|Day 2-30 Day Challenge|
While not a fan of jumping on the bandwagon, I am not a total bonehead either! Leslie Saeta is once again hosting her 30 in 30 challenge: 30 paintings in 30 days. I saw too that my blogging buddy Julie is also participating. Why not join in and accomplish several goals at once?
The above piece is inspired by a lot of research that I have been doing lately. My art education has holes in it, namely big gaps for the latter part of the 20th century. Before a few months ago, I knew nearly nothing about the Abstract Art movement and everything surrounding that time period. The period from the 40's to the current time is exciting and dynamic with regard to art. Many of you may know that I read the blog of professional artist Randall David Tipton. Several days ago he posted a link to a video about artists who got a later start with art making. The link is here and is well worth a look. One of those artists is Etel Adnan. She is many other things besides a painter but this is the part of her body of work that I am drawn to. Along with a lot of other artists that I have read about recently, her compositions and colors really speak to me. I am drawn to simplification and I find her work inspiring and encouraging. Additionally, Randall also posted another video here featuring Ira Glass, host of This American Life. In the video Ira talks about how he wasn't very good for many years after he began his broadcasting career. He gives a very emphatic and convincing argument for continual effort and perseverance. It too is a very inspiring video.
The upshot of the above is that Leslie's challenge fits in very nicely with what I decided to do art wise this January. Practice and explore! To that end the above piece is based on my photos of Lake Alpine taken earlier this year. The sun featured is a nod to Etel Adnan and also another artist, Jon Imber. I read an excerpt from some advice that he gave to a former painting student. The advice was to surprise yourself. So, that is exactly what I did. Why not pop the sun into this piece?
OK, so far so good. No pressure for a painting everyday but I will have something to show at least most of the time:)
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