted to be about some sort of heroic masculine beauty rather than just about sexual stimulation. I’ve found that as soon as you introduce looking at someone’s genitals in a direct way, straight or gay, it immediately transports that image whether it’s a painting or a photo into a place that makes it all about sex and not so much about beauty.

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