2020 was a rollercoaster of a year. With trying to figure out how to adjust to living through a world-wide pandemic, I am sure each and everyone of us learned new things about ourselves that we didn’t know before, I know I sure did. At the beginning of 2021, I wrote a post about what I learned from 2020 as an artist (artists I discovered, what I learned from others that helped me, and art supplies I discovered too), and things I wanted to keep doing in 2021. Here is a link to last year’s post for those of you who didn’t get to read it. what-ive-learned-from-2020-as-an-artist-and-what-i-want-to-keep-doing-in-2021.html This year (2022), I decided to write another post about what I learned from 2021 as an artist and what I hope to continue doing in 2022.
The first half of 2021, I spent my time in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I was able to experience many things that helped me grow as an artist like volunteering at the Rahr-West West Art Museum and selling my art for the first time at the Manitowoc Farmer’s Market. I also tried to enter my art into several exhibitions inside and outside of America and took on a few watercolor commissions. During my time in Manitowoc I felt a huge sense of growth as an artist. I finally had put myself out there as an artist and it was fascinating to see what opportunities I came across.
Volunteering at the Rahr-West Art museum in Manitowoc, I was able to create an online tour of the museum for second grade students at local schools in Manitowoc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jCwoMQq8vo), help move their sculptures, ceramics, and doll collection into new acid free boxes, and see what it’s like to prepare for an exhibition at a museum. I was able to experience many things, things that I would have never thought could be possible. Plus, I was able to use my love of art to help out the local community.
Growing & Learning
OPPORTUNITIES to Share
The second half of 2021, I moved back to my hometown in Pewaukee. During this time, one of my undergraduate professors (Professor Kristin Gjerdset at Wisconsin Lutheran College) invited me to talk to a group of students in her nature journaling class about my life after graduating from WLC and what its like to be a graduate student. It was the first time I had ever had this opportunity to speak in front of others about myself as an artist. Although I was quite nervous to speak in front of a group of students, it was also so much fun to talk about something that means the world to me.
Even though it seems like 2021 was full of huge accomplishments and wonderful experiences, I did go through a rough patch at the end of the year. Although I had been doing many things related to art like attending figure drawing sessions, sketching and reading about art, I still felt like my main focus of painting watercolor landscapes and my attitude towards painting changed a lot (and not necessarily for the better). That’s why in this post, I want to focus some of my points on what I learned about myself when overcoming fear, negative self-talk, and resistance when creating art.
So, let’s jump into it! Here are 5 main things I learned from 2021!
1. Don’t let fear stop you from making art
At the end of 2021, I was absolutely plagued with constant negative self-talk and fear. It was really getting to me after a month, because I wasn’t creating anything I was proud of and constantly comparing myself to other artists. I started giving in to my fears, procrastinating, and tried to find every reason possible not to pick up that paint brush. I was thinking too much about useless things that wouldn’t help me. Sound familiar? I am 100% percent certain we all go through it. It’s easy for me to tell you to not let fear stop you from creating art, but let me get into detail about what I learned from other artists and creatives about overcoming fear and what’s worked for me.
Last year, an artist that I started following on instagram (Michelle Wooderson) posted a few book recommendations for anyone whose been procrastinating or feeling resistance to their art. The books were “The War of Art” and “Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield. So far, thanks to the local library I have been able to read “The War of Art” and “The Artist’s Journey” by this author…and let me tell you…there is so much useful information and inspiration in Pressfield’s books and they are very easy to read. For anyone who is struggling along on their artist’s journey or needing some motivation, these are a group of fantastic books to read.
Here are some of my notes on the artist’s journey. For me, taking notes is useful because it not only keeps me focused while reading but I can go back to these at any moment for encouragement and wisdom. I even have some sticky notes on my desk with the words self-motivate, self-validate, self-reinforce, and self-evaluate since I work at home and I am by myself most of the time. Whenever I read these sticky notes it also helps keep me motivated and doing these things every time I sit down to work.
