Thursday, July 31, 2014

Art Education in the Post-Skill Era

Mathew Cornell's "Low Country"

Huffington Post writer F. Scott Hess agrees with me and many other artists about the perils of wanting to be a skilled craftsman painter in today's art academia. In his well-articulated article, "Is De-Skilling Killing Your Arts Education?" he exposes the sad state of art education. I normally don't get preachy about issues on my blog, but this one has affected me and my family for a long time.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Visit to Fayette Art Museum

The small town of Fayette, AL has a noteworthy folk art collection with large holdings of the works of Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Lois Wilson, two well-known visionary local artists. Jimmy Lee mostly painted with mud and sand until later in life. Lois was educated and exposed to the world away from Alabama, but retains a singular, outsider-art style. We took a day trip with some friends to see the Fayette Art Museum and took lots of photos. The above piece is by Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

Saints by Lois Wilson

Cotton pickers and cotton wagon by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Football players by Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Lois Wilson

Benjamin Perkins

Toilet seats by Lois Wilson

Necktie quilt

Gords in the basement, Benjamin Perkins

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Wonders of Red Dot Kid Class

Eight year olds Grace and George did excellent renditions of home interiors in watercolor and ink in class. Above, Grace's finished piece.

The photo Grace worked from.

George's watercolor.

The magazine ad he drew from.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Student Work

Enjoy a selection of newly finished student work by Red Dot painters and drawers (or is it drawists?) Above, oil painting by Ricki Jill Treleaven. I think you'll agree I have a very talented bunch.

Marcia Amason, oil painting

Kathy Hinkle is still working on her quilt painting. Can you guess which one is the quilt and which is the painting?

Jeanne Alexander, a portrait of her grandson

Pat Conrad, oil painting

Allyson Roebuck, colored pencil drawing