Throughout history artists have created self portraits. Why? Because oneself is alway available, there is no modeling fee and one cannot give oneself Covid 19! I always want to do something constructive when I am feeling energetic so the last 4 evenings have been devoted to trying to get a lively, quick colorful portrait, using myself as a model but not taking the time to try to make the pastel painting look like me.
There is an “art challenge” on Facebook. I was challenged by Juanita Greenspan to show 7 of my artworks in 7 days and to challenge another artist to do the same. Juanita is the epitome of a direct sculptor, finding wonderful forms in the stone as she works. Juanita is also a very interesting person who I met studying stone sculpture at Casa Alexandria in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The challenge excites me because in these strange days of solitude I have found a sense of strength in my art. I will add to this post during the week to keep caught up and include more details of the work that is also on Facebook.
Day 1: A happy tropical bird
On our February 2020 trip to South Africa, my mother and I visited a beautiful aviary full of tropical birds with brilliant colors. We love to travel.
Day 2. Mixing things up. Painting supplies in the living room.
Day 3 Similar painting done outside in oil on canvas (use what you have).
I carve the stone sculptures with nothing but a hammer and chisel, files and sandpaper. Most of the sculptures are alabaster. I choose a stone first for color, then for a stimulating shape. While I take off the rough edges, I look at the stone from all angles, imagining what the stone could be. Many of my pieces have gone through a few permutations. A sculpture may take months to years to complete because I am constantly thinking of how to make it come alive and I end up going back into the stone…
My beloved teacher Lissy Dennett explained that an “abstract” work of art is abstracted from an object while a “non-representational” work is a shape. The first sculpture here is an abstract of two hearts. The second sculpture, “Snuggle” is non-representational, although I am tempted to subtitle it “Two Hamsters”(making it “abstract” by definition).