Monday, December 31, 2007
For the past two years, I have been obsessed with collage and the intrigue of integration of elements on a two dimensional surface. I resolve in 2008, to return to, and to develop better drawing skills. Van Gogh saw the value in the 19Th century. I see it in the 21st...
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I love color and texture! I love abstract modern art! I can "disappear" in a Rothko with ease and great pleasure and return groggily to the "real world." I also love the works of the Italian Renaissance Old Masters. There is something magical about Titian and his use of color in the 16Th century. Until last week, I considered my loves very different and completely disconnected in any obvious way. I tend to have wacky taste in many areas of my life, including art.
"One of Collings' great strengths is his insistence that
in art things are not either/or but both/and."
"Titian-style color isn't just bright colour,
which is what people usually think 'colour' means in art.
It's colour worked and organised and constructed,
so it's doing something more than you would get
if a modern designer chose some colours from a colour chart.
It's producing something symphonic and harmonious
out of a lot of differences so
there's a sensation of surprise and delight.
This description would fit a Paul Klee or a Matisse,
or a Pollock or a Rothko--which is right,
because that kind of modern art, small like Klee or vast like Pollock,
harks back to the sparkle and suavity of Venetian painting."
Sunday, December 9, 2007
After a week of watching focused students making great art in the artroom, I was cleaning brushes that had been sitting in what appeared to be a bottomless wash tub for several days. Soaking brushes for days is not recommended care for brushes; however, if I have to choose between working with students or washing brushes, I choose students EVERY time! As I washed and rinsed and washed and rinsed and washed and rinsed, I eventually found the bottom of the tub. The remaining paint swirled and flowed and made me smile. Art is ALL around us...even in the bottom of a tub of dirty paint brushes.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Like Elizabeth Murray, I also got my start in art by teaching teens. Last year, several of my very gifted students used Murray's art as a springboard to create a collaborative project. I was impressed! Unlike Elizabeth Murray, I don't see myself leaving the high school art room. My life is enriched by the creative heart beats of my "girls."
Monday, November 26, 2007
I first became aware of Elizabeth Murray's work nearly two years ago while taking a class at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Inspiring work. And to think that she was a high school art teacher. There is hope for all of us!
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Well, not EVERYTHING! Paper dolls, for example. A precious friend just returned from Philly and many museums and brought me a book of Frida paper dolls. I love the gift!
Friday, November 9, 2007
Just over one year ago, I had the great privilege of showing two years of collaborative altered books with three dear friends. We called ourselves "The Changelings" and the exhibit was housed at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill. I recall the opening on a Sunday afternoon; an afternoon of fresh flowers, refreshments, and friendship.
Shortly after our show, one of us moved to Charlottesville, Va. We have not heard from her since her move. I hope that she is painting with intensity and oblivious to the outside world. And now, another of us is on her way to Australia for two years! I am inheriting her drafting table and bicycle and will be the owner of one of her original paintings.
And so, there are two of us left in the area from the original "Changelings." I am sad. The four of us were good together!