Lately I’ve been cognitively challenged in respect to painting. I am turning 67 in August so I am wondering if my mind is more confused now. However, artists should always be welcoming the ups and downs in their creative process if they want to be good.
I decided to challenge my challenge by enrolling in a painting class at Lehman College in the Bronx. Now I’m out of my comfort zone and doing a reset as a beginner. My theory is when I’m stuck revert back to being a beginner. Now every Thursday morning I take the crowded BX10 bus and show up at 9:30 am even when my mind says “I don’t wanna”. Even when there isn’t an inspirational thought in my head. I get to the studio and work on a painting project that is dictated by the professor. This gets me out of doing it my way. Humility. Now I stare at a blank canvas with a blank mind. God what can I paint??? I have to paint my first self portrait. Ugh. Just do it Jean. Whatever comes out comes out. So here is my first self portrait in acrylic.
You can’t make this stuff up! Artists who created paintings from the spirit world!
It was called the “Second Great Awakening “. The American Spiritualism Movement originated in Lily Dale and Rochester New York in the early 19th century teaching communion with the dead. Reflecting on “Romanticism ” it was based on enthusiasm, emotion and an appeal to the “Supernatural “. The clergy were mediums – lay folk who believed they had the ability to speak for loved ones who had passed.
I have known about seances, table-rapping, ghost photos,etc. However, I just learned there were mediums capable of creating paintings through the spirits of the dead. This group of artists deserve to have their stories told. I will be posting a series on these artists. Today the Campbell brothers.
CAMPBELL BROTHERS – 1898 – 1926
In the spiritualist community of Lily Dale, New York the Campbell brothers Allan and Charles found their calling as mediums. Not truly brothers, Charles was born Charles Shourds, it was believed by many they were a gay couple. But the Spiritualist Movement of Enlightenment accepted all especially the psychically gifted.
The brothers talents included spirit portraits created in pastel or oils. Allan acquired a spiritual guide called Azur. In 1898 during a session Allan channeled Azur’s spirit on a 40″ x 60″ oil painting. He never touched the canvas. The room was dark with a minimum light enough for those present to witness the portrait emerging. To ensure there was no fraud each guest was encouraged to place personal marks on the back of the canvas. Allan, in a trance, commanded Azur’s portrait and during this time it gradually developed as the guests watched in awe. I have to say Allan/Azur were fast. The portrait appeared in great detail in 90 minutes! I thought I was fast working in 2 hours. Here is the portrait.
The Campbells were never arrested for fraud as some other mediums were. The paintings are in the Lily Dale museum. Was it a hoax??? I kind of like believing it is not. Oh well.
Can I conjure up a spirit painting???
The book “Precipitated Spirit Paintings ” by Ron Nagy goes in depth on spiritual painters. Check it out on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Precipitated-Spirit-Paintings-Ron-Nagy/dp/1931942277/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=417YDJAY66BXTZ5M9V6K
I’m really not sleeping now. My trusty iPad for painting without clean up.
I did this with Art Set Pro app.
I HAVE BEEN STALKED AND CAPTURED BY THE DARK CREVICES OF MY MIND. I CAN UNDERSTAND VAN GOGH’S FIGHT WITH SANITY. BUT I AM A VERY LEARNED WOMAN WHO HAS SPENT A LIFETIME EDUCATING MYSELF ON HOW THE BRAIN WORKS.
KNOWING IS THE FIRST STEP IN BEING ABLE TO STOP FIGHTING THE DARKNESS AND LET IT JUST FLOW THROUGH.
DURING THESE TIMES I HIDE IN MY HOME AND RETREAT. I’M TAKEN AWAY FROM INDULGING IN LUSCIOUS OILY PAINT COLORS AND BUILDING LAYER UPON LAYER OF RICH THICK PAINT. I’M IMMOBILE TO ACTION.
I accept those times even though I shut the world out and fear I will never escape my demons. But I have to always avoid giving in to false evidence appearing real.
