Every summer begins with grandiose plans, things I will finally accomplish after being busy all year with work and school, to do lists that stretch a mile, activities that I've always wanted to try...and every summer those plans fall by the wayside, dragged down into the lethargy of the heat, put aside to deal with later. Until finally the end of August rolls around and I'm right back where I started, feeling as if I haven't really done anything after all. Where has the summer gone?
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Apparently, a universal characteristic of artists is that no matter how big a studio space, it is never big enough. "Clutter expands to fit the existing space." Never having had an actual studio space, I haven't had much time to put this theory into practise, but I can testify to the fact that it expands to the very limits of the space allowed. So far my art studio space has always co-existed with my bedroom, a basement, shared school studios or the corner of my mother's living room.
|Art materials and pilfered water containers aka mugs|
Art on the other hand definitely has the capacity to completely fill any space. My paintings have overflowed my room and migrated to almost every area of the house.
Needless to say, I look forward to when I can afford my own studio space!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
|"The High Road to Linton" acrylic on canvas 8x10|
|"Lochaber Dance" acrylic on canvas 8x10|
|"Return to Kintail" acrylic on canvas 8x10|
These paintings were inspired by traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, hence the names. I've always wanted to travel to both these countries but so far have only managed it through my art. Celtic music is especially inspirational to me as it is so evocative of the landscapes where it originated.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
|"Escape" Encaustic and Mixed Media, 2012|
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The exhibition I saw at the AGO was a collection of numerous paintings, sketches and sculptures that Picasso had kept for himself, works that would continue to inspire him over the course of a 70 year career.
|Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race)|
|Figures on the Seashore, 1931|
|Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937|
Seeing these works also drove home the fact that it is not simply their exposure that makes Picasso's works powerful. As Picasso said, these paintings are an autobiography of himself. They reveal the unique vision of the artist in a way that draws you into the work to become one with the painting, and ultimately the story.