Sunday, February 14, 2021

Artnotes: Thank Goodness for Communication


Hyacinth on Dark Background  Laurie Fox Pessemier  acrylic/canvas  16 x 10.5 "  41 x 27 cm
I was greatly inspired this week by a podcast I heard on the BBC.  It was an interview with Chick Corea (who died the very next day).  I had been familiar with Chick Corea since about 1978, when two engineers, Brian and Chuck, introduced Corea and JAZZ to our group household.  Thanks, guys.
Tunisian Spring  Laurie Fox Pessemier  acrylic/canvas 11 x 8.5"  28 x 22 cm  250.00
Corea talked about the concerto he was composing for the Budapest orchestra:  45 minutes of scored music from a jazz musician who normally jotted down a couple of lines.  He was 78, but there is no time like the present.  He had actually finished most of the music, and was practicing with the orchestra when they were shut down for the pandemic.   When he was forced to stay at home, he started broadcasting his practice sessions on Facebook live.   This gave me an idea.
Carrots from My Pot  Laurie Fox Pessemier  acrylic/canvas 7 x 13"  18 x 33cm   250.00
I have been a director this week, as well as a painter.  I broadcasted my own practice painting session on Thursday.  And, we made a new “3 Minute Art Show” segment.  I am amazed at how simple it is to communicate with this medium.   I am not good at it yet, but it is something I would not have likely tried without the “limitations” of the virus.   I can get feedback from people who would not have seen my work, otherwise.
I have started to look at life and doing things in an entirely different light.  Why not do something completely different?  Who cares how old I am?  If Chick Corea can compose a concerto at 78, why not me make little films at 66?  If I don’t think of age as a linear process, but as a textural, fabric-like experience, I can move across the screen and through it to any point in time.  
We're Back in Stimi   Laurie Fox Pessemier  Acrylic/canvas  10.5 x 16"  27 x 41cm  350.00
In our Sunday Salon we have artists of various stages.  I can see people’s work as it developed, from art school photographs, then the practice being set aside, to being picked up again years later.  An author writes better now  than 30 years ago – with an economy and deliberateness of word.  People express artistry in their cooking, their flowers, and their crafts.   What people are doing presently may be different and better from the early beginnings of the thread.  I can almost see the thread go right, then back to the left, further up the tapestry.   I see new techniques people take on, and how that technique blossoms from week to week.  We inspire each other, I think, and I thank goodness for communication.

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