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Cactus Reads Art Book—Two Texas Regional Artists Of Note

Blogger’s Note—Because I have some other projects I want to take on, I’ll be offering up shorter and more formulaic posts for the remainder of August. These posts will still be quite good and will merit your visiting the blog each day. Yet at the same time, shorter posts will allow me time to accomplish other objectives. Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

Book Of The Day— Cactus is reading American Realism by Edward Lucie-Smith. This book has Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and more. There is also an interesting chapter on American regional realist art that goes beyond Grant Wood and gets into some New Deal-era Texas artists, such as Jerry Bywaters and Alexandre Hogue, who merit attention in Texas and beyond.

Link Of The Day–The liberal magazine American Prospect is marking 20 years of great reporting. Check out the magazine and consider becoming a subscriber. I’m a subscriber because everything just can’t be for free online.  Content takes money to produce.

Texas Link Of The Day—  Below you’ll find the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance blogger round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

The Round-up—

Off the Kuff continued his interview series with Congressional candidate Ted Ankrum and State Representatives Senfronia Thompsonand Garnet Coleman.

Staggering levels of formaldehyde in Barnett Shale air and the attempted cover up, breaking news by TXsharon on Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS. Continue reading

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Charles Burchfield’s Icebound Lake Boat—Realism As A Springboard To Imagination

Above is the painting Icebound Lake Boat. It was completed by the artist Charles Burchfield in 1924.

Mr. Burchfield is an artist I like. 

Mr. Burchfield lived 1893-1967. He spent much of his life in communities around the Great Lakes.  

While I’m glad for the abilities I have to communicate with others, it would be fun if I could paint the world around me as did Mr. Burchfield. 

Mr. Burchfield is seen–in some of his paintings– as a painter in the style of American Realism. A great book on that topic that discusses Mr. Burchfield is American Realism by Edward Lucie-Smith.

Mr. Burchfield painted in more than one style over the course of his long career.

Though the painting above might be seen as realism, I don’t quite view it as such.

I see the portraying a real-life scene in a straightforward manner as a way of clearing the mind of distraction and creating the platform for metaphor and analogy.

What I see above is a ship that is icebound now, but that is waiting for a thaw.

I can think of things in life that seem stuck, but that may advance when better conditions arrive.

Icebound Lake Boat is what we make of it.

I guess that is why people sometimes say that art is what you make of it.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment