Art Quote of the Day

“Blue is a mysterious color, hue of illness and nobility, the rarest color in nature.  It is the color of ambiguous depth, of the heavens and of the abyss at once: blue is the color of the shadow side, the tint of the marvelous and the inexplicable,of desire, of knowledge, of the blue movie, of blue talk, of raw meat& rare steak, of melancholy and the unexpected,(once in a blue moon, out of the blue). It is the color of anode plates,royalty at Rome,smoke, distant hills, postmarks, georgian silver, thin milk, and hardened steel; of veins seen through skin and notices of dismissal in the American railroad business. Brimstone burns blue, and a blue candle flame is said to indicate the presence of ghosts. The blue-black sky of Vincent van Gogh’s CROWS FLYING OVER A CORNFIELD seems to express the painter’s doom. But, according to Grace Mirabella, editor of Mirabella, a blue cover used on a magazine always guarantees increased sales at the newstand. “It  is America’s favorite color,” she says.

The Primary Colors – Alexander Theroux

Art Quote of the Day

Pope Benedict IX  wanted to commission some paintings for St. Peter’s in Rome, and accordingly sent a messenger to the painter Giotto to report on what the artist’s work was like. On being asked to produce a drawing to take back to His Holiness, Giotto took a piece of paper, pressed his arm into his side to hold it steady and with a quick twist of his wrist, painted the most perfect circle on the paper: “See if this is understood,” he said.

The messenger,feeling that he had been made a fool of, nevertheless took the drawing back with him.When he showed it to the Pope and explained how such a perfect circle had been drawn without moving his arm and without a compass, the Pope and all those present acknowledged Giotto to be the most skilled artist of his time.
A Miscellany of Artist’s Wisdom – compiled by Diana Craig

The simplest , yet the most difficult thing to convey to students is to JUST KEEP TRYING!  It’s not glamorus, not romantic, not mysterious….. to learn how to draw and draw well  you just have to keep doing it. It’s repetitive , yes , maybe boring if you let it be but every single mark you make has the potential of infinite variety and can convey something different each time you draw.

One of my favorite beginning exercises to give is ,’draw 100 circles 100 entirely different ways.’ Use any media you want . Go ahead , give it a try! ( you can use squares or triangles if you want!)