Today I finished up my study of Romare Bearden as part of my creative family tree project. I'm starting to develop a system for my family tree studies. I've found that I prefer to read/browse books about the artist rather than research online. I like to do a drawing of the artist. I like to attempt something using that artist's style, materials, and colors. I jot down their major influences. I write down a few quotes.
My favorite quote from Romare Bearden:
"I think the artist has to be something like a whale, swimming with his mouth wide open, absorbing everything until he has what he needs. When he finds that he can start to make limitations. And then he really begins to grow."
The funny thing is afterward, I do feel like this person is a part of my family. When I see the work of an artist that I studied, I feel a connection to it and them. So far, my creative family tree is
- Jean Michel Basquiat, more here, and here.
- Paul Klee and more here.
- Keith Haring and more here
- and I'm still researching Mary Blair