What a Week. I’ll start with the stats:
- Retrospective at Portland Art Museum for Dad
- Exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery for Dad
- Sick, me, despite months of faithful vitamin D ingestion
- Writing time: Not so much. And why?
- Dead wireless card in my laptop
- Hive time: One long, embittered afternoon
Dad, whose actual name is Lee Kelly, has a retrospective at the Portland Art Museum. Here’s a link to the Elizabeth Leach Gallery which is currently showing a very beautiful series of Lee’s small sculpture from 1966-67. And another link to a review by DK Row in The Oregonian.
The museum retrospective will be up until January 9, 2011. The Elizabeth Leach Gallery show is up through December 2010.
My dad is an amazing guy. There are many reasons to find his art beautiful and challenging, and I will leave that to others to discuss. The lesson I’ve learned from him, the most important lesson, is his work ethic. He is in the studio every day. He faces all the same demons of self doubt that confront most artists (notice I didn’t say all) but doesn’t say much about it. If I mention something about how I don’t like my work of a day, he will nod and agree that he has days like that too. But then, with his actions, he shows what to do about self doubt. Go to work. Every day. For fifty years. This museum retrospective is much deserved. Lee is a hellraiser from way back, long may he strike fire.
For the most in depth look at Lee Kelly’s art work and career on the web, go to Lee Kelly Sculpture.
I took another shot at intarsia and I did a little better. I worked a Nasca image, the upside down flower, and found a tool that worked for scraping off the excess wax. It’s a narrow metal tube not much bigger than a pen barrel. I can work the tool almost horizontal to the surface of the painting, which for some reason I couldn’t do with a razor blade (with or without the various cases and holders).
Why am I not posting as often?
My brain is still a few amps light after being ill but the crowning insult is my dead wireless card. A friend suggested the public library, which is where I will probably be until I’m live again. But here’s something better: a link to Angeline Marie’s blog Art Studio Reports Check out Fish with Stars.
I’ll post a little about that unsung art supply resource: garage sales. I will also start a monthly series about my mother, Bonnie Bronson.