paired with an image from Law and Order: SVU. The text reads: “Delicacy of conduct towards the female sex has increased with the esteem in which they are now universally held.” This is the first day of painting.
I hadn’t heard of it before the upcoming July 10th presentation at the Acme Screening Room in Lambertville, NJ. After a lot of practice, I think I have it timed all right and I am looking forward to presenting. Thanks go to Liz Sheehan for putting the event together.
critiqued my work recently. I have followed her advice and worked more on the backgrounds of two paintings.
Speaking with friends about my work is inspiring, as is this article by Pamela Druckerman from a recent edition of the New York Times.
What a wonderful day I had yesterday in New York City visiting some great art exhibits. The Leon Golub show is sobering and I looked intently at the cut canvases and their placement on the wall. Duct tape can only go so far and affixing unstretched canvas to walls is no easy task. His paint looks like dried cement and this reinforces the often gruesome content. At the opposite end of the color spectrum is the work of Judith Bernstein. Her paintings are day-glo satires. Both artists’ works are similar for their angry disavowals of the status quo.
Today I worked on the Hattie McDaniel portrait trying to add more pure colors.
I am taking an online course entitled Marriage and the Movies and it has me thinking about how characters that African Americans had to play in movies were almost exclusively supporting roles, both figuratively and literally as they often had to prop up white actors/actresses. Most famously Hattie McDaniel’s character performed this function for Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. I remember many in the audience hissing when they saw the slaves in a showing of the film in New York in the 1990’s.I like to think that this portrait just begun of McDaniel will hiss and more if anyone would challenge her.