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Triptych, Craving

I just finished my piece for Amy’s “Art from Writing, Writing from Art” swap (I had been craving a chance to make a triptych). My prompt was a very nice children’s story featuring a messy boy, and a tidy one. It’s a bit of a life lesson, really – you know how it ends.

Like this:

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Second Panel

Panel Three

This features acrylic paint, water color, india ink and paper cutouts.

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The Doctor Will See You Now

Bummer for you.

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You may recall that it  started with this sketch for the sketchbook swap:

The Doctor's Office
The Doctor's Office

These are the kinds of docs that don’t give you the good news first.

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Rothko – Low Barrier to Entry

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This morning, while looking through submissions  from Illustration Friday’s participants, I found this intriguing post from Lisa Mertins.

She talks about her visceral reaction with  a Rothko painting at Moma in San Francisco, and asks the question:

“Have you ever had this happen to you with art? I’d love to hear about it  if so.”

I want to share a story about Rothko. When I was an under grad student, I took a 20th century art class with a visiting professor. Thankfully, our regularly scheduled fusty-old-moth-ball-smelling-tenured art historian was on sabbatical.  Professor Visitor was from Philadelphia (maybe Chas or someone will remember her name). She began our term with the following story.

She said that while she was working on her master’s degree, she was late for a lecture in a museum. She was hurrying through a gallery to find her group when she came face-to-face with a Rothko. It stopped in her tracks, cold. Her hair stood on end, and she had an experience where she “got” it. She described understanding color from the level of color – not intellectually, but more on a non-spoken level. And she said it was then that she began to understand (aspects) of 20th century art thinking.

That introduction made all the difference in the world for me, and I LOVED that class. I was completely engaged with each chapter – each artist – each idea. I was completely awake.

Last summer, I met the Rothko that Lisa talks about in her post. Every time I see one of his paintings, I silently acknowledge the fact I owe a lot to Rothko and his works. He knocked our visiting professor’s socks off, and she  opened the doors to “modern art” for me.  It was the perfect introduction to the subject and, well, to making art.

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Shiny

Did you know that pears are the least allergenic of all fruits?

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It’s “Lord” now, actually

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Overheard

So. I’ve fallen behind in my schedule for this blog. The point, as you may recall, is to draw every day. I thought this was an amazing idea – so, I set up the [artisticus.com] blog and then signed up for the hardest graduate course in my program, agreed to teach JavaScript at the community college for the first time, and I had three or four side projects going.

I do this. I am not sure why.

So, here’s a drawing.

[NOTE: This was originally posted on artisticus.com and then adopted here to be with all my other blog posts – one blog to rule them all and…well, nevermind. As I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere – I ended the sketch-a-day approach of Artisticus.com to reclaim the domain for another, equally good web project.]

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