|Untitled (Vogel living room drawn by memory) by John Salt|
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Paul Gauguin. Haven't heard of the movie? No wonder--it's not very good. But is does do a good job portraying an artist's passion to create, especially something new, and dramatizes the sacrifices artists and their families make in the pursuit of art. Memorable quote: "To create something new it is necessary to go back to the infancy of humanity, face to face with the mystery of our origins--where do we come from? what are we? where are we going?" Gauguin created something new--by referencing something old. His explorations of symbols and "primitivism" in the 1890s eventually led other artists into the world of Surrealism.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
|Self portrait in progress 2010|
Since early childhood "being an artist" has been my strongest desire. I'm going to use this blog to discover what "being an artist" means, to explore my creativity and to hold myself accountable. You can sign up to follow my blog by clicking the "Join this site" button and if you do so by October 15 (my 58th birthday) your name will be entered into a drawing for a $58 credit toward the purchase of one of my paintings (current work ranges in price from $60 to $200). I welcome you to observe my progress as an artist and a blogger, and to provide your feedback. Thanks, and love.
Monday, September 12, 2011
|Louisiana swamp (from a photo taken Dec. 2010)|
|Watching the waves in Mazatlan (en plein air Nov. 2010)|
|Sauvie Island (en plein air) mid-summer 2011|
|Sauvie Island slope, mid-summer 2011|
|Sauvie Island pathway (influenced by Casey Klahn)|
|Looking for shade, Sauvie Island, mid-summer 2011|
|Sauvie Island shade, mid-summer 2011|