On speed & stamina

Here is something interesting I just read today: When you paint, you have to be quick. Even if it is not turning out very well, it is always better than going slowly. You must bring the energy of your entire existence into the picture. FRANÇOISE GILOT in “THE WOMAN WHO SAYS NO” (also worth mentioning…

Playing around in negative space

I have found making acrylic sketches in my sketchbook to be so freeing – having no focus on outcome makes experimenting a lot easier This week I have been working on a challenge given by Debbie Mackinnon Debbie: “There can be no positives without the negative and so this week is all about finding, exploring…

When color is entirely to the point … is the point!

According to the American artist Gary Komarin (1951), the best paintings “paint themselves.” He says: You have to get lost in the painting for a time. You cannot simply stand outside like a quiet observer. I believe he is right, and as a maker, the best part of the creative process is definitively those moments…

A Painter’s Path

Nothing to do with anything, all to do with everything — And while you’re here, and if it is still weekend, why don’t you have some cake … ? “The Cake painting sits on the wall. Each viewing provides new pleasures. The waistline does not change.” –Gary Komarin Komarin’s Cakes are an unexpected marriage between…

Dancing tulips

Samuel John Peploe ( 1871 – 1935) was a Scottish Post-Impressionist painter,  noted for his still life works and for being one of the group of four painters that became known as the Scottish Colourists.  Notice the tempo in this painting. It is as if the tulips are dancing. It is quite rare to find so…

A week in St Ives

I’m in St. Ives as a student. Working with my own art and studying masters. St. Ives has historically been a very important place for many artists — my favorites amongst them being Virginia Woolf & Barbara Hepworth. There is a Tate Museum here. An there is the wonderful Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden…

“I never really separated painting and literature.”

Claire Daigle writes: In 1959 Twombly executed some of the most spare works of his career, among them the 24 drawings that comprise Poems to the Sea, done on the coast of Italy. What order of poems, punctuated with numerals and question marks, are these? The sea is reduced to horizon line and word, scribblings and…

maximum meaning in the simplest possible form

 Anne Truitt: I have never allowed myself, in my own hearing, to be called a minimalist. Because minimal art is characterized by nonreferentiality. And that’s not what I am characterized by. [My work] is totally referential. I’ve struggled all my life to get maximum meaning in the simplest possible form. Anne Truitt: Heading South, 1988 , Acrylic…

a too-conscious searching of your soul …

Anni Albers, 1964 If you have read my latest post you might also, like me, enjoy this excerpt from an 45 years old interview with Anni Albers (1968, July 5): ANNI ALBERS: Well, I find that Pop art or Dada have tried to get away from this fine art barrier in a very healthy way,…