Wednesday, July 6, 2011

New Painting and Notes on a Book...

As the Summer of Color marches on, I'm adding this little number to the collection. It's an 8x8 on canvas and will be in my ETSY shop soon:  www.KathrynRamos.etsy.com
Using these brighter colors, veering away from my normally toned down palettes has been, hmm, how can I describe it...a little like practicing penmanship with my left hand.  I'm loving it because it feels like I'm exercising a different part of my brain. 
I just bought the new Rufus Porter book by Linda Carter Lefko and Jane E. Radcliffe. If you like the art of Rufus Porter, I recommend it in a big way. It's full of history, art technique, and great images. Through the years I've studied Rufus Porter, often copied his work trying to extract that "something" that I love about his work. I've always felt a kinship for his limited palettes and historical landscapes.
As a matter of fact, for the last two years, I have been a participating artist at a street art festival called Via Arte. Every participating artist created magnificent pieces of art with chalk pastels on the pavement. Each year I have chosen a Rufus Porter piece to re-create on the pavement and the response I get is predictable and touching. Here in the Western half of the U.S., we have less exposure to the art that typically is found on the East Coast. Most working artists here in the west are doing lovely modern work. I find myself explaining the origins of artist like Rufus Porter, where to find true American Folk Art, and why I passionately love it.

Quote of the Day: "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." ~ Henry Ellis 

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