In the end, it’s up to you whether you let fear stop you from reaching your full potential as an artist. But trust me, if you keep on going you are going to be on your journey towards self-discovery. You are going to find your muse, find your voice, and become who you were meant to be.
As Pressfield writes…its up to you. YOU decide. Do it or don’t do it.
Steven Pressfield’s Books on Amazon:
2. Listen to Podcasts
I know I talked about this last year, but listening to podcasts is a great way to learn about other artists or from other artists, to learn about art history, receive a creative pep talk, or just have something to listen to while on a walk or driving somewhere. This last year I discovered some new podcasts and favorites that I would like to share with you.
3. Routine is Important
This year, I discovered having a routine definitely makes a difference. It makes you more productive, less likely to procrastinate, and gives you a sense of accomplishment each day. This might look different for each of us and might change depending on our schedules, but for me having a routine is important.
Last year, I was looking for ways to enhance my productivity and change up my routine a little bit. I discovered Nathaniel Drew’s videos on YouTube last year and he has some interesting one’s where he tries out different famous people in history’s routines. Some examples of these are Picasso, Da Vinci, and Maya Angelo. Check out the links below. Maybe try one out?
4. Join Groups & Activities
I’ve noticed that joining a group of people who are doing the same thing as you can be inspiring, motivating, and open up new opportunities for you. Last year, I joined a group called Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA for short), a group that seeks to connect, educate, and empower local Wisconsin Artists. The South-East section, which I am apart of, meets every first Wednesday of the month on Zoom. The first time I joined, they had local Wisconsin Artist, Harold E. Hansen give a talk about his artwork and career as an Artist. Other meetings we’ve talked about current opportunities to exhibit or monthly challenges the group gives its artists. Again, for me it's a great way to connect with other Artists and see what opportunities I can join in Wisconsin.
If you are looking for other groups to join, there is also a great app I discovered last year called Meetup. There are a wide variety of different groups that you can join in your local area. I have not been able to go to a meet up yet, but there are a number of different art groups on the app that I have joined that meet on a regular basis. Some of these groups also meet online, which makes it more easy to join some of these groups.
5. Take advantage of resources at your local library
Although there are so many great resources on the internet, the library is still a great place to go with it’s wide variety of resources, even for artists. Last year, I discovered this amazing magazine at the library called Artists Magazine, which comes out bi-monthly. Since discovering this magazine, I have discovered many inspiring artists, and helpful tips and tricks to help me along on my journey as an Artist. For me, when I first read through previous editions of this magazine, I was also able to discover many other possible ways that I could document my travel sketches and studies like the pictures below.
So, there you have it! These are 5 things that I did as an Artist in 2021 and what I would like to keep doing in 2022. I hope these things can also inspire you and help you in 2022. First off, don’t let fear stop you from making art. Be creative and share it with the world. Have fun and do what brings you joy. Second, listen to podcasts. They are full of so much wonderful wisdom but also can be a way to look at things from a different prospective. They can also be a wonderful companion when you go on a walk! Next, don’t forget that routine is important. Even if you are not a routine kind of person, how are you going to prepare yourself each time before you create? Second to last, join groups and activities in your local community. There are so many groups that can help you grow and can be a source of inspiration. Lastly, take advantage of the resources at your local library. There are so many fascinating magazines and books at the library for the artist in you. Thanks for reading and wish you all the best in 2022!
Until next time,
Today we decided to get out of the house and go on an adventure. We met up with our friend Kathryn this afternoon at Harrington Beach State Park. It was so refreshing to get outdoors. The Quarry Lake at Harrington Beach State Park was a highlight for myself. The lake was beautiful and it had a path that went around the whole entire lake. The best parts were of course the waterfall and the light reflecting across the water (as you will see in the pictures below). The trails were also quite fun, though a little muddy at this time of the year. I am very glad I wore my waterproof hiking boots! On our hike we saw an assortment of plants growing up (you'll have to tell me if you recognize any of them), a huge group of deer, and Lake Michigan as well. I only got to draw one quick sketch on site, and then did a quick one at home as well but I was really happy I brought my sketchbook along with me. I hope the weather gets warmer soon so we can do more hiking and I can get some more sketching done outdoors. Hope you enjoy my pictures. Let me know how your weekend went in the comments.
