Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Creativity Share: Grace Hartigan

We received an awesome book this week called Modernism from the National Gallery of Art.  Our friends MEM and BOB sent it our way. Thank you, you little dolls! Can you imagine getting such a gift through the U.S. Mail?  What a thrill.  I don't want to brag, but I'm on a first name basis with most of the artists in the book.  And I'm  excited to meet some new ones.  Like Grace Hartigan, who painted this beautiful painting called Hester and Essex.  Listen to what Grace Hartigan has to say about art after meeting Jackson Pollock.

"I knew the paintings and the person who painted them were one-and-the-same.  Painting was not an activity but a total life.  And you would do anything to keep painting, even if you starved.  You were the paintings and the paintings were you."  

The author of the piece, curator Harry Cooper adds, "The equation of self-expression and creation became her dogma."

That's kind of how I feel about this blog.  I am the blog, and the blog is me.  And I will do anything to keep blogging, even if I have to starve.  I'm pretty sure of that, at any rate.

Thursday Creativity Share. A beautiful book. A cool new artist by the name of Grace Hartigan. We've done it again.


Anonymous said...

I will send food, just so you can keep blogging, if it comes down to that my friend! Man, I need some creativity in my life. I keep saying I need to start writing again, but it's just not getting done. Love your determination to keep making this blog happen! Julie

mm said...

If it comes down to something so drastic, please blog about it and your readers will creatively solve your problems.

KC said...

I really rely on this commitment. Thanks for reaffirming it here.

Anonymous said...

Your commitment is admirable.

Dona Munker said...

Beautiful blog! I came across it looking for images of Grace Hartigan's paintings. I'm going to subscribe; I want to be reminded that it's possible to write short blog posts. Well.

(By the way, you might be interested in a new biography of her that's coming out this month, Restless Ambition Author is Cathy Curtis. Lots of beautiful paintings by Hartigan.)

LH said...

Thanks Dona. I'll check out the bio