It seems that all my art instructors, from the beginning to now, would frequently make references to the great art masters, living or dead. Good teachers are familiar with all types of art and want students to understand how much can be learned by looking at and studying masterworks and master painters. I would jot down the myriad of unfamiliar names in my handy notebook and look them up later on wikipedia or google. I wish I could say I remember them all, but my brain has a "teflon" nature and info seems to slip out as easily as it comes in. But as I keep at it and as the names and paintings show up again and again, they are becoming more familiar to me. One of the names, specifically, has been Wyeth...three different Wyeths, as a matter of fact: NC, Andrew, and Jaime...father, son, and grandson. A couple of years ago, we were in Vermont and visited a wonderful Wyeth exhibit "Vertigo" at the Shelburne Museum, another layer of exposure to help my brain connect the proverbial dots. So just imagine my delight when I was poking around the great used bookstore McKay's last week and found these!!
A trifecta! A home run! A beautiful, wonderful, unplanned, unexpected treat..now added to my growing collection of art books that help me grow as an artist.
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For a change of pace I thought I'd blog a bit about things other than art. Even though I am crazy about oil painting, there are other things that grab my attention. Let me digress...
GARDENING...yes, this has been a long time passion; even a slight obsession in the days of what I called my aerobic gardening phase. Definitely this was in my younger years. My battle with Mother Nature was epic. We lived for nearly a decade on a half acre lot in the Pacific Northwest that had been forested hillside prior to our house being built. Have you heard of a plant called horsetail? Yes, well. Anyway. It's left over from prehistoric times so that should tell you something. But, hey, I won an award for that garden! Here's the proof!
These hot, Southern days in Tennessee I limit my gardening to brief bouts, alternating with dips in the pool and sips of an iced beverage to cool off. It's still not the low maintenance garden of my dreams but it's pretty.
READING...what would we do without excellent writers and wonderful stories that express the human heart. I have been hitting home runs with the books that have come my way the past few months! Let me share a few titles:
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr), oh my goodness beautiful beautiful writing! I can't even. Read this book!
The Signature of All Things (Melissa Gilbert) so good, quality writing and such an interesting protagonist.
Euphoria (Lily King) a super interesting story loosely based on Margaret Mead's life
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce) both funny and heart wrenching journey of being lost and found, sort of.
and currently I'm in the middle of Abide with Me (Elizabeth Strout) yet another amazing writer who captures so incredibly the deepest feelings of ... no wait, I got distracted from blogging and finished it. Read it if you are a spiritual person; read it if you have realized your own brokenness; read it if your soul reaches out for meaning and connectedness.
Now I am in the middle of Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel) and all I can say is don't expect to get anything done when you are reading this book because you cannot put it down.
Your turn! How is your garden growing? What are you reading? Where do your dimensions express themselves? I love your comments and emails so much!!
Tomato Art 2015
So it's that time of year again...The Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville! For the love of heat and humidity, get yourself to Tennessee and celebrate the uniter of fruits and vegetables! My entries in the art show:
What's that, you say? Not a tomato? This eggplant will be in good company with many other Emerging Fruits and Vegetables in their own special showroom. So inclusive! Lots of hot fun to be had with music, food trucks, arts & crafts, dogs & babies...join the sweat-fest and get to East Nashville August 8!
Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...