The American Folk Art Museum
Artist Martin Ramirez extended through May 13th, 2007
Brooke Davis Anderson, curator:
Martín Ramírez (1895–1963) created nearly 300 drawings of remarkable visual clarity and expressive power within the confines of DeWitt State Hospital in northern California, where he resided the last 15 years of his life. Ramírez has been codified primarily as a “schizophrenic artist”; this project promises to go beyond the boundaries of Ramírez’s diagnosis of mental illness and consider the artistic quality and merit of his artwork. In this way, Ramírez’s works will be understood—and appreciated—for the complex, multilayered drawings that they are. “Martín Ramírez,” the first major retrospective of the self-taught master in more than 20 years, will feature approximately 97 works on paper and will be accompanied by a full-color catalog.
Sometimes when stumbling around the internet I am lucky to find an artist that gives inspiration. Roger Marz is a plien air artist who works in quick simple line creating journal drawings that are later enhanced with water color washes from water based color pencils or a small traveling palette of water colors. It is nice to see how much can be conveyed with so few strokes of the pen. (plien air – drawing in the outdoors)
Roger Marz has put down some nice thoughts about drawing outdoors and his process….enjoy =)
Three more websites you may enjoy:
Current and upcoming Botanical Art Shows:
The Orchid Show is now showing at the New York Botanical Gardens…it continues until April 8th.
http://www.nybg.org a beautiful show.
Highstead Arboretum in Redding Ct. will be having a wonderful show on Butterflies, Moths, and Pollinating Insects of the East Coast. Opening will be Saturday, May 19th from 1-5pm. Other viewing hours are by appointment 203/938-8809.
Alive in New York: A Growing Invasion will be shown at The Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills, NY from July 15th – September 2nd. Learn what invades your gardens and pathways….all represented beautifully =)
Gallery Yellow at Yellow Monkey Village on Rt. 35 in Cross River, NY. Inspired by Nature, botanical and natural science subjects by instructors and selected students of the NY Botanical Garden. Opening on Saturday, May 19th from 5-8pm. Exhibition will be from May 19th to July 19th.
Lots of nice things to do and see =)
The American Society of Botanical Artists is a wonderful resource for all sorts of information. The newest newsletter has many nice articles…..one that is especially fun comes form the Cyber Corner. Here are some links that you might enjoy =)
The site for The Americaln Society of Botanical Artists is:
The members gallery is wonderful….anyone can join this organization. It’s a great place to find current information helpful articles and wonderful tributes. There is a tribute to Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden….an artist that passed away this year……her art and her contributions to botanical art will always be part of the story of botanical art.
Class information: The second Saturday session begins on March 10th. This is a 4 week session at $125.00. These sessions will run back to back to mid June.
The next 7 week Color Pencil II class on Tuesdays and Drawing I class on Wednesdays will begin on March 20th and 21st. There will be two more 7 week sessions available through June 19 and 20th.
We take a break from regular classes from mid June through September. I will be offering some nature journaling classes this Spring and one or two workshops in the summer. I’ll keep you all posted with upcoming dates.
That’s it for now….see you all later this week =)