modern rustic ii

two more very small paintings [15cm x 15cm] from the grid series of twenty five paintings.

thinking maybe the rusty hulls of moored boats or the weathered tarpaulins at southwold harbour filtered through in my textural colourations?

i found one picture that seems to relate: [one of my photographic found paintings]

two things [or notes to self]:

[1] thinking about where these paintings are now, far far away in massachusetts, made me think about the first pilgrims setting sail on the mayflower because curiously there is a local family connection to one of the passengers. that area of the USA, the six US states of maine, new hampshire, vermont, massachusetts, rhode island [& with a red - it's a rooster!] and connecticut is known as ‘new england’. massachusetts was much larger but then it got divided up into smaller states.

[2] found this article very early this morning, What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address [via @brainpickings], and much of it really resonated with my personal philosophy, such as embracing the ‘awkward’ failures, acknowledging imperfections and making new connections, making progress by following your own pathway of interests and valuing the personal ‘internal successes’. i might have to read it again.

4 Comments

  1. Jazz
    Posted May 28, 2015 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    just been thinking about the idea of “critical friends” from my teacher training days…

  2. jazz
    Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    “filter out what’s not very important”

    “being an artist means always starting from nothing”

    “what seemed broken, discarded, useless was transformed into a meaningful gesture”

    “the fumbling and awkward moments [...] the failed attempts [...] will eventually start to steer you in exactly the right direction.”

    “life is quiet, you get to work at what you love doing, happily chipping away at something, constructing something”

    “The work of the work is visible only to yourself.”

    “when other things in life get tough, when you’re going through family troubles, when you’re heartbroken, when you’re frustrated with money problems, focus on your work.”

  3. jazz
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    yeah… about this ‘quote’, via social media search early this morning, attributed to the painter philip guston – but seen in wider context, he’s reminiscing about and paraphrasing a conversation with john cage:

    “John Cage …once told me, ‘When you start working everybody is in your studio – the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas – all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.”

    Philip Guston speaking on ‘The Philadelphia Panel’, transcribed in It Is, no.5, Spring 1960, pp.36–8.

    [Tate Research article, The Separateness of Things, Victor Burgin, 2005]

    …you gotta hand it to him, the sentiment is [still holds] true…

  4. jazz
    Posted May 30, 2015 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    quick link, will read it properly later – it’s complicated: http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/its-complicated/

    three artist models for living [not life models]: neo-bohemians, entrepreneurs, publicly-funded socially-engaged artists.

    think i’m probably closest to the neo-bohemian, but it doesn’t quite fit with a ruralist model…