Today I was able to participate in a ZOOM Creative session where I was not the one teaching. Thank you to the ART Works for Milwaukee for inviting and hosting the session. I think this will become an end of day Thursday and Friday activity for me and my students. Art CareSlips is the activity!
We began with some meditation and movement within our own spaces. I found myself not moving a lot in the beginning, but as it continued I stretched and bent and moved. We then went into a 5 minute reflection with marker on paper to relive the meditation – moving the marker around and where it went is where it went. No Erasing.
From there we chose colors (I used tempera paint) and filled in the spaces – no judgement – just color. I thought about balance and unity and then the leader mentioned that might be something to consider.
Next we wrote about the image, the experience, the opposite of the experience perhaps. Sometimes it is literal and sometimes symbolic – mine was abstract and symbolic.
Finally there was a ZOOM Dance (I chose to continue painting). A great 30 minutes of making and taking a break from isolation in the art studio. Thank you ART Works for Milwaukee.
This morning, while so many students were virtually learning, I had a good opportunity to work with my young nephew Walker out in New York City through Google Hangouts. Walker came up with a figure drawing lesson and walked us through the process of drawing out a person. He started by having us imagine a person. I have a terrible imagination so I had to use the image of my brother Scott sitting in his IKEA chair as the starting point for my figure. Walker gave the instructions of using pencil, and of course I had to use charcoal pencil instead. After we drew out our person, we then added a background and then color. Thank you Walker for the experience and I look forward to next week’s. Here is Walker’s drawing, Scott’s Drawing, and my painting. Enjoy. Wash your hands stop touching your faces. Frank
“Mug, Hat, and Spaldeen” and “Sheep ona Hill” are now completed. Being an abstract painter for the most part is great but when the opportunity avails itself (even as a demo for the artists I work with) the looking and painting from reality is a wonderful way to test my skills. Enjoy!
Two works in progress… Still Life and Landscape. While I’m working hard to make my abstractions and create relationships and meanings, painting from observation is still full of skills that are important to keep working on.
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Here is an original piece of art for sale by Wisconsin artist Frank Korb.
I really enjoy art that questions my assumptions, challenges me to look at my beliefs and asks why I chose them. For me, art allows me to wander, story tell, and pick up on cues that serve as seeds for discussion. There is no shortage of cues from this irregular piece by Frank Korb. I see a cow, a fish in a yoga pose, and an affirmation of all of the irregular decisions I’ve made in my life. Nice.
You can see process pictures of the creation of this piece here, and more of Frank’s work at frankkorb.com.
“We Only Need To Notice What’s Happening,” Frank Korb, Acrylic, Collage, Charcoal, and Roll-A-Tex on Canvas, 19 3/8” x 11 7/8”, 2020, $305.
Today I finished a series of 6 paintings all based on what we all need more of in this world – compliments (I know the spelling is different). These also speak about the contrasts we are all facing today. In these cases, the contrasts work well together (unlike the contrasts in the larger country and world).