Working online with a Parisian actress, model, clown!
Does the habitual expression of your lips express your personality, / Or does your personality organize itself around such things as / Your lips’ look?
Nobody can be waiting for the final withering away of all governments, but how about “a rebirth of wonder,” as Lawrence Ferlinghetti proposed in the 1950s? I’m not holding my breath. Faites des lignes, Ingres said, beaucoup de lignes. Make lines, lots of lines.
Let those sans sin, one might reply / Yet what’s so special about our times, . . . we shun or, better, expose / Those humans painting too unclothed! / And saying, doing, quite savage things. / While we, the pure, accusations sling!
I think the subject is going to end up being the dog one of the faculty members has brought along. Will he bark? Will he pee?
Talk about Expressionism! Talk about – hey now! hey! – patting the bourgeoisie, . . .
Some people, much as many artists long ago, first seek to learn some set idea of the basics before they try to make art. But, for one, we don’t know what the “basics” are any more. Perhaps the most basic and hardest thing is learning how to let one’s heart lose on the paper? And how do you learn that?
Portrait of Tasha, by William Eaton, with colored pencils.