An Evolving Life. Beyond The Quick Fix.
Beyond The Quick Fix.
Always challenging myself, I’ve ventured further with my Fishnet pastels in the past month. After experimenting on smaller paper, I’ve progressed much larger to 20 x 26”. Here’s my third so far that I call Dorothea in honor of Dorothea Lange, the photojournalist who produced Migrant Mother in 1936 while working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).
Upon completing the face, I recognized a strength of character reminiscent of Lange’s iconic portrait that delves beyond the soulful expression and the haunting glance to the left. Since I’m a photographer first, then an artist, what’s even more remarkable is that somehow my subconscious drew on my background and contributed to a piece in another medium.
Having spent years studying art both in school and in the museums, yet mostly on my own, this kind of cross-reference and/or fertilization, so unexpected, is also quite validating.
In a material world that values quick fixes like texting in lieu of talking and watching television instead of reading, it’s not easy to justify a creative life. Yet in an instant while standing at my drawing table as the light waned outside my window on a September evening, all those doubts seemed to diminish. At least for the moment anyway...
If you would like to see Dorothea up close as well as my other works, I will be part of the Westhampton Library Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, September 29th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information about tickets—just $10—and the other artist studios on the tour in my area, call the Library at 631.288.3335 or click here.
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I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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