In a conversation with Louis Aragon, Matisse spoke of his
search for "the briefest possible indication of the character of a thing.” I am
light years away from that but the idea is exciting and encourages a shift in approach. Its in keeping with recent conversations I have been having in class
and with Elizabeth, who saw this idea on display in a Quentin Blake exhibition in April. I think she is employing it with thrilling results in her recent paintings .
the Weaver Library will be screening MATISSE: PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST, a film by Didier Baussy at 6:30PM. Afterwards their will be a brief
discussion which I will facilitate with my usual grace and enthusiasm. Please
come and share your thoughts.
Please join me at the Weaver Library Monday, May, 20th at 6:30PM for a screening of Matisse, a documentary film presented in conjunction with the Providence Artists Loop, a monthly program for artists and art enthusiasts. I will introduce the film and facilitate a brief discussion afterward.
This week the window displays at Studio Hop on Hope Street include some of my floral paintings. Owner Nina Tegu curates an appealing collection of art objects from a wide variety of sources. (And she's always wearing somehting really cool.) Seven Stars Bakery is two doors down!
For me the story of Frida Kahlo is one of struggling to find joy and freedom in an injured body and imperfect world. Her life was a gloriously vibrant attempt to reconcile a firece desire for indepencdance with an equally firece desire for security. A grappling which seems to me to characterize much of our shared human experience.
Tonight the Weaver Library in East Providence presents The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo in conjunction with the Artists Loop, to kick off their spring film series. I'll make some brief introductory remarks and facilitate a discussion afterwards. Come find out what extraordinary circumstances formed this cultural icon and the powerful images associated with her.
The program will begin promptly at 6:30Pm and will run until 8PM.
The Weaver Memorial Library will screen The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, Monday Night, March 18, at 6:30 Pm, in conjunction with the Artists Loop. I have the honor of presenting the film and will facilitate a discussion afterwards. Please join us and share your thoughts on this 20th century cultural icon. (I promise to do something extravagant with my hair and wear my most outrageous beads.)
The watercolor is of Frida kahlo's home in Mexico City, the Blue House, and the portrait was done from a photo in the documentary, of her as a young woman. (It was really hard to simply watch the film; the pause button and a sketchbook make for slow going.)
I am looking forward to presenting this on Monday, hope to see you there:
A Moroccan Sketchbook: One Artist's Vision of Marrakech
Monday, February 4, 2013 7:00pm
Come and be dazzled by the light, color and textures of Morocco. In 2012 local artist Margaret Owen traveled to Marrakech with a group of painters. NowMargaret brings Morocco to us with photographs and paintings, presenting Morocco through a painter's eye. She discusses her experience as an artist and will also illuminate her painting process, comparing reference photos with watercolor sketches and paintings. This program is free and open to all.
Elizabeth and I were delighted with the turnout today at Gallery 121 for our Moroccan Sketchbook opening and painting demonstration (one of mine above). Last night Elizabeth had the most wonderful dinner party with all sorts of painter friends, old and new, and fabulous food! I was so excited, even after midnight, I couldn't sleep and wandered out to Elizabeth's studio to paint these grapes (which somehow survived the party guests)- now I'm alseep on my feet!