Last year I began with a collection of art for each month. February 2018 was centered on romantic themes, as it is easy for me to become inspired by the beauty in romance. March was an assortment of birds, there is something childlike, simple, and sweet in a bird. Then came April. I used a poem to create a collection of art inspired from the poetry that whispered throughout it's verses the loveliness of spring. That collection sold out almost immediately. I could not keep up with the vigorous efforts to create monthly collections, although I still had plans for more, I didn’t keep up with the pace I had set for myself. This year I took a more reasonable approach and would like to introduce my spring collection. They are paintings that have approached through different inspirations and the newness of spring.
Already I have been asked what inspired the central painting of my collection. This painting is a 4x5 foot painting that is the focal point of my studio upon entering. It sets the stage, so to speak, for my other paintings.
I was fascinated by creating the movement and line that caused the painting to be something more than a picture of a couple walking together. For me the importance was in the graceful stoop of her head, the space created between their forms, the translucence of her dress that reveals all the grace of feminine beauty. That was the fascination that inspired me to paint.
In class we have been experimenting with value and the interpretation of grouping values to determine their strength. The use of value effects the entire composition and from the start learning how to determine the difference of shades becomes one of the core studies.
It has been fun to have a few new students join and the art has been beyond exceptional!
News and Upcoming Events
I have been very consumed with a new project,
I am not free to release details at this time but stay tuned for later announcements.
I will be at both Downtown Growers Market and Railyards this year.
Times and locations will be posted regularly on my home page.
My spring collection is available for viewing in my studio.
Drawing From Nature will resume in April.
Please let me know ASAp if you are planning on joining.
Information is located on my classes and workshops page.
Artists of the Past
I would like to begin to share about artists that I have studied. Artists of the past have contributed to the current atmosphere in our culture. They are worth noting and gaining wisdom both from their mistakes and from their talents. Recently I have been studying Mark Rothko.
‘Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an abstract expressionist.’
It is easy to become disoriented in the direction that Rothko’s paintings took, however there are several contributing factors to the large still images that came from the depths of philosophical ideals that Rothko desired to express. First I think that World War II had a greater impact on his paintings then curators attributed. Not just Rothko but many of the artists of that period expressed their emotions from WWII in their art.
The driving force of Rothko’s inspiration was to define emotion through the subtle energy that he created both in the use of color, the absence of color, and the dynamic approach to creating the feeling of absence.
Artist of Today
Sir Quentin Blake
Sir Quentin Blake is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. He may be known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl. For his lasting contribution as a children's illustrator he won the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books. From 1999 to 2001 he was the inaugural British Children's Laureate. - Wikipedia
The freedom of expression is characterized in Quentin Blake's illustrations. He uses line and his imagination to create what He feels or experiences through his subject matter. He does not contain his art through boundaries or rules but freely expresses his imagination.