This week’s word is AMUSE, chosen by June’s Blog, go and take a look at her sight and what other bloggers have to say about this word.
Amuse, this is a word obviously about being humored, having fun, perhaps chuckling to yourself. I think about amuse as almost a private word, hearing or seeing something that amuses you, but perhaps no one else. So here is my list of some art and people that amuse me. First of all, all of Woody Allen’s stand up comedy and films from his early period.
Saturday Night Live
Now there is the art that amuses me, here is a sampling. Modigliani’s women with long necks, now really, what was he thinking?
Some of Picasso’s portraits, hope his model had a sense of humor!
And the surrealists, weird stuff, often amusing, to me anyway.
You have to wonder what some of these artists were thinking when they were painting in their studio that day!
What do you find amusing?
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Discomfort, this week’s word is one that unfortunately we know all too well. This week’s host can be found at Sow and Sew and be sure and check out other blogger’s takes on this week’s word.
Discomfort, well, how can I as an artist describe this word?
First of all, painting can be quite the discomfort if it is cold out, makes my hands hurt.
Also, much discomfort if there is not enough light to paint.
But let’s look at some paintings that can fill the viewer with discomfort.
I understand how the cubist movement came about, but this portrait definitely fills me with discomfort. I mean the model either had a headache during the sitting or one after he saw it!
Or this rendering of a girl sitting:
Or then there is Cezanne’s wife who was painted almost as a wooden still life figure:
Now, how about the 18th century paintings of children, I mean is this girl for real? Talk about discomfort!!
Then check these noble women out, do you think wearing those hats is discomfort?? I mean how do they take a step without the hats falling off?
Ok, there is my arty on this week’s word discomfort. What makes you filled with discomfort?
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I am back to posting our weekly words that we are all going to be creative with! Check on Christine’s Blog for more bloggers to read about this week’s word: SIMPLICITY!!
It seems that we live in a complex time, an age in which many yearn for the simplicity of life. Simplicity comes before complexity. When learning math, the student must know 1+1 before he can go onto more complex math, but the student will always remember the cornerstone of 1+1 or the upcoming math won’t make sense. In the 2nd law of thermal dynamics, simply said entropy is always increasing. The past was always simpler and less chaotic than now and the future. But the simple had to come before the complex. In philosophy and many religious texts, scholars look for the simple truth before grasping the more complex. We always have simplicity in our roots, we just have to look for it. Often, simplicity helps explain the more complex, as in art.
Cezanne said that every painting is composed of simple shapes: the cone, square, and sphere. If you look at a painting, try and look at the simple shapes first to make sense of it:
I have put in magic marker the simple shapes in a Cezanne still life. Painters start with the simple shapes, or message before they compose the complex. Some artists fill their shapes with color and have the painting about that.
The cubists were all about shapes and the juxtaposition of them.
Instead of concentrating on minute details and values, Matisse often chose to paint a room scene with just shapes of color.
Simplicity is here with us, we just need to relax and go back to the basics.
Have a wonderful weekend full of simplicity!!
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