This daily practice is a joy. Studio Bridge this morning had three photos of amazing artists. Nicolai Fechin, Gabriel Muenter, and Horace Pippin. Nicolai Fechin has been one of my favorite artists since I saw a gypsy painting of his in a Houston museum. Born in Russia, he became American. The reference photo we drew from today makes him appear as intense as his oil paintings. And his drawings are a complete inspiration to me.
Warning: this is a calm rant. Like the warnings in fine print on the back of prescription labels.
I have dreams, I am persistent, and I feel joy in learning and reaching for what might or might not be possible in this life. If you, as a friend or professional, feel compelled to give me a reality check or say that what I imagine will never ever happen… please don’t.
Constructive criticism is golden. It assumes that things can somehow or other come to fruition. I don’t have the energy or spirit to lovingly process negative energy.
At this time in my life, it is not my desire to encourage or be manipulated by other people’s disappointments. I’ve survived some awful stuff and I’ve been lifted by amazing good fortune.
Next week I will turn 77 years old. I choose to make the best of every minute I have.
A respectfully submitted rant.
All three of these are from visualartspassage at Studio Bridge live-drawing. We have 20 minutes on each pose, to do the best we can… but lots of folks go back and finish out their work. Today we had Arshile Gorky, Leonore Carrington, and Gordon Parks. I do plan to work larger. but these are in a 4×6″ sketchbook. Try something new today (you don’t have to admit it to anyone!).
This is from the references in visual arts passage… She reminds me of my grandmother . Lucia Rosetta Crocheron. This is Jessie Redmon Faucet.
I guess this drawing a day is hit and miss, obscure, personal without a summarizing feature. If you are pulled to an activity, whether it makes sense or not, it feels like the moon and the tides. I hope that if you are pulled you will give into it. This sweet life is never as long as we’d like.
Odds are that you have one or more plastic chairs. All over the world people have these. I want to do drawings that include at least one plastic chair. You can be sitting in it, your dog, cat, good friend, grandma, favorite guitar, garment, flower pot…. anything that is not X-Rated.
I’m hoping we’ll get enough pictures.. that I can eventually do an exhibit. So reply with photos, who took the picture, a short explanation of the moment, and permission for me to draw it.
This will be a blast… and we already have two submissions!!!