Moving from nature and tornadoes to Kandinsky’s passionate philosophy about art making is a relief, even though the drama is revealed in the artist’s non-objective paintings. In his essay, “Point and Line to Plane,” he says the point is akin to language and is a language signifier. The point as period, but further he says that the point is a “tension, a temporary presence.” “Point and Line to Plane’ could be a drawing manual, giving artists compositional guidance through the use of these elements. Line can be quiet or thrusting. It’s all about mark making on a black sheet of paper, thus creating a composition. In literature, point (or period) indicates pause between two sentences (or lines). In music a pause/period after a musical note creates a Mozart or a Beethoven composition. Point, line and plane are interwoven among the arts. Now my questions is: What is the content in the pauses/silence between points/periods.
Through the years, I have read quotes that inspire me and give me added confidence to paint. Here is one by Mary Cassatt: “I live alone, and I love my work.” Let’s hear it for solitude!
In July, I was asked to give a lecture for Senior EdVentures at UMASS, my alma mater. It was good going back there as a teacher, and the group was so responsive. My lecture had to do with 3 artists that used Word and Image, drawn from several lectures given for the International Society of…
I try to paint every day. This painting “Conversation” is one of my newest works. It’s an acrylic 24×30″ and available in giclee form as well. The process of painting combines new technicques using rollers, scrapers, palette knives, brushes. It always works from the inside out and ends up in a unity of composition after…
Playing with Fire
‘Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do’. Edgar Degas Friend of Mary Cassatt (who I quoted yesterday). Realistic painters. She, although single, is noted for her mother and child subject matter. Degas is often associated with his ballet dancers, among other subjects.