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Monday, March 12, 2012

Mareth Curtis Warren ~ An Artist's Lifestyle

What a difference some paint makes!  At this point, I am about half finished.  The background needs to be more fully developed, the right side of my face needs more color and value and the areas below my hands will be a much darker tone.  The hair will also become darker showing that I am not ALL grey yet.  But, she is emerging!  Self-portraiture is a humbling experience as you deal with how you APPEAR to others ~ not how YOU think you appear.

Leads me to the quote my friend, Ted Nuttall, quotes (who got it from his daughter and where she got it, I know not!):  “I am not who I think I am: nor am I who you think I am.  I am who I think you think I am.”  Makes one curious and eager to really get it all straight.

When I turned 65, I discovered that some of life’s rules were no longer relevant.  Like having to eat lettuce stalks or doing the dishes before you go to bed or remembering your last name or even wearing matching earrings.  Now some of you who were brought up in forward-thinking households would think this odd – but my family of origin had rules – rules for just about everything.  And to quote my father, who had little quotes for us everyday, “there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything and in this family we are going to do things the right way.” The right way being his way!  All that to say that I broke the rules for white hair (see above) and it has blue, yellow, mauve, green and red in it!  It is most refreshing to be 65!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Mareth Curtis Warren ~ An Artist's Lifestyle

Today is the first day of my blog-writing experience! I am excited to connect with others of like mind and passion for an artist’s lifestyle.  My workspace is Studio 77.  I will be sharing my love of figurative watercolor painting, wire and found object sculptures and living the life as an artist.  The creative life is rich and satisfying!

First of all, let me say that since 2011, I have used the name Mareth Curtis for my artwork.  My artistic sensibilities come from the Curtis/Crickmay line of my family who emigrated from England to Canada in the late 19th century.  My Canadian father married an American and he became a US citizen.  I tell you this because I want to honor my forebears, who had tremendous artistic talent.

Here is a recent drawing of myself.  It is actually the first time I have done a self-portrait.  I discovered the photo-taking part of the process to be the hardest.  The cropping of the photo and preparing the drawing is where the thrill commences ~ I begin to put line on Fabriano #300 hot press paper and the excitement escalates.  The whole concept of line is how I see my world and I love it.  I will talk more about line in future posts but for now, this is me, as a line drawing, ready for the paint!

I work from black and white photos, enlarged to the desired size of my painting.
  The drawing is then pegged to my drawing/painting board ready for paint!