Saturday, January 17, 2009
Andrew Wyeth Dies
I just read that Andrew Wyeth died. I went with my father to see Andrew Wyeth's Helga paintings at the National Gallery in 1987. As I look back that experience was formative. The quiet mood and visible dedicated work ethic apparent in the images has always stirred me. When I started art school in the fall of '86, realism wasn't hot. MICA always put an emphasis on the "foundation." At the time I think that it was thought that it was important for artists to follow a period of development such as masters of Modernism. Picasso developed strong observational working skills before developing his mature styles. The photographers complained that they we required to take life drawing. I loved then and love still the "foundation". I came to base my work on what what was called fundamental.