Thursday, 19 March 2015

Art and Living

Hey ho everyone.  I haven't been writing for a very good reason.  Not excuse, REASON.  I've been getting back to my first love, painting.  In between going to the office, doing necessary chores and general living, I've been working in pastels and other media and feel all the better for it.

I'm always interested in the beginnings of writers and painters, and how they ended up doing what they did.  If they had second jobs, even better, so encouraging for us mere mortals.



For instance, I had no idea Colette had a cosmetics business at 6 rue de Miromesnil.  Location location location and good backers so you'd think she would have done well but apparently not.  On the other hand, Colette seemed to have a lot of time to write, get married, get married, get married and accept all kinds of awards so maybe the business was just on a bet.

So now I'm onto something.  I'll just bet that most artists had second jobs!  I'm digging further!
  • Degas studied law at the University of Paris but quit.  He had a wealthy family so we know how that went.
  • In his early years (very early) Renoir painted fine china and fans.....but then that doesn't count either.  That's like having a paper route or working at McDonald's now.
  • Monet joined the First Regiment of African Light Cavalry in Algeria for a seven-year commitment, but, two years later, after he had contracted typhoid fever, that was the end of that and he went to art school.  Then quit.  Then starved. Then became famous.  (That's my problem....I don't like the "starving" part.  Or the "typhoid" part either come to think of it).
Well the Impressionists were different.  That was another world.

Let's see.....
  • Lautrec painted posters but I guess that doesn't count because that's art isn't it......?!


  • From 1907 to 1911 Matisse ran an art school, Académie Matisse....that sounds like work even if he didn't do it for long. 
  • Miró initially went to business school as well as art school. He began working when he was a teenager as a clerk, but abandoned business for art after suffering a nervous breakdown.  Well that doesn't count either. 
  • Picasso....oh never mind.

Fine.  It must have been easier to be an artist in those days because I doubt very much that any of them could pay rent or afford a bus pass without selling work every week.  And the cost of art supplies these days!

I'm not complaining mind you.  I'm just thinking.  Too much thinking is unhealthy.  I'll get back to my canvas and see how it goes.