Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Elevate our thoughts to believe that anything is possible…you have done that.
Elevate our hearts to dream bigger than we ever have before…you have done that.
Elevate our minds to want to be better than we were before…you have done that.
Already, you have taken us to places we never thought we would reach.
Our hearts are with you and your family during your presidency.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I stopped at my local deli one morning for some coffee. Next to the register sat a full bowl of fruit for sale; included were oranges, bananas and apples. That evening I stopped at the deli for a paper. The fruit bowl now had one orange, one banana and two apples. Again, the next morning I went into the deli for my coffee and there sat only two apples, the same two from the day before. Out of pity, I bought them and decided to paint them and make them...immortal. When the painting was finished, I threw them away because, quite honestly, I don't like apples.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
But I am starting a new painting and I have the usual anticipatory butterflies in my stomach when I begin a new painting. This time is extra special because I plan to try something new. Looser, less structure, more creative. I am in the mood to break some rules!
I plan on attending the Turner exhibit at the Met. I am not sure when I'm going but there may not be another with this many pieces (in the US) during my lifetime so, of course, I must go. Also, he is one of my favorite painters so I'm really excited. I think I will dedicate my next post to Turner.
I'm off to paint. Take care.
Best Regards, Monica
Monday, June 2, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
And then I realized that, though smart, I am not brilliant, I don’t know how to write a “hook”, and I am too tired to come up with anything exciting. So, I decided to just start talking about what I love. Art.
I am a painter and a photographer. The term “self taught” is used often by people like me who do not have the credentials of a formal art education but whenever I say it I feel a little guilty because it sounds... well...self sacrificing. Even though I started on this artistic journey alone I certainly have not been unaided. Artists near and far, alive and long past gone have helped me to become the painter I am today. And I am sure there will be others who will continue to guide me as I grow creatively, stretching my artistic ability to heights that I never thought I could reach.
When I view the artwork of my favorite master painters, Constable, Turner, Sargent, to name a few, I wonder at their talent. Did they know how good they were or did they have days of complete and utter frustration? Did they struggle over every brushstroke or was it just all in a days work for them?
I have read some of the writings (letters) of artists and I have come to the realization that they also struggled in their quest to fill a canvas. I don’t believe it is easy for any of us, is it? But no one but another artist will understand the sweat involved, which is maybe how it should be. When I complete a painting, I forget the aggravation I may have gone through to get that effect or mood I was trying to achieve. In the end, it is the result that counts, right?
Yes, I have become a better painter through hard work and self study but this was absolutely because of the knowledge of those who came before. But more importantly, even though studying their techniques is a valuable learning experience, I know that their thoughts are not my thoughts. Their dreams are not my dreams. It is my job, my duty as an artist to follow my own path, my own style, using the tools they have left behind.
These painters have a left us a great legacy. Study, practice and believe in yourself.
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