Saturday, June 30, 2007
Horizontal or Vertical?
I pinnned this forest quilt before I went overseas in february and pulled it out of a pile of things sitting heaped in my room. Ipinned it up and immediately thought why did I pin this as forest- on the vertical it could also be river- I am still undecided at this stage.But I do have to finish it soon as I need the pins for some other work I want to get on with.
I have been reading the Matisse biography and his stays over summer in 1896 and 1897 at Belle-Ile in Brittany- where other artists would gather ( I am also a bit shocked by how appalling their diet was- it makes me grateful for our big garden). It is something I would like to do one of these days- to be working with other artists at close proximity- for a month or more ( I have given up applying for residencies, it takes tooo much energy and time and always leads to disappointment)- rather than the odd day here and there. I could do with some of that now- I neeed firing up! I have also from time to time craved a mentor. It seems as if Moreau- Matisse's teacher for some time really enthused art in Matisse's mind and in his imagination- that eventually lead to anothe rlevel altogether. I have sseen the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris- it is one of those Parisian treasures. His studio was housed in a quite large house- I could not get over how prolific Moreau was with drawing - and whilst his work and especially his later work was of a symbolist bent- he certainly also had an eye for pattern and decoration.