Thursday, October 21, 2010

#23 Guest-Paintergirl

It has has come to this, I am going to answer my own questions and perhaps inspire others to participate in this project. xo

1-What is your favorite color?
Easy peasey-cerulean blue. A light blue that can be the sky and the sea. I probably use this color way too much when I paint.

2-Who is your favorite artist?
This one is the toughy. Some earlier entry's from others I heartily agree upon, Hopper, Robert Frank, Van Gogh, Rothko. But since this is me I am going to pick one of my mid-century loves-Robert Motherwell. Motherwell not only created amazing works, he was also a very articulate writer and was able to relay to the public certain feelings/thoughts of the Abstract Expressionists at the time. I love how he created a series of paintings based on a poem. (And reaction to the atrocities of war as well.) A very thoughtful artist of our time.

3-If you were a painting, which one would you be? Why?
I am going to pick a Richard Diebenkorn from his Ocean Park series. This one is Ocean Park #129. Diebenkorn had a studio in Santa Monica (among other places) and had a lovely view of the ocean, hence inspiration for this series. I love all his work but these paintings from later in his life really move me. I love all the subtle shades of light and dark through his color choices. I would want to be this lovely and calming and full of color as this painting.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

#22 Guest-Dave

Number 22 guest is a bit of an honor. He's a local artist (used to do Barefoot and Pregnant) and I've known him about 20 years. He's been pretty active about town doing all sorts of arsty/Ramone things. I especially dig his logo for our local Roller Derby girls. Thanks Dave!

1.What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is blue. No particular shade. Teal is nice, light blue sets off things well, and deep blue is glassine and tasty.

2. Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist response without any pondering or consideration is R. Crumb. Brilliant draftsman, arguably the best of his century. A weird combination of Picasso and Woody Allen, and that's regarding personal misanthropic tendencies as well as quality of work.

3. If you were a painting, which one would you be? Why?
If I were a painting I'd be "The Death Dealer" by Frank Frazetta. That or "G-String Western" by Pam Treadwell ...

Monday, February 8, 2010

#21 Guest-Doreen

My 21st guest is Doreen. She used to bake some really scrumptious goodies for Stardust here in O-town but is now off to school in London studying the Anthropology of Food. What a smarty. Amazingly with all of her schoolwork, she still has time to write two blogs. Check them out. Abandoned in London and Tasty Fever, I think I like her pub reviews the best, oh and Abandoned of course. Doreen was kind enough to give me her ReadyMade mags when she moved. Thanks Doreen and hope all is well In England!

1.What is your favorite color?

I like grey. I know it sounds depressing as hell, but grey is the very best colour. It can be very different in mood from context to context: a grey woolen blanket, a grey sky, a soft grey sweater, a hard grey wall, a photograph in shades of grey, a grey cat purring in your lap. I love how grey can be both warm and cold at the same time. I think of it more as a cozy colour, and it goes with everything. Actually, it looks quite best when paired with other colours, especially reds and greens, but even also browns and blues, and ace with pink, along with its parents, black and white. Grey gets along with everyone.

2. Who is your favorite artist?

Photography has always been something I've enjoyed looking at, so I will give you a list of photographers. Robert Frank is amazing. I was lucky to see prints of his work at the San Francisco MOMA last summer. As someone studying anthropology, I love his combination of art and ethnography, and he does it all in this stunning way with profound impact. My favorite painter is Edward Hopper, which is fitting, since so many photographers were inspired by him. My favorite contemporary artist is Kathleen Lolley, whose work is magic. There's a dreamlike mythology taking place with her work, one I'd often like to escape to.

3. If you were a painting, which one would you be? Why?

Edward Hopper's Automat. I have such a love affair with lonely things, and the woman in the painting is lovely. She seems to be thinking about so much, as if she was on the verge of making an important step, a great decision. I love to speculate as to what she is thinking about. If it really were me in the painting, though, the thoughts would be more like, "Oh, didn't get around to doing my laundry today like I needed. Damn."

Monday, January 25, 2010

#20 Guest-Jessica

Lucky #20 guest is my friend Jessica. She's the sweetest person you'll ever meet and the grooviest librarian ever. She wants to make a video of female artists and their hopes and dreams and disappointments. I wish her the best of luck with everything she does.

1.What is your favorite color?
My favorite color has always been blue. It's such a soothing color. I'm always painfully nervous, and tend to gravitate toward anything that will calm my sensitivities. Mmmm, blue is like being in a field of lavender. But about 6 years ago, I had a color epiphany. I realized that blue is not the best color and in fact the best color is one that is not so very calming at all. ORANGE! Hot , fiery, agitatable ORANGE is the very best color in the world. It entered my life in the best way I can think, through the fur off a kitty cat's back. My lost and alone ginger baby. My best friend in a time of need. From the day I met my cat, I was hooked on orange. Soon after I bought an orange coat and went to New York to see Christo & Jean Claude's very orange "The Gates". My life will never be the same, dear ORANGE. My heart will always be a flutter because your blaze is too excitable for my meekness. I prefer it this unsettling way.

2.Who is your favorite artist?
There are so many artists that I love deeply. But I suppose if I was forced to choose, it would be between Miranda July and Tracey Emin. I pretty much love anything Miranda does, because the thought behind it comes from a place that is highly relatable to me. It kind of reminds me of looking at the world through a tiny crack in the ceiling, while hanging upside down. Her interest in interconnection between people is another magnet that pulls me toward liking her work unconditionally. Tracey Emin is so special to me because of her strive and ability to be completely honest. Disgustingly honest at times. What else could one hope for in art.

3.If you were a painting which one would you be? Why?

I would be Salvador Dali's "The Girl From Ampurdan". It is difficult to tell if the girl in this painting is coming or going. I've spent a great deal of time struggling with being flighty and having habitual wanderlust. Often missing the past and the unforeseen future at one time. Lately I have been feeling slightly nested, but I will always hold close the feelings of longings and regrets associated with saying 'hello' and 'goodbye' too suddenly.