|available at Nat. Gallery of Art or see it HERE by Danielle Krysa|
We are relatively close and they are open for our enjoyment 364 days a year. Thank you for culture!!
I loved the cover of this book! My inner critic is loud and obnoxious. And a blowhard! And doesn't stick to the facts! It says rude things that are just not true and will interrupt my art journey if I give it the time of day.
Sometimes one needs to show this sort the door so they leave.
Back to our afternoon spent together and looking at art. It's so enlightening to look at things differently. We started after lunch, found a terrific parking place right here!
Drawings for Paintings.
No photography allowed, so no pictures of this exhibit, I'm sorry to say. Lots of pictures tho!
It was interesting for me, since I like to draw but my critic is mean about them.
I like to paint too.
I make fabric art more often, and have made it from my own drawings at times.
Loosely designed from drawings.
Mostly I draw, then wonder how it would look when painted, then wonder how it would look when quilted.
If I enjoyed needlepoint or pottery I'd wonder how it would look in those mediums. (media?)
I loved seeing sketches by famous artists, and the paintings next to them.
Like me, they felt free to change the drawings when painting. The smallest gesture change made the entire tone of the painting change. Small changes can change things including art.
The drawings were often elementary, dot for nose, scribbles, overlapping sets of hands. Like mine!
Let's consider one painter generally accepted as one of the greats. V. Van Gogh
Very exciting for an artist to see actual paintings in person that we grew up seeing in print.
A person like me wants to get close, to see brush strokes, how paint is mixed to create line and shadow.
About this one. I noticed the green in his face, the mixing of blue and yellow, reddish brown and white.
The intense brush strokes creating lines I might create with quilting.
I wish I could have seen him at work, making choices, mixing color.
I've had students ask if they could come to my studio to watch me work. My inner critic responded no! Why would you?
They must have admired my work and wanted to learn how I approached choice making. My inner critic is obnoxious. It stopped communication and we all missed out.
Van Gogh made this painting only a year or so later...
Anger? Determination? Self expression certainly.
Changes of direction leading the eye to go horizontally, then vertically. Color mixed on the brush for shadows. It seems like he allowed for what we might think of as improv. Quick decisions.
This kind of work would require freedom, not returning time and again to "undo" or "redo"
Not attempting perfection.
Laughing at perfection!
Capturing a moment, a light, the wind, ...organic earth.
How did he deal with his inner critic? He was tormented for sure. He felt strongly no doubt. I would have wanted to watch him work too.
I interpreted the moment with this spousie. Using reflection, interrupted line, late afternoon lighting, changing angles I tried to capture a moment.
The fountains and trees are vertical. the mirrored sculpture has lines of metal, inside we are vertical. Inside is also another mirrored sculpture reflection. As are the other people. As is the same sky reflected from the mirrors.
Line on line, intersecting. Muted palette. many subjects within other subjects it reminds me of Escher a bit.
I love the image and while I made the decision to content, angle, subject I made the decisions quickly. I decided what to include, what to exclude, where to stand, when to take the picture. And did it quickly to outrun the critic.
The inner critic could cause me to miss a moment.
We enjoyed the late afternoon light as it drifted away. We walked along the lovely mall toward one of my favorite museums, American History. I have always, from childhood, loved history. I have always wanted to see how people actually lived. Watched them work, sort of.
That's a moving sculpture outside the building. It slowly rotated, eternity, glistening in spots, shadows in spots. Always moving. Always impossibly balanced. Reflecting us in a tiny part of itself. More mirrors.
It's a time for reflection on who we want to be in America. Who we want to show to the world.
I include certain subjects. I choose the lighting and placement that you see. You would certainly shoot it differently if at all.
I purposely centered one of our National monuments. One to the man who stood up for freedom and representation. A government that tried to represent all it's citizens. Isn't it glorious? It is to me. I wish I could have watched the founding fathers work.
Enjoy our capitol as evening deepens...