‘Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do’. Edgar Degas
Friend of Mary Cassatt (who I quoted yesterday). Realistic painters. She, although single, is noted for her mother and child subject matter. Degas is often associated with his ballet dancers, among other subjects.
Through the years, I have read quotes that inspire me and give me added confidence to paint. Here is one by Mary Cassatt: “I live alone, and I love my work.”
Let’s hear it for solitude!
As I sit regarding the blank white canvas, I am struck by the quote by Anne Tucker. Even though we (as professional artists) have made canvas after canvas, the blank canvas still ‘rquires courage.’ Once I asked my son why he wished to travel to exotic places, he said, “Mom, I’m just a blank canvas.” So it takes courage to live and it takes courage to paint.
I was invited as a guest artist to show my work along with 10 other artists for the annual Gallery Labor Day Exhibition. The Cortile Gallery is located in Provincetown, MA….on Cape Cod. It should be a great opening on Aug. 29 from 6:30-8:30. For anyone who lives near, come on down!
I am showing two pieces, “5 On EDge” and “Neighborhood”…….
The two works are both 24″x30″ in acrylic. 5 on Edge won Best of Show in April. The Cortile Gallery is a great gallery…check it out.
What is more exciting. The action of painting a piece, or looking at it after it has been resolved into a finished work? I often wonder what artists think about this. I hope there will be some comments from artists in regard to this.
It was pretty exciting, seeing the work of hundreds of artists flashed on billboards in Times Square. I didn’t get to the city for this event, but published photos of the works were as thrilling as fireworks. I actually could not see my 4 acrylic paintings but realize they were there for the crowd to see, in this enormous collage of images.
As college student, I studied Renaissance Art and its non-conformist painters, the Mannerists. When I first viewed Parmigianino’s work, “Madonna with the Long Neck”, I found it so unsettling. It violated all the Renaissance compositions that reflected harmony and a sense of balance. The Madonna is extremely distorted and the baby on her lap is over-large, while the figure to her right is tiny. With the figures crammed in to her left, surely there is no symmetry. There is a leg coming out of nowhere, not seeming to be attached to anyone in particular. Pontormo’s “Descent from the Cross” uses the Renaissance colors (pink, blue, red) but the figures are in various positions that are detached and unrelated to the Christ on the Cross. Perhaps this is a truer version of the chaos around the Crucifixion than the harmonious balance depicted in earlier Renaissance works of the same subject. As an abstract artist, I studied them more carefully and developed a respect for these rebels. Distortion, unbalance, and disharmony can certainly be seen in the work of contemporary artists.
I bought the house I live in because it has an all weather porch with 7 windows near my easel. Artists are certainly concerned with the light and today is so rainy and grey (as it has been most of week) I probably will not paint. When the sun comes out tomorrow, the painting will certainly change. When you apply acrylic paint, it usually dries darker, so it’s a constant adjustment. I often mix paint on the canvas, rather than on the enamel palette. But of course, when you add another color or shape, you have to adjust the whole painting. If the shapes and colors don’t work, it’s like a discordant note in a symphony. But when they do, WOW……so thrilling.