This page is about my own arts path in general with emphasis on Women in the Arts.
The wise man said that a man can DO art, OR talk about art, but not both. Here, I reply as Eowyn did: but "I am no man"
Not omitting the fun, it begins with the famous "Morphing Portraits" by Philip Scott Johnson.
Women in Arts have found a fine life, at last, after some extra challenges and some miracles! And neither are done with us, as of this writing. My own backgrorund was NOT gender-biased especially, but I learned that the world is sometimes biased in every way it can be, and it does not good to deny. When there is no answer, seek it lovingly - or you may lose sense of why you wanted it, in the first place.
Try these LINKS for some easy reference:
- National Museum of Women in the Arts
- Wikipedia's fine overview of Women Artists through Time - really good and easy!
- The American Watercolor Society and the Women's Movement
Five minutes after humans began to interact, there was art, made by men, women and children, according to the history pros. Art, somehow, is essential and never biased.
Working with children's arts & crafts, paid and volunteer in schools, private & public, and neighborhood groups, I learned that my first shown works were classic child - almost. For most children, it begins with The Mandala, or round drawn line with radiating straight lines. And always done in the flyleaf of one of our family library books - the mandala and near it "Done By Ellen" - as though I could not bear being too little to write or publish my art and writings, so I put MY name on the works of others. That soon changed and by the time I was six, was called "The Artists" or "Artiska" by Mother's Polish friends. A beginning that makes me happy to recall now.
"Always an Artist"
Blessed with family with excellent vision and creative spirit, the arts have been my focus, as far back as memory goes. Paired with Red Cross work and wife and motherhood activities and community and civic response. But always "Art and...." This website is my work as well, my second site, as it were. I coded every page of the first one - addicted to tech - but I am enjoying more time to actually get the art & writings done and shared, with this one, thanks to Squarespace, my new host. I am very proud of this second online place and am enjoying being not quite so newbie about it and I hope you find it worth the visit!
Millennium celebration of American Watercolors
American Watercolors at the Pennsylvania Academy opened October 14, 2000 and ran through January 7, 2001 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts It is mentioned here because of this list of names represented in this show- names American Watercolorists should know:...but most of these names are male
Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, William Trost Richards, Cecilia Beaux, John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Edward Hopper, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, Hans Hoffman, Franz Kline, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, and many more.
There are more, of course, many more - and it is clear that male artsists dominated in winning the attention while there may actually have been a greater number of Women in Watercolor.And this article in The Baltimore Sun might help in collecting some of the long-standing Women in Watercolor - Google still thinks you want links to watercolors portraits OF women done by men, but that is not the case- try again and google comes thru:
" Back Story: Female painters founded Watercolor Society Third-oldest art group was formed after women were barred from being members of the all-male Charcoal Club
April 11, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun It's springtime, and with the beautiful weather and perfect light comes an age-old ritual as artists set up their easels around Maryland. You can find them working in a variety of mediums in Druid Hill Park, roadside in the Green Spring and Worthington valleys, along the winding stone-lined streets of Ellicott City, or on the wharves of St. Michaels and Rock Hall. And among the artists will be many members of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the nation's third-oldest such organization. It was established in Baltimore in 1885, after the American Watercolor Society and the Boston Watercolor Society. The Baltimore Watercolor Society was born out of discrimination, as female painters were barred from membership in the all-male Charcoal Club."
STILL.....the fact remains that it is not even easy to find in google a list of the Women - and most of us flounder for it, beyong Cecilia Beaux and Georgia O'Keefe and a few others whose classes we follow as contemporaries - ( stay tuned - more to come on this topic - comment welcome )
Since famous women in watercolor are still promoted poorly, it seemed smart to remember our Patron Saint:
patron saint of artists
St. Catherine of Bologna was born on 8 September 1413. Her father was in the service of a marquis and this encouraged the marquis to choose Catherine to become an attendant to his daughter. Catherine and Princess Margaret, the daughter of the marquis, attended school together and received an excellent education in both literature and the arts. While at school, Catherine learned how to illuminate manuscripts, one example of her work is currently kept in an English museum.
When Princess Margaret married, Catherine left her service and followed a call to religious life. She joined a group of women following the Rule of St. Augustine and eventually convinced them to follow the Rule of the Poor Clares. In 1432, the whole community took the habit and vowed to follow the Franciscan Rule. After a few years, the community had experienced so much growth that a group of nuns were sent to Bologna to start another convent. Catherine was chosen as head of this group and served as superior of the new convent until her death.
As superior of the convent at Bologna, Catherine offered guidance and instruction to the other nuns. A large collection of autobiographical information and Catherine's advice can be found in her work "Treatise on the Seven Spiritual Weapons." Catherine died during Lent of 1463. Soon after her death, her body was exhumed because of miracles attributed to her intercession, and was found to be incorrupt. Her body remains incorrupt and is held at the Poor Clare convent in Bologna.
Catherine was canonized in 1712 and is the patron saint of artists.