In the midst of a busy summer it's a little more difficult to find some quiet time with a cup of tea to read about Alice Neel each day but it's getting done. Here's my notes from the week:
In 1933 while living in NYC with Kenneth Doolittle, Alice enrolled in the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and was given $30 a week to paint.
[I like to use the Pantone app to pull colors from paintings and then I add those colors to an Alice Neel palette in Procreate. This is Kenneth Doolittle 1931, pencil and watercolor, and Kenneth Doolittle 1931, oil on canvas, ran through the Pantone app.]
Things are about to get confusing so here's a little chart of the men in Alice's life so far...
In the summer of 1934, Alice rented a house in Belmar on the Jersey shore where her parents came to visit her.
In 1934, Alice met Jose Santiago Negron, a nightclub singer. Jose left his wife and infant child, Sheila, to move in with Alice. In July 1937 Alice was hospitalized for a miscarriage in her sixth month of pregnancy. In September 1939 Alice and Jose had a son, Neel, later called Richard.
In January 1940, Alice met Sam Brody, photographer and filmmaker, who was also in the WPA. On September 3, 1941 they had a son, Hartley Neel. She lived with him off and on until 1958. I found this quote interesting which was not said in the context of Sam Brody or any of the men in her life just life in general....
I spent a lot of time this week working on a figure painting but it always felt like a bad copy of Alice Neel rather than a figure of my own. I ended up working in collage just to separate myself from it a bit. The top image in this post and these collages below are all based on Alice's self portrait. I'll get back to figures next week, maybe.