The Boating Party with Claudia McGill

Take a look here – I was interviewed! And given lots of space and time to talk and show my work. I am very grateful for this chance and very flattered.

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Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. By Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The Boating Party is a series of Q&As with writers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, sculptors, illustrators, designers and the like.

In times of economic hardship, the Arts are usually the first things to be axed. But, in my view, the Arts are one of the most important aspects of our civilisation.

Without the arts, we wouldn’t have language or the written word. Without the arts, we have no culture. Without culture, we have no society. Without society, we have no civilisation. And without civilisation, we have anarchy.

Which, in itself, is paradoxical, because so many artists view themselves as rebels to society. To me, artists aren’t rebels, they are pioneers.

Perhaps, most importantly; without the Arts, where is the creativity that will solve the world’s problems going to come from? Including economic and scientific ones?

In this Q&A, I am delighted…

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Woman Wearing Glasses

These mail art postcards were made with found papers and two drawings from my little sketchbook of the head of a woman with glasses. I don’t remember where I drew her, or when, and she never knew it happened. Anyway, this is how it all ended up. I’ve put her in two new situations.

 

Sun, House, House, People

Acrylic paintings done in June, 2017. Each one is 6″ x 6″ on wood board.

What Would I Do Without My Brushes?

Finger paint? Oh, wait, I already do that sometimes.

Sticks from the back yard? Plastic spackle tools? Cardboard?

Let’s veer into printing. Or spattering.

All right, there are lots of ways to put paint on a surface, but my brushes are still my best friends. Though if you take a look at this group, you may feel I don’t treat them very well.

I tell every brush that comes into my house: You will have an exciting but strenuous life.

So far no one has picked up and left upon hearing those words.

OK. Look at the photos and see for yourself. I think you’ll notice they are full of energy, once they get going.

People Walking

These paintings from June, 2017, are done in acrylics, 10″ x 8″.

“Pedestrian” was started during the plein air event I did in Chestnut Hill in June. I couldn’t finish it there so I took it home and ended up with a scene somewhat like the original. I added a person walking along the sidewalk – the painting looked a little lonely without some sign of life.

The second painting came from my head, no reference to the real world. I added a person to it, too, for the same reason as “Pedestrian”.

We Left Something of Ourselves Behind

These artist trading cards were created by painting a background on the cards in acrylics. Then I took the cutout figures, laid them on top, and painted over them.

Peeling up each stencil, the figure’s shape remained. Then I used NeoColor I crayons here and there as I liked.