Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
What motivates me:
Well it certainly isn't the money LOL! (bless gallery owners Mike and Sheryl for their support despite that wee problem). I suppose it boils down to a very basic need to create or be doing something creative all the time. I love the smell of a studio and a workshop, the act of painting, of cutting wood, the act of putting into visual form something that has moved me. What motivated this painting was very simple, I wanted to see if I could paint a mouth open and paint a tongue. Can't give you any logical reasons why his neck is twisted.
I call it "you assume wrong" because people seem to think or assume there is some motive behind it, especially because there is a flower going through the head. I don't blame them, but the truth is that the flower was put there to solve a compositional problem. I was driving along somewhere and I was distracted trying to figure out the dead space and what supported his head and all of a sudden WHAM! I had a visual of a flower. Problem solved.
so there ya go, sometimes motivation has to do with a desire to paint a tongue just because I had never done it before. LOL!
art motivationthe love of paintingartists block
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Here is a couple of drawings by de Kooning called
" Drawings with Eyes Closed".
check out Sue Beyer's figure drawings. I wouldn't even attempt a full figure, but wow these are great. cynthia does a keen self portrait and Snoo's self portrait is adorable. Jessica did three and I had a hard time deciding which one I loved best. Now I think I am really inspired to do another one.
Drawing with eyes closedDe Kooningself portrait
Sunday, November 05, 2006
I don't know who said this, "'there are no mistakes, only opportunities" but I think it's good to remember. Even if a piece can't be saved there are lessons to learn from it, and sometimes if we are lucky we can see that the mistake is actually a hidden treasure.
mistakes in artart about the boer war
Thursday, November 02, 2006
This is one of the pieces in the exhibit called "Gold"
In 1887 the world’s largest gold field was discovered in the Transvaal, South Africa. Transvaal President Paul Kruger said: “Instead of rejoicing you would do better to weep, for this gold will cause our country to be soaked in blood.” It didn’t take long for this prophetic statement to come true. After British colonial leaders were unable to annex the Boer republics and attempts to overthrow the government failed war was finally declared in 1899. In 1901 Lord Kitchener ordered that concentration camps be built to house thousands of Boer women and children, and separate camps for the Africans who served under the Boers. The war ended 1902, but not before the deaths of thousands of women and children. It is estimated that 28,000 Boers died in the camps, (22,000 were under the age of 16) and around 20,000 in the African camps.
Peek a Boo at The Village Artisans. Each artwork requires the viewer to open the door, the curtain or lift the lid to see what's inside and there are some fun surprises.
Nancy will be in a group show at The Winds Cafe (show starts Nov 6th) for the month of November.
THANKYOU nancy for helping me hang my show at the emporium, your guidance and help was invaluable. Have monday marked to help you hang yours :)