Quarry Lake at Harrington Beach State Park
Look at that light reflecting on the water!
A picture with my good friend and fellow adventurer, Kathryn.
Preem also captured this amazing photo of Liz's dog, snowflake. She just loves being outside with us and she is a great hiking companion.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our hike at Harrington Beach State Park. It looked like they also had some great places to camp as well. I would recommend checking it out if you are the type of person who likes to camp and hike during the summer. You might just happen to see me there this summer as well.
Until next time,
A few weeks ago, our house was in quarantine and with so much time on my hands I decided to start doing some still life watercolor sketches to pass the time. It started out with just fruit from the kitchen and is slowing branching out to other foods and household utensils. It's fun to play around with different color combinations, textures, and the lighting and shadows of each object. I look forward to sharing more still life sketches with you and maybe some prints in the future.
Until next time,
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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Signed, titled and dated '"MP" Jean Michel Basquiat 1984' (on the reverse)
Acrylic and Xerox collage on canvas
86 x 68 in. (218.4 x 172.8 cm.)
Let's keep this introduction simple: this post is jam-packed with some awesome artists and their artwork. This post is in honor of Black History Month, and featuring some of my favorite artists and new ones I have discovered recently.
Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977)
St. Dionysus, 2006
Oil on canvas with carved and painted frame
72 × 60 in. (182.88 × 152.4 cm)
Kehinde Wiley has been one of my favorite artists since seeing his painting of St. Dionysus (pictured above) at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) in high school. I remembered as I walked throughout the MAM, that his painting of St. Dionysus stood out the most for its detail, intricate patterns, and bright and radiant colors. One of his most famous paintings of Obama might stand out the most to you but I suggest that you check out the rest of his paintings or his website (https://kehindewiley.com/). For those of you who use instagram, you can also follow his instagram page.
Kehinde Wiley (Taking a deeper look into his portraits and exhibition entitled, "A New Republic")
Getting to know Kehinde Wiley Video
In the North the Negro had better educational facilities
Casein tempera on hardboard
12 x 18" (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
Jacob Lawrence is an artist I have discovered recently in my research of famous black artists. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has a series of over 60 panels featuring Jacob Lawrence's works which "focus of the Great Migration, the exodus of African Americans from the rural South to northern and western cities beginning during World War I." I will post some of my favorites below. Otherwise you can visit the MoMA website to see a complete collection of this series.
Jacob Lawrence tells a story about an important historic event in the history of the United States. Through his artwork we can learn something. Lawrence researched this subject extensively taking seriously the dual roles of an educator and an artist, and I am glad he did.
Bryan Stevenson talks about Jacob Lawrence's works and his works (The Migration) exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art. He also focuses on the power of art to communicate justice.
Another artist I would like to introduce you to is Jean-Michel Basquiat. He is famous for his street art, social commentary, portraits, and abstract figuration. I do not know much about him as an artist, but I enjoy his expressive paintings and have included two videos featuring his artwork.
This is a video featuring "MP"
This is a video featuring a collection of 135 works by Jean Michel Basquiat
Exodus of Confederates from Atlanta from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
One from a portfolio of fifteen lithograph and screenprints
28 9/16 x 22 11/16" (72.5 x 85.5 cm); sheet 39 1/16 x 52 15/16" (99.2 x 134.4 cm)
Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
One from a portfolio of fifteen lithograph and screenprints
27 1/16 x 33 3/8" (68.7 x 84.8 cm); sheet: 39 x 53" (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats from Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
One from a portfolio of fifteen lithograph and screenprints
26 x 34 5/8" (66.1 x 88 cm); sheet: 39 x 53" (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
This video features artist Kara Walker and gives a background of her life and how she started her art career.
