Thursday, May 3, 2012

Top Ten List: Penna's Top Ten Favorite Artists (While He Was Away by Karen Schreck)

Penna's Top Ten favorite artists:
  1. Mark Rothko (His color “hums.” That’s what David and I say.)
  2. Georges Seurat (Knows how to connect the dots.)
  3. Artemnisia Gentileschi (Italian Baroque painter.  First female painter to paint with the big guns in Florence.  Her paintings are gorgeous.  They’re also often about women cutting the heads off kings.  Artemnisia really knew how to work out her issues . . . and make great art at the same time.)
  4. Vincent Van Gogh (Love sunflowers and starry, starry nights.)
  5. Claude Monet  (There are haystacks, and then there are haystacks, and then there are haystacks.  Seriously.  He showed me that you should never look at anything just once—and you should look at it even more, should you dare to dry and draw it.)
  6. Ana Mendiata  (Check her out.  She’s fearless.  And she’s not afraid to get dirty.)
  7. Marc Chagalls (He dreams in paint.  And I love his lovers.)
  8. Frida Kahlo (That woman took her pain and made something beautiful out of it.  She’s magical.  She’s real.  She’s magical real.)
  9. David O’Dell  (Best Manga Artist Around.  Also a very cool person.) 
  10. Justine Ditmore  (My grandmother.  What can I say?  She was ahead of her time way back when, and right here and now, she’s an inspiration to me.)


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