Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wikipedia - 1,3, 4, and 5. 2. Toulouse and Nina Munteanu at Barrington Bay, NS, 6. The Trickster by Teresa Young - Feb. 2009.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
|The Gesture |
by Teresa Young
These funny little books with no colour illustrations were ordered by snail mail and were obviously mimeographed in somebodies basement as well! It was like a cottage industry in the seventies, and our parents were scandalized and debated how healthy D and D was for their kids. Citing lack of exercise and how it could lead into going into cults or believing in the occult, it was the big ogre of many PTA groups!
It's pretty funny as I've heard the same hoopla come out multiple times over the years as each new generation of gaming formats developed. And as far as I've seen, everyone has survived, especially the youth, and we don't seem to be any the worst for it.
Now I guess I'll go see what I have in my library of games I can play... HehHeh!
Art Images by Teresa Young:
1. Tiger Tracks - March 2004, 2. The Gesture - June 2007, 3. Blue Mushrooms - January 2002, 4. Queen of Thorns - August 2008.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Having started my art career with portraiture, I'm constantly fascinated by the faces of the people around me...
And seeing faces age and change as people grow older is quite interesting in itself...
It's almost like our lives get written to our features like a computer writing something to a disk...
Over the years, I've drawn hundreds of faces. The ones I remember aren't young, but older, more defined... And the more defined the face, the more challenging it is to capture.
But it's not just me, throughout the centuries artists have always been fascinated by the beauty of the older face. There are good reasons for this, an older face is unique. The lines are different in every person, much like a fingerprint, no two people are alike. Because we all have different lives and experiences, our faces age differently.
Sadly, as I look around at our media and culture I see beauty represented as being typified by only the young face... And I find this pretty strange because of the demographic of our population!
A large proportion of our population now is older as the baby boomers head towards retirement.
That means we have a unique opportunity to celebrate the beauty of aging by changing our cultural definitions of beauty. Maybe we all need to be artists in some small way so that we can see it.
Just think 'Beauty in the Face of Age'!
Photos and images by Teresa Young:
1. Playing Dominoes with Fred Ervine, 2. CloseUp-Portrait Of Diehl Children-Nov. 2009, 3. Grief For A Small Boy - Nov. 1997, 4. Eileens Eyes-Nov. 2009, 5. Daryls Frown - Nov. 2009, 6. Eileens Smile-Nov. 2009, 7. Barb McLean-Dec.2009, 8. Unnamed Abstract-Dec.2009, 9. Unnamed Surreal - May 1998.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
In my last post, I speculated about art, uniques styles, primitive art and asked myself whether all the years I invested in art training behind the scenes was a waste of time...
As we had tea, we found out that Marion had taken some art lessons and was interested in painting as a hobby. An interest in art was pretty obvious as she had a few nice paintings on her walls that she had done in her classes.
So we started talking about art and painting and I had my earlier blogpost question answered, even though I wasn't really consciously seeking the answer!
Because Marion was literally 'taught' to paint with what I thought was a very strange process... Her instructor premixed her paints for her and then had her follow along on her paintings basically by watching him paint and try to ape his movements on her canvas.
With this method of 'teaching', she ended up with paintings to put on her walls, but no personal skills to create more. Wow. I was horrified...
No grasp on colour theory, no grasp on composition, no practice in drawing or the creation of forms to simulate the appearance of three dimensions using light and shadows, and no way to move forward to paint for her own enjoyment!
It really took the enjoyment out of it, I could see that. So here we have a woman that would love to paint, but can't as she found herself frustrated and unable to because of the way she was 'taught'.
|New Brunswick Farm|
by Teresa Young
|Cat's Emotions |
by Teresa Young
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I went through a somewhat traditional gamit when I was learning to express myself as an artist, I started drawing at a young age, found I had a talent for realism and portraiture, and then focused myself on learning how to draw from life... I went out and took lessons, looked into reference materials on how to do different things and learned the proper ways to execute a portrait, draw a still life, paint a landscape, use of different media for art... In other words, I relied heavily on input from authority figures on my subject of interest, art, and pretty well took it as gospel.
When we look through art history at people that never followed any type of traditionalized art training they are often called 'primitive' artists. What this means is that they weren't influenced by any one art school or artist in particular and their personal style evolved in isolation. There are many pros and cons to this approach, one of the pros being the art is new and distinct unto itself. One of the downsides is that often the composition of their pieces are off kilter in some subtle or even a major way, and it can be uncomfortable for the viewer. But in a way, that's pretty cool as well, because if it disturbs you, it can reach you as nothing else can!
All of this verbal meandering has a point to it, as I'm edging towards a personal philosophy about artistic expression that I've been forming for myself over the last couple of decades...
I tried to chuck everything I thought I knew about art and rules of engagement and cleared my mind and went for it! Probably, after years of rigidity to get things just so, I wasn't truly able to do that, and the final result was a mishmash of everything under the surface of my consciousness. While I was only partially successful in what I set out to accomplish, it was a start into an evolution, and over the course of many decades, I did develop my own distinct style!