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Weekly Art Challenge: GRATITUDE

Hey folks!!

This week our theme was GRATITUDE

Dylan – Thank You, Ink on paper

“I am SO thankful for maintaining my four limbs and use of them from heart surgery as well as the robotic implant replacement of my mitravalve. Fortune comes in many different ways and I was granted a generous nod. Life is good, especially with a gnarly scar. This is have gratitude for daily.”

The semi-faceless feminine figure stands in a defiant superhero pose with classic bows attaching each limb to the core. Powerful imagery! I like the choice to making the figure semi-faceless even with this being a biographical piece. Dylan is guiding the viewer to focus on one particular aspect of her identity, her scar and surgeries, and the impact they have had on her life. Strong beautiful piece, Dylan!

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Emily – Amsterdam Cityscape, Collage on paper.

Emily sent in a piece that she worked on for one of her assignments. She didn’t think it related to the theme of Gratitude, but still wanted to show what she was working on. Emily’s piece is a reflection of her observation skills while she was traveling to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. In the collage I see a unique culture identity, I feel the tightness of space amongst old architecture in modern times, I sense the layers of history overlapping in the narrow streets, and I relate to the need to creatively react to my environment.

I kind of have to disagree about the piece not having much to do with the theme of gratitude. I think Emily has keen observation skills and her piece reflects the details – though these details may not be the intentional meaning behind her piece – that so many folks are grateful for in the city of Amsterdam in a way that is uniquely hers.

 

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Bethany – Helping Hand, Pencil on paper

“When I think of gratitude I think of an open hand. A helping hand. A hand of kindness. A loving hand. “

Me too, Bethany!  I love the clean simplicity of the lines and form of the open hand. It correlates perfectly with her statement and further connects the image of a hand with the concept of gratitude. Bethany’s piece reminds me that gratitude has a lot to do with a community and paying forward what we are grateful for.

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Amber The Little Artist, Pen, ink and watercolor on paper.

I grew up with a very creative family. My great-grandmother was a ceramicist, my mother use to paint murals and found creative ways to make our secondhand clothing and small meager living spaces look and feel special, my father was a tattoo artist and had strong drawing/painting skills, many of my cousins are photographers and of course my extended family includes a plethora of artsy friends.

For as long as I can remember I was “The Artist”. The opportunities to creatively express myself since my childhood have been unlimited and I am very grateful for all the love and support I have received by friends and family to pursue the arts.

 

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Next theme: TRANSFORMATION


Weekly Art Challenge: DEGAS

Hey folks!!

Welcome Back! This week’s theme is Degas.

 

RJ – Digital Painting.

“I just wanted it to feel light”

I love the light and airy feeling of RJ’s piece. His colors palette reminds me of the blush tones the skin achieves when the body is active and further suggests movement and athletic nature behind a form of art that most – those with little idea of how much work and effort is applied by the artist – view as delicate.

 

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Karri – Pastel on paper.

“Degas was born in Paris. He spent a lot of his time studying and copying paintings in the Louvre. So it is fitting to depict a copy of one of his drawings. He likes to focus his work on real life instead of mythology or history that’s why he became known for his paintings of ballet dancers in their studios practicing. When I studied painting in Memphis there was a Degas in the permanent collection at the Dixon gallery. It was amazing to witness the delicate lines and the soft pastels.”

As always, Karri’s use of color is rich and dreamy. I feel like I am in a darken theatre looking at a stage and watching a blur of movement, color and light. She definitely channeled her inner Degas through pastels and keen observation skills!

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Emily – Pencil on Paper

“I’m currently keeping a little journal of observational drawings to try and improve my skills. This was an Edgar Degas Ballerina painting, Dancer Tilting, that I tried to draw from for about 5-10 minutes. A lot of things are off with it, but i’m kinda proud, any tips would be appreciated!”

From a short observational sketch, I can feel the dancer’s body stretch and see from the dancer’s expression that she is fully in the moment. Degas would applaud Emily’s journal of observational drawings. He believed strongly that observational skills were what separate great artists from lesser artists. His “tip” to you would be what his idol/mentor, Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres, told him once “Draw lines, young man, and still more lines, both from life and from memory, and you will become a good artist.”. Keep drawing those lines, Emily!! 🙂

 

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Amber – Pencil on Paper

I did some research on Degas for this week’s challenge and the details that stood out the most were his distaste for the En Plein Air methods of his contemporaries and his insistence that great art is the result of keen observation.

For this week’s pieces I decided to create two sketches ( plus one sketchbook doodle). The first is of my niece, who’s natural stance has always been similar to a dancer, was drawn from a photograph. Many of Degas’s paintings had the feeling of a being a “snapshot”, presenting his subjects in their natural state instead of being posed and allegorical.  The second and third pieces are landscape sketches created onsite in Southern Utah and drawn in 20 minutes (the sketchbook image was in less than 5).

I find it a bit ironic that Degas would mock En Plein Air since it requires the observation skills that he so greatly admired in the classical artists before him. I can’t help but wonder about his relationship to nature and how it affected his distaste for painting outdoors.

 

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Thanks for checking out our artwork!

Next week’s theme: DISTANCE