|Derby Pam Watercolor 9 x 13.75|
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
|Rockamelon oil/canvas 8 x 16 x 1.5|
Friday, May 27, 2011
of any work is all-important. The energy, the strokes and fervor with which pigment is applied sets the pace for the entire work. Many of the artists that come to my classes state that they want to learn to paint and draw more loosely. Loose is scary. It is out of control. Loose strokes cannot be added to a tight painting for any effect other than that of an afterthought. The goal is: loose to control; big brushes to smaller; thin paint to thicker paint. The beginning is everything.
I couldn't agree more.
I have been reading a book entitled Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner, recommended by a fellow artist. Interesting to be sure. The author is definitely familiar with art processes...and feelings. I see myself on nearly every page. At one point, the blocked artist named Danzig states: Begin again. How many times had he said it? The phrase was half encouragement, half admonishment, the constant reminder to his students that the beginning was all that mattered and, at the same time, the very thing that had to be executed with abandon. Perfect and irrelevant.
I couldn't agree more.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
|Mexican Glass watercolor/gouache 19 x 11|
"Mexican Glass" was painted in the summer...I remember it well. Along with the Mexican blanket flowers from our garden. Hot. Cool.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
|Precarious Stack of Vintage Bowls Watercolor 12.5 x 9|
So, OK. Buy generic toilet paper....bars of soap in bulk. But engage in the liveliness of original art and the artists who choose to spend their lives in wonder. Participate. Oh, yeah.
Monday, May 23, 2011
|Blueberries and Lilacs watercolor 9.75 x 14|
Let this be a lesson to me, to us.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
|Blue charcoal/pastel 14.5 x 10|
Justice has been served. "Blue" is my response.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
|Bundled (Mo) Watercolor 14 x 10|
Friday, May 13, 2011
|Dappled 2 oil on canvas 40 x 30 x 1.5|
Thus, one of my themes is "things dappled". I hope to continue all this vein for some time to come. "Dappled" and "Dappled 2" have been included in the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve annual May exhibition.
Glory be to God for dappled things--
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
— Gerard Manley Hopkins (The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins)
P.S. I was a little freckle-faced girl.
Monday, May 9, 2011
|Power Tie charcoal/pastel 17 x 8.75|
Thursday, May 5, 2011
|Silverplate Pot watercolor/charcoal 9.5 x 10|
I was reminded of who am am.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
|Awakening watercolor 19 x 9.5|
Whether inspiration is based on what one sees or on ideas, the artist's job is to react emotionally to what inspires him. Be less demanding of the source of your inspiration and give more guts to the representation of your visions and ideas.