the movie of Jackson Pollock (who poured and dripped bucketful of paints on large canvases on the ground) was not a positive experience for me.
The movie portrayed him as a deranged, lonely unstable alcoholic. That may have been part of his life, but in the movie the negative strongly overpowered the positive periods.
Photo of O'Keefe, Metz Museum
We didn't see Georgia O'Keefe that night, but we did on another night when we couldn't find a movie. We both were sorry we did. It was not much better than the one on Jackson Pollock. What are they (movie makers) thinking?
O'Keefe comes closer to me, since I have been compared to her because of the series of big flowers I painted (Celebrity Collection, end of Jan. 2009). I am not concerned though that you, who regularly read my blog think that way about me.
Reading up on some of her life: She was born in 1887 and was the 2nd of 8 children. Stieglitz was an art collector and organized shows of Picasso and other (now famous) artists. He was mesmerized by her and took about 300 photos of her. They married. Four years later she went to Taos, New Mexico for long periods of time. Her husband stayed in New York. After he died she traveled to other continents in the Spring time. She stayed and eventually bought a house in New Mexico.
For most part of her painting life she was not the celebrated and famous artist! She was in her eighties (!) when people began to have a renewed interest in her work. She died when she was 96 years old in 1986. People who are emotionally unstable mostly do not become that old in age, so that fact in itself points to it that she was a fairly strong individual.
this could be an O'Keefe, but it's mine (now you know why I'm compared to her:)
Latebloomer, 24 x 24 Oil, St. Germain
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So what is the big deal? How some artists are portrayed by the media may keep some of you,with artistic talents
on the beaten path,and not develop the artistic side that is "different" -
because who knows you become "like them"?
There has to be another way than "becoming strange or eccentric!" Choosing friends who are not artists, and not having an art blog exclusively helps greatly. This way one keeps getting input of mainstream society. The artist may sacrifice on creativity here and there because of it, but it seems a better choice than being out of touch.
What I promised in my title, how would soup be for today?
Since it's still cold in most regions, this is another of my favorite "lazy days" soups
Chicken Corn Soup - Crockpot dish on low for 7-8 hours or about 5hrs on high
Put in crockpot
Uncooked Chicken breast or thigh
1 large chopped onion
2-3 peeled and sliced carrots
3 stalks of sliced celery
optional: 3 cut up medium Russet potatoes
6-7 cups of chicken broth
When chicken is tender, take bones out and shred the meat. Put back into crockpot, together with
2 cans of cream style corn,
slice a zucchini lengthwise in four, and then slice up the four parts.
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup parsley
optional: 1/4 cup of tomato sauce
Put the crockpot on "high" for half an hour.
Serve with your favorite bread.
Oh, the goodness of soup!