Poet Margaret Randall, was a student of Elaine de Kooning’s at the University of New Mexico. She recalls Ms. de Kooning encouraging her students: “Think big, paint big, be wedded to nothing, neither landscape, nor abstraction, paint nor stone.” And “abandon long practiced becomes skill.”
I have some new things to look at under “drawings” and “painting.” Abandon was practiced. Thanks for looking. Get vaccinated if you can.
Just writing to let you know that I have let go of blogging and am only adding paintings & drawings to this website now. I’m adding things weekly, so if you’re interested, I welcome you to come and stroll around my virtual studio. Check in the menu under “paintings” and “drawings.” Feedback and questions welcome. Stay well and vote early and often.
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over is a memoir about a history professor, Dr. Nell Painter, who decides at age 64 to go to art school. She gets a bachelor’s, then a Master’s in art. She’s a professional artist and continues to write, and wrote her memoir in 2018. She spoke at the Northwest African American Museum, and I was happy to go.
I wish I had gone to art school – in my 20’s. But it probably works out much better for me to be old in art classes. I’m not scared to experiment and I’m far less concerned about other people’s opinions. And my time is my own, too.
And since I can’t go anywhere, and I have internet and a laptop, I’m taking art courses: abstract watercolor, abstract oil&wax, intuitive drawing, and courses from MoMA: Contemporary Art, and Sexing the Canvas (gender & art). Whew!
How are you doing? I hope you’re well and not too lonely. These are uncertain times, but really, aren’t all times?
Before the virus reached Washington State, I was ready to move back into learning mode and away from production mode. I think there are 18-20 canvasses sitting in the living room (where else) and probably 75 drawings upstairs?
So, I signed up for a mix of online and in-person classes. Then the virus sent us home and my art studio went online! Now art history, contemporary art class joins a drawing class , etc, etc!
The drawing curriculum is from Sue Hettmansperger an artist and professor emeritus, via my art studio (The Miller School of Art). Her own work is beautiful.
The curriculum consists of things like: sit in a darkened room, recording your reactions to noises. Notice that she doesn’t say “draw the sounds” – it’s draw your reactions. And: “Pair intention with a particular mark and its most suitable medium.” It’s an intuitive drawing class. So I’m having to remind myself again and again – I’m not depicting – I’m drawing my responses. Awk-ward!
Looking for a new direction for myself. I spent some fun time this week learning floating ink paper marbling (“suminagashi”):
Then I looked for “contemporary landscape oil painting” and found the 21st century Bob Ross: Jose Trujillo! This video link is 11:00 minutes of a conversation between Mr. Trujillo and his young son, Monet, WHILE painting a landscape! It’s very sweet and I really liked his loose brushwork and colors!
I’m “drawn” to illustration (sorry-not sorry!). My first exposure to art was picture books and I was born around the time of “the golden age” of children’s book illustration: Robert McCloskey, Ludwig Bemelmans, Ernest Shepherd, Virginia Lee Burton. Wonderful stuff!
And I was brought up with The New Yorker – whose illustrated covers were almost always stories, and very often stories with a wink attached.
So I realized (later) all that came into play when I got the idea for this: a mash-up of a photo of a Swedish girl and her fuzzy dog, and an Edward Hicks ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ poster that has hung in my home for 30+ years.