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I had the great good fortune to visit the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Ct for a delightfully curated show of Americn Impressionists yesterday, Sunday, March 23, 2014 on a particularly gloomy (and seemingly “normal”) day.
It was particularly inspiring to be able to observe “up close and personal” the quintessential American Impressionists here in the United States, who reposed in the Connecticut countryside of Cos Cob.
I will write more about Hassam, et al in the next several days as I have been gifted with an assignment as a docent at the Bush Holley House, where these incredible talents summered.
I am now asking permission from my FB friends who are so generously sharing their gorgeous pictures of food that they prepare, crafts they craft, and gardens they grow. I will always make a point to give absolute credit to these artisans, and provide links, at no cost, to their websites, if they have them.
Again, Gayle Piersol receives no compensation in any way and merely shares things that fit within her sensibilities that she wishes to share with others.
The creative process and creative people can seem mysterious and even to creative people, they are…
I am becoming very honest with myself about my true motives in life and trying to give myself permission to practice the arts in which I am trained: acting, creative writing, drawing, painting and musical writing and performance.
I was reading a particularly insightful article in a magazine I picked up from the Oakdale theater in Wallingford, CT. In it, a writer by the name of Andreas Tzortzis interviews Pharrell Williams about his views on being an artist.
To my mind, Williams is unique in that he doesn’t strive for “ownership” in the creative process as he describes that he is not afraid of failure saying, “Yeah, I don’t even understand that. My mind just can’t even process that.”
The article also shows how Williams is not worried about “success” or being “on top,” saying, “..if that is your main concern..then you should probably find another business. Because our business works off emotion.”
That is about the most crystal clear viewpoint I have heard a truly creative, self aware and yes, “successful” artist express.
Williams simply is happy to be “part of it…a participant..and everyone has their job.” He adds “…if you would remove your ego and only use your feeling, that is when the best stuff comes out.”
What a humble and honest expression coming from the Grammy winner, who has a solo album coming out.
“Brian’s Orchids,” Oil painting by Gayle Piersol, copyright 2014 all rights reserved
As an artist, I find inspiration everywhere and particularly like painting at a site (whether indoors or outdoors,) with other artists. We rarely speak, but somehow there is a feeling of cooperation rather like a beehive.
“You know, we are vessels. We are straws. We are not the juice,” Williams says, and I agree.
This is also the perfect description when I am painting or some other creative endeavor. It could also be described as “Zen,” the zone of being actively alert, aware and participative, while simultaneously relaxed.
I believe that all of us are creative, and to the extent that we can trust, be open and engaged with fellow humans, we will be richly rewarded.
Copyright 2014 all rights reserved
The home kitchen studio…
This canvas is a bit bigger than I normally work as it is 24″ x 30″. While taking a children’s book illustration course at The School of Visual Arts in New York City years ago, our teacher taught us to draw in tiny thumbnails. I do like that idea, but you have to generally electronically manipulate the images. He liked to that on a Xerox Machine. That can work.
I’m finding that I have traditionally worked LARGER: in murals, painting on triptych canvases I have had made, on walls and large glass windows. So I suppose I can shrink images down…perhaps shrinking any perceived “mistakes.”
I am looking to the Renaissance painter Raphael for guidance on the color and atmosphere of the sky and background.
One of the reasons I enjoy painting which oil is that it can be a very forgiving medium. Although I enjoy the quick drying aspects of acrylic paint (and sometimes use it as a water based foundation for an oil painting) I can build up layers with oil paint.
On a painting trip to Italy with the Silvermine Guild School of Art in New Canaan, CT teacher David Dunlop taught me that colors that are painted on the underpainting have a tendency to bleed or shine through.
With this in mind, I painted a bit of whitish gold acrylic on this large canvas, and have liberally painted heavy, dark and edgy strokes all around. I am experimenting to see what will show and more importantly, what won’t.
Soon I will clarify volume through the use of negative shapes which will allow your mind to do its work: to interpret YOUR experience of my experience.