Posts Tagged ‘artistic practice’

Work-in-progress, Stage 2

Behind the Scenes (The Painting Fought Back)

March 7, 2016

The author David Foster Wallace once said something like, When writing a book, there always comes a time where you fall to the ground and bang your head against the floor. I see a lot of parallels between writing and painting, but I don’t feel this way with every painting because there are some that […]

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Richard Diebenkorn, Figure on a Porch, 1959, Oil on canvas, 57 x 62 in.

365 Days of Art: June 29 – Richard Diebenkorn Describes Struggling with Watercolor

June 29, 2014

June 29, 1985 In an interview, Richard Diebenkorn (one of my favorite artists ever) describes reworking an old watercolor while he was in the Marines during WWII, stationed in Hawaii. He says he vowed he “was going to get it even if he had to make the black white and the white black”. I know, […]

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Virgin of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci, 1483

365 Days of Art: April 25 – Leonardo Accepts a Commission

April 25, 2014

April 25, 1483 Leonardo signs a contract with the Milanese Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception in San Francesco Grande; they have commissioned him to produce several paintings including Virgin of the Rocks, and to polychrome their altarpiece in Milan. Interestingly, art historians believe that Leonardo sold this painting, instead of fulfilling the commission. Later, he […]

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Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1968

365 Days of Art: April 20 – Rothko Suffers Aneurysm

April 20, 2014

April 20, 1968 Mark Rothko suffers an aneurysm. He’s told by his doctor to exercise, eat more heathily, slow down on drinking and smoking…he does none of this. His one concession is to work on smaller paintings, and he switches to acrylics on paper. His poor health after the aneurysm contributes to marital stress, and […]

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Matisse and Picasso self-portraits, both 1916

365 Days of Art: April 16 – Apollinaire Compares the Studio Habits of Picasso and Matisse

April 16, 2014

April 16, 1911 Apollinaire, the poet and friend of Picasso, writes in the Le Mercure de France about the differences in studio practice between Picasso and Matisse. These kinds of side-by-side comparisons stoked their professional rivalry: On the contrary, Picasso, who is a Spaniard, takes delight in cultivating the disarray in his studio, where you […]

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David Smith, Cubi VI

365 Days of Art: March 9 – David Smith Is Born

March 9, 2014

March 9, 1906 Sculptor David Smith is born. He often said, “I belong with the painters”. It’s true: he built his sculptures the way you’d make a painting, or a collage–welding pieces together on the floor, first one shape then the next–rather than more traditional sculpting techniques like casting or carving. He changed what sculpture […]

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Augusta Savage, circa 1938, with some of her sculptures.

365 Days of Art: Leap Year Bonus, February 29 – Augusta Savage Born

February 28, 2014

February 29, 1892 Augusta Savage (born as Augusta Fells) was born, as she said, “at the dark of the moon”. She was an African-American sculptor associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She was influential as a sculptor, teacher, and advocate for equal rights, though, to her great disappointment, her political activism came to overshadow her artistic […]

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Autochrome of Alfred Stieglitz, by Edward Steichen

365 Days of Art: January 30 – Special Five-Day Photo Exhibition Closes to Keep Works from Fading

January 30, 2014

January 30, 2011 A special five-day exhibition of never-before-exhibited autochrome photographs, using low-oxygen enclosures to keep them from fading, closes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some background: what are autochromes? They’re photos made from a process that was developed in the early 20th century, transparent color images on glass that must be viewed either […]

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Tram Bui, Mercer, 2006, oil on panel

Portrait of the Building as a Young Building

December 12, 2013

Tram Bui arrived in Seattle in 1999 to study art at the University of Washington, and like many grad students, she needed an inexpensive way to decorate her apartment. She decided to paint herself a cityscape of Seattle, but her attention kept being distracted by the construction site in front of her window instead. She […]

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"Portrait of Mlle. Lerolle", circa 1890s, by Pierre August Renoir

Old-fashioned Airbrushing

December 8, 2013

We tend to think that airbrushing portraits is a contemporary development. Smoothing crow’s feet, dropping pounds, and erasing unwanted hair seem very Hollywood. Supermodels and famous actors get the airbrush treatment all the time; it’s the best friend of many marketing and PR departments. But take a look at this Impressionistic Renoir portrait from the […]

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Collaboration: Mica Hendricks and 4-year old daughter. Photo courtesy of busymockingbird.com

Collaborations and Caterpillar Ladies

November 19, 2013

Mia showed me the best blog post recently, about an artist who accidentally began collaborating with her 4-year old daughter. The artist, Mica Angela Hendricks, often works side-by-side with her daughter in the studio. One day, she surreptitiously attempted to try out a high-quality sketchbook without attracting her daughter’s attention because she didn’t want to […]

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Living. In a Digital World

April 10, 2012

I made a very New York decision, and by that, I mean that the size of my apartment has dictated a new approach in my art. If you’re not familiar with the stereotypical “shoebox” apartment, allow me to describe my second-to-last apartment, in Greenwich Village. I could sit at the kitchen table, and with my […]

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Stage 5

On the Similarities Between Baseball and Painting

February 28, 2011

We’re heading into my favorite time of year, springtime. We’re not quite there yet, but the first ritual–spring training–has begun. That means Opening Day is on the horizon, my team (the Boston Red Sox, for those of you who haven’t been paying attention) could win this year, and anything is possible. Although spring’s not here […]

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Bridge, Acrylic/Mixed media on panel, 36 x 48, $3000

The Only Art Worth Doing Is the Art That Makes Things Better: An Interview with Maura McGurk

February 7, 2011

In an interview with fellow artist Gina Marie Dunn, Maura McGurk discusses her creative process and inspirations for creating political art. She also considers some practical issues about being a fine artist, and, true to form, even finds a way to reference the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry. Please access the full interview here.       […]

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The Business of Happiness

February 3, 2011

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and former executive at AOL, had a wake-up call one day when the plane he was on prepared to crash. His life flashed before his eyes, and he realized that if he were to die just then, he would not die a happy man–even though he was young […]

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