Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ABC Wednesday - C is for Colour, Collage and Canadian Artists

This week at ABC Wednesday, C is our letter of focus.
For an artist C is a very important one - for C is for
COLOUR! Which for an artist is essential.

"Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment." ~ Claude Monet
"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way--things I had no words." ~ Georgia O'Keefe

The colour wheel is a necessary tool - not only for artists. In the course I took last week, I had such fun creating one.

For much more information that I gathered on colour, with more quotes and sites and even an artwork I created (!), check here.

C is also for collage - such fun to create. For more information, check here.

C is also for two very extraordinary Canadian artists: Alex Colville and Emily Carr. They are both so very different with very different styles.
Alex Colville is a very realistic painter, living on the East Coast..
One of my favourite paintings-"To Prince Edward Island"

For a good look at many of his artworks, check here.

For a very detailed look at his life and artwork, check here.

Emily Carr lived in Victoria, BC and is noted for her paintings of native sites.

When we were in Victoria 2 years ago, I was able to visit her house, which is now a museum and art gallery. It was quite an experience to see the home she grew up in and her artwork up close. She is a favourite of mine.
For the most comprehensive look at her life and works , check here.
Be sure to visit the other wonderful participants of ABC Wednesday here.


Gramma Ann said...

What a wonderful post for "C". Each week when I visit your ABC Wednesday, I learn something new. Thanks for sharing such a nice post.

Jedediah said...

Great post, I enjoyed the links to the two artists in particular, I'm always looking to find new painters.

Leslie: said...

I've been to Emily Carr's home in Victoria, too, and watched a very informative video about her life. It helped me to understand her art better.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful post for the C Day, Bev! And as always, I learn something new and different. Hope your week is going well!


photowannabe said...

Thanks for the interesting information on the artists and their links.
I love Georgia O"keefe's quote about color and artistry being a way to explain what words can't do.

Leo said...

that color wheel took me back to school days, to art class..

brought back memories.. :) thank u..!

MorningAJ said...

I love the Emily Carr church. Thanks for the insight.

Roger Owen Green said...

Fancy Colours - there's a song by Chicago, on the 2nd album, I think, and it's playing in my mind reading your post.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful choices for C from the color wheel to the quotes and the artwork. Thank you for sharing these bits of wisdom.

Wanda said...

The very first assignment when I took a watercolor class... was make a color chart!!

Good C.

Julie said...

I had not known of the works of Alex Colville prior to your post. However, I took your link and like his style very much. Especially I like 'Fête champêtre'. Would that I could lie like that and be serenaded. Thank you for introducing me to this artist.

Mar said...

Lovely post for C. Love that color wheel and the Canadian works.
ABC Wednesday: C

Mara said...

Life must be so drab without any colour or art in it.

Tumblewords: said...

Color wheels are a wonderful tool. Love the information on this C post -

Anna said...

Great post!!!
I love colour! I have been thinking about doing a colour wheel too!!
Interesting is also to find out a little about Canadian artists.
Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes,

Anna's Cats

jabblog said...

As with any pursuit you can never know enough or stop learning. Each piece of new information is so eagerly absorbed - the excitement never ends.

Beverley Baird said...

Thank you all so much for stopping by! I so appreciate your lovely comments!