Sunday, March 20, 2016

"Montmartre Impression", 9x12" and a Letter to the Atlantic Monthly

 I created this painting of Montmartre very loosely, using a palette knife for most of it.  I loved the juxtaposition of the serene domes of Sacre Couer overlooking the hustle and bustle of the merchants and tourists below.  For purchase information, please click on Ann Feldman Montmartre.

I was shocked to learn recently that a letter I sent to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly had been published.  I wrote it hastily and emotionally, then clicked "send" and thought nothing more of it.  My doctor told me that he was pleased to read my letter in the latest issue, and you could have knocked me over with a feather.  It dealt with the topic of Art in the Marketplace, so you may find it interesting.  Here it is:




9 comments:

  1. I think the painting has beautiful atmosphere and enough mystery to hold my interest.
    You are so accomplished and your letter brings to the fore a common dilemma. Your video of the different techniques shows your ability to change at a whim to all the popular techniques. You did Mundy's, Carolyn Anderson and even the fracturing, very well, ..you are a great teacher...but you also have the more classical John Singer Sargent base of drawing skill/values to your imagery which I have always felt is more you.
    This painting shown is stunning not only for color but the correct
    architectural solidity. Choosing to leave the area of mystery adds so much to it. Those are YOUR personal choices coming through.
    So maybe your own voice is to explore and take the best of each one to add to your own way of painting. Whatever you do - is always something which I admire for color and talent.

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    1. Julie, I can't tell you how much your thoughts mean to me. Thank you so much for truly seeing me. You are one of the most thoughtful and generous people I have known.

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  2. Hi Ann, I stumbled on your blog while looking for inspiration to paint.! Your paintings are beautiful and give a feeling of calmness. I am not an artist but have creative inclination and dabble in drawing using windows paint on my laptop. I appreciate if you could view my blog and give comments and how i can improvise my paintings. My blog http://scribbleandpaint.blogspot.in/p/nature-dairy.html. Thank you. lata

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    1. Hi Lata, I did visit your wonderful blog and really loved seeing your beautiful artwork. I love the fact that you take the time to slow down and really see the beauty that surrounds you everyday. Thank you for sharing it with me!

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  3. Ann,
    Thanks for sharing your article and your art. My friend has two pieces of your art, which needless to say we both love. My friend discovered your art on the Internet and purchased one of your paintings after seeing it and reading how you had painted it. I believe you had to use a different color with every stroke.
    My friend and I paint together every Saturday. I work in technology all week and look forward to painting on Saturday with my friend.
    Your work is wonderful. I just watched your video on Thursday showing all the different techniques from destroying and rebuilding, fracturing and painting as if it was a mosaic. Thanks for sharing your talents and your thoughts.

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    1. Hi Becca, thank you so much for leaving your lovely comments on my blog. Painting must be a wonderful break from the world of technology, and a great way of letting your creative side express itself. I love knowing that my art is "out there", being appreciated by people like you and your friend. It really means so much to me. Keep painting, and best of luck!

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  4. hi Ann,
    I've just been scrolling through your blog again, because it's just so darn inspiring! I agree with your letter to the editor comments in the published article. It is soooo easy to be distracted by the 'art market', which often leads artists away from exploring new and exciting directions in their art. great article. I've just enjoyed watching your very comprehensive Youtube video on the painting techniques. it is so excellent that in future I think I will assign it as a must watch for my painting students. Bravo to you! excellent work, I love your Montmartre urban life scene...beautiful.

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    1. Hi Sally, you really have made my day! I'm so glad to know that you find the video helpful and worth recommending to your students. Thanks so much for letting me know that!

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