Georgia, who is eleven, found my artwork at this blog and selected me as an artist to study for a school project — an event about which I feel wonderful pride.  One reason I began writing my blog was that I hoped to reach the “young artist of the future,” whoever that might be, and to offer encouragement to anyone who comes along who loves the visual world and wishes to explore it.  (My other reason is of course to reach wealthy collectors who will buy up all my stuff.)  Anyway, Georgia copied my drawing at the post “Doll’s Day Off.”  My version is below.

I think it’s marvelous the way Georgia has translated my colored pencil drawing into watercolor.  “Translation” is a very old practice, one that may have some support from the ancient art of rhetoric where it was lauded as a particular way to copy while at the same time transforming a thing.  The way she uses the watercolor medium is very bold, placing colors of paint with firm confidence.  I also admire the way she has rendered the leaves of the plant with delicacy, achieving an admirable sense of atmosphere and space.

So, there you have it.  I’ve got an admirer!  And I’m as pleased as can be!


6 thoughts on “I have an admirer!

  1. Howdy Patrice, I’m glad to have admirers of any age! For sure, Georgia has made a fine picture. I’ve never met her. Somehow she found me on the internet, which is nice indeed because I have very much wanted to be found. — ak

  2. Hello. this is mainly for aletha because i couldent find your e-mail address but georgia is in yr7. im in yr 10 and we are doing research on you and your work but our teacher told me to email u a couple of questions as a class so you dont get loads of e-mails from my class mates. we as a class really love your art work. i personaly love your art work and we have done some copys of your work as well. so the research questions are the 5 ws.
    Who? Who are you?
    What? What kind of artist are you?
    Where? Where did you start doing art?
    When? When did you start doing art?
    Why? Why did it you do art (did you like doing art so you became a famous artist)?
    How? How did it happen?

    so please email back as soon as posible and also if you want us to send some examples for you we can do that.

    thank you
    luke and our yr 10 class of b-tec.

  3. 1. I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was a child. I liked visual things — carpets, patterns in clothing, paint colors — I loved it whenever my parents repainted the rooms in our house.
    2. My mom took me to the National Gallery of Art at an early age, and from those experiences I acquired a life-long love for the “old masters.”
    3. I learned much from a very special high school art teacher named Karol Thompson.
    4. Drawing was difficult for me in the early days, but I stuck with it and now drawing feels like something completely natural. I use drawing as a tool for understanding things, for thinking visually about whatever I’m looking at.
    5. Color came more readily — I think I had a certain natural affinity for color, but nevertheless I had to work very hard to learn to mix colors despite all my good instinct for it. Now I hardly think about color mixtures, I just do them. But for a long time it was work.
    6. I draw what I love. Love is the emotion that sustains you through difficulties, that makes perseverance possible.
    7. To draw, I always recommend to people that they follow the line as they understand it. “Put” it where it seems to go. “Point and shoot.” And correct things as mistakes become apparent. But trust your instinct, your mind’s sense of where things are in space. Literally draw what you see, understanding that your seeing will become more elaborate, that the act of drawing teaches you to see more astutely.
    8. After I was older, I realized that most my favorite artists were French and that I’d like to be able to read some of the things that famous artists said in their own language. So I studied French. And I would encourage any artist to realize that art reaches outward into life itself — and one becomes a better artist by learning new things, as for example a foreign language.
    9. I learned that “practice makes perfect” and I often — especially today as a “mature” artist — draw the same things again and again. The great French painter Edgar Degas said “il faut refaire la meme chose dix fois, cent fois.” (You must redo the same thing ten times, a hundred times.) And when you redraw something a hundred times, you really know it well!
    10. There’s lots of ways of thinking. Art is one of them, it’s thinking with your eyes. Some people think with words, some with mathematics, some with music, some with building and making things, some people think in other ways. But whatever you love to do, do your best. Give your heart over to it, and someday you’ll find that you’ve learned so much. And there’s great pleasure in that!

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