Artist of the Month: Sari Dienes

The fourth artist that will be highlighted is: SARI DIENES:

Sari-704x760I will admit, when I began this project, I had no idea who Sari Dienes was… but anyone who looks this happy and confident is someone I want to learn more about!

 Honestly, it is a complete shame that more people aren’t aware of her and her work.

According to her Wikipedia page: “Sari Dienes (8 October 1898 – 25 May 1992) was a Hungarian-born American artist. During a career spanning six decades she worked in a wide range of media, creating paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, textile designs, sets and costumes for theatre and dance, sound-art installations, mixed-media environments, music and performance art. Her large-scale ‘Sidewalk Rubbings’ of 1953–55 – bold, graphic, geometrical compositions, combining rubbings of manhole covers, subway gratings and other elements of the urban streetscape – signaled a move away from the gestural mark making of Abstract Expressionism towards the indexical appropriation of the environment that would be further developed in Pop art, and exerted a significant influence on Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.”

To read more about Sari, please check out her Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sari_Dienes

You can also learn more about Sari at the Sari Dienes Foundation: http://saridienes.org and at The Drawing Center: http://www.drawingcenter.org/en/drawingcenter/5/exhibitions/9/upcoming/811/sari-dienes

Unfortunately, I was unable to locate a biography for Sari, but I did locate this video of Sari creating one of her snow paintings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6CEU2WASWc

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Here are some images of Sari at work:

I won’t pretend that I am not disappointed about the lack of information about Sari… but this only makes me more determined than ever to make sure these artists are not forgotten and that their work is still being shown.

Please check out the White Rooster Studio Facebook page during the month of September for more photos of Sari and images of her work.

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Adventures with Basil: Willard Brook State Forest

Yesterday we took Basil to Willard Brook State Forest for the afternoon. We had been there before with Basil and we were all looking forward to a sunny afternoon by the brook to work on projects… unfortunately, when we arrived at the park, we realized that somewhere along the way, Basil had had an accident:

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©Jenn White, Basil at Willard Brook State Park. Photograph.

Yep, somewhere between home and the park, Basil lost his foot 😦

Happily, we were able to locate his foot and we were still able to enjoy the afternoon.

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©Jenn White, Selfie of Basil at Willard Brook State Park. Photograph.

I was able to get Pismo 12 (L) to a point where I believe that I can officially call it completed:

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©Jenn White, Pismo 12 (L). Mixed-Media, 20×20 inches.

I do think that there is something “missing” from Pismo 20 (T), but I am sure that I will be able to figure it out this week:

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©Jenn White, Pismo 20 (T). Mixed-Media, 20×20 inches.

Basil was still able to offer assistance despite his injury:

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©Jenn White, Basil with Pismo 20 (T). Photograph.

This morning, we were able to perform minor surgery on Basil and he is now – awkwardly – recovering: 

©Jenn White, Basil Recovery 1 & 2. Photograph.

Basil isn’t a young mannequin anymore, I realized on the way home yesterday that he must be about 17 years old by now. Not sure how what that translates to mannequin years, but I am going to keep a watch out for him from now on.

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Adventures with Basil: Artist Retreat, Part 2

I have always wanted to go on an artist’s retreat… but could never find one that I really wanted to attend. And then I realized that what I really wanted was simply an opportunity to be alone for a couple of days with my art projects.

Thankfully, I have a partner who was looking for the same thing… well, kind of, he wanted time to work on some writing projects. And so the the idea was formed: we would look for a location where we would be able to split the week, each of us would have a couple of days alone and we would spend time together in the middle. A perfect arrangement… now, to just find the perfect place…

I honestly think we spent more time looking for this location than we did on our summer vacation at Harvey’s Lake last month! First off, we wanted someplace quiet, semi-secluded, with a screened-in porch and WIFI. After some debate, we chose to stay in Hanover, NH in a chalet next to Pierce’s Inn with views of Vermont:

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©2019, Jenn White, View of Hanover Chalet, Hanover, NH. Photograph

My partner headed north on the 17th, loaded us up on supplies for the week and settled into his part of the retreat.

The only real disappointment at the chalet was that the WIFI was not functioning properly. It was down when my partner arrived at the chalet and it remained down for our entire stay, so everything that we had planned to do involving WIFI was pretty much tossed out the window. Not the end of the world as there was plenty of other things we had both planned on doing, but it would have been nice to have it.

I left work early on Tuesday afternoon and headed up to join him. The plan was that he would return to work on Thursday morning and I would begin my part of the retreat.

So, of course, our one full day together, Wednesday, pretty much rained all day.

And then it was my turn!!

Day One: Bright and early Thursday morning I set up a work area on a table on the screened-in porch with everything I will need for the next couple of days: my laptop for notes, the six Pismo Series pictures that I started while at Harvey’s Lake last month, my art supplies, my current book: “de Kooning: An American Master” and, of course, BASIL!

