February 16, 2016

this week's artist round-up

Lately I've been getting rather caught up in color choices. It's like the more colors I use in my paintings the more I am wishing I didn't have to make that many decisions... So it's no surprise that I inadvertently chose some artists this week who've successfully narrowed down their own color choices:
Amy Feldman
Mary Weatherford
Christopher Wool
Jacqueline Humphries


Jacqueline Humphries painting
Jacqueline Humphries, 41/14, 2014, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches

Amy Feldman painting
Amy Feldman, Mr. and Mrs., 2012, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 80 inches

Mary Weatherford
Mary Weatherford, Canyon, 2014, flashe and neon on linen, 112 x 99 inches
Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2001, silkscreen ink on linen, 90 x 60 inches

Mary Weatherford
Mary Weatherford, From the mountainto the sea, 2014, flashe and neon on linen, 117 x 234 inches

Amy Feldman painting
Amy Feldman, Gut Smut, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 79 x 79 inches

Jacqueline Humphries painting
Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2014, oil on linen, 100 x 111 inches

Mary Weatherford
Mary Weatherford, La Nina, 2014, flashe and neon on linen
Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2007, enamel on linen, 120 x 96 inches
Amy Feldman painting
Amy Feldman, Mood Mode, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 85 inches
Jacqueline Humphries painting
Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2014, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches

Christopher Wool
Christopher Wool, Untitled, 2006, enamel on linen, 104 x 78 inches
Amy Feldman painting
Amy Feldman, Show and Tell, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 inches
Mary Weatherford
Mary Weatherford, Ruby I, 2012, flashe and neon on linen

Although Mary Weatherford's work I think is all about color, I still wanted to include her here.

Further looking and reading:
Mary Weatherford
Christopher Wool
Jacqueline Humphries
Amy Feldman







February 12, 2016

Artist's Daily Rituals

Here's a great book for artists I recently read that I must share with you,
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, edited and with text by Mason Currey.

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
It presents detailed descriptions of the daily routines of 161 artists, mostly in their own words. It includes artists of every genre throughout history including writers, composers, painters, choreographers, playwrights, poets, philosophers, sculptors, filmmakers, and scientists.

I am so fascinated by books like this. I love to hear how other artists spend their days in and out of the studio. With all the vagaries of artist temperaments, and all the disparate ways of getting things done, what amazes me is that in the end I think we are all exactly the same, all fighting with ourselves over one thing or another, and for the same end purpose: creating. So many quirks and peculiar habits: charts and time clocks to track the time, pots of coffee and chocolate and opium and whiskey to keep us up when we should be down and down when we should be up. Rising at 3am or at noon or not sleeping at all, working in pajamas or while lying in bed or at the kitchen table. All leading up to the most important aspect of our lives, the work. I think most artists agree that inspiration is either non-existent or so constant we don't think of it as inspiration at all. The key is getting to work, whether we feel inclined at the moment or not. I love reading about an artist who lived two hundred years ago who went about his day similarly to the way I go about my day. Not to get too overly sentimental (if it's not too late), but I think it's important for artists to feel this connection, like we're continuing something important, something we can't help to begin with.

Willem de Kooning
photo of Willem de Kooning
I was thinking the other day that I can't remember an article I've read about contemporary painting in maybe the last five years that did not mention de Kooning at least 4 times. I wonder how he would feel about that. I used to imagine de Kooning's work ethic the epitome of what an artist's life should look like. Like being in your art studio 12 hours a day seven days a week was the only way to be a real artist. The man never stopped working. After years of struggling with that notion I've finally accepted my own way of doing things, which needless to say is a far cry from someone like Willem de Kooning.


Willem de Kooning
Woman Landscape XII, Willem de Kooning

Everyone needs to find their own way, so if four hours gets me to the best work I can make, so be it. 

Books like Daily Rituals confirm all my ideas about being an artist. It's wonderfully encouraging to see how other artists have been dealing with all the same issues but in so many different ways for so long...

For Like Ever, poster
for like ever.