it’s tough to be fascinating – My topic #241

Summer is winding down and it is the doldrums of reruns in the vast wasteland of television. The news itself even sounds like the olds. I am weary of discussing politics, the economy, the weather….I long for a lengthy discussion about a fabulous work of literature or piece of artwork. I would love to discuss fabrics, paint colors, something interesting and atypical. But I have to face facts—there are times I am even bored with myself. I am suffering a certain sence of innuei. So this weekend I plan to read something and maybe get about my paper and charcoals and do some drawing. No I am not an incredible artist by any stretch of the imagination. But I need to draw for my heart. I need to put on a freshened heart and see with fresh eyes. So, I am going to start a batch of soup (even though in AZ it is still over 110 degrees) and either draw or sew….not sure yet which I will feel more like doing. Nor do I Know whether these activities will make me fascinating. But I do know the task will be fascinating.

That is how it begins. I am putting a photo in here that I like—not that it has all that much to do with my post. I just thought it was an interesting picture!

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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8 Responses to it’s tough to be fascinating – My topic #241

  1. A piece of artwork – Do you like Van Gogh? Or Rembrandt?

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I like both for different reasons! I love Van Gogh’s bold powerful colors and brush strokes. Love Rembrandt too but do tend to prefer Michelangelo to Rembrandt…Love the Impressionists and the Italian Renaissance artists more than most other artists. Which artist do you prefer? Oh!! I also love, love, love Renoir!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      michelangelo, renoir, and van gogh also rembrandt—like them all. probably prefer them in that order. who are your faves/

      • Love Rembrandt, but tend to gravitate towards muddy European lanscapes, these days, for some reason. Actually love all lanscapes, including American West. But we could discuss “Starry Night” if you wanted . . . Of course, it is popular, but why? I think it is because each star has a centering effect, drawing us in. It is a rare thing for an artist to try to pain the night sky, I guess. I love the way he makes such priitive work so believable and pleasing. Reminds me of Bob Dylan, in a way. Did you know he could actually sing? With a beautiful baritone voice?! Makes me wonder of Van Gogh could do realism. 🙂
        Well, there is also Eshcher (sp?) What a nut he was! Along with Rockwell. Never tire of his works, no matter what mood I am in for muddy landscapes. 😉

        • Kate Kresse says:

          I absolutely love landscapes, too. Have tried drawing them, but since perspective drawing is often a disaster for me, when i took a drawing class a few years ago, still lifes (without a box or a vase)—such as as onions, pumpkins, or apples seemed the only things well within my grasp. I love the vivid colors and somewhat juvenile imagery in Van Gogh. I love the cafe scenes by Renoir—makes me want to travel back in time to those days—with the women in the big fluffy hats, etc. Reminds me of My Fair Lady and Audrey Hepburn.
          The other thing I am VERY drawn to lately is black and white–in photography and drawings….I especially love Andrew Wyeth’s drawings. The sheer simplicity of his drawings evoke feelings of peacefulness and calm in me.
          Beyond that—I have always been drawn to large posters/photography/laser photography of these scenes: sunrises or sunsets in various locations, and any photos involving water landscapes (ocean with beach or rocks, rivers near forests and various lake scenes too—all with things like rocks, lifeguard chairs, overturned rowboat or canoe, beach chair, shovel and pail, etc)…I guess since my happy place typically involves these scenarios—[or in the Wyeth situation involves de-cluttered places] it all makes sense.
          Michelangelo, of course, is hard to resist–as his paintings are so obviously painted by a sculptor — his study of muscle and bone in order to sculpt or paint more realistically obviously paid off.

          Whenever I see Van Gogh’s work [or Gaugain’s] I recall the movie Lust for Life and each of their passions for their own particular art choices. Despite his troubled heart Van Gogh paints with such joy. His use of color is so joyful.

        • Kate Kresse says:

          I think I may love Starry Night partially because of the Don McLean song…with Van Gogh I tend to gravitate toward all of the paintings using yellows and oranges—the bright colors [Sunflowers, for example]. My mom always tries to paint night–in cities–the glow of the city lights always makes her happy. I am a sunshine girl [altho not a ‘get-a-tan-girl’.
          Bob Dylans voice (either gravelly or baritoney] makes me happy for the same reason as Van Goghs work. so atypical—so unique–so ‘march to their own drum’. They NEVER worried about fitting in or being popular. Nor did they choose their techniques because it would make them different. They were different because their gift and expression of their gift was so darn honest. I think Bruce Springsteen had that same honesty—I lived in NJ for a number of years—and you can hear NJ in his voice.
          One of my brothers was a huge Escher fan——Escher strikes me as kind of philosophical. My interests run more towards landscapes and sketches. Perhaps if I took a class in modern art (you know, the stripes, the large dots, the splatters, etc) I would come to appreciate it more.
          It is a bit surprising to me that I enjoy Andrew Wyeth as much as I do—because I have always been drawn to the Impressionists, Italian Renaissance, and the other things I already mentioned. Oh! and loved Picasso’s Blue Period—ESPECIALLY the Old Man and the Guitar.

  2. hectorhugo says:

    …afterall, it doesn’t matter what a “professional” art critic thinks; what matters the most is that it is something which you like (a lot of the time I can’t figure out why some works of art go for the money which they do!!). 😉

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Gosh i know what you mean ! i had an art history class in college that I absolutley loved—learned about the Italian Renaissance artists and at the same time i studied the French Impressionists. To this day those are some of my favorites!

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