Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
My definition will be different from yours. Perfection is whatever you want it to be. Perfection then is a subjective term, loaded with unlimited, personal expectations. And... just think, we put these expectations on ourselves and on others. Wow!
Perfection? Guess what? There is no such thing. You can relax...go with the flow and, learn and grow imperfectly.
"Perfection does not exist. To understand this is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness." --Alfred de Musset
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
A week has gone by since I last posted. Where does the time go?
During this week, we had company and prior to their arrival did a ton of cleaning. The house looks nice.
Went to an estate sale and also to my favorite resale shop. Found some neat props (all for under $50.) The best find is a wooden saffron container from the 1800's. Coming in second is a blue and white porcelain Chinese ivy starter. There was a millifiore paperweight (at the estate sale) that appears to be "end of the day." "End of the day" is when the artist uses scrap glass to make some not so perfect items. Since I already have an antique millifiore paperweight, a collection may be in the making.
Painting seems to be on the back burner for now. Instead, I will make my photographic paintings using light instead of paint and a camera instead of brushes. An occasional drawing will be fun to do too.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Renaissance Dress Purchased for "Betty"
Thinking About and Planning Drawing
We are getting ready for company. Benefits of having visitors include: a neat, clean house. Another benefit is going through "stuff." Around here odd items are the norm. How many people have two mannequins sitting in their bedroom? Oh, by the way, yesterday I won the bid on a Renaissance dress for "Betty" and am looking forward to making her several headdresses to compliment her new outfit. Then, she can pose for a portrait.
May do drawing of a stone house window.
How weird...before I could finish writing this, it suddenly got published. What is that about? What a surprise! Yikes! Hope that doesn't continue happening.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
PENNSYLVANIA STONEHOUSE -- by Elisabeth Bacon -- All Rights ReservedTop image is a photograph adapted to card format. The next image is a pencil sketch (also in a card series).
My next door neighbor in Illinois introduced me to the work of Andrew Wyeth after he painted "Christina's World." The starkness and depth of his watercolors and egg temperas jolted me into the deep dimensions of watercolor, painting and drawing. His dry brush technique was astounding. I purchased every book on Wyeth I could get my hands on and studied his paintings endlessly. I wanted to draw and paint like that. His paintings began to change my life.
Years later I moved to Pennsylvania where my ancestors had lived, worked, loved and died; where life can be harsh and the stark terrain is speckled with farms, old stone buildings and meeting houses. Winter was white, with sepia and umber tones. Spring created landscape quilts in many colors. Who would not be moved to capture such sights? There I painted and honed photography skills. In Pennsylvania, I was at home--in the land of ancestors, family and friends.
While living in Chester County, Pennsylvania, I visited the Brandywine Museum often and had breakfast at Hank's Place. Andrew Wyeth would occasionally show up.
Now I look back and am most grateful. Pennsylvania will always be considered home and Andrew Wyeth's works will forever inspire.
Thank you Andrew Wyeth.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Small Jug with Vegetables
By Elisabeth Bacon 2009
Graphite Rendering on Lined Paper
Monday, January 12, 2009
Yesterday we went to Michael's to find light tan vellum. Guess what? No luck. White vellum will have to suffice. Solution: color match the existing light tan vellum, using Photoshop. Found some tinted graphite pencils. Am excited looking forward using them.
While out shopping, we found a fabulous Italian mask and "Betty," the mannequin, may come out of retirement to wear it. She poses well. Doesn't move. Time for her to help out. "Bob" and "Betty" (mannequins) sit around the house all day doing nothing. Uh-oh, unless they do something, they could be headed for Donation Land.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Later today it is off to Michael's for sheets of aged Vellum. In a journal of originals, the Tapestry Drawing can be pasted on vellum and perhaps colored adding gilt highlights.
Then, it is back to shooting the Renaissance series.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Remember: Continue shooting until you get exactly the look you want. Never settle.
Added these potatoes after comment was left this morning by Eaglesbrother...I think he'll like them. I like them.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
ARTIFACT (Altered Image in Process)
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2009
All Rights Reserved
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
He is a very old piece most likely from the 1600s (or earlier) and appears to be either a nobleman or tradesman. If anyone has any ideas about this piece, please let me know. Let the research begin...
Photograph by Elisabeth Bacon 2009--All Rights Reserved
Saturday, January 3, 2009
There are steps in this creative process. I am striving to define these steps and in defining them move into other dimensions of creativity. Words cannot adequately explain what happens. Creativity is experiential. The process is experiential. Transitions happen and lessons are learned through doing.
Steps in the Process
1. Know your equipment
2. Know your craft
3. Learn to see
4. Step outside yourself becoming one with your subject
5. Enter deeper creative, spiritual dimensions
Steps four and five are crucial. One can transcend what is seen and bring other dimensions into the work.
Through capturing these dimensions, an individuals creative work becomes unique and one's "style" is born. My challenge is finding the words to define this experiential process.
What I want to learn now is what comes next? I am certain there is more...new breakthroughs and additional dimensions. This year my resolve is to explore these possibilities.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Emotional parasites need energy--any energy. When dealing with negatives, walk away. Say, "Pffffffffffffftttttt!," or "Stop it," then dive into something positive. You can do something else. What would you rather be doing? Do it. If necessary, leave (go for a walk; skip; do situps...exercise...yoga; clean out a drawer/a closet; do the dishes; play music; read a book; write a book, story, poem; paint; draw; pet the cat; watch a movie; dance; sing; meditate; sew; do needlepoint, knit, or cross stitch; take a bath).
Remember: What one focuses on expands. AND...as someone once told me, "Don't feed the weeds." There is power in silence. Affirm the positive. Associate with positive people. Every day is a new day filled with possibilities for growth. In life and art, we learn through observation and practice.
For this year: Work on Positivity, Praise and Activity