This video talks about artist Kara Walker and her series about the Civil War. You can find more information about her pieces that I have featured above. A truly fascinating background and explaination of Walkers works.
See the link below to find out more about Kara Walker's works:
Kerry James Marshall
"Past Times," by Kerry James Marshall, acrylic and collage on canvas; 114 × 156 in. (289.6 × 396.2 cm).
Marshall's paintings stand out so much to me. Many of the articles I have read praise his unique and signature style in which he uses extremely dark, and essentially black figures used to represent his perspective of African Americans. He also uses this style and theme to confront racial stereotypes in American society. I enjoy the design and composition of his paintings and the stories behind each of them.
See this links below for more about Kerry James Marshall:
Mark Bradford (American, born 1961).
Mixed media on canvas
104 1/4 × 144 1/2 inches (259.7 × 367 cm)
Mark Bradford is another artist I have discovered recently. Nothing tells his story and the process that goes behind his amazing art better than the video below.
A fantastic documentary and interview with Mark Bradford.
Mixed media including found abacus, buttons, upholstery, metal, and mannequin
Approximately 79.92 × 24.80 × 19.69 inches
"Nick Cave was born in Fulton, Missouri in 1959. He creates “Soundsuits”—surreally majestic objects blending fashion and sculpture—that originated as metaphorical suits of armor in response to the Rodney King beatings and have evolved into vehicles for empowerment. Fully concealing the body, the “Soundsuits” serve as an alien second skin that obscures race, gender, and class, allowing viewers to look without bias towards the wearer’s identity. Cave regularly performs in the sculptures himself, dancing either before the public or for the camera, activating their full potential as costume, musical instrument, and living icon." Visit Art21 or the link below for more on Nick Cave.
Here is a video about Nick Cave and his series "Soundsuit". "Artist Nick Cave discusses creating his first Soundsuit in 1992 in response to the Rodney King beating. He explains the ideas and materials that inspired him to make the Soundsuit in SAAM’s collection – one of approximately 500 Soundsuits the artist has made over the years".
Another similar video of Nick Cage on his soundsuit series.
Gwendolyn A. Magee
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" is often referred to as the "Black/African-American National Anthem". It is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) in 1900 and composed into music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1905. I first heard about this song at the beginning of 2021, while reading the book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, a fascinating book about Angelou's life growing up.
Visit the link below to learn more about Magee's Quilts:
Augusta Savage was a sculptor, art teacher, and community art program director in Harlem. According to The Guardian, "In 1939, the artist Augusta Savage was the first African American woman to open her own art gallery in America – the Salon of Contemporary Negro Art." Normally I post about painters and paintings, but I chose to include Augusta as one of the artists in this post because of her great contributions to society and the large role she played in art history in America. She is one of the few sculptors that I really enjoy. Check out the rest of her artwork and story, you won't regret it!
I also chose to include her sculpture "The Harp" because it has something in common with Magee's quilted piece entitled "Lift Every Voice and Sing", the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and Maya Angelou's poem "Caged Bird". The Harp sculpture depicts a group of twelve black singers in graduated heights that symbolize the strings on a harp. The sound board was made by the "hand" and "arm" of God, and the kneeling boy in the front represents the foot pedal on a harp. As you will see in the link below, Sophia Smith writes, "Modes of freedom such as community, faith, and music are all discussed within these (3) works of art, and each piece highlights the importance of these themes within black culture".
Visit the link below to learn more about the sculpture "The Harp" and to listen to the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing":
A brief background of Augusta Savage
A video of Augusta Savage working on her sculptures
Faith Ringgold is an American painter, writer, mixed media sculptor, as well as a performance artist. She is best known for her quilts that are sure to always tell a unique narrative.
Video of quilt artist, Faith Ringgold
Charles Henry Alston
Charles Henry Alston was an influential American painter during the Harlem Renaissance. He was also the first African American supervisor for the "Works Progress Administration". He also supervised the Works Progress Administrations murals created at Harlem Hospital, in which he led a staff of 35 artists and assistants. I really enjoy his use of shape and color in this pieces shown below.
