Sunday, April 17, 2011

Painting is very easy when you don't know how,

but very difficult when you do.
~Edgar Degas

The Fine Arts club on campus was setting up an exhibit as I was leaving on Friday. I love to look at the work of new artists. Art tends to drop to the bottom of the list in school budgets along with music. With the world of modern graphics and musical equipment, the traditional painter or musician tends to become lost in the cyber winds. But, I am always attracted to primitive style painting...those done on inexpensive canvas or even good stretched canvas. Sometimes the colors are dramatic, or the perspective is just a little off to make you look.

In the art world, naive or primitive painting is a term used to describe artists who create without formal training. Folk art also falls into this realm as well. I think it would be neat to have a grouping of various folk art paintings of a particular subject...like florals or landscapes.


Most probably would categorize Grandma Moses as one of the more famous primitive painters. In the post-World-War-II years, Moses was one of the most successful and famous artists in America, and possibly the best known American artist in Europe. Some art critics label her as the first artist to become a media superstar. In 1940, Moses went from exhibits in rural fairs and local drugstores to exhibits in fine art galleries in Europe and the United States. Self-taught, a widow and mother of ten (only five of whom survived infancy), Grandma Moses became an American celebrity.

Technically, the work of primitive painters is distinguished by a conceptual rather than a visual approach to painting. Its strength lies in the feeling for pattern and the charm of the mood that is projected.

Here are 2 landscapes from a recent purchase...oil on canvas (Grandma Moses painted on heavy cardboard!). There is just something appealing in their simplicity.

Flowers are always a typical subject for the primitive paper...if one loves to paint, how can one not look at pansies in spring and not think painting?
I do love when I find good folk art done on things other than canvas. These water lilies are painted on a pottery plate...the plate was probably created for the painting.But, then you have those florals lovingly done and professionally framed. You can imagine how proud the artist was when these were hung in the living room!

So, the next time you are at a shop, flea, or yard sale, consider one of those paintings that you know came from the heart not merely from the brush.

1 comment:

Lilia said...

I totally agree with you that painting does come from the heart. I am currently taking an oil painting class at our local comm. college and I struggle. I cannot seem to let go and be. Hopefully, before the semester ends I can find my nitch and enjoy painting for what it is, an expression of my soul.