Swimming, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
20″ x 30″

I just completed this painting. or maybe not. yet.  Funny how that can be.  works evolve, they change, you like a part you don’t want to lose it. but you may have to for the sake of the painting. the overall something. cohesiveness.

This is my second week of Guide training at the DCCA and I am really enjoying the process. The program is led by Education Director Jane Chesson and her assistant Sarah Ware. Maxine Graber, the director of the DCCA came for part of each session highlighting major movements in art in a fun, succint, engaging manner.  Terms like modernism, post modernism and contemporary art that we all hear thrown about become simplified. somewhat.

Edouard Manet
Luncheon on the Grass, 1862-63

Confused? You are not alone. Know this. Edouard Manet was a game changer. Up to that point in art history (Western art that is) art was realistic, representational whether is was a biblical or mythological scene, portrait, or still life. Ed comes in and throws it all to the wind, somewhat. He is still painting a traditional scene but he is challenging how we look at and represent art.  Nothing is ever the same.
Opens the door and swoosh in rushes in Impressionism, Fauvism, dadaism and lots of other isms.



Roughly 100 years later, Rauschenberg does a similar type of thing with his “combines.”Now there is appropriation, riffing on popular culture, riffing on art, performance art, conceptual, installation- all out there, and it’s all art. Or is it?

Go see some art… many places have a First Friday of the month where museums and galleries have openings, happenings with art, often music and refreshments. Tonight the DCCA is hosting Art on the Town.

Have a great weekend!

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