Me, in front of a mural painted on my aunt’s living room wall, 1969
I’m working my way through the e-course, Make Art a Part (of Your Life). This week, I read through the section on “decoration.” Kaitlyn talks about public art and about the art we choose as our decoration. Kaitlyn covers the different types of art available to us, from original art to import art. This was interesting to me because I wasn’t familiar with many of the types and terms, and I enjoyed learning about all the ways art is available for us to own. This section was jam-packed. Kaitlyn discusses buying art (what you should consider), adding art to your home (placement and installation) and care. Kaitlyn also offers great thrifting tips. At the end of the section, Kaitlyn asks, “Pick an object in your home that you believe to be art. Write a show and tell about why it’s art, what it means to you, where you have placed it and why. What were your reasons for bringing this piece into your home and how does it inspire you?”
I chose two figurines that my mother kept in her curio cabinet. She gave them to me because I loved them so much. They are art to me because I remember, as a little girl, how beautiful I thought they were and how proud I was of my mom for owning them. I was glad I came from a family that owned such lovely things. I have them displayed on the top shelf of my bookcase in the family room. I keep them there so that I can enjoy them every day. I still think they’re beautiful and they remind me of happy memories and a blessed life.
These figurines are an example of import art and are inspired by two famous paintings.
Pinkie and The Blue Boy are two paintings by two different artists of two people who did not know each other. They only became associated with each other when both were displayed in The Huntington in the late 1920s.
Pinkie was painted by Thomas Lawrence in 1794. The subject is Sarah Barrett Moulton, the daughter of a wealthy plantation family in Jamaica, who came to England for her education. She was called “Pinkie” by her grandmother who commissioned the portrait Sarah was only eleven when she was painted and died within a year of the portrait’s completion.
The Blue Boy was painted by Thomas Gainsborough in 1770. The subject is Jonathan Buttall, the son of a successful hardware merchant.
The creation exercise this week was jewelry. I decided to use some pieces I had on-hand to fashion this necklace.
If you’d like to participate in this e-course, you may register at any time. Once registered, you’ll have access to the full course for one year. You can complete it at your own pace. The cost is $45.00 and you can sign up here. Kaitlyn also had a wonderful blog, isavirtue.