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!