To read more about this piece of art and Charles Henry Alston please visit the link below:
Video done by The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts - Art Byte - Charles Alston
Alma Woodsey Thomas is an important African-American artist and teacher in the 20th century who lived and worked in Washington, D.C. She is well known for her colorful, abstract compositions and patterns.
Artist: Alma Thomas (1891-1978)
Acrylic on canvas
62 x 49 3⁄4 in. (57.5 x 126.5 cm.)
Visit the link below to learn more about Alma Thomas:
Video about Alma Thomas
This last featured artist was suggested by my good friend, Heidi, who used to work at the Milwaukee Art Museum. One of the artists that she enjoyed most during her time at the Milwaukee Art Museum was Reginald Baylor, an artist who lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, not too far from my hometown. I look forward to getting to know more about him and his artwork!
This is a video I found on Youtube that is part of an online course through the Milwaukee Art Museum. This video is entitled, Hangout with Art: Art and Inspiration with Reginald Baylor. "Hangout with Art is a MOOC (massive open online course) run by the Milwaukee Art Museum, in partnership with the Google Art Project, for people from around the world to get more comfortable looking at art and visiting museums. As part of the course, we offer a series of Google Hangouts on Air to highlight how people from many disciplines use art in their work."
In the video you can see some of Baylor's works and he gives some suggestions on how you can participate in the art scene in Milwaukee.
I hope you have enjoyed the various artists and their works I have put together for you. Of course, there are so many other talented artists and unforgettable works out there that we can enjoy and learn from. I wish I could include them all! If you have any other artists you would like to recommend, leave a comment below!
Until next time,
Happy Lunar New Year! 新年快乐！牛年大吉！To celebrate the new year in China, I have put together some of my favorite pieces by Chinese watercolor artists. Hope you enjoy taking a tour of China through these paintings with me!
Artist: Zhou Gang
Artist: Zhou Gang
Artist: Zhou Gang
Artist: Zhou Gang
Artist: Pan Sitong
Hangzhou (Where I lived for 5 years)
Artist: Pan Changzhen
Artist: Wang Weixin
Artist: Chen Jian
Artist: Huang Tieshan
That's it! Hope you enjoyed these watercolor pieces, have a happy new year! 新年快乐！
Until next time,
Victoria Fernandez, We All Hold Hands, 2020. Acrylic and watercolor. National American Visions Award and Gold Medal in Painting. Grade 12, Pius XI Catholic High, Milwaukee, Cathy Burnett, instructor.
The Milwaukee Art Museum recently posted its virtual 2021 Scholastic Art Awards exhibition. The Milwaukee Art Museum website explains, "This year marks the 45th (and first virtual!) Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition hosted at the Milwaukee Art Museum. More than two hundred artworks by Wisconsin students in grades 7–12 are featured in this annual exhibition that celebrates young talent in our state. The juried exhibition is drawn from over 1,800 submissions in the categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Expanded Projects, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Senior Art Portfolios."
If you have a chance, pop on over to their website to see a full view of all works included in this amazing online exhibition (https://mam.org/exhibitions/details/scholastic-2021.php#scholastic-winners). I am blown away by the shear and complete talent these students have. Check out some of my favorites from the exhibition below. I tried to pick one favorite from each category in the exhibition. Enjoy my favorites!
Julian Robinson, The Oculus. Gold Key. Grade 10, Brookfield East High School, Vicky Molitor, instructor.
I enjoy the lighting and shadows in this one a lot.
Shannon Carlson, Silhouette. Silver Key. Grade 12, Shorewood High School, Jessica Mohagen, instructor.
The aesthetic of this one is beautiful.
Colette Stoye, Agnes. Gold Key. Grade 11, Whitefish Bay High School, Tanner Teipel, Instructor.
I love comics, graphic novels, and manga. I would definitely read this one based on the first page.
Sophia Kunstman, Fever Family. Gold Key. Grade 11, Madison West High School, Jennifer Engelbart, instructor.
Love the style of this one.
