so much text what the whyyyy Okay so. I didn’t start understanding modern art until my hr year in high school when my teacher, in her infinite wisdom, forced us all to try to create a Jackson Pollock. Until we actually had to try to create with seemingly random patterns in a way that was aesthetically pleasing, we had no concept of how difficult and time-consuming it really was. Then, when watching the documentary on the artist, seeing just how large the canvases were, just how much paint he threw around, how he got his whole body into it, it started to make sense. The passion and the labor. What an expression!

I learned more about this in Art History class in college, and really gained an appreciation for all sorts of art… things I hadn’t ever thought of before. Of course, with this, I gained an intense dislike for Andy Warhol while simultaneously garnishing an odd, off-and-on kinship with Duchamp. Ahem. I could go on and on about art appreciation, and I’m sure that I will — but later. After all, if I start talking about the Rococo style or my love affair with Norman Rockwell, I may never shut up. Mmmm, commercial art… <3 Ahem. By the way, Leonardo? Amazing. If you want to learn about someone who really, REALLY wanted to understand the things that he drew, look at his methods. I mean, cutting up cadavers, sure, but his pieces and studies are incredible. ...wait, what was I doing? Oh, oh right! The arty link stuff for the week. I wanted to find a short documentary on Jackson Pollock, but couldn't find one that I could take seriously, and they were all very long. If you're interested, just youtube it up and there is a nice selection. So instead, here is a video that explores the layers of a Jackson Pollock painting:

And here is a video about throwing paint:

SO TOTALLY AWESOME. There were so many stages in this that I was like ‘NO STOP RIGHT THERE IT’S SO COOL’ – but that’s kind of part of the thrill, from what I understand. Every throw of paint changes the painting permanently. There’s no going back. You have to be brave and willing to take the risks. Plus these guys learn the different ways to throw the paint so that it gets the amount that they want on the canvas, and the different ways to get the paint to behave the way they want. But there aren’t really sketches or blueprints that they can follow… they have to make it up as they go and keep creating, keep working, until it “feels” done.

I would pretty much kill to do a HUGE one of these one day… but canvas that large is expensive, as is paint… and where would I even do something like that? But holy moly, it would be amazing. Layers and layers of paint! YES.

Oh, and here’s the one I made in high school. Of course, being me, I found a deer in it. 8)