A month ago I experienced a new mental twist…anxiety disorder! I didn’t know that I had it. But I have to say I chased my recovery from it and sought help. I don’t have to go through pain alone anymore. And all through this I let the luscious oil paints flow on canvas and shared my experience to a troubled student in my painting class.
I don’t give in but I also don’t fight my mind…my darkness is another part of being an artist. I even used darkness in a series of paintings.
I’M BACK TO BEING JEAN. I’M BACK . I trust God and give to others.
MY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ARE NOT A MORAL ISSUE. THEY ARE THE PIECES OF THE MYSTERIOUS PUZZLE CALLED JEAN MESSNER.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF VINCENT VAN GOGH.
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As an artist in today’s art world I make sure I get out and learn what other artists are doing to be successful with their art. I posted the lecture I attended at the National Arts Club on how artists are using Instagram to promote their work.
I took a seat in the front row as I always do and that put me within a foot of the handsome face of Sam Horine, one of the guest speakers Sam radiated a sense of true authenticity and confidence without ego I’m good at picking up “artistic ego driven” vibes A couple of them sat next to me. You know the kind. They think they’re the most talented artists around. They are usually seniors belonging to prestigious art clubs and have been going to art school forever. They desperately want to be famous and sell their art. Behind me sat a prominent (that’s how he was introduced) sculptor who has been known in the art world. I tried to engage in a conversation but was dismissed. They always look down their noses when they dismiss you right!
STOP…back to the real topic of this post…Sam. Why I want to put him on my blog is that he is an example of an artist who creates because it is his soul. And he is an artist who is open to all people. He is adjunct professor at NYU teaching photography. He is a successful freelance photographer working with major companies. Best of all he is SAM and his work is expressive of the integrity I felt being across the table from him.
The artist savage next to me questioned him with “are you selling on Instagram ?” He graciously replied that he doesn’t use Instagram as a tool to sell. He said it was more important to use it to show his work to a large audience. That being said the senior artist savage grumbled and I know she won’t be using Instagram.
Here’s to Sam Horine. An artist in the true sense of the word.
His website: http://www.samhorine.com knock out photography
I had to do a separate post on D. THOMAS FINE MINIATURES. An incredible store of doll houses and miniatures. Yes these places do exist. They are in hidden alleys and appear to those who believe in art of doll houses.
My son Dan came upon D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures hidden in a mews of stores. When we walked in it was like being transported to another world. Darren T. Scala is the Artist/Proprietor. He was a delightful person who showed us around. He actually was looking for an artist who could teach a workshop on painting miniatures. He asked if I could do that and when he explained that it would mean sizing down masterpiece art into a 1″ or 2″ scaled version I had to decline. I’m good at small paintings but not traditional masterpieces. If anyone out there can do this give Darren a call.
So my curiousity about this art had me search for what a true miniature is. What is the history of the art. And how a store like this can exist selling such a specialty item. Let’s face it, I never knew that miniature collectors and the artists that create these miniatures were around.
So what is a miniature? According to Wikipedia, a miniature is a small-scale reproduction, or a small version. It includes paintings as well. These paintings are very small and extremely detailed.
And of course there are the beautiful doll houses and the furniture created for them.
Here are some things from D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures.
BUT WAIT. IN THE BACK OF THE STORE WAS AN ARTIST RENDITION OF THE BACK BUILDINGS FROM THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK MOVIE “REAR WINDOW “!! WAIT A MINUTE I THINK I SEE GRACE KELLY IN ONE OF THOSE WINDOWS!
D. THOMAS Fine Miniatures is located at 579 Warburton Avenue Shop #6, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
Here’s a great link with more incredible artists creating miniature scenes. The site is Mental Floss.
Pen and marker drawing 1969
Life Drawing 2005
1969 charcoal drawing done at the Art Students League
Watercolor sketch 2000
Pen & wash 1970
Charcoal sketch 2004
Marker & Pencil 1966
They say a good artist begins with learning drawing skills. I mastered my drawing skills beginning with drawing on the furniture at 3. Most of my artwork was drawing people when I began. I wanted to be a fashion illustrator when I was in high school.
Colored Markers 1970