Lio O’Shasky, Authenticity. Gold Key. Grade 12, Oak Creek High School, Laura Dorow, instructor.
At first I didn't realize that behind the young man looking into the mirror there were many eyes watching in the background of the reflection. It gave me the goose bumps!
Curtiss Holley, Needles and Pins. Silver Key. Grade 12, Brookfield Academy–Upper School, Elaine Buckley, instructor.
Beautiful. I would love to buy a pair of these for my wardrobe!
Finley Peterson, The Book Dress. Gold Key. Grade 12, Oconomowoc High School, Clarinda Lollar, instructor.
What a fascinating idea!
Sonja Stein, Stone Troll Vase. Silver Key. Grade 11, New Berlin West Middle High School, Nicki De Koch, instructor.
There's definitely a story waiting to be written about this stone troll!
Helene Holland, The White Lion. Silver Key. Grade 12, Prairie School, Vicki Schmitz, instructor.
I absolutely love this piece!
Kadjata Bah, Lady, Lady. Gold Key. Grade 10, East High School, April Sopkin, instructor.
A very beautiful portrait and fun style.
Mason Wood, Memories. Silver Key. Grade 11, Wauwatosa East High School, Kelly Frederick Mizer, instructor.
I enjoyed this one for its texture.
Megan Hedtke, The View From The Greenhouse. Gold Key. Grade 12, Brookfield Central High School, Sarah Scott, instructor.
That's one detailed print! Love the mark making.
Shijie Mao, Night alley. Gold Key. Grade 12, St Thomas More High School, Jodi Brzezinski, instructor.
I chose these last two because of my love for Asian culture.
Mira Santo Tomas, “Flying Bowl”. Silver Key. Grade 9, Brookfield Academy–Upper School, Elaine Buckley, instructor.
What talent these students displayed! If you have a child or student who is interested in art or enjoys creating art, I suggest you have them check out what others their age are creating.
Until next time,
Exhibition: "Masters As Muses"
Last weekend my good friend Liz and I drove down to Cedarburg for the last day of an exhibition at the Cedarburg Art Museum (and to check out their coffee scene). The exhibition was entitled "Masters as Muses". Each artist featured in the exhibition chose a master artist to use as inspiration for their pieces.
In 2015, I completed my undergraduate degree from Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I graduated with a double major in fine arts and China studies. While at WLC I took many different art courses taught by a variety of different professors. The reason I was so interested in visiting this exhibition is because two of my professors from WLC have works featured in this exhibition, Kristin Gjerdset and Paul Burmeister. While at WLC I took 2-D design, graphic arts, and illustration courses from Professor Burmeister. I also took drawing, watercolor painting, non-western art history, animal anatomy and many other courses taught by professor Gjerdset. It was actually through Gjerdset's course on watercolor painting that I used watercolors for the first time and became fond of the medium, and later on chose to pursue a graduate degree in watercolor painting (I am in my second year of studies). When I heard that both my previous professors were exhibiting works in this exhibition I was very excited to visit and see their works which you will find below.
First, I would like to share with you which painting won "Best of Show". The Muse for this painting was Kehinde Wiley. I remember learning about Wiley's paintings from an art history course I took and also from The Milwaukee Art Museum. I also remember being amazed at how huge his paintings were and by the bright colors, patterns, and realism in which he uses to paint. Below is Ana Gadish-Linares painting in which she uses those bright floral patterns in her background and herself as the main subject in this portrait. She writes, "Victorian Outlaw 2020 depicts a woman (me) armed with a roll of voting stickers and a medical face mask in the seemingly lawless dystopia of 2020 America. The style and composition of this piece is inspired by the work of Kehinde Wiley, an artist I've admired for his Black or Brown bodies in classical European-style compositions. With this piece I am daring to represent myself, an unassuming petite Cuban-American introvert, in the same classical aesthetic that demands as much respect and reverence as a portrait of a European noble".
