ARTout at the home of Zorica Joy
Each ARTout has its own character and this one surprised me by demonstrating what I had just been reading in Jonah Lehrer’s new book, “Imagine.” For our meeting in July, Angelika promised a printmaking demonstration, and we began the time together by each one introducing themselves. We were happy to welcome two new Guild members, Raymond Brownfield, a printmaker, and R.J. Biesiada, a painter.
The discussion centered on putting artwork onto our new online sales gallery. Joe and I volunteered to help Vita Sorrentino, Pat Dispenziere and Carol Mansfield by meeting with them at the home of their choosing to get them started. By the end of the evening, Carol Mansfield said she would help Vita and Pat get their works on the website and call us if she needed help.
Angelika arrived and began her printmaking demonstration. We all participated by adding our distinct line work to the composition and enjoyed seeing not only the print from it but also the “ghost” print (black and white reversal). She made it look so easy and everyone participated in the process.
Jane pulled out our Guild bookmark to show a QR (Quick Reference) code, the black and white squares you see now in advertisements. With an app (application) on your cell phone or iPad, you can take a photograph of the QR code. It brings up a particular web page, in this case our Guild gallery. Merry Lampinen, our Museum liaison and an artist in her own right, just happened to have the app and she photographed the QR code from our Guild bookmark. Sure enough, it brought up our webpage. Browsing and buying using a QR code is easy for a customer. This stimulated everyone even more to get busy getting their artwork on the website.
R. J. shared her paintings first and talked about using a controlled palette of colors and no black or white. Raymond Brownfield explained the technique in printmaking which he used to create two wishbones moving down a road. And Adam Koltz declared he was not doing ships on nautical charts any longer as he showed a wonderful bright jellyfish painting.
As Zorica began to talk about her latest work, which was done en plein air, we discussed the immediacy of the work done on location outside and our upcoming Reiffel competition. Some painters said they take photos outdoors and finish their painting later in the studio. Some shared that they often returned to the same spot day after day.
Then the discussion moved to the notion that the light, atmosphere, temperature and moisture present could change within minutes and from day to day. We decided that getting down the original impulse and impression was important. Then we acknowledged how important it was to not change or ruin that first impression. This is true for sculpting as well, especially with a live model. It’s amazing how a person’s face chances from second to second as thoughts wander through their minds.
You might be wondering what all this has to do with the book I mentioned earlier. The thrust of the book is value of interaction in creativity: sharing ideas and particularly sharing with people outside your discipline. This is one of the causes of “pockets” of genius. Although we were all artists, there were painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors present, all coming from different backgrounds.
We ended up thinking we could all meet at a Starbucks with a couple of laptops and share putting up our artwork. There’s an outdoor café on the main street in Old Town with Wi-Fi also. Who knows who might join us there?
What a wonderful gathering: Good food, art and people!