for me as an artist 'back to basics' has a double intention. Or significance, or motivation or you may even call it personal development plan (Yes, old school homework!)
a) back to the core as far as subject is concerned: the naked human
b) back to the craft in technique: anatomic drawing of, again, the naked human.
There is no escape from it, no matter how modern I may feel, I keep crawling back to the craftmanship of the old masters
I love to watch creative people. They are always busy with the most diverse activities. Creativity usually comes out on different levels. Often, but not always, they are women. Both my grandmothers were real thousandpots, my Mom is a great chef, deserving soprano, all-time gardener and so much more.
With all respect, gentlemen, I believe that women are creative by nature. We have to be. Life pops out of us and it screams for our utmost attention and ingenuity.
It is the evidence itself therefore stripped of most of the glory.
Rosalyn Drexler is a good example. Just like Gina Lollobrigida, Elizabeth Lennie and why not (false modesty is no virtue) ME !
and the good news is: it never ends.
There is always something going on, a new riddle to unravel or an old blunder waiting to be fixed. The learning process itself is not only fun. At some point there is always that pain point to overcome, when you have to cross the bridge from stupid, ignorant and awkward to ... eh ... less clumsy. That rarely works from the first time.
' Keep on trying ' is the spirit.
seen on Dutch TV: the very compelling series
' Krabbé seeking Picasso '.
The Dutch artist (actor and painter himself) Jeroen Krabbé follows the trail of the person Picasso and his many wives through France, Spain and Italy. What was the impact of all theese women in Picassos life and how did that reflect in his work?
A very well documented series exposed with a masterly skill and elegance.
Also a discovery: http://www.jeroenkrabbe.com/
more on art
Victor Vasarely (French: [viktɔʁ vazaʁəli]; Hungarian: [ˈviktor ˈvɒzɒrɛlːi]; born Vásárhelyi Győző [ˈvaːʃaːrhɛji ˈɟøːzøː]; 9 April 1906 – 15 March 1997), was a Hungarian–French artist, who is widely accepted as a "grandfather" and leader of the short-lived op art movement.
His work entitled Zebra, created in the 1930s, is considered by some to be one of the earliest examples of op art.