| 30 April, 2012 09:27
Distinctive Characteristics of Emily Carr's career:
- Dates: 1871-1945
- Youngest of five sisters
- Decided on art as a career at an early age
- Rebelled against organized Christian religion
- Became a protector of Indian culture including many trips to native villages
- Traveled to England for 5 years, 1899-1904, and
France for 2 years, 1910-1911
- Never married
- Lived her entire life, except travels, in coastal British Columbia
- Took a 15 year hiatus from serious painting from 1913 to 1927 (age 42 to 56), and struggled in near-poverty.
- Painted watercolors primarily at first, more oils later in life
- Struggled for recognition throughout her early and mid-life, and keenly felt the discrimination against women, especially in the arts
- “Discovered” by director of Natl Gallery of Canada, invited to be a major exhibitor at the 1927 Exhibition of Canadian West Coast Art.
- Suffered a series of heart attacks beginning in 1937, with a fatal attack in 1945 at age of 74.
Attributes of her watercolors. What can you add?
- Thematic consistency, and not a voyeur
- Preponderance of darker values ; “low key” paintings
Cedar Canim's House, Ucluelet, 1899
Wood Interior, 1909
Alert Bay, 1908-1909
Totem Walk at Sitka, 1907
| 22 April, 2012 13:09
Both classes will be involved in painting a landscape with Marin in mind this week. Note: the introduction to Emily Carr has been delayed for a week..
A few techniques Marin used:
Hard edged glazing, calligraphic marks, unusual color, fingers for paint application, scratching, charcoal, charcoal with water, distortion of perspective and shapes, “framing” within the compositional space. Please
bring more observations to class!
Marin frequently moved the needle on a hypothetical sliding bar from representational painting to abstract painting. The two paintings below, both painted in New Mexico in 1930.
Valley of the Hondo, New Mexico, 1930
Mountain Forms, New Mexico, 1930
| 05 April, 2012 18:13
John Marin focused on watercolors all his life, creating more than 4,000 works. He pushed the medium to new extremes.
View the excellent 14 minute video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah6eLUsDvmg about John Marin's watercolors.
Some topics for discussion:
How does Marin use the white of the paper?
How do you see the tension between abstract and representative painting in these examples?
How does Marin use calligraphic marks?
What techniques besides brush work does Marin use?
How important was the presentation and framing to Marin?
Four Examples of Marin's Work for class discussion:
Brooklyn Bridge 1
Brooklyn Bridge 2
Island Ship (Maine)
The Pine Trees (Small Point, Maine)
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