Thursday, September 25, 2008

essential pleasures



Two exercises from my first watercolor class, which I took at Cooper Union--my dad's alma mater--after work. Must've been in 1989 or 1990 ... It was a very good class; the teacher encouraged 1) working big and 2) glazing. I don't do much of either now, but it was a good place to start from, for me anyway. I should title these "Problems with Ellipses."

I've drawn my VSD sketch and better get painting if I'm to make the Saturday posting deadline!

I'm proofreading a great book, Essential Pleasures: Poems to Read Aloud, edited by Robert Pinsky. It's wonderfully slow going as I do as the subtitle suggests.
Here's one poem from the first chapter ... No doubt I'll be unable to resist adding more as the job progresses.

William Butler Yeats, "A Coat"

I made my song a coat
Covered with embroideries
Out of old mythologies
From heel to throat;
But the fools caught it,
Wore it in the world's eyes
As though they'd wrought it.
Song, let them take it,
For there's more enterprise
In walking naked.

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Kari Gibson said...

Oh, we did something similar in our first year at university, except the shapes were different colours and we used oils. It was great for observation and I learned a lot.

Yours are great and I can see how useful they would be.

Oh, I love that poem, I think as artists showing our work we too walk naked. Scary eh?

Teresa said...

Those exercises look like a good idea... may have to give that a try myself! Keep the poems coming!

Suzanne McDermott said...

What a great job! Also good to see the basics. I'm thinking a lot about getting back to basics right this minute!

A Brush with Color said...

What a wonderful poem! I'm smiling--I read it aloud as you said. I am terrible with ellipses--I'm always trying to practice them and I'm awful! The light on those exercises is great!

Sylvia Jenstad said...

I agree.. this is a really cool exercise....


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