creative process

Silhouette of pig, energy waves emanating from it, and caption of 2019 in gold

Happy Year of the Pig!

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the Year of the Pig! The Pig is always a sign of good fortune; she simultaneously embodies the down-to-earth aspects of human nature, a joie de vivre, and a love of exploration – everything from introspection, to creative pursuits, to travel. [This natural-born Pig says – Don’t forget our sense […]

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Painting of organic shapes in yellows, oranges, and grays which are based on Nature.

365 Days of Art: August 25 – Georgia O’Keeffe is Inspired by Arthur Dove

August 25, 1915 Georgia O’Keeffe writes a letter to her friend Anita Pollitzer and mentions she has received a copy of the book Cubists and Post-Impressionism by Jerome Eddy. The significance is that this is the first time she sees Arthur Dove’s work, which she later says makes a lasting impression on her. There are

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Side-by-side self portraits of Matisse and Picasso.

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

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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Organic abstract shapes, including circles and stripes, overlaps each other.

365 Days of Art: March 28 – Rothko Exhibits Multiform Paintings

March 28, 1949 Mark Rothko exhibits his so-called multiform paintings at the Betty Parsons Gallery. Though not as well-known or well-loved as his iconic three-threshhold paintings, they are by far my favorites. I wrote a paper once that theorized that they were inspired by Rothko’s love of opera, with the composition representing the stage, and

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An autochrome photo portrait.

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

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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Wore Out Art Supplies

Every time I throw away an abused, no-longer-serviceable paintbrush, I think of the Reverend Howard Finster: “LIFE:TIME ART-SUPPLIES WORE OUT BY HOWARD FINSTER” Just look at all those dried-up Sharpies! He staple-gunned every single one he ever used–along with every pencil nub, every squeezed-out tube of paint–all around the walls of this little outdoor building.

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

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.

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