April 22, 2015: Beautiful Rumblings

No grand stories this morning about the Rumble House experience, just that Bana and I car-pooled from the south end and intend to do that from now on.  It was just so fun chatting away on the trip to the core.  We’re hoping that our friend, Louise, will be joining us soon in our vehicle.

While the wind seemed to pick up ‘like a hurricane’, as described by Frank, everything was calm in the cozy studio-gallery-extravaganza space.  Zach did an awesome job as M.C. and we enjoyed some excellent readings at the microphone, performed by Matt…one from Alexander Eliot (so bang on) and the others from Morgan’s book, Break From Reality.

I completed another glam-girl painting and have decided I really want to take a class or two in portrait painting.  I love exploring the face so much, but want to create more mass and structure.  In the meantime, I’ll keep on pushing through.  I was so happy painting with one of my art besties, Jenn on the left and then Bana, on the right.  There was a beautiful calm spill over the place last night, like a bucket full of light blue paint.  Thanks, Zack, for purchasing my piece at auction.

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Face-to-Face

I love these people!  Thank you, Loretta, for dancing Latino with me as we waited for start time.  Not certain why I was so surprised by your moves…you felt the beat at your core.  Good to speak with you about my daughter…about MoMo.  I treasure you.

On Friday afternoon, I had opportunity to facilitate again for create! in the East Village.  Today, it was all about frontal noses…about the expression of lips.  The group is so willing to explore.  They achieved great things although I had not even demonstrated tinting and shading…or even painting the face…I just drew on my brand new newsprint pad. (something I am very excited to have!)

Marion contributed a pad of card stock paper to our program.  We love donations such as this!  Wonderful!

Irving, D Rae and Marion all completed their landscapes this week.  Gertrude committed to completing her eyes from last week!  I feel so overcome by the commitment and the warm hearts of the painters at the Golden Age Club.  I am blessed by the experience!

Good to meet you, Alex…to learn that you analyze and that you are working on conceptual works almost all of the time.  It was fun to watch you leave your current work, to play and to add the texture of acrylic paint to your playful coloured ink marks.  A release and a letting go…and no, your mark making did not remind me of A. A. Milne, but of David Milne.  And yes, I also feel awed by Albrecht Durer’s work, especially the Young Hare.  In fact, I once completed a drawing when I couldn’t sleep…worked from his rabbit as a reference.

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Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer

Middle-of-the-night sketching.

Middle-of-the-night sketching.

Facing the blank page, Margaret, is terrifying.  Good for you…for making the first mark.

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P1150669P1150689 P1150674One year, my grade nine students used to hang about the art room over the lunch hour.  They would take turns sitting in the window’s light and I would paint  portraits.  It was fun to share these with my class of portrait artists.

Irving carries through with a number of horizon lines, to develop his landscape piece.P1150679 D Rae adds the foreground tree to the right, to give his landscape piece, compositional balance.P1150680 Gertrude completes a second eye after announcing last week that she wouldn’t be able to do this.  It was just too complicated. P1150682Marion adds a touch of ultramarine in the central sky in order to create unity and a colour story.  She adds some warmth into the area behind the trees and thinks about the light at sunset, bathing the ground in warmth.

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P1150697Thank you for joining us this week, Jennifer. Your questions about ‘likeness’ and rules to portraiture were challenging to me.  What fun!

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Love Art in Calgary: Aaron Sidorenko’s Studio

Always a few steps behind the rest of the tour group, I was grateful to be met by a very special door man, young York, as I made my way to his Dad’s studio space.  “Really?  We’re not taking the elevator, York?”  Exhilarating! I climbed several flights of stairs and followed the sounds of voices…the artist already in enthusiastic conversation with the tour group. “Thank you, York.”

Magic!  Pure magic!  I really really really enjoyed getting to visit Aaron Sidorenko’s studio.  Artists’ studios are fascinating places because they hold so many personal objects…they capture the mysteries of technique that has been developing over long periods of time…they contain book collections…they remove some of the mystery.  I felt as though I was stepping into a treasure chest.

I enjoyed bumping into photographer, Jeremy Fokken’s blog…it features some brilliant photographs of Aaron within his space.  Nice to see some professional photographs!  The quality is stunning.  Also, a great resource, Aaron’s website.  Thank you, Aaron, for opening up your studio to us.  I am so happy that when I left, we could all get a ride on the elevator!

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Discovering Tim O’Brien

View From My Window

The Christmas tree is lit up this morning and the world is beautiful and white.  I’ve enjoyed my coffee in the quiet.  Last night was late; rum and eggnog, the smell of nutmeg, the tree ornaments hung with care on the tree.  This morning, the adult children sleep and I enjoy the quiet and some reading.  It’s a perfect day for pancakes and bacon, absolutely perfect.

While the house was quiet, I visited Tim O’Brien’s website and looked closely at the details of his portraits.  It is a wonderful thing to be able to pour over his blog entries and to realize the research required to arrive at such polished work.  Also, I enjoyed watching the film centered on the creation of the Krampus…seeing the exploration of a single piece from its original concept.  If my readers follow this process and then read O’Brien’s perceptions, after watching his own video, it is an amazing thing to discover that truly, an artist gets ‘lost’ in the creation of great works.  The process of creating is many-layered and ‘magical’.  An example of his work is the Young Lincoln below, borrowed from here.  I highly recommend reading this post as it captures the research and the process, as well as provides a close-up detail of the work.

Tim O’Brien’s Young Lincoln

I have such an appreciation for the technique that O’Brien uses and can’t help but recognize an affinity with  Attila Richard Lukacs portraits. It appears that there is a distinctive difference in the brush work, with Lukac’s being more fluid, but the intensity and clarity of images by both artist feels, for me, similar.  I want to be clear that Attila Richard Lukacs has explored a variety of things including polaroids and a collection of abstract works, so I am making reference to a specific body of his work.

Attila Richard Lukacs

Attila Richard Lukacs image collected from here.

While Lukac’s work has been deemed controversial, I also think that Tim O’Brien’s work certainly invites a conversation.  While the viewer may get completely drawn into the highly technical work, there is also an edge to the work that can not be denied.  I’m not certain with either Lukac’s or O’Brien’s work, which of these attractions is stronger.  It’s a ‘chicken or the egg’ kind of experience.

Suffice it to say, I treasure a day that begins with beautiful things…a tree, snow and art.