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Happy Birthday Carroll Cloar

Carroll Cloar was a nationally known 20th century painter born in Earle, Arkansas, who focused his work on surreal views of Southern U.S. themes and on poetically portraying childhood memories of natural scenery, buildings, and people, often working from old photographs found in his family albums.

Here are a few samples of what surreal art from him looks like…

Happy Birthday Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse (January 11, 1936 – May 29, 1970) was a German-born American sculptor known for her pioneering work in materials such as latexfiberglass, and plastics. She is one of the artists who ushered in the postminimal art movement in the 1960s.

I love her hat and expression in this photograph of her

Here is a small sample of her work…

Happy Birthday Alfred Stieglitz  (1864–1946) and American Photography!

Born in 1864 in New Jersey and schooled as an engineer in Germany, Alfred Stieglitz returned to New York in 1890 determined to prove that photography was a medium as capable of artistic expression as painting or sculpture. In 1902 he and other photographers formed the Photo-Secession, which advocated an emphasis on the craftsmanship involved in photography.  They made extensive use of elaborate, labor-intensive techniques that underscored the role of the photographer’s hand in making photographic prints, but Stieglitz favored a slightly different approach in his own work. Although he took great care in producing his prints, often making platinum prints—a process renowned for yielding images with a rich, subtly varied tonal scale—he achieved the desired affiliation with painting through compositional choices and the use of natural elements like rain, snow, and steam (58.577.11) to unify the components of a scene into a visually pleasing pictorial whole. That is what I like best about his work is the snow and dust and light!

<<<Ponderings>>>

Do you have rose-colored glasses? Or do you stop and smell the roses? Is your thumb in tip top condition from scrolling through social media? Do all the sound-bites become a blur of haze the second after you hear something you promptly forget it? We live in such a fast paced culture. If not for this corona virus you would probably be running warp speed onto the next thing on your schedule. But we have slowed down a bit I think. This pandemic has forced it upon us. The same is applicable to art. A quick sketch has its place, abstract art is the essence of freedom, but there really are times when you become more detective-like and really, truly try and see your subject. It causes you to slow down, pause, reflect and savor. To notice the shading, the bumps, the imperfections, the curves, and the shadows. To really SEE what you are looking at. If I say the word apple, what image comes to your mind?

This one? It is so very popular!

Perhaps it is more elementary when you think of an apple like this…

Simple, yet this clipart symbolizes the image perfectly. But it is not the real McCoy! Did you know there are over 7,500 varieties of apples! Each one unique in shape, flavor, density, and coloring. Here are just a few…

I teach my students to draw what they see, not what they think they see. Subtle, but oh so very different! Before I ever pick up a pencil or brush I must look and notice all the many nuances of that apple. Who knew there could be a whole conversation about that single point! You may think you know the shape of a leaf but have you ever noticed the ridges along its edge, the veins and how they run from the center line, the stem and it’s thickness and how it attached to the branch. Fascinating!

I invite you to come along in this journey of seeing and discovering. I hope this blog encourages other artists to pull out their supplies and do 1 thing in your sketch book and perhaps share. This blog will give ideas to teachers and parents of different art projects to do with your student as I share what I am doing in the classroom (via virtual this semester) with my students. If you are looking for classes for your students I have a link above you can check out! For now, let this blogging journey begin to see…

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