“All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.
– M.C. Richards
Texture is a Bug – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Mixed Media Painting
This little bug is done on a small ATC sized canvas. The legs are
string, the body is spackle and the wings are spackle and cheesecloth.
All of it is painted with acrylic. What I ended up with is a painting a
little boy might like.
I am inspired so much by mixed media artists, yet I rarely dig in and
play. This was done quite a while ago and even though it is quite
ugly, it makes me want to try it again.
Artist & Philosopher (1916-1999)
Mary Caroline Richards had a richly diverse life, which began in Weiser, Idaho on July 13, 1916. She was raised in Portland, Oregon and later went to Reed College to earn a degree in literature and languages. She wrote poetry, and when she became part of the faculty at Black Mountain College
in North Carolina, she taught writing and produced plays. At Black
Mountain she also danced, studied pottery, and became increasingly
interested in innovative teaching methods. She helped create a commune
in New York in the 1950s, taught and gave pottery workshops in the
1960s, and later worked in Camphill Village in Pennsylvania, an alternative educational community based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner.
In the last decade of her life she began to paint as naturally as if
she had been doing so her whole life. Her art-of-many-genres wove
together all her concerns, including community, agriculture, craft
itself, and spiritual ideas. Always a poet, she regarded the end of her
life – as physically limiting as it was – as another fulfilling
adventure, “living toward dying, blooming into invisibility.”
- Margaret Wakeley