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©2019, Jenn White, Basil on the screened-in porch, Hanover Chalet, NH. Photograph

I spent a little time coming up with an outline of a couple of things that I planned to try to set in motion as a result of this retreat:

  • Write Artist Pages… regularly: pretty much EVERY SINGLE word I have read about living a creative/artistic life recommends some kind of writing to spark creativity and inspiration.
  • Find and connect with my own tribe: I need to connect more with other artists.
  • Start entering shows again.  
  • Check for local art fairs and markets and start researching them.
  • Try to attend at least two art shows per month.
  • Work in the studio more. Take more chances. Push boundaries.

Then I got settled in for the day, alternating between working on Pismo 23 (W) & Pismo 2 (B) and reading de Kooning.

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©2019, Jenn White, Basil with Pismo 23 (W), Hanover Chalet, NH. Photograph

I think that I have finally come up with a solution for the B & W that I like: because both of the letters take of so much real estate, I think by relaxing my restrictions about not filling in the letters a bit more than I did with previous pictures, it will (hopefully) give the illusion that the design is wrapping itself around the letter.

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©2019, Jenn White, Basil with Pismo 2 (B), Hanover Chalet, NH. Photograph

Day Two: I am going to be honest, I am not a huge fan of Willem de Kooning’s work, but I am interested in what made him the artist that he evolved into and since he was a huge part of the New York School world that I can’t seem to get away from lately, it just seemed natural to read his biography now and I have just come across a very profound passage and now I can’t stop thinking about it:

From “de Kooning: An American Master” by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan, Chapter 19. Darkness Radiant:

“No outsider can follow the winding, internal path that leads a man like de Kooning from despair to discovery, abandon old commitments, embrace new ideas, and, finally confront what must be said or acknowledged. De Kooning, when there seemed nothing left to lose, was helped by a profane, “damn the consequences” overlook in the art world of the time that encouraged doing whatever it took to make important art. An attitude best described – this being a period in American history that could still recoil in shock – as f*** it.

This just hit me. Hard. Total epiphany. This is essentially what my partner has been telling me for years: just f***ing play.

I think that most artists tend to get to some point in their work in which they overthink the next line or color placement and eventually finds themselves stuck. Kind of like where I am now with my work. Inspiration and creativity comes and goes… I get what seems like selective blocks of intense work, where everything seems to be going perfectly… and then when I try to recreate that feeling at a later studio session… I can’t. I become frustrated… and depressed… and worry about the time that I a “wasting” and then I end up sitting in my studio, looking at the pictures and am completely unable to continue the work.

It is time to LET GO and just f*** it.

Once this sunk in, I found that I was able to complete so much more. I also concluded that restricting myself to working on just one or two pictures and being determined to finish them only caused undue stress, so I pulled out ALL of my work in progress and spent the rest of the day working on one picture for a little while and then moving on to the next and so on. By not forcing the creativity to happen and by being more flexible, I was able to accomplish more that I could have anticipated:

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©2019, Jenn White, View of Pismo Series: #2 (B), #6 (F), #20 (T) & #23 (W). Photograph

A good portion of the T and some of the F had been worked on prior to the retreat, but I like the direction that it is going in and I was able to incorporate come of the ideas I came up with on Day Two.

At one point, I spread out all of the pictures I have for the Pismo Series and I realized that I have completed more than I had thought. The only picture that I have in progress that I was not able to get to is the I.

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©2019, Jenn White, Overview of Pismo Series in progress:  #1 (A), #3 (C), #18 (R), #22 (V), #2 (B), #6 (F), #20 (T) & #23 (W). Photograph

While you do not have to go to the extreme of going on a solo art retreat, as I did (it is not for everyone), I do highly recommend spending some time alone with your art, whatever you pursue. There is a sense of liberation while you are on retreat, away from daily responsibilities and you are able to re-focus and re-dedicate yourself to your work.

I honestly had a hard time coming home Saturday afternoon: I had a wonderful (and long overdue) epiphany, completed a lot of work, and let go of a TON of stress. I can see us doing this regularly going forward as I believe that we each got what we needed out of our time alone and I am looking forward to the next one 🙂

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Adventures with Basil: Artist Retreat, Part 1

Basil and I have just returned from our first ever artist retreat!

Lots of new works on progress to share, but we have to get down to business first. The chalet that we stayed at was supposed to have WIFI so we could continue to post on FB daily… alas, there were some technical difficulties so we are a little behind now.

