I love Alice Neel. I love her work. I love the little stories she tells and so there's several of those in this week's post. Here's my notes from this week's Dead Artist Society project:
I feel like I can't study Alice Neel without practicing portraits...these are some of the faces she painted in the 1960's. I like that she puts on a heavily lidded eye, I think I'm going to steal that.
Both Richard and Hartley Neel attended High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire on full scholarships and then went on to Columbia College. Richard went on to study law and graduated from Columbia law school in 1964. He married Nancy Greene in 1963 and they had a daughter Olivia in 1967, twin daughters Alexandra and Antonia in 1971, and a daughter Victoria in 1974.
Hartley went on to medical school at Tufts University and later opened a private practice. In 1970 he married Ginny Taylor and they had a daughter, Elizabeth in 1975 and a son Andrew in 1978.
These are sketches of the boys growing up. I'm into the 70's colors.
I finally finished this timeline sort of thing for Alice Neel. I tried to represent the length of the relationship by the length of the line. Her relationship/affair with John Rothschild was significant, though she described him more as a great 'companion' rather than a love.
Lately all I want to make is abstract and geometric and it makes no sense to me because if there's anything Alice isn't, it's those. But I'm finding ways to make it work. Today's painting was inspired by Nancy and the Rubber Plant from 1975.