Next, I would like to share with you Kristen Gjerset's painting inspired by Kandinsky entitled, "Kandinsky Monarchs". I really enjoy the way she replaced the forms in Kandinsky's painting with various insects, and I especially love the monarch in the center of the painting. The way she portrays and depicts the different stages in the development of a monarch butterfly is creative and your eyes wander all over the painting soaking up the different stages of life.
Paul Burmeister uses Jim Nutt's "Moat" portrait as his inspiration for his own piece entitled, "American Self Portrait". I thoroughly enjoy the use of Burmeister's color and the likeliness it has to Nutt's portrait. Burmeister writes, "I've had this postcard from a Milwaukee Art Museum show pinned to my board for a long time. And it's been a very long time since I did a self-portrait. The two images came together this summer as a way of dealing with ongoing personal effects of the pandemic disruption. I like Nutt's simplification of high contrast areas and his liberties with likeness. His color palette pushed my choices about an overall color quality. Nutt's version of Chicago imagism direct my portrait into a different, more historically American place".
Below, Dee Roembke's muse was Georgia O'Keeffe and she takes inspiration from her painting "Summer Days". In my honest opinion, when I saw Roembke's painting I actually liked it more than the original piece! Roembke's composition and use of color are impeccable and intriguing.
This was one both Liz and I enjoyed quite a lot for its creativeness in depicting the scene in a unique way. The artist, Judith Murphy paints a modern day pharmacy to resemble that of Edward Hoppers drug store. I love what Murphy writes about when it comes to how the covid-19 pandemic has been effecting our current times and people. She writes, "I am a reverent student of Edward Hopper. His painting draw me to his imagery of isolation and solitude. Hopper's "Drug Store" hit a note of our current times with me. During this pandemic, my family is often going to the pharmacy. A nocturnal painting during a rain exemplifies the feeling of desperate times some of us are experiencing during the covid-19 pandemic. One car in the parking lot might signify a desperate person inside trying to help their family. The reflections of light from the undisturbed puddles adds to the loneliness of this time".
In my last article, I chose to write about one of Gustav Klimt's most well-know paintings, the "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" or also known as "The Woman in Gold". You can find the like here: obsessed-with-the-woman-in-gold.html to know more about this exact painting and some fun podcasts, movies, and books about it.
When I saw this painting, it made me chuckle a little because I had just posted an article about Klimt's works the day before. Since last year, I have become obsessed with Klimt's works and this one was also one of my favorites from the exhibition. Norhan Chamo writes, "An artist who inspires me is Gustav Klimt. His art is called "chaotic" by other great artists, and the chaos in his art is the particular thing that I love. His drive and passion kept him going because he saw what others did not see. Through Gustav Klimt's work, I have realized that art can be interpreted in so many different ways, and that is where its beauty lies. I am thankful for Gustav Klimt for inspiring me to keep painting and creating because the goal of art is not to be understood, but to open new ways of thinking and to inspire".
Although there were many other fantastic paintings, I chose to end with the following piece below. Out of all the pieces this one made me laugh the most and I thought is quite creative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Overall, I would say that this exhibition was delightful and creative. In the art world, we all have our "muses" and artists we look up to and admire and I enjoyed seeing each painting and the muse of each artist and where they got their inspiration from. It was also delightful being able to see the work of my old professors and discovering new artists and their artwork. I hope you were able to enjoy some of the pieces in this exhibition.
With that I leave you with these inspiring words by Norhan Chamo. She writes, "Through Gustav Klimt's work, I have realized that art can be interpreted in so many different ways, and that is where its beauty lies. I am thankful for Gustav Klimt for inspiring me to keep painting and creating because the goal of art is not to be understood, but to open new ways of thinking and to inspire". I hope her words can inspire you to keep painting or creating! They sure have inspired me and so did this exhibition.
Until next time,
Artist: Gustav Klimt
Rendr No Show Thru Sketchbook
Watercolor Paintings in Rendr No Show Thru Sketchbook
Dr. Ph. Martins Concentrated Watercolors
Painting of Sunset Using Dr. Ph. Martins Concentrated Watercolors