In this blog of my painting work I have tried to give small art history lessons too, particularly if the history illuminates some aspects of my own concerns. I have decided to expand this idea further. Since I have done a few self portraits lately, it might be useful to reflect and make observations on the art of the self portrait in general and my personal history of doing them, as well, which is above this. The last self portrait I did was called “History” so let’s delve a little into the history of this ‘genre’.
I’ve done various studies of violinists and children playing violin in the last three or four years. My purpose here was exploratory, as is often the case. I draw largely to learn and record, explore and feel what I am seeing. Only one painting so far, but there may be more. It is a genre I like very much. There are fine examples of people playing the violin that go back to the 16th century, at least. My main concern was my children, who play this instrument. Here they are not in chronological order with the most recent first. But you can see when they were done.
Continue reading “Violin Studies 2013-2020”
Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, writes in his autobiography that no autobiography is entirely honest. No one can write all the dark and hidden things in a human life. A few have tried, perhaps, from Kafka to Plath, but I am not trying to do that in any case. Twain did not have to deal with the fact that now big business is trying to make the personal the exploitable. They want to turn private moments into profit for them. They want you to pour out your heart texting and on Facebook and want you pay them big bucks to do it. Continue reading “Some Self-portraits since 1971”
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