Do you get scared of images? This was a 20-minute exercise for Studio Bridge #life-drawing. I find the image so scary that I put it in a narrow box. As one who’s never followed super-hero characters, horror movies, or comics, I tried to conjure compassion for this joker by pretending he was more afraid than I. Guess I need to catchup on my cultural literary awareness.
This is my evenings project, a portrait of Guy Clark. He was a good friend and awesome songwriter.
I once believed that to learn an instrument or a skill, I needed to hide in the woods, a closet, or stay out of sight til no one was around.
I don’t believe that any longer. In my early 70s, I fell in love with learning to draw and paint. (Yeah, right. It takes 30 years to get good… what was I thinking?) I took the enigma as my get-home free card. As a beginner, no matter what my age, I have the right to make a mess and reach beyond my skills to touch the images I’ve imagined, because we all have to start somewhere.
As a songwriter/performer, speaker, and author, I boldly scrawled in big crayons. “Each person is totally unique and has a precious piece of life to share.. that no one else can duplicate.”
So… I called my own bluff….every day I draw… somedays it clicks and other days it misses, but I always learn and I always enjoy the adventure. Enjoy. #crowspun #crowjohnsonevans #beginning #sketching #learning
I’m fascinated with people who hold high artistic skills. I lurk and cruise the internet until something arrests my heart and imagination. John Ma’s work has done just that. Because I’m a newcomer to drawing, I did not expect any stranger halfway around the world to answer my beginner questions– much less be as helpful as John has been. Here is the interview with someone I revere as a kind human being and a phenomenal visual artist.
CROW: John Ma, where do you live and where were you born? JOHN MA: I am living and create in Gothenburg, Sweden. I was born in Shanghai, China in 1969.
CROW: Do artistic skills run in your heritage? Are you teaching and exhibiting? Where? JOHN MA: My works are based on painting techniques and modeling foundations. I am a professional artist and a weekend teacher in adult education at art college of Gothenburg, Sweden. There is also a solo exhibition in Gothenburg every year.
CROW: When did you know this would be your path? JOHN MA: When I was 11 or 12 years old, I participated in the juvenile art exhibition. I didn’t determine my career path until I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts.
CROW: Do you have children?
JOHN MA: I have a 21-month-old daughter.
CROW: Where have you studied arts?
JOHN MA: My basic art education comes from China. I graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China. All my work is art research and I have not dabbled in other fields. My basic art education comes from China. I graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in China. All my work is art research and I have not dabbled in other fields.
CROW: Do you use traditional as well a digital tools in your art? JOHN MA: I am doing digital painting and traditional canvas oil painting at the same time.
CROW: Do you teach virtually online across the world? JOHN MA: I have no online education activities.
CROW: What is the most important quality in art students? JOHN MA: I feel that the most important quality of art professionals is to maintain the continuous enthusiasm for creativity.
CROW: What has been your greatest joy? JOHN MA: My greatest happiness is whenever new works are produced.
CROW: How have you created your life as an artist? I was so surprised that you took the time to send me information about Procreate and the IPad Pro. I couldn’t imagine how you created your images. JOHN MA: At present, my main way of living is to cooperate with galleries to sell oil paintings. Regarding my digital works, the ultimate way to appreciate them is through digital media and digital screens, such as YouTube or Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/john.ma.71066/videos/10221405692084418 )
CROW: I’m excited that you are planning a YouTube channel. I want to subscribe and spread the information with our readers. For now, where can people see your work? JOHN MA: You can see my oil paintings on my webpage www.johnma.se, or you can see my real paintings when you come to my studio and visit the gallery. https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDZ8ttTSjEmdBukjwKSR76Q?fbclid=IwAR2BFWvpi8nwWSFTN8QI8_XxQm4F6iKal-EpGRFvsvVSd4At1Y7z3Xlz_9s
CROW: Oh, I wish I lived close enough to drop by and watch you work! You have an invitation to visit our house in NW Arkansas any time you are in the neighborhood!
It’s fun to say howdy from our new website. Just so you won’t think I’m putting on airs, here’s a photo of me in my glorious and messy Weavers Shed/ Woman Cave.
This lifetime has been a glorious ride, that just increases in “wow” as I go. When the saying, “You are enough, at this very minute” hits home we can all breathe, laugh, and try anything. Thank you from the deepest spot in my heart for being part of my adventure.
I think creating art or music or stories… is a physical and emotional hand-holding. Muscle and soul working together. Some days muscle takes the lead…other days soul calls most of the shots. On off days, neither can pay attention. LOL
Back from a great week in Santa Fe. Traveling while doing an online art course is tricky; however, I couldn’t be happier and more challenged.
Carry on my friends… May the water not get above your fenders.
The challenge is timed… but there is an internal challenge to push the edges of what I can safely draw. Tonight’s visualartspassage. Illustration-isolation was exciting and a little scary. Push your edges my friends…what have we got to lose?
I thrive on hearts, hugs, thumbs up, and encouragement. There are a bunch of beautiful souls and friends who connect via FaceBook. I’m taking a time-out from FB… my new internet connection is the website crowjohnsonevans.com, or my email crowspun at gee mail dot com. Or make a zoom appointment!
Why? I can slide into hours on FB. Instead, I’m going to go for a walk, or sit on the deck, or read…. You now know how to find me. Please do. Hugs, Auntie Crow