The colors of autumn have finally arrived in all their glory. Even though the wind is trying its best to dislodge them today, they are still holding on to be sure they make a glorious send off of the year. Here at Merion Road and Sycamore there is always a fine display.
I love the way trees reach for the sky. Their roots search for water and nutrients and the tips of their branches move eagerly towards the light as they search for their most majestic height. The natural world tells us everything we need to know about living.
12" x 9"
Oil on Stretched Canvas
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While cleaning out my entire house (4 floors, including basement). I found a lot of old art and old writing and have decided to write the story of my life with pictures as I produced them for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. This is a sample that I have changed a bit for the blog. Unfortunately I don't have the picture described but I do have a small water color that probably came from that time.
FRUIT AND BOTTLE
water color and pencil
When I was around 6 or 7 I took a
painting class at the local library. It was taught by an enthusiastic
young man who took a special interest in my "work". I think I
was pretty good at watercolors and able to get the way things looked, sort of,
with not too much messiness. This has to be unusual for a child that
age. He insisted I have a "one girl show" at the library
to celebrate my “genius” as the local newspaper put it. In that show there was a landscape with
only the head of a horse in the middle. My enthusiastic teacher, who was
probably just a young art student, said this was part of my talent. Meaning
that I was free to put just the head of the horse in the picture because I knew
that was all that was necessary to indicate “horseness”. I thought that I
had only included the head because I had no idea how to draw the rest of
the body. I didn’t tell him that. I liked his idea better.I think this small incident pretty much
defines for me everything there is to know about what other people think an
artist is about and how that influences what artists say to other people about
what they do.
But, suppose he was right.
It certainly is true that children, if they have not been overly
praised or scolded about their art are freer to do what they want to than they
will be as they learn more about what "art" is. It is also true
that the head of a horse does indicate "horsiness" and I felt free to
put it in the painting without the body, even though I would have included the
body if I knew how to draw it. When an artist in full control of the
power of expression chooses to leave something key out of their work to create
a certain feeling, that is art. When someone simply doesn't know how to
draw and so only includes what they can do comfortably...not so sure. A
lot of outsider art has this feel to it and often it is very moving. If
this concept is to hold water then art education is a big mistake and
everything that is taught except how to wield a brush or sharpen a pencil leads
to the burying of "talent".