Posts Tagged ‘art’

red swirls

red swirls

Art class project. Part of a probable triptych.

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One of the problems with keeping this blog up to date is that when I’m doing interesting things that I’d like to write about, I don’t have time to post. I took my smartphone on the Tuesday-Wednesday hiking trip, but after the hike Tuesday I was too tired to do anything but crash after dinner. I didn’t even stay up for fireplace and goodies with our friends.

Wednesday morning I woke up pretty early — it’s hard to sleep in with the sun shining in your tent — and when I came out of the bathroom, I found this lovely lady waiting for her turn:

luna moth

We saw this luna moth just sitting outside the women’s bathroom in the morning

I didn’t go on the Wednesday hike with Neil; it was longer and more strenuous than I was up for. Instead, I spent the day with my watercolors at Silver Cascade. I really like the way it turned out:

Silver Cascade 20 June 2012

watercolor of Silver Cascade in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

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art class tonight

I am quite pleased with this one.

6 June 2012

I think this might be the cover for Darien’s story.

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from this week’s art class

Last night’s art class produced this watercolor:


watercolor from Wednesday night’s art class

I don’t know what’s going on with it. I think it has elements of Chinese art and possibly Buddha going on in it. Neil says it resembles some Indian art he read about, as well.

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Sam Gilliam

Another Color Field artist is Sam Gilliam, who does absolutely marvelous unsupported canvas paintings as well as more conventional supported canvas and wood panel works.

from an exhibition in 2009

from an earlier exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

video of Gilliam at work on an installation. The sidebar includes links to other interesting interviews with Gilliam.

an interview with Gilliam about his 2011 installation Close to Trees

I don’t have any desire to try to imitate Gilliam’s work; it comes too directly from his own perception, soul, and experience. But that by itself is a valuable lesson: if I dig deep and express what’s most truly me, then that truth will stand out clearly to others and will connect in a way that’s far deeper than if I was trying to please those others. And that’s as true for writing as for painting.

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The first artist whose work I could recognize and enjoy was apparently Salvatore Dali. I have to rely on my father’s word for this, however, because I was only about three and don’t remember the incident. Apparently we owned a book that included a section on Dali, with reproductions of several of his pictures. I loved Swans Reflecting Elephants. I wasn’t bothered by the grotesque violence of The Burning Giraffe or the bizarre and creepy The Face of War.

But I couldn’t bear to look at the melting clocks in The Persistence of Memory”. I’d sit on Dad’s lap while he turned the pages and we talked about the pictures, but when we got to that page, I’d hold it down and wouldn’t let him turn it until he promised to turn two pages so I wouldn’t have to look at. Once when he tricked me (my version) or accidentally only turned one page (his version :) ), I burst into tears, ran screaming out of the room, and had nightmares for weeks.

It doesn’t give me nightmares any more, but I still find it kind of creepy to look at.

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One of the first artists my instructor referred me to was American watercolorist Charles Burchfield. This website shows some of his representative work: from “HEAT WAVES IN A SWAMP: THE PAINTINGS OF CHARLES BURCHFIELD,” an exhibition held in fall 2009.

Burchfield studied art in college and was acquainted with most of the major American painters of the time, including Edward Hopper, but he chose to remain in upstate New York, focusing on the world around him and his own reactions to it. He made thousands of sketches and would work on the same painting for years, going back to it to adjust, correct, edit, and repaint. Often he would enlarge the painting by adding new paper to the edge of the old one (“Dawn of Spring,” for instance, which was incomplete at his death in 1967).

“Glory of Spring,” from 1950, illustrates many of Burchfield’s characteristics and techniques. Notice the rhythmic black and yellow lines around some of the objects: Burchfield is trying to indicate the sound of insects and birds, the feel and taste and smell of the forest, even the vibrant spirit of nature. “The Song of the Katydids on an August Morning” is another example.

I love the way he layers emotions into paintings that are, for all their stylized and abstracted features, nevertheless closely observed. I love the energy, the colors, the intensity. There’s some similarity of style between us, though not, I think, as close as my instructor would like to think :D

I also love that he shares many of my writing characteristics, including the tendency to work and rework things that take a long time to finish. He gives me a model for both my watercolors and my writing.

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