Hope all the mother’s out there are having a great day- especially my own- Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. I got a little sewing in yesterday on the denim quilt, but it hasn’t really advanced to a point that a photo would show advancement. I plan to go to the fabric store today to spend my gift card from my birthday (thanks, Mom and Dad).
We went to the Minneapolis Art Institute to see the Matisse exhibit last night. It is a small show, but it really shows a comprehensive variety of his work: sculpture, paintings, drawings, lithographs and the later cut out work in disassembled book form. The crowd thinned out after we arrived and when we doubled back to look at our favorites, we were alone in the gallery. It was a great experience.
I have seen Matisse’s work in person at the Art Institute before, but it was nice to see all in one space and laid out in a chronological way. I have a better understanding of how his work progressed through his lifetime. I could see the logical way he moved from Post-Impressionism into his own (fauve) technique.
One of Steve’s favorites was Standing Odalisque Reflected in Mirror:
I also liked this one due to the pattern of the wonderful plaid chair. I have been always drawn to Matisse’s use of these contrasting patterns. I was surprised how fluid, loose and carefree the patterns in his paintings were when viewed in person, not through a photo. I had a preconception that the patterns would be much more precise. Yet, they are very sophisticated.
I also was struck by what a master craftsman Matisse was. The lithographs ran from very quick drawings to nearly photographic charcoals. If I had seen any of these before either at the Institute or in books, they didn’t resonate with me the way they did in the context of this show.
If you are in Minneapolis, there is one more week left for the show.
I had asked my husband several months ago to make me a painting for my cube at work. He finished it for our anniversary. It really is a beautiful painting and I know it will brighten up my space at work. Notice that he put my bird in from Sun Country Fried Chicken. I am so excited to take it to work on Monday! If you want to check out more of his work, look at his web site: Buns on Mars.
I read this article yesterday: What Kind of Seed Beader are you? by Kristal Wick. Although it is meant for seed beading, I think it is easy to generalize to artists in general. So what kind of artist am I?
The Artful Beader
You create one-of-a-kind, complicated, out-of-the-box designs for the sheer sake of beauty. If you had to make another one or teach a class, you’d faint! You’re more the “art for art’s sake” type of beader, taking the less traveled path, rarely following a pattern. Your creations are pretty unique, mixing wire, beads, and other media together.
Your motto: Impossible you say, bring it on!
This is totally me. I rarely make the same project twice, and if I do, it is always significantly different. Usually, there is something unresolved in the project that I want to play out if I do make another. Right now, I am considering making a second tiny angel quilt. The first one turned out wonderfully, but I think I may do a second one with a completely different palette. (By the way, my husband gave me both a compliment and a burn on that same piece: He said, ” Now, you made a pot holder.” Luckily for him, before that he had said, “It looks like a painting.” For him, this is the ultimate compliment.)
A couple weeks ago, we decided to go for a drive outside the city. We were just driving and driving, enjoying the landscape when we came across the Franconia Sculpture Park. It was great! Not only was the art interesting to look at, it was completely interactive. It really was more of an art playground.
We all loved this piece by Steven Kuypers. It was little hut on the top of a mound of dirt surrounded by a moat. The little hut had a computer with a small pillow in front of it. It was great! It was so wonderful to climb up, reminiscent of a play castle and a tree fort.
This one by Michael McGillis was one Steve’s favorite. I think part of the reason he loved it was because of the huge mushrooms growing out it. He also loved the color. It was great how it turned everything inside the space that color. It reminded me of dawn.
Paul took this picture of me in Play Station by Bridget Beck. It was a great playground space with little hidden space underground, and these lovely castle spaces with wonderful decorated tables. It was whimsical and great to move through.
The sculpture park was the highlight of the day and well worth the hour drive from out house. We plan to go back next year for their festival.
I’m very tired today because I stayed up a full hour past my bed time to watch Project Runway. It has moved to Lifetime this year. I don’t know if it is because of that move or just random, but this year is the year of the girl. This time 4 out of 5 of the last contestants are female and now the final three are all women. There has always been one or two women who have come to the top, but the feminist in me loves to see this turn of events.
I am glad to see also that the women are also clearly the best of the bunch. Every week the trio performed perfectly. There was one other female designer who left, I think a little early, but these three really showed some great garments. Also, the garments they showed were wearable, not huge peacock pieces of art. So congratulations to the girls and I can’t wait to see the finale!