Artwork of the day! In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, Football Frawl by John Gholson
I. Showed up late yet again. When I got home around 6pm, I laid down to rest from another seemingly long week. About 7:30, I roused myself from slumber, called Randy and headed down to Pear Street.
Linda, Becky Lu and Randy were all there. Becky Lu was chatting with Linda about a recent Oil Painting Workshop she had taken under the tutelage of Laura Lanford and Randy was working on one of the pieces from his Africa series. Becky Lu seemed to have enjoyed the workshop though she was less pleased with her painting while there. "Too green," she said.
We then went on to critique Randy's piece for the coming Coterie / Writers collaboration. He had made some great strides since last week as he had shored up some of the issues with depth / distance that had plagued the piece last week by darkening the sky, eliminating a mass of trees and tightening the path to the cabin in the distance. While studying the piece, Becky Lu, Linda and I having all said that we enjoyed the piece (and its' direction) were queried by Randy as to how he could translate this nice picture into ART!? Hell of a question, dare I say.
We began with the usual pleasantries. "But Randy, it is art." "You're being too critical." Etc. etc. etc. As the responses were missing the mark, Randy extrapolated further. He liked what he had, compositionally, but felt that the piece lacked an immediacy that captured the viewer and wanted to know how could he get that with what he was presenting.
We pondered further and threw out the notion of attacking the cabin in the distance with strokes of pastel to show the aggression of a world set upon this solitary domicile. I believe we left it at that.
From there, Linda, Becky Lu and I chatted up the local figure drawing sessions that have been occurring at GHC on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 :) Both Becky Lu and Linda explained that they were unsure about attending the sessions. They would like instruction on how to approach drawing the figure before devoting time to doing so. Certainly understandable and, hopefully, we can setup an instructional session for Becky Lu, Linda and others so they may learn how to approach the figure in the near future.
Around this time (9pm or thereabouts), Becky Lu and Linda had to leave. Randy and I stuck around for about another 20-30 minutes with he, again, working on a piece from his Africa series and I working at my concept (below) for the Coterie / Writers collaboration.
Another good session!
I, again, worked at concepts for the coming Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaboration on February 12. Still not sure where it'll all end up but I do think I have the singular concept of the prisoner that I feel will work.
Finally, I got back to some art creation instead of just organizing photos on my computer hard drive.
I worked on some concepts for a collaborative meeting between the Rome Art Coterie and the Rome Area Writers. It's our third such collaboration and all visual and literary artists are invited to create works based on the following prompt:
"That bleak winter night, his world had shrunk to the four walls of this lonely cabin. He could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place."
The direction I feel I'm going with this is the way of the prisoner - a man trapped in a moment.
While going between eating my Church's Chicken dinner and working on my concepts for the collaboration, I both watched and listened to the new DC animated movie Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. It was an enjoyable movie with a few gaps in the plot that could have used fleshing out. Fun, nonetheless.
Artwork of the Day! The 25th! I Do Not Care by Frantisek Kupka
Artwork of the Day! The 24th! Alexandre Dumas by Felix Vallotton.
Artwork of the Day! The 23rd - Caricature of Hitler by Kukryniksy!
After missing last week's meeting of the Pear Street Painters, I was looking forward to attending this week. It was Judy's second session with us and I didn't want to miss it. Though Linda and Becky Lu couldn't make it due to personal matters, the rest of us (Becky D., Melissa, Randy and I) were there.
Randy and Judy had already gone upstairs when I arrived about 10 minutes late. They were discussing Randy's piece for the Rome Art Coterie / Rome Area Writers collaboration. It was inspired by the prompt:
"That bleak winter night, his world had shrunk to the four walls of this lonely cabin. He could no longer remember why he volunteered in the first place." Without going into much detail, Randy was working on a rather interesting snow piece with a cabin in the distance - very good texture on the snow but with some spatial relationships yet to be worked out! Melissa and I gave him some suggestions to help with the spatial concerns.
Then I set to work on my "The Devil" piece again by adding in a mix of grays and adding some spatial delineation with some swipes of the chromatic black I tend to use. It's a mix of Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue - beautifully rich! Would rather have used Raw Umber instead of the Burnt but you work with you have.
Melissa worked on some ideas for the RAC / RAW collaboration and Judy picked at a painting of her feline.
When Becky D arrived, she set to introducing herself to Judy before working on a painting of a young girl holding a kitten. Becky had some concerns so we gathered 'round for a critique and gave her, with best intentions, a few suggestions to improve the piece.
We painted for a while longer with everyone cutting out around 9-9:15pm.
As my residence will be appraised soon, I spent the bulk of Day 21 cleaning up and organizing my stuff as I have over the last several days - don't want to look all sloppy like!
I piddled with a few pieces of art as well - 4 in fact. Two of which were the "comic" pieces I've shared previously and a couple others that I, impulsively, wanted to just add paint to..
The "comic" pieces were at a good place but have been missing something to push them along so I felt that adding a rash, impulsive wash of ultramarine blue would do the trick. Not sure it was a good idea but, though I liked the drawn aspect of the two, I did not like the painted aspect particularly the mix of colors.
I had the Christopher Lee classic The Castle of Fu Manchu and all its' horrible glory playing as background noise for the duration of the evening.
Eric was conceived in the silence of a simple hand gesture and born in January of ‘78. He grew up interested in simple doodles of flowers and big trucks, photos of shadows and dark faces and maps, and old men with fake hair. Since, his studies have narrowed to a focus on papier-mache sculpting, acrylic painting and ink drawing. The grounds he works on vary from paper to wood to canvas.