Day 15: 2012 - Promises

We're well into the new year.
We're well into Lent.
We're well into any period of time where we swore to lose weight.

Got this in an email. Made me chuckle. Hope you appreciate it.

What is a calorie?

Calories are the little bastards that get into your wardrobe at night
and sew your clothes tighter.


Day 13: 2012 - The DPW Challenge

DPW = Daily PaintWorks

They have a monthly challenge and this month's challenge is one we all should be working on.

A crumpled piece of paper.  Draw it, submit it through the website........

We should all try this particular challenge!!

Day 12: 2012 - More Poetry

Love the words of Billy Collins, poet extraordinaire.  He was the poet laureate fron 2001-2003.  I came across this newest poem of his in an article on photography in the Smithsonian Magazine and thought the visual image it created in my mind qualified as a blog post on painting.  We have to think through our images always.

The Unfortunate Traveler

Because I was off to France, I packed
my camera along with my shaving kit,
some colorful boxer shorts, and a sweater with a zipper.

but every time I tried to take a picture
of a bridge, a famous plaza,
or the bronze equestrian statue of a general,

there was a woman standing in front of me
taking a picture of the very same thing,
or the odd pedestrian blocked my view,

someone or something always getting between me
and the flying buttress, the river boat,
a bright cafe awning, an unexpected pillar.

So into the little door of the lens
came not the kiosk or the altarpiece.
No fresco or baptistry slipped by the quick shutter.

Instead, my memories of that glorious summer
of my youth are awakened now,
like an ember fanned into brightness,

by a shoulder, the back of a raincoat,
a wide hat or towering hairdo -
lost time miraculously recovered

by the buttons on a gendarme's coat
and my favorite,
the palm of that vigilant guard at the Louvre.

Day 11: 2012 Poetry - a jar of words blog

Came across a wonderful blog which has absolutely nothing to do with painting but then, what's the internet for, if not to find wonderful sites that make you enjoy something you wouldn't normally take the time for.  I came across this woman's site and just fell in love with the theme:  Poetry and a Jar of Words

Posted by K.C. Bishop in her blog.

Clouds by Wisława Szymborska

Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh.

I’d have to be really quick
to describe clouds -
a split second’s enough
for them to start being something else.

Their trademark:
they don’t repeat a single
shape, shade, pose, arrangement.

Unburdened by memory of any kind,
they float easily over the facts.

What on earth could they bear witness to?
They scatter whenever something happens.

Compared to clouds,
life rests on solid ground,
practically permanent, almost eternal.

Next to clouds
even a stone seems like a brother,
someone you can trust,
while they’re just distant, flighty cousins.

Let people exist if they want,
and then die, one after another:
clouds simply don't care
what they're up to
down there.

And so their haughty fleet
cruises smoothly over your whole life
and mine, still incomplete.

They aren't obliged to vanish when we're gone.
They don't have to be seen while sailing on.

Day 10: 2012 - Be Creative

Since we all have to draw every day in order to paint every day (don't I wish that were a 100% true statement), have fun with the following:

This ought to keep you busy and keep you from painting for at least 15 minutes! Enjoy

Day 9: 2012 - Old artist movies

I follow a blog by James Gurney - the Gurney Journey.  He is the inventor/illustrator of "Dinotopia".  Every day, or almost every day, he has some wonderful work by new/old/used artists. This blog, which I've copied parts of straight off - giving you all the credit I can James, per your request - shows Monet and Rodin in action.  Then when I really started wasting time on my computer, clicking here, clicking there, there were other artists to be seen. 

I always think that these painters were in the 1800s and find myself amazed, each time, that they were "current" - or in our parents' time - and definitely in the time of the motion picture camera.
(Video link) An archival film shows impressionist painter Claude Monet chatting amiably and then (at 1:06) painting his lily pads in Giverny. Monet keeps an unlit cigarette in his mouth, dangling above his beard and his spotless white suit. A white suit is an unusual color to choose for plein-air painting not only because of the risk of getting it dirty, but because it causes so much glare. 
Photo of a bearded man wearing a beret, looking into the distance.

(Video link) Rodin cuts a different figure, looking restless, camera conscious, gnarly, and charming all at once. He only seems at home when he gets out the hammer and the chisel (at 1:25). He wears no eye protection, blinking each time he strikes with the hammer, and catching marble chips in his beard. Those chips have got to hurt when they get in your eye.


Degas:  This is unique footage of the great Post Impressionist painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917) as an old man walking in a Paris street early in the 1920s.


Renoir:  Working on a painting.  Take a look at his incredibly rheumatoid arthritic hands and how he holds his brush.
All of this is from,  Nick Wallace Smith, who runs a YouTube blog.  His main focus is ballet with some fabulous "found" videos of the famous ballet stars from all the years.  I so enjoyed seeing Michael Baryshnikov soaring through the air again - no one could get "air" like him (except maybe Michael Jordan).

Thanks to Nick Wallace Smith, who has other archival films of artists and dancers.