What gets me excited? Discovery. Here are some recent internet discoveries.
I came across the fabulous blog of Shannon G. Wright looking at the SJSU Faculty. In this post of hers I especially love this quote:
“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
— Wendell Berry
In her post, she also mentions the sculptor Tony Cragg who I hadn’t heard of when I initially read this post. But just this past week Tom and I were at SFMOMA in their sculpture garden and his sculpture Guglie left such an impression on me that I had to go look him up. Tom also pointed out a newly acquired SFMOMA work by Sergej Jensen made up of hand-sutured off-white and white linen scraps that I really liked.
Just came across this intriguing SF blog about books: Curled Up with a Book.
In Lesley Riley’s email newsletter she mentions Mark Carder. Mind you, I have no desire to paint realistically with oils but after listening to his free videos on The Carder Method, I wanted to buy everything he’s created on how to do just that. Really worthwhile.
I listen to a fair amount of interviews and one I particularly enjoy is the Lesley Riley’s Art and Soul Radio. Today I listened to her interview of Darlene Olivia McElroy. Darlene has some fabulous videos on her site including one I want to try: Gampi transfers.