Please check out Basil teasing one of the new pictures and please check out all that we had meant to share while we were away below:

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©2019, Jenn White, Basil with Pismo #2 (B), Hanover Chalet, NH. Photograph

Wednesday, August 21st: Happy Birthday, Asher Brown Durand!!Portraits of Artists from Archives Of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Happy Birthday, Aubrey Beardsley!!!aubrey_beardsley_photo

Happy Birthday, Christian Schad!!Christian_Schad,_1912,_by_Franz_Grainer

Happy Birthday, Jean-Baptiste Greuze!!Jean-Baptiste_Greuze_Self_Portrait

Happy Birthday, Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Pena!!220px-Narcisse_Virgilio_Díaz

Thursday, August 22nd: Happy Birthday, Archibald Willard!!220px-Archibald_Willard

Happy Birthday, Henri Cartier-Bresson!!Henri_Cartier-Bresson

Happy Birthday, Jacques Lipchitz!!!Jacques Lipchitz At his art studio, 1967 Copyright John Swope Trust / MPTV

Throwback Thursday: All three of my White Women pictures #TBT #WhiteWomenSeries:20170511_201939-1.jpg

Friday, August 23rd: Happy Birthday, Alexander Mile Calder!!!AlexanderSandyCalder

Happy Birthday, Hannah Frank!!!Hannah-Frank

Saturday, August 24th: Happy Birthday, Alex Colville!!Alex Colville

Happy Birthday, Lavinia Fontana!!! LOVE this self-portrait!Lavinia_Fontana_-_Self-Portrait_in_a_Tondo_-_WGA7986

Sunday, August 25th: Happy Birthday, Charles-Amedee-Philippe van Loo!!Labille-Guiard,_van_Loo

Happy Birthday, Dorothea Tanning!!!55_8_DorotheaTanningHuismesFrancebyLeeMiller

Happy Birthday, George Stubbs!!220px-George_Stubbs_-_self_portrait

Happy Birthday, Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato!!220px-Self-portrait_by_Giovanni_Battista_Salvi_da_Sassoferrato

Happy Birthday, Jacob Maris!!220px-Jacob_Maris_by_Matthijs_Maris

Also, WRS is continuing to celebrate Artist of the Month: Hedda Sterne!!!

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International Left-Handers Day: Artist Focus

August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day.” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers. experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

To help celebrate, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some left-handed artists… in no particular order:

Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec:

 Albrecht Durer and Hans Holbein the Younger:

Karel Appel and Leonardo da Vinci:

MC Escher and Michelangelo Bounarroti:

Paul Klee and Raoul Dufy:

Rembrandt van Rijn and  Peter Paul Rubens:

… and Raphael di Santi:thm_Raphael-Self-portrait

I am sure you are all wondering about any female left-handed artists… well, I looked… and looked… and came up with a self-portrait of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun using her left-hand to paint:Vigée-Le-Brun-Self-Portrait-at-an-Easel-1790-Uffizi

Of course, this doesn’t 100% prove that she was left-handed and I couldn’t find anything stating that defiitively, which was frustrating.

There has to be more female left-handed artists out there. If you know of any, I would be very happy to learn of them so they can be celebrated. Please comment or email WRS!

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Artist of the Month: August: Hedda Sterne

The third artist that will be highlighted is: HEDDA STERNE:hedda_sterne

Hedda Sterne (August 4, 1910 – April 8, 2011) was a Romanian-born American artist who was an active member of the New York School of painters. Her work is often associated with Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.

To learn about Hedda and her amazing life, check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedda_Sterne and The Hedda Sterne Foundation at https://heddasternefoundation.org/foundation

The Hedda Sterne Foundation is headquartered at 16 East 71st Street 3A New York, NY, 10021 United States, and, unfortuanately, does not appear to be open to the public. There are a lot of resouces to learn more about Hedda on this site.

To check out Hedda’s artwork: https://www.wikiart.org/en/hedda-sterne

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Hedda and husband, Saul Steinberg, a cartoonist and illustrator

Leen-Nina-Irascibles-1951-Getty-big.jpgIt’s impossible to mention Hedda without mentioning one of the the most famous photographs of that error: The Irascibles: Photo taken January 15, 1951, photograph by Nina Leen.[13] 15 of the letter’s 28 signees arrived for the photo shoot: Theodoros Stamos, Jimmy Ernst, Barnett Newman, James Brooks, Mark Rothko, Richard Pousette-Dart, William Baziotes, Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Willem de Kooning, Adolph Gottlieb, Ad Reinhardt, and Hedda Sterne.

To check out more about The Irascibles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Irascibles

A biography of Hedda has just been published, the book is only ~144 pages and focuses on her life PRIOR to arriving in New York in 194. It’s a start, but unfortunately, I have not been able to come across anything else that looks like a biography, just cataglogs:hedda book

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Etsy Shop: New Item: WRS Coffee Mugs

I am very happy to announce that I have added a new item to the WRS Etsy Shop: White Rooster Studio Coffee Mug:

The 11oz ceramic coffee mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. There are currently six in stock and they hve been added to the Etsy Shop and will be selling for $15.00 and will ship FREE.

These mugs are a featured item in the Etsy Shop. To order, please check out:

http://www.etsy.com/your/shops/WhiteRoosterStudio

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