Listening to an Edward Hopper Interview while Painting
Broadly stated, art is one’s effort to communicate to others one’s emotional reaction to life and the world.
Once the clocks set back an hour and autumn (allegedly) arrives in Texas, I at least can appreciate the longer hours after darkness, if not the falling temperatures. Today we reached the low 80’s again, and I’m disgusted with the perpetual warm temperatures deep into November. Thanksgiving is next week and I recall days from my youth when temperatures had already reached the freezing mark. People today walked around in Tshirts and shorts.
But once the sun goes down and the world darkens and the evening is still young, I find myself in a blissful state, entering the studio and watercoloring for hours. I have a commission deadline to meet, so I’m basically in the studio now when I’m not in the classroom. Tonight has been so delicious, as I’ve put DVD’s on the television and listened to various documentaries on the computer. The house has been quiet save for the voices of the movie On the Road (DVD), William Carlos Willams (PBS “Voices and Visions” (https://www.learner.org/catalog/extras/vvspot/Williams.html), and Edward Hopper and the Blank Canvas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk7nL27BxNg). These creative muses keep me company in the studio as music does to many other artists I know.
The commission I’m doing is coming along slowly, but successfully. When doing such work, I probably would appear to an outside observer as A.D.D., but that is not the case at all. I am always looking at the work critically, pausing, stepping away from it, interrupting it with household chores and coming back to it. The old adage “cut once, measure twice” applies to my painting when I have to get it right. I don’t push the painting past my comfortable speed, but let it emerge slowly and thoughtfully. At the rate I’m going, I intend to have it finished by Saturday night, even if I have to stay with it after school tomorrow until late, and then rise on Satuday morning and linger over it throughout the day. I’m enjoying the process as I always do with watercolor. Once this job is complete, Thanksgiving begins for me, as the schools are closing for the entire week. I’m ready for a holiday.
Thanks for reading. The night has been wonderful.
I paint in order to learn.
I journal when I feel alone.
I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.