Morning Musings #8 October 2021

Morning Musings #8 October 2021

Good Morning, Musing Readers! 

I hope that you have enjoyed the many gifts that the season of fall has to offer. The days are getting shorter and crisper, and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Where did this year go? 

There are a lot of new developments brewing for A-L-P! First, I am beginning to host more workshops and it is so meaningful to create with people IRL again. :) 

We have also launched a new kit, The Mixed Media Kit, a combination of the Collage Kit and Sketch Kit. As someone who prefers to work with a variety of media this seemed like the natural progression, and we are currently ideating new kits that incorporate more mixed media components - very exciting stuff on the horizon! 

With the development of the new kits, we are also launching
A-L-P prompts, or small exercises that will help you with the creating process. One of my primary goals for Art Life Practice is to emphasize that a little bit of time creating something goes a long way for your mental and physical health.

Wassily Kandinsky 

 

Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) is basically the OG grandfather/patriarch/pioneer of abstract art. He believed that geometric forms, lines and colors could express the intangible feelings of the artist, a notion that was wholly new to the early 20th century art world. His influence on the course of modern art cannot be overstated enough. He is a legend and one of my favorite artists.

Kandinsky was born in Moscow, and studied law and economics, and didn't pursue a career as an artist until the age of 30. He was heavily influenced by the Impressionism movement, particularly the work of Claude Monet. 

From 1922 to 1933 Kandinsky taught at the iconic Bauhaus School, the institution that brought together artists including Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, among many others. It was there that his work evolved and became more minimal - his work became more geometric in design. Shape and colors began to take on more symbolic meaning. 

Kandinsky was forced to flee Germany once again due to the rise of the Nazi party, and he took refuge in France where he created work up until his last days of life. 

One of the many things about Kandinsky that fascinates me is that he claimed to have synethesia, which allowed him to see colors when he listened to music. He listened to music while he worked, and often named his paintings after musical compositions (see below).

Composition VIII, 1923

In homage to Kandinsky's seemingly unending curiosity of line, shape and color, I created a very simple few mixed media works. I was thinking about all of the different types of lines that one can create using different drawing tools. 

Next, I embarked on an exploration of shape, focusing primarily on the circle. Here I cut out lots of circles varying in shape, and made a collage layering images, textures and patterns. 

 

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