Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I awoke to a light mist in the desert. I’m still not used to the time-change; five o’clock is still too early but attempting to return to sleep never works out.
I had plans to stretch and gesso a large canvas, today. The idea was a finished painting in the neighborhood of 60”x80”. Last evening I went to bed with thoughts of much smaller works. I dreamt of miniatures along the lines of the past summer’s enamels; nothing larger than 12”x12”. Most in the 5”x5” frame, possibly, creating a mixture of oils and enamels with a goal of 300 new paintings by spring. It is supposed to be in the freezing temperatures, by midnight and remain throughout the coming days. I always loved using my long cold winters for inventory building. - North
Friday, November 05, 2010
“We were all young, and there was no such animal at the time as a master of fine arts degree, so the WPA really amounted to a graduate program in art. It was really the first art community I was ever aware of.” – Peter Busa, artist
Roughly, $1.38 then is equal to about $21.57, now. WPA artists were paid $23.86/week (about $350/week in 2010 dollars). A loft in NYC, during the 1930’s, typically cost $20/month. Artists were provided with government-purchased supplies, with the assumption that roughly 20% would be stolen for personal use.
The last few days, I have been reading about the WPA and how it benefited artists during the Great Depression. Visual artists were divided into two groups: muralists and easel painters. A muralist worked within a group, on a preset-project. Easel painters worked from their studio (on whatever project/design of their choosing) and had to deliver a new piece of artwork to the local WPA office once every 4-6 weeks. The WPA office owned and indefinitely stored the works (they have since, obviously, been placed in public collections). In essence, the WPA spear-headed the Modern Art movement, acting as its original patron; and when you think about the contemporary value of work by the Abstract Expressionists of this era… the government made a ridiculously smart investment. - North