Wednesday, September 05, 2007

From Sketchbook to Painting

I thought I would stop faffing with ideas and just get down to working with the sketchbook image I call "dribble!dribble! Since I have enough work for my exhibit I can afford to play with this one. If it works, great it will go in the show. If it doesn't work, so be it.
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A Litte Art Hsitory
One of the first recipients for a sex change operation was a successful Danish Artist, Einar Wegener, in Berlin, 1930. He changed his name to Lili Elbe and "stopped painting believing it to be something that only Einar did." His wife Gerda Wegener was "an internationally renowned painter, portraitist and graphic artist, and one of the very few successful female artists in history."
I have never heard of Gerda Wenener, but like many they slip into obscurity with the passage of time. Their work however is still out there, still seen and still hanging somewhere. Gerda's work is still being sold at various print and poster sites, such as art.com

8 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

Interesting post. I am sure happy, for me, that I no longer have the urges I once had related to art.

If you have not seen a tomato horn worm lately, complete with cocoons of predator wasps aboard, then take a look if you have time.

Janvangogh said...

Isnt it a nice feeling to be ready for the show and have time to boot!

I took a look at that worm. Yecky! I had one on my tomato plant just like that a few weeks ago.

jafabrit said...

ick I looked at the worm too, never seen one before.

At first I thought how sad he gave up his art when he became a woman, but I suppose giving up the torments that come with art is understandable.

Cynthia said...

intelesting...did you know that Trinadad, Colorado is the sex change capital of the world?? My inlaws own property there and I keep trying to convice everyone to start a commune there - so far no takers in the guajardo family...

congrats on having extra time which is certainly a luxury if there ever was such a thing.

Margot Potter said...

Fascinating stuff. I will go read about her.

You make the coolest art.

HMBT said...

Great post! I love your work...

Jim said...

Awesomeness. Will you incorporate collage into the painting like on the sketch? How big is this going to be?

Jean said...

bizarrely, from this entry on up tothe top, everything you are writng about has something to do with something going on here at our house today. we were watching a news docutmentary on transgender people just a half an hour ago, and one of them look exactly like this!!!