Using the prompts for the Art Group as my jumping off point for the blog is wearing a little thin. But day 26 of 31 is so close to the end that 5 more days should be doable.
Todays prompt is somewhat clunky. ‘ Books / Write a letter. I chose colour theory books to illustrate the prompt.
These two are favourites. The larger one accompanied me through many nights of on-call , the vibrancy of colour a beautiful distraction from the greyscale of Medical Imaging.
The smaller one travels in my back pack, a regular favourite to dip into when there is half an hour of time to be filled.
Colour and it’s reactions to its neighbours is always at the centre of my creative process. This month I’ve been working on some hidden figures .
I’m aiming for the serenity of figure reproductions of 60’s and 70’s popular art. I think the pictures I’m thinking of were sold by Woolworths worldwide.
Vladimir Tretchikoff is not an artist ever studied at an Art School except as an illustration for Kitch.
My hidden figures are nothing like these paintings but the bold colours and the serenity is what I’m aiming for.
These paintings were everywhere. They were almost never seen to their best advantage as interiors in the 60’s and early 70′ s were not quietly understated. A Tretchikoff was mostly to be seen set against gaudy wallpaper, in a room overburdened with souvenirs or ornaments.
The young me knew none of this snobbery and just loved them for their colour.
The ‘write a letter’ bit of the prompt would be to my younger self.
Dear Young Ju,
if you get the chance in the mid seventies grab every one of these reproductions that you find discarded by dustbins. Skips/ tips/ Charity shops do not yet exist. They will each be worth a fortune in the 2000’s. The Pre- Pandemic era as it will come to be known. Fill warehouses with them and if you have any space left then facemasks would be pretty valuable too